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New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

To get ordering information on any title just click on the picture.

Many of the books we carry are rare and we have a very limited quantity. All books are sold on a first come first serve basis.  All books are available for layaway.

We are always interested in buying Esoteric, Occult, Freemasonry, Alchemy, Golden Dawn, Hermetics, Ceremonial Magic, Witchcraft, Religious, Philosophy and Lovecraftian fiction. Feel free to contact us at miskatonicbooks@me.com

 

36 FACES The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans by Austin Coppock (Special Hardcover Limited Edition in Custom Slipcase)

 

A special hardcover, handbound in full leather, with one of 36 unique talismanic enclosures depicting the genius of each of the decans, marbled endpapers, with custom slipcase.

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There is a thread that runs through over four millennia of astrological and magical history, a cord that binds ancient Egypt with the Hellenistic world, the Arabian empire, India, the European Renaissance and even touches the present. That thread is the Decans, a division of the earth’s sky into 36 sections. These 36 ‘Faces of Heaven’ are more than just a curious footnote in the history of archaeo-astronomy. First emerging in ancient Egypt, they have moved with the corpus of Hermetic material, reincarnating in the starry wisdom of culture after culture.

Ostensibly a gear in astrology’s encompassing clockworks, the Decans have also long been a key to accessing legions of spirits. For several millennia and in multiple cultures, magicians have looked at these 36 faces and seen gods, choirs of angels, hordes of demons, and a host of daimones staring back at them, each with its own unique powers. Far from going undocumented, this gallery of faces has been painted and drawn by a host of astrologers, sorcerers and artists, and they can be found on walls of Italian villas as well as in the pages of grimoires.

Weaving together astrology and magic, divination and sorcery, time and sky, this thread of esoteric history deserves more than the footnotes it has so far received. In this work, Austin Coppock follows the Decans through history, charting their trajectory through time and culture. Using the ring of keys which history provides, the 36 doors are flung open, revealing their mysteries to magician and astrologer alike. Each decan, its image, and its specific powers are examined in detail, as well as its permutations in the planetary aspects. Featuring original images specially created for each Decan by Bob Eames, 36 Faces is an invaluable resource for magicians, astrologers, and historians of magical semiotics.

 

ARS PHILTRON: Concerning the Aqueous Cunning Of the Potion And Its Praxis in the Green Arte Magica by Daniel Schulke (Limited Edition Hardcover)

Xoanon Publishing, 2008. Edition Codex Vasculum, Second Edition (special copy) Hardcover. 8vo. 304 pages. Casebound in black decorated rust-colored cloth. 33 illustrations. Colored endpapers. Lexicon, The greatly-expanded “Edition Codex Vasculum.” Limited to 720 “standard” numbered clothbound copies. Book is in fine condition. Click on the images tab above for more pictures.

The work examines “Wortcunning and Sabbatic-alchemical gnosis as manifested through the medium of potion-making. Its text treats of the eight principal Sabbatic-alchemic philtre types, their pharmacoepia and formulation. Evocations to aspects of the Sabbatic Guardians Lilith and Cain are also given to empower the revelation and reification of the Philtre Arcana.” The author was a friend of the late Andrew Chumbley, and is presently both the Magister of the Cultus Sabbati, as well as the Verdelet of the Tradition. It is from the Cultus Sabbati, in common with Chumbley’s “Azoetia,” that this book draws its inspiration.

 

OPUSCULA MAGICA Volume 1: Essays on Witchcraft and the Sabbatic Tradition by Andrew Chumbley (Deluxe, Quarter Bound In Leather with Custom Slipcase)

One of only 242 deluxe limited edition hardcovers, quarter bound in leather with custom slipcase. Book is in fine condition with a near fine slipcase with light shelf wear else fine.

Opuscula Volume One contains nine essays written between 1990 and 2003, including one previously unpublished. This volume also includes an Author’s Introduction never before published, as well as an expanded version of the interview with Chumbley in The Cauldron. The essays reflect a degree of magical insight, clarity of vision, and creativity seldom equaled in occult writing to this day.

 

BEYOND THE MAUVE ZONE by Kenneth Grant (First Edition Hardcover) Import

This is a first edition hardcover. Published in 1999 by Starfire Publications. Book is in near fine condition in like dust jacket. Light shelf wear else fine!

The penultimate volume in Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, deals with various magickal systems and rites of sex magick, as worked by contemporary adepts such as Michael Bertiaux, Nema, Jeffrey & Ruth Evans, and Zivorad Mihajlovic (the Patriarch of the Ecclesia Gnostica Alba). The contents includes chapters on the Kaula Rite of the Fire Snake, the Rite of the K’rla Cell, the Fire Snake & Parasexual Orgasm, The Typhonian Bases of the Mysteries of Maat, and much more.

This book gives rare and detailed insight into the workings of these modern sorcerers. Also contains over 23 plates & illustrations, including artwork by Steffi Grant, Linda Falorio, Nema, Mark Bell, Mishlen Linden and many more.

 

THE NINTH ARCH by Kenneth Grant (First Edition Hardcover) Import

This is a first edition hardcover. Published in 2002 by Starfire Publications. Book is in near fine condition in like dust jacket. Light shelf wear else fine! Click on images tab above for more pictures.

One of only 1000 copies published.

