A Dark Muse: A History of the Occult by Gary Lachman

By Gary Lachman

The occult used to be a very important impression at the Renaissance, and it obsessed the preferred thinkers of the day. yet with the Age of cause, occultism was once sidelined; in simple terms charlatans came across any use for it. Occult principles didn't disappear, despite the fact that, yet particularly went underground. It built right into a fruitful resource of thought for plenty of very important artists. Works of brilliance, occasionally even of genius, have been produced lower than its impression. In a gloomy Muse, Lachman discusses the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, the Romantic explosion, the futuristic occultism of the fin de siècle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist circulate. a number of the writers and thinkers featured during this hidden background of western concept and sensibility are Emanuel Swedenborg, Charles Baudelaire, J. ok. Huysmans, August Strindberg, William Blake, Goethe, Madame Blavatsky, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and Malcolm Lowry.

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The marks would vanish and he’d be able to breathe again. But he couldn’t. And he couldn’t. And he— “Hey! Hey, Sam. ” There was a hand, shaking him, and none too gently. “Yo! ” Sam grunted, jerked backward and opened his eyes, lifting his head away from the window. Behind the wheel of the Impala, Dean regarded him with a look of brotherly amusement. ” Without saying a word, Sam grabbed the rearview mirror and tilted it down, lifting his chin to look at his neck. It was unblemished, the skin normal.

Whether you could eat it or not, Dean thought, the gathering certainly bore one of the trappings of raw history; it didn’t make a lot of sense down here on ground level. Maybe viewed from above, certain patterns would begin to emerge, but— Suddenly he was knocked to one side. “Hey,” somebody snapped. ” The source of the comment was a burly, flush-faced Union soldier who looked as if he’d been enjoying far too much funnel cake, or whatever it was they served around the campfire. Dean bristled. ” he replied, planting his feet.

Sam glanced up. ” “Shooting during a Civil War re-enactment,” Rufus said quietly. ” Rufus looked at them. ” Dean asked. ” “Anonymous email tip. ” Dean scowled. ” “Place called Ilchester. ” Dean turned to Sam, who was already staring at him. ” “I told you. ” “Then we’ll take that one,” Dean said. ” “You sure? ” Rufus asked. “Forget it,” Dean said. ” THREE An hour later Dean took one hand off the wheel and pointed at the sign that stood on the right side of the two-lane highway. ” “See, I told’ya this was a good idea,” Dean said.

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