Lovecraft and the occult

Ectoplasmosis has a fun discussion today of the influence of H.P. Lovecraft’s fiction upon the real beliefs of occultists. It’s inspired by Erik Davis’ Calling Cthulhu but is fun reading in its own right; not least because it name-checks our own Dan Harms.

Since¬†most Call of Cthulhu games are all about occultists digging in to esoterica that everyone else thinks is false, looking at how those in the real world treat CoC’s subjects can be fascinating. Follow the links and enjoy.

1 comment for “Lovecraft and the occult

  1. March 18, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out guys. Your post reminded me to put in the link to Dan Harms’ Necronomicons lecture, it’s now in the post.

    Big fan of TUO since back in the day (used to have all the issues from #3 til I forget when, but about when you switched from digest to Magazine size. Ran Convergence when it came out, was directly in my wheelhouse. Lost em all due to Katrina.

    PS: You or your readers might like, in addition to the weekly Cthulhu Cthursday at ectomo, my not-updated enough Miskatonic Museum, where I try to blend science, history, and culture with Lovecraft’s creations. In particular, if this week’s Cthulhu Cthursday was your thing, you might like the little bit I did on John Dee’s mirror, and especially the role of Dr. Margaret Murray in the DNA of both the Cthulhu cult and the neopagan revival in the mid-20th century.

    PPS: Bought the most recent TUO pdf, though before the tsunami. Have not had time to peruse, but am looking forward to it.

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