Starfire Publishing, London, 2002. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. xxxviii + 604pp. The ‘standard’ or ‘trade’ issue of the first edition limited to 903 copies bound in black Wibalin cloth. Colour frontispiece of an artwork in pastel by Austin Osman Spare. 26 black and white plates of work by Kenneth & Steffi Grant, Pete Smith, Hiruyuli Fukuda, Alfred Floki, Brian Ward, Ellerina Mortier, Mark Bell, Morn Morgan, Sidney Sime and Judith Page. A coloured plate bound in at the rear reproduces the front panel designs of the dustwrappers of the nine books which make up Grant’s three trilogies. Index, glossary and appendices.

“The Ninth Arch” contains the text and commentary on the “Book of the Spider,” a ‘received’ text revealed to members of the Nu Isis Lodge of Grant’s Typhonian O.T.O. The work completes Grant’s trilogy of trilogies (The Magical Revival, Aleister Crowley and the Hidden God, & Cults of the Shadow) + (Nightside of Eden, Outside the Circles of Time, Hecate’s Fountain) + (Outer Gateways, Beyond the Mauve Zone, Ninth Arch).

The Ninth Arch is an extended analysis of and commentary upon Liber OKBISh, The Book of the Spider, a transmitted text which was received in the course of Workings of the New Isis Lodge in the 1950s. Grant’s novella Against the Light (Starfire Publishing, London, 1997) cast some of the themes of Liber OKBISh into fictional form.The New Isis Lodge was the final name given to a magical group developed by Kenneth and Steffi Grant over several years in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The main body of work by New Isis Lodge extended over the years 1955 to 1962, and it was on the basis of his experiences within this Lodge that Grant was later to publish his monumental series of nine volumes which has come to be known as the Typhonian Trilogies.

 

OUTSIDE THE CIRCLES OF TIME by Kenneth Grant (Deluxe, Signed, Quarter Bound in Morocco in Custom Slipcase)

One of only 111 deluxe, signed, quarter bound in morocco leather in custom slipcase. Book is in near fine condition. This is number 63 of 111. Click on the images tab above for more pictures of this unique rare title.
Plus a signed and inscribed postcard by the publisher.

Starfire Publishing, London, 2008. 332 pages, with a frontispiece, a section of twenty-six plates (many in colour) and illustrated endpapers. Sewn hardback with boards bound in black cloth, protected with an attractive full-colour dust-jacket designed by Steffi Grant.

Outside the Circles of Time was first published in 1980. It has been newly typeset, with some of the original illustrations now in colour, and augmented with previously unpublished artwork by Steffi Grant. The fifth volume in the series of Grant’s Typhonian Trilogies, this is a work that covers an extremely wide area and exposes – to quote from the jacket of the 1980 edition – “a network more complex than was ever imagined: a network not unlike H.P. Lovecraft’s dark vision of sinister forces lurking at the rim of the universe”. Outside the Circles of Time explores a complex of such ideas, from Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine, Crowley’s Book of the Law, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, and Frater Achad’s researches. It also explores the work of Soror Andahadna, a contemporary Priestess of Maat whose work has parallels with that of Frater Achad some decades previously when he announced the inauguration of the Aeon of Maat in 1948. On the more orthodox premise that each Aeon lasts 2,000 years, we are at the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, so the Aeon of Maat might appear a long way off yet. However, the following passage from Outside the Circles of Time puts the matter in a different light:

Myths and legends are of the past, but Maat should not be thought of in terms of past or future aeons. Maat is present now for those who, knowing the ‘sacred alignments’ and the ‘Gateway of Inbetweenness’, experience the Word ever coming, ever emaning, from the Mouth, in the ever new and ever present forms that are continually being generated from the mystical Atu or House of Maat, the Ma-atu . . .

But the book is not simply or even primarily about the Aeon of Maat. It is a potent weaving of a host of apparently diverse strands into a broad, deep and powerful current. Though Grant’s volumes in the Typhonian Trilogies have each a unique flavour, Outside the Circles of Time seemed to herald a jump into a different dimension. To round off this synopsis, the closing paragraphs are taken from the Introduction. They convey at once the direction and flavour of this rich and powerful book:

One final point is here relevant, and I state it without apology. It is not my purpose to try to prove anything; my aim is to construct a magical mirror capable of expressing some of the less elusive images seen as shadows of a future aeon. This I do by means of suggestion, evocation, and by those oblique and ‘inbetweenness concepts’ that Austin Spare defined as ‘Neither-Neither’. When this is understood, the reader’s mind becomes receptive to the influx of certain concepts that can, if received undistortedly, fertilize the unknown dimensions of his consciousness. In order to achieve this aim a new manner of communication has to be evolved; language itself has to be reborn, revivified, and given a new direction and a new momentum. The truly creative image is born of creative imagining, and this is – ultimately – an irrational process that transcends the grasp of human logic.

