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This review is from: Strange Attractor Journal One (Strange Attractor Anthology) (Paperback)Legend speaks of a realm laying somewhere between the wastelands of rationality and the kingdom of the occult, where myth and fact are one and the same and sinister societies whisper behind closed doors. In this realm an elite breed reside who remain precariously skeptical, who only look up from their Umberto Eco thrillers to laugh at the passing De Vinci Code tour. In this surreal limbo land the nocturnal press of the Strange Attractor Cult annually gives birth to this weirdly erudite journal.
Within its dark and enigmatic binding the strangely attracted will uncover an arcane pandemonium of essays, journalism and art from the underworld of culture. Here the truly provocative ("Mind the Zap: Mind Control at Greenham Common?") is combined with ideas that your average Wicca practicing tree worshipper would think of as 'a bit odd' ("Magick Cyrkles: Glasgow Walks & Photographs"). Despite the eclectic material, each article enriches the coherence of the whole like the finer details of a schizophrenic delusion.
It is the design though that deserves the most praise. Whilst illustrations are kept to a minimum the journal has created its own bizarrely resonant aesthetic reflecting the otherworldliness of it's content, bewitchingly presenting the esoteric for the uninitiated. It is for those who want to walk the paths of the arcane but know better than to stray into the undergrowth.
The obscurity of the journal suggests that those who know of its existence are already likely to be inclined towards its unique perspective. However this is publication that welcomes strangers, encouraging free thought rather than indoctrinating the weird, sorry, "wyrd".