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The Dark Lord: H.P. Lovecraft, Kenneth Grant, and the Typhonian Tradition in Magic

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One of the most famous - yet least understood - manifestations of Thelemic thought has been the works of Kenneth Grant, the British occultist and one-time intimate of Aleister Crowley, who discovered a hidden world within the primary source materials of Crowley's Aeon of Horus. Using complementary texts from such disparate authors as H.P. Lovecraft, Jack Parsons, Austin ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Ibis Press (first published June 1st 2013)
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Steve Cran
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Peter Levenda has done an excellent job of bringing out the points of commonality between Crowley, Lovecraft and Kenneth Grant. It is a massive undertaking and the book is mind blowing. Writing from a detached observers stance Peter Levenda has me convinced that HP Lovecraft was psychically intuned to some astral realm like most of the great magicians were. The points of coincidence between Lovecraft's writing and Crowley's revelation are too much to be ignored.

Starting off with a discussion of
Michael Hughes
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the synchronistic parallels between Aleister Crowley and H. P. Lovecraft, and the melding of the two in the ritual magic tradition of Kenneth Grant's Typhonian O.T.O. I especially enjoyed this wild, speculative ride because it chronicles the real-life material I used as the background mythology of my novel. Highly recommended to those with an interest in occult history and Lovecraft's mythos.
Pieter-Jan Beyul
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-shelf
Peter Levenda's known for applying temperate erudition to the history of the occult. His own meddlings are kept from the reader, though it's clear as day the author is more than just a dilettante. With "Dark Lord" he plunges into the darkest pits of the occult, shunned even by disciples of the Great Beast himself as being a one-way ticket to schizophrenic insanity. Yet these feral grounds are really where the magic happens, all else is merely taking peaks into the Abyss, the real deal is a ...more
Eric Williamson
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a really entertaining and well written book that really doesn't cover a whole lot of new ground, but builds on an already firm foundation. The connection between Crowley and Lovecraft was first explored by Kenneth Grant more than 50 years ago. Lavenda relies heavily on this research. Sadly much of Grant's stuff is out of print, making this volume a nice addition to a modern occult library. The new research involves the Necronomicon of 'Simon' which most occult scholars will say is none ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was intensely interesting, however, I found its implications to be frankly terrifying.
Martin Popoff
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
So cool watching Peter's mind at work... so knowledgeable about so many things. A good third of this book wasn't of interest to me (all the Eastern religion stuff), but it was delightful how he ties the Lovecraft and Crowley stuff together. Plus he's just such a good explainer. Hours and hours listening to him on YouTube helps as well, in the personalizing of the experience.
Ls Mrt
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books ever written in it's genre!
A true must for everybody who's interested in the non fictional background of Lovecraft's stories, Kenneth Grant and his legendary works and system, Crowley, LHP etc...
Rob Williams
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Peter Levenda is a very good and thorough researcher, but this one kind of spent a lot of time on details that didn't seem as relevant as the kinds of things he usually digs up in research of a more political kind. I have found other topics researched by the same author to be maybe relevant to a lot more people, but this would be more recommended for those who are specifically focused on the history of magic or the horror genre perhaps.
Michael Kelly
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very thorough and informative account of the work and philosophy of Kenneth Grant and the Typhonian Order.

Grant can be difficult to read, his writings a stream of consciousness which only opens up to the reader after repeated visits and increasing awareness of the underlying currents and patterns. Levenda does an excellent job of pinning down the main thrusts of the Typhonian Gnosis, making Grant accessible to a far wider readership.

The book is critical where necessary, but is largely
Alex  Miranda
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting out there stuff. I wouldn't agree with everything Levanda says about this stuff. For example he claims that Crowley's Beast or Chaos corresponds to the Egyptian god Set which I've never heard of and find hard to see. It was a pretty fun read but I felt Levanda went off track into explanations of stuff within chapters too much losing focus of the basic ideas but then again that style might be whats needed when attempting to analyze Grants awesomely insane Typhonian Gnosis. Extra ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
For the topics of this book, this is one of the most insightful books I have come across. It is well researched and brimming with ancients concepts, bizarre language, and even stranger connections. If you're not a skeptical reader, though, I fear there is a danger present here in that this could be read a little too seriously to the point where (not so much the Satanist stuff) the reader could be like one of the heroes in one of Alan Moore's comics about losing sanity while investigating ...more
Joshua Free
Apr 01, 2013 marked it as to-read
Totally sight unseen of the books' interior, I feel the need to mention the similarity in description and tone with the "Liber-R" materials from the Mardukite Research Organization, released in 2010 as "Necronomicon Revelations" (by Joshua Free).
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally some in-depth, no bullshit look at the sex magick of Crowley, Grant and Tantra sects.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting investigation of Crowley, Grant, and Lovecraft. It elucidated their points of interconnection and had many intriguing stories to tie the points together. I felt like it gave me a little bit better of an understanding of Grant's work, but not much. As a secondary source for Grant (my reason for reading it), this book is mostly worthless--especially because it simplifies some of Grant's concepts to make them more easily understandable and thus obfuscates the deeper meanings ...more
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Author who focuses primarily on occult history. He is best known for his book Unholy Alliance, which is about Esoteric Hitlerism and Nazi occultism, and is believed to be the author of the Simon Necronomicon, albeit without much evidence.

He was the president of the international division of Ortronics, Inc., a telecommunications company based in Asia.

He appeared in the TNT documentary Faces of Evil