It is well known that scientists and mathematicians have evolved a cryptic language, a language so elusive, so fugitive, and yet so essentially cosmic that it forms an almost qabalistic mode of communication, often misinterpreted by its own initiates! Our position is not quite as desperate, for we are dealing primarily with the body-mind complex in its relation to the universe, and the body-aspect is deeply rooted in the soil of sentiency. Our minds may not understand, but in the deeper layers of subconsciousness where humanity shares a common bed, there is instant recognition. Similarly, a magician devises his ceremony in harmony with the forces he wills to invoke, so an author must pay considerable attention to the creation of an atmosphere that is suitable for his operations. Words are his magical instruments, and their vibrations must produce not a merely arbitrary noise, but an elaborate symphony of tonal reverberations that trigger a series of increasingly profound echoes in the consciousness of his readers. One cannot over-emphasize or over-estimate the importance of this subtle form of alchemy, for it is in the nuances, and not necessarily in the rational meanings of the words and numbers employed, that the magick resides. Furthermore, it is very often in the suggestion of certain words not used, yet indicated or employed by other words having no direct relation to them, that produce the most precise definitions. The edifice of a reality-construct may sometimes be reared only by an architecture of absence, whereby the real building is at one and the same time revealed and concealed by an alien structure haunted by probabilities. These are legion, and it is the creative faculty of the reader – awake and active – that can people the house with souls. So then, this book may mean many things to many readers, and different things to all; but to none can it mean nothing at all, for the house is constructed in such a manner that no echo can be lost.

 

New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

To get ordering information on any title just click on the picture.

Many of the books we carry are rare and we have a very limited quantity. All books are sold on a first come first serve basis.  All books are available for layaway.

We are always interested in buying Esoteric, Occult, Freemasonry, Alchemy, Golden Dawn, Hermetics, Ceremonial Magic, Witchcraft, Religious, Philosophy and Lovecraftian fiction. Feel free to contact us at miskatonicbooks@me.com

 

New Arrivals:

We are very happy to announce that we just received the latest publication from Nephilim Press. Like all Nephilim Press titles we don’t expect this one to be in print for very long. Just click on one of the pictures below to secure your copy.

THE BOOK OF SMOKELESS FIRE by S. Ben Qayin (Limited Edition Hardcover)

One of only 500 hand numbered cloth bound copies with sewn in ribbon bookmark and pictorial endpapers. 

Book is in new unread condition.

 

“The work that is being presented in “The Book of Smokeless Fire” is based on a very little known and overlooked Solomonic text simply known as “Miscelaneo de Salomon”, which amazingly mirrors that of Lovecraft’s, “Necronomicon” both in content and history. It is an ancient and forbidden Arabian manuscript, that seems was later evolved into the Greek “Goetia” and gives the earliest known account of King Solomon and his binding of the seventy-two sinister Djinn he sealed away in the infamous brass container. 

In “The Book of Smokeless Fire”, the ancient manuscript has now been reworked into a completely new system, utilizing revolutionary evocation technology, to again call upon the ancient and destructive Djinn, whose names have been concealed for centuries…” 

 

Author S. Ben Qayin has outdone himself with this stunning interpretation and cohesive reworking of a long lost magickal discipline. The Book of Smokeless Fire is over 190 pages of pure magickal knowledge laid out in an easy to read format that really flows. With no fluff, filler, and no nonsense, Qayin manages to take what some have dabbled in and written about in the past and open it up into a fully workable system of magick.

 

 BACK IN STOCK and in short supply!!!

Also we just received more copies of:  The Holy Guardian Angel. On the practice and experience of the Holy Guardian Angel edited by Michael Cecchetelli (Limited Edition Hardcover).  We sold out of these very quickly and expect this second order to do the same. These will go on a first come first serve basis.

 

One of only 500 hand numbered hardcover limited edition copies! Book is in new unread condition. 

From the publisher: 

We did something different with this book. We sent out digital copies for review by practicing Occultists. They asked for no compensation and they will not receive anything from us. I thought that one review in particular really captured what the book is all about so well that I decided to include it here because I couldn’t do a better job of writing it up. It’s hard to improve on someone’s honest opinion. The following is taken from the Blog: The Digital Ambler, an Occult Blog. 

” Whether you’ve already had contact with your HGA, or even already reached the grade of Ipsissimus in the Golden Dawn, or even are a newcomer to Hermetic magic generally, Fr. MC’s book “The Holy Guardian Angel” is going to be a wealth of information and practice for you. It’ll give you things to look forward to if you don’t yet have contact with your HGA, and it’ll give you plenty to chew on if you already do (or think you do). The book is one of the closest things we have to a textbook on working with the HGA especially when paired with things like the Book of Abramelin or Liber Samekh, but it’s also definitely one of the most approachable texts out there. To see the words and minds of these magicians put together in a single volume on a complicated subject is a treat, both intellectually and spiritually, and definitely a must-have for ceremonial magicians. 

The text itself is 216 pages long, beautifully typeset and well-edited, making the reading of it a pleasure all on its own. The book is broken down into four parts: the nature of the HGA, what comes after contact and how to work with the HGA, different schools of thought about the HGA, and a whole section devoted to some of the important blog posts made during the 2011 pan-blogosphere debates on the HGA. Of course, MC himself is only one contributing author to the book, and that only in the final section; as he says in the introduction, he “realized no author had set about producing such a volume [on achieving K&CHGA], wherein are presented a diverse and varying cross-section of the beliefs on the subject, was because no single author could”. It’s a complicated subject with layers upon layers of interpretation, use, and philosophy, making writing such a book on such a spirit more daunting than any other series of tomes on almost any other part of magic.” 

