Fans of the Darklore series of journals will continue to be well pleased with this latest installment. Continuing to live up to it's name, #5 seems especially dark and ominous in its exploration of forteana and the hidden backwaters of the human psyche and history. The articles in this issue include among others:
Disembodied Eyes: An investigation into the ontology of Entheogenic entity encounters. Darklore continues to publish cutting edge studies of psychonautic explorations that seek to lift the veil of consciousness to that mind boggling otherness just out of sight.
Man of the year Million: The impossible futures of H.G. Wells. A study of Well's diehard belief in social Darwinism and its influence on his early science fiction writings.
Secrets of the Angelic Society: The ongoing quest to return to the Golden Age. In my opinion the weakest of the articles in the collection. Much wild disjointed speculation on an alleged group that to my mind has even less tangible evidence for its exientence than the Priory of Sion.
Return of the Flying Saucers. A rexamination of the original Kenneth Arnold sighting that started it all in 1947. Good for what it is, though you can find the same conclusions in others works.
Dark Seed: The ABC's of the Sirius Mystery. Much wild speculation on a variety of topics which the author seeks to link to Robert K.G. Temple's classic work. It's either pure gobbledygook or I'll have read it several times to make sense of it.
Moving the Moai: Easter Island as a possibly psychokinetic laboratory. One of the best articles in the collection or perhaps I'm just a sucker for anything about Easter Island ever since reading Thor Heyerdahl as a kid.
Calling Cthulhu: H.P. Lovecraft's magick realism. More spooky speculation on how to turn an empirical materialist pulp writer into a Typhonian prophet of the Aeon...yawn.
The Fairie's Portal & Enchanted Islands and Ships in the Sky, are the final two articles in the collection. Well written and insightful as well as delightful, they continue the exploration of the folklore and popular culture connections with the UFO and encounters with 'little' people phenomena first explored in-depth by Jacques Vallee in his "Passport to Magonia." I was fascinated to read of the similarities between the reported appearances of mysterious airships in the late 19th & early 20th centuries and children's literature of the time.
Highly recommended for the ever curious fortean as well as anyone looking for a good speculative read.