Nameless Cults and Their Guidebooks

“This book is dedicated to the Ancient Ones, to the Lord of Abominations…” – William S. Burroughs (Cities of the Red Night, 1981) The fictional book Nameless Cults, by the German occultist Von Junzt, first appeared in Robert E. Howard’s tales “Children of the Night” (Weird Tales, April/May 1931) and “The Black Stone” (WT, November …

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Battle-Cry, Hot Flanks, and Other Amazons We Can Name

At a gathering some time ago, I had an interesting conversation about the historical reality behind Wonder Woman and how the knowledge of historical Amazons is bolstered by Eurasian archaeology. This led to my plan to create a new video to complement the two I made and posted on YouTube of the Scythians (click these …

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Delacroix Does the Scythians

The new banner image is from Ovid among the Scythians (1859), painted twice by Delacroix at the end of his life in 1859 and 1862. This is currently in the National Gallery (London). There is a detailed Wikipedia page about these works, including a simple and accurate characterization: "wildness and ...misunderstood genius were key concepts in Romanticism and …

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Who’s the Leader of the Club? Reflections on cute propaganda in the age of creeping fascism

I once thought the combination of propaganda and crowd control was never practiced more effectively in this country than in the lead up to the Patriot Act. We live in a brave new world in which our bodies, our possessions, and virtually everything we say and do are under a microscope whenever we travel by …

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