I could not have said it better myself. Also Mike Cecchetelli has hand picked a group of celebrated Magicians for their expertise and ability to present even the most complex of subjects in a user friendly way that will be of great benefit to seasoned practitioner and novice alike. They are: 

• A Solar Spark of Light And Fire – Darren Scriven 
• Nine Pieces of Heart Advice For Those Seeking The HGA – Jason Miller 
• The Descended Angel – Scott Michael Stenwick 
• Never Again Alone – Rufus Opus 
• After Abramelin: Working With Your Holy Guardian Angel – Aaron Leitch 
• Passing Through The Void: Journey To Unite With Your HGA – Frater Ashen F.N.F. 
• The Voice of Light: The HGA In The Ogdoadic Tradition – Derik Richards 
• Knowledge and Conversation of The HGA: One Thelemites Perspective – Kevin Abblett 
• Holy Guardian Angel(s)? – Conjureman Ali 
• Holy Guardian Angels, Helpful Spirits and The Genius – MC 
• 2 Years Later – The HGA Revisited – MC 
And more.

 

VOLUBILIS EX CHAOSIUM: A Grimoire of the Black Magic of the Old Ones by S. Ben Qayin (Deluxe Bound in Goatskin Limited Edition)

Limited Deluxe Edition of 37 hand numbered copies. 133 Pages and Bound in full 
goatskin leather with blind stamping, banded spine and a genuine black silk ribbon marker. Printed on high quality paper and includes ceremonial diagrams and 5 full page hand mounted illustrations by the sinister artist Lucas Pandofelli. Each copy ritually consecrated and signed by the author. 

On the 75th anniversary of the passing of H.P. Lovecraft, Dark Harvest brings you Volubilis Ex Chaosium, a grimoire of the Black Magic of the Old Ones. 

“Howard Phillips Lovecraft through his classic works on the Cthulhu Mythos and Necronomicon introduced his cosmicism philosophy and system of forbidden knowledge to early 20th century readers. Regarded by many as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, he was an avid and masterful storyteller, or as some believe a magician, in his own right. Decades after publication, his works have been the inspiration of many notables within the fantasy, science fiction, horror and occult genres. However, of particular interest is the system of dark magic employed throughout these works. Some have looked upon these works as occult fantasy, while others believe there is a much deeper meaning within the tradition of the magician storyteller passing down a complete system of dark magic to a selected novice capable of intuitively transcending beyond a mere storyline. To some who have examined the works of H.P. Lovecraft, there is an apparent logical and practical system of dark magic that can be assimilated. Throughout the years many have based their own works of occult fantasy and grimoires on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.” 

“In Volubilis Ex Chaosium, a new practical approach has been revealed, a key dedicated to the pursuit and practice of the dark system of magic as prescribed by Lovecraft throughout his works. Never before has the very practical foundation of this dark system been offered through any tome; where the flourishes and dramatic flights of fancy of the storyteller have been stripped away leaving a solid bedrock of practical dark magic for those who are so inclined to dare enter the dark realm of Chaos Magic from within their own ritual chamber. Make no mistake, Volubilis Ex Chaosium is by no means a study of Lovecraft’s dark system of magic, it is an instruction guide from the acquisition of the instruments of ritual to the conducting of actual rituals within this system.” 

- Dr. Robert Ing 

S. Ben Qayin, with his vast knowledge of dark occult matters spanning over decades, found Lovecraft’s work to be so compelling, that after careful study a complete practical system of dark magic became more than evident to him within. Just as the magician storytellers of bygone centuries ignited a dark flame within their charges, so too was the case of S. Ben Qayin, who was so moved by what he had found, there was little doubt this system of magic as told by Lovecraft had been obtained 
from beyond the mere imaginative genius of the storyteller 
alone. 

ADEPT’S GAMBIT: The Original Version by Fritz Leiber with Commentary by H.P. Lovecraft now shipping!!!

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , on May 16, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

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ADEPT’S GAMBIT: The Original Version by Fritz Leiber edited by S. T. Joshi (Signed limited edition hardcover)

NOW SHIPPING!

One of only 300 signed and numbered hardcover copies. Each copy is signed by the editor S. T. Joshi and hand numbered. Full color printed custom endpapers, foil stamping, and sewn binding. 
 
In 1936, the young Fritz Leiber wrote a 38,000-word novella entitled Adept’s Gambit and sent it to his new correspondent, H. P. Lovecraft. The older writer was thrilled at this sprawling narrative that mixed fantasy, sorcery, and historical fiction, and wrote an enormous letter expressing his praise and pointing out possible points that needed revision. Overall, however, Lovecraft was enthusiastic: “Certainly, you have produced a remarkably fine & distinctive bit of cosmic fantasy in a vein which is . . . essentially your own. The basic element of allegory, the earthiness & closeness to human nature, & the curious blending of worldly lightness with the strange & the macabre, all harmonise adequately & seem to express a definite mood & personality. The result is an authentic work of art.” 
 
For decades, it was believed that this version—which contains small but significant references to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos—was lost. But the manuscript has recently surfaced, and it is now being published for the first time. This version differs radically from the later version published in Night’s Black Agents (1947), and represents a landmark in the development of Leiber’s fantasy career. As the first Fafhrd and Gray Mouser narrative, it will be of consuming interest to all devotees of Leiber’s work. 
 
