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The Dedalus Book of the Occult: The Dark Muse (Dedalus Concept Books) Paperback – 8 May 2015
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From the Enlightenment to Modernism, ideas of the occult have shadowed literary culture, and Lachman's generous primer introduces the main exponents of diverse traditions alongside their more respectable contemporaries. --SB Kelly in Scotland on Sunday. It's a sure thing that anyone with a taste for literary esoterica and magical history will learn something from A Dark Muse. It's a cavernous grotto full of dark glittering jewels, but one haunted by the shades of so many intriguing characters that keeping to the true path is difficult, and you lose your way forever. Verdict - Fine encyclopaedia of occult lives and thought. 9/10. --Mark Pilkington in Fortean Times
This is a survey of 'adventurous souls' whose output was the reverse: 'often crazy, sometimes hilarious and, on occasion, clearly insane'. Lachman's gallery of occultists ranges from the hypnotist Mesmer (1734-1815), whose salon had 'an orgy-like atmosphere', through Goethe and Balzac, to Algernon Blackwood, and Aleister Crowley - aka the Great Beast 666. --Chris Hirst in The Independent
From the Enlightenment to Modernism, ideas of the occult have shadowed literary culture, and Lachman's generous primer introduces the main exponents of diverse traditions alongside their more respectable contemporaries. --SB Kelly in Scotland on Sunday.
About the Author
Gary Lachman is the author of the Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind, an 'occult history' of the 1960s, The Dedalus Book of the Occult: A Dark Muse, The Dedalus Occult Reader, The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides: Dead Letters and In Search of P.D.Ouspensky:The Genius in the Shadow of Gurdjieff and , as Gary Valentine, New York Rocker: My Life in the Blank Generation with Blondie, Iggy Pop and Others 1974-1981, a memoir of his years as a musician in New York in the 1970s. A founding member of the rock group Blondie, he wrote some of the band's early hits. Before moving to London in 1996 and becoming a full time writer, Gary studied philosophy, taught English literature, was Science Writer for a major American university, and managed a metaphysical bookstore. He is a regular contributor to Fortean Times, and has written for TLS, Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Mojo, Bizarre, and other journals in the US and UK.
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