This edition contains the complete, unabridged text of “Adept’s Gambit,” along with the complete text of Lovecraft’s letter commenting on it, as well as an introduction by S. T. Joshi providing background on the writing of the story. In all, this volume will find a cherished place among devotees of Fritz Leiber and H. P. Lovecraft. 

New, Rare and Interesting Items This Week at Miskatonic Books

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2014 by miskatonicbooks

To get ordering information on any title just click on the picture.

Many of the books we carry are rare and we have a very limited quantity. All books are sold on a first come first serve basis.  All books are available for layaway.

We are always interested in buying Esoteric, Occult, Freemasonry, Alchemy, Witchcraft, Religious, Philosophy and Lovecraftian fiction. Feel free to contact us at miskatonicbooks@me.com

DAEMONOLOGIE of the King James (Deluxe HELLMOUTH Edition Quarter Bound in Snake-Skin) Only 25 produced!!!

25 copies quarter bound in snake-skin and cloth featuring a folding plate depicting the Hellmouth. Note, this folding plate only appears in the special Hellmouth edition. 

Readers familiar with the King James Bible will find this book on Demonology and Witchcraft of significant interest. The Daemonologie of King James came about due to the involvement of James VI of Scotland in the North Berwick witch trials. While traveling by ship the King’s journey was beset with an unexpected storm at sea which nearly sank the vessel and greatly delayed the voyage. The Danish admiral of the accompanying fleet blamed it on the wife of a Copenhagen official claiming it was revenge for an ill remark he had made to her. This led to the first major persecution of witches in Scotland. Many were investigated and confessions extracted by torture and provided damning details of Sorcery, Devilry and fantastic reports of the Witches Sabbath. The results of those confessions serve as a foundation of James’ text Daemonologie and he here explicates them in the form of three dialogues. Late 16th century attitudes about witchcraft, necromancy, sorcery and kindred arts are represented here. This work also serves as a monument of the terrible inhumanity society can be capable of. 

 NIGHTSIDE OF EDEN by Kenneth Grant (Hardcover Edition Still in Publisher’s Shrinkwrap!!!)

Nightside of Eden has been out of print now, for 20 years. It was the first ‘Qliphoth Grimoire’, which made a serious & detailed attempt, to decipher Aleister Crowley’s enigmatic Liber 231, which provided the seals/sigils of the 22 Qliphoth, that reside in 22 paths of the Tree of the Nightside (Death/Daath). Nightside of Eden has been the standard reference for Qliphothic exploration, since it was published in its 1st Edition format, in 1977. It influenced a generation of magicians & sorcerers, who experimented with the sigils provided, and sought to make contact with the qliphothic entities, in the tunnels of set. Some 36 years since the 1st edition was published, Nightside of Eden remains essential reading for anyone interested in working with the qliphoth. Many other publications have attempted to explore & explain qliphothic magick & sorcery. Very few have succeeded, and Nightside of Eden still towers above much of what has been published in recent years. With the recent publication of a new, & significant grimoire, titled The Book of Sitra Achra: A Grimoire of the Dragons of the Other Side (written by N.A-A. 218), now is definitely the time to ‘rediscover’, and re-examine, the grimoire that gave birth the Qliphoth Renaissance – Kenneth Grant’s Nightside of Eden. 

Book is in fine unread condition and is still in publisher’s original shrinkwrap!!!

THE FOURTH BOOK OF OCCULT PHILOSOPHY by Henry Cornelius Agrippa (Limited Edition Hardcover)

This is the first corrected edition of THE FOURTH BOOK OF OCCULT PHILOSOPHY by the noted Renaissance magician Henry Cornelius Agrippa. A student under the tutelage of Johann Trithemius who later took on the role of mentor to the famous Johann Wierus, Cornelius Agrippa has proven to be one of the most influential occultist in history. 

Professor Marc Huys has corrected, translated and annotated the Greek provided in the original edition of the Forth Boo and provided their sources for the modern reader. 

As has become the custom since the first English edition of this work in 1655, this volume includes the Heptameron or Magical Elements of Peter de Abano, the twelfth century esotericist. 

The artwork from the original edition has been restored for inclusion in the volume. We have included a selection of dedications by colleagues of the original editor along with the original preface to the book. 

One of only 1000 hardcover copies this being number 28 of 1000s. Book is in fine condition in a fine dust jacket. 

Back in stock and in short supply:

VOLUBILIS EX CHAOSIUM: A Grimoire of the Black Magic of the Old Ones by S. Ben Qayin (Hardcover Limited Edition)

Bound in green cloth with black foil stamping and stunning textured end papers. 133 pages. Printed on high quality paper and includes ceremonial diagrams and 5 full page illustrations by the sinister artist Lucas Pandofelli. Hand numbered and limited to 478 copies. 

On the 75th anniversary of the passing of H.P. Lovecraft, Dark Harvest brings you Volubilis Ex Chaosium, a grimoire of the Black Magic of the Old Ones. 

“Howard Phillips Lovecraft through his classic works on the Cthulhu Mythos and Necronomicon introduced his cosmicism philosophy and system of forbidden knowledge to early 20th century readers. Regarded by many as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century, he was an avid and masterful storyteller, or as some believe a magician, in his own right. Decades after publication, his works have been the inspiration of many notables within the fantasy, science fiction, horror and occult genres. However, of particular interest is the system of dark magic employed throughout these works. Some have looked upon these works as occult fantasy, while others believe there is a much deeper meaning within the tradition of the magician storyteller passing down a complete system of dark magic to a selected novice capable of intuitively transcending beyond a mere storyline. To some who have examined the works of H.P. Lovecraft, there is an apparent logical and practical system of dark magic that can be assimilated. Throughout the years many have based their own works of occult fantasy and grimoires on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.” 

“In Volubilis Ex Chaosium, a new practical approach has been revealed, a key dedicated to the pursuit and practice of the dark system of magic as prescribed by Lovecraft throughout his works. Never before has the very practical foundation of this dark system been offered through any tome; where the flourishes and dramatic flights of fancy of the storyteller have been stripped away leaving a solid bedrock of practical dark magic for those who are so inclined to dare enter the dark realm of Chaos Magic from within their own ritual chamber. Make no mistake, Volubilis Ex Chaosium is by no means a study of Lovecraft’s dark system of magic, it is an instruction guide from the acquisition of the instruments of ritual to the conducting of actual rituals within this system.” 

- Dr. Robert Ing 

S. Ben Qayin, with his vast knowledge of dark occult matters spanning over decades, found Lovecraft’s work to be so compelling, that after careful study a complete practical system of dark magic became more than evident to him within. Just as the magician storytellers of bygone centuries ignited a dark flame within their charges, so too was the case of S. Ben Qayin, who was so moved by what he had found, there was little doubt this system of magic as told by Lovecraft had been obtained 
from beyond the mere imaginative genius of the storyteller 
alone. 

KEYS OF OCAT by S. Connolly (Limited Edition Hardcover)

The Keys of Ocat reveals the never before published Saturn rites, seals, and theophantic gate opening rituals of Ocat, the abyssal gatekeeper of the dead. Behind His gates dwell the Daemons of death including Euronymous, Balberith, Bune, Hekate, Frucisierre, and many others. These blood magick rituals, talismans and seals will aid the advanced magician in conjuring Daemons to speak with the dead, commune with death, and discover the true meaning of mortality and spiritual immortality. Be forewarned, however, Ocat is not known to be a friendly gatekeeper to all magi who approach Him, and the Daemons behind His gates are some of the most terrifying of their nature. 

Both editions of The Keys of Ocat are 6″x9″, heavy cream, smythe sewn, archival quality paper. The LIbrary Edition, in only 450 copies, is bound in Red cloth and has gold foil stamping. 

There will also be a Funerary Templar Edition bound in full red Goatskin by a noted artisan binder. The price of these is yet to be determined as we have just had them commissioned. There very design is based on a set of requirements laid down by the author after consulting with several Necromantic Funerary Priests. Each one will include the bones of the sacrifices made to imbue the individual books with the ability to aid the owner in manipulating the currents of energy so described within its pages. The bones themselves should be kept with the book and the owners are encouraged to use them for divinatory practices. 

The Book of Abrasax. A Grimoire of the Hidden Gods by Michael Cecchetelli (Hardcover Limited Edition)

The Standard edition of 700 hand numbered copies is bound in a parsimony cloth, book has marbled gold and black end-papers and are smythe sewn for durability. Inside their covers lie over one hundred and fifty pages of heavyweight archival quality cream colored paper stock packed with information, sigils, signs, rituals, symbols, imagery,footnotes, bibliograhy and just about everything else you could ask for in a ground breaking work that recreates the intricacies of a lost ancient magical system. 

THE GRIMOIRE OF TIAMAT by Asenath Mason (First Edition Hardcover)

Tiamat is the Primal Dragon Goddess, “the first one, who gave birth to the gods of the universe”, the Mother of Everything, the self procreating womb, the source of all life and all manifestation. The work described in this book was inspired by the Babylonian epic known as the Enuma Elish, one of the oldest Creation myths in the world.

First Look at Our Next Publication ADEPT’S GAMBIT by Fritz Leiber edited by S. T. Joshi (Signed limited edition hardcover)

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ADEPT’S GAMBIT: The Original Version by Fritz Leiber edited by S. T. Joshi (Signed limited edition hardcover)

 

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In 1936, the young Fritz Leiber wrote a 38,000-word novella entitled Adept’s Gambit and sent it to his new correspondent, H. P. Lovecraft. The older writer was thrilled at this sprawling narrative that mixed fantasy, sorcery, and historical fiction, and wrote an enormous letter expressing his praise and pointing out possible points that needed revision. Overall, however, Lovecraft was enthusiastic: “Certainly, you have produced a remarkably fine & distinctive bit of cosmic fantasy in a vein which is . . . essentially your own. The basic element of allegory, the earthiness & closeness to human nature, & the curious blending of worldly lightness with the strange & the macabre, all harmonise adequately & seem to express a definite mood & personality. The result is an authentic work of art.” 

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For decades, it was believed that this version—which contains small but significant references to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos—was lost. But the manuscript has recently surfaced, and it is now being published for the first time. This version differs radically from the later version published in Night’s Black Agents (1947), and represents a landmark in the development of Leiber’s fantasy career. As the first Fafhrd and Gray Mouser narrative, it will be of consuming interest to all devotees of Leiber’s work. 

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This edition contains the complete, unabridged text of “Adept’s Gambit,” along with the complete text of Lovecraft’s letter commenting on it, as well as an introduction by S. T. Joshi providing background on the writing of the story. In all, this volume will find a cherished place among devotees of Fritz Leiber and H. P. Lovecraft. 

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One of only 500 signed and numbered hardcover copies. Each copy is signed by the editor S. T. Joshi and hand numbered. Full color printed custom endpapers, foil stamping, and sewn binding. 

 

Viking Runes Deciphered

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , on February 14, 2014 by chrisperridas

At Miskatonic Books we love old “books” whether they are made from paper, clay, rocks, or bones.

Professor Webb had been engaged, forty-eight years before, in a tour of Greenland and Iceland in search of some Runic inscriptions which he failed to unearth; and whilst high up on the West Greenland coast had encountered a singular tribe or cult of degenerate Esquimaux whose religion, a curious form of devil-worship, chilled him with its deliberate bloodthirstiness and repulsiveness. H. P. Lovecraft. Call of Cthulhu.

Now a detective story has been resolved as Viking runes have finally been deciphered and decoded.

It’s like solving a puzzle,” said Nordby to the Norwegian website forskning.no. “Gradually I began to see a pattern in what was apparently meaningless combinations of runes.” However, those thinking that the coded runes will reveal deep secrets of the Norse will be disappointed. The messages found so far seem to be either used in learning or have a playful tone. In one case the message was ‘Kiss me’. Nordby explains “We have little reason to believe that rune codes should hide sensitive messages, people often wrote short everyday messages.” In many instances those who wrote the coded runes also left comments urging the readers to try to figure it out. Sometimes they would also boast of their abilities at writing the codes.

The 13th-century Viking code had eluded scholars. K. Jonas Nordby, PhD student, cracked the mystery. He is a runologist working at the University of Oslo. The “Jötunvillur code,” which is present on over 80 Norse inscriptions had long baffled scholars.

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He believes that the secret messageis: “Kiss me.” The graffiti was on 700-year-old stick on which two men, Sigurd and Lavrans, carved their names and wrote the brief message “Kiss me.”

Nordby acknowledged that there is a playful element to these runes, many of which, when cracked, amount to their authors boasting how difficult their ciphers are to crack.

“People challenged one another with codes. It was a kind of competition in the art of rune making. This testifies to a playfulness with writing that we don’t see today,” says Nordby.

Nine of the 80 or so coded runic writings that Nordby has investigated are written in the jötunvillur code. The others are written in coded runes with the aid of the Caesar cipher, a system involving a shift to letters a few places away in the alphabet. This and another code have been understood by researchers for some time.

Being good at writing and breaking codes ensured a certain amount of status, and people bragged about their proficiencies. On the Orkney Islands, for instance, someone wrote in code: “These runes were carved by the most rune-literate man west of the sea”.

Henrik Williams, a professor at Uppsala University’s Department of Scandinavian Languages and a Swedish expert on runes, says that Nordby’s discovery is important.

 

A Magickal Worldview (1898)

Posted in Miskatonic Books with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2014 by chrisperridas

Below is a fascinating pair of articles on now almost lost magickal folklore. It also contrasts the emerging rationalist viewpoint which in bashing the magickal worldview, also preserved it for historians. John Wesley Powell (1834-1902), the subject of the article, was a powerful figure and was notable for founding the National Geographic Society, and thus created a different kind of modern kind of mythology.

In this, case, however, Powell’s book seems to bash the “primitive” sense of magick for the rationalist and scientific worldview. As a professional ethnologist, he preserved many wonderful magickal stories, but he was in essence a folklorist and mythologist with that bent of mind.

What is also fascinating is how the regional newspapers ripped out the essence of the Boston Transcript’s story, and kept the Indian narratives in order to sensationalize and sell newspapers. These papers seemed to relish the chance to bash savages and their “primitive ways”.

Both versions are posted below. Additional references are also listed for your perusal.

Those of you who, along with Miskatonic Books, enjoy contemplating the magickal viewpoint please excuse the prejudices and perjoratives of the era and enjoy the narratives.

Those of you who are Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith fans, note the interesting parallels with Yig and Tsatthogua.

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Boston Evening Transcript
10 December 1898
Page 24

GHOSTS AND THEIR HABITS
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Chief of Bureau of Ethnology Prints a Spook Book.
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Facts About the Evolution of Phantoms – The Ghost of the Savage, and the Civilized Spectre – Weird House of the Ancient of Serpents in Arizona – A Demoniac Residence in Southern California
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Washington, Dec. 9 {1898}
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“What I know About Ghosts,” would be an appropriate title for a work that is on the point of publication by the director of the Bureau of Ethnology, Major J. W. Powell {i.e. John Wesley Powell}. It is a book on the theory of phantoms, and it traces the evolution of those creepy things up out of the night time, showing how they arrived at their present condition of development. There is ever so much other wisdom in this admirable volume, which is called “Truth and Error,” but just now it will suffice to speak of spectres proper.

Ghosts it would appear, are extremely ancient. In fact, the people of old, who dwelt in caves and were on social terms with the wooly rhinoceros wee acquainted with a variety of them immensely greater than is known nowadays. Modern spectres are a degenerate breed, quite rare and exhibiting little differentiation. Most of them appear in an aimless sort of way, clad as in life, and glide on and off the scene like magic-lantern pictures, though now and then a comparitively husky spook does turn up in a winding-sheet and drag a few links of clanking chain across the floor.

Primeval man, on the other hand, was surrounded by phantoms; he moved in a world so thickly populated with them that it was only with the utmost difficulty that he could get about in safety. It is the same way, says Major Powell, with the savage of today, by whom all lower animals, stones, bodies of water, the sun, the moon, and the stars are supposed to have ghosts, which can leave their bodies and journey through the world. When a man sleeps, his phantasm, which cannot sleep, goes a-traveling. So, likewise, when the bodies of the rocks are at reast, their ghosts shine in the heavens as the aurora borealis. If you strike one rock with another, you can see the ghost as a spark of fire. When the clouds gather, they are the ghosts of water.

Now some of these spectres are decidedly interesting. For example, fifty miles to the southwest of Tucson, Ar., is a dreary region of desert, a rugged butte of roughly conical shape rises abruptly from the plain and points like a finger toward the sky. Here and there its sides are pitted with caverns, and altogether its appearance is so weird that it is no wonder the Papago Indians of the region regard it with superstitious awe. It is called Rattlesnake rock because the ancient of all the Rattlesnakes makes his home inside of it. This fact is known positively because he has been seen many times. The butte is a sacred place and nobody ventures near it under ordinary circumstances, but candidates for aboriginal “diplomas” as medicine men sleep on it overnight after fasting for a long time, and the big serpent comes out and leads them into the rock, where in an immense hollow chamber all sorts of potent things, such as snakes’ skins, birds’ claws, etc., are hung up. The uses of these for magical and curative purposes he teaches to the novice, who is thereafter regarded by his people as graduated in the arts of healing and sorcery.

On the field of the flight of Wounded Knee there was picked up an Indian baby not more than 3 months old, a little girl. She was found strapped to the back of her dead mother, who was shot in the massacre. General Colby adopted the child, to whom the name Zintka Lanuni (Lost Bird) was given and reared her as his daughter. Although the little girl neither knows nor remembers any conditions other than those of civilization, she has evinced one very notable inherited trait – namely, a fear of shadows. She is greatly afraid even of her own shadow, and this would seem very surprising were it not known that Indians, like most other savages, regard a shadow as the ghost of the person or other object by which it is thrown.

The rules of conduct by which a savage must govern his life are vastly more complex than those which control a civilized man. This is because of the multitude of ghosts which surround him on every side. The civilized man considers that he is doing what is required of him if he does not disturb the comfort of his neighbors, but the Indian is obliged to behave himself in a satisfactory way in respect to rocks, in respect to deer, in respect to the moon, and so on ad infinitum. He has an infinite number of neighbors, all of whom are none the less real to him because they are phantoms to us. For example, a certain line of conduct must be fulfilled by him in respect to rabbits; otherwise he would not be bale to catch any rabbits. The great ancient of rabbits permits some of his representatives to be captured only on the condition that certain forms shall be carefully observed by the captors.

Every tribe of Indians has its ghost places or devil places, which are haunted localities. In the country of the Tulare Indians in southern California is an enormous granite bowlder {sic} which is believed to be inhabited by witches. It is known as Witch rock, and nobody, least of all children, ventures to approach it. In the lower part of it is a curious opening, which has the shape of a cavern, and here the witches are supposed to dwell. Not far distant is a pool which is supposed to be occupied by the Devil. The waters of the pool are dark, being stained with some vegetable amtter, and close by is a mineral spring, which lends additional mystery. That the Devil does actually live in the pool is indisputable, because practically every member of the tribe has seen him. They go, a number of them together, and hold each other’s hands while they watch for him in the water. He is always there, watching for somebody to come along to be gobbled up.

There does not seem to be any evidence to show that a monkey ever saw a ghosty. That is because the monkey possesses no imagination. Without imagination there can be no ghost. The man and the ghost must have begun to exist in the world together, practically. To the primeval savage, as to the Indian of today, everything had its phantasmal essence, so to speak, and the essence was more important than the external properties of the object. From this point of view a thing has a tangible shell, but within it is contained a potency of spirit. This latter is the ghost, which is at liberty to leave the object when it wishes. Of course the savage has a ghost of his own, of which he is vaguely conscious.

Among the most appalling spooks that haunt the Iroquois is a carnivorous ghost in the shape of a skeleton. Particularly malevolent spirits are certain huge heads without bodies that go flying about, their long hair serving them in lieu of wings. The Indians generally believe in supernatural beings corresponding to our fairies and goblins, which have local abiding places well recognized as such. They call them the “little people.”

Near the junction of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers is a great rock, on which is carved the representation of a panther. Up to a very recent period, and until the Indians were driven out of that part of the country, they made sacrifices regularly t this sculptured animal, believing that the rock was the home of the Ancient of all the panthers. This custom of theirs was evidently quite old, inasmuch as it is referred to by Marquette. {Presumably Jesuit Father Jacques Marquette, 1637-1675}

Formerly there dwelt under Niagara falls a gigantic snake, which now and then would make its way to an Indian village in the neighborhood and coil itself around the town. It swallowed the people who tried to escape and rendered itself further obnoxious by poisoning the wells with its spittle. Finally the serpent was destroyed by a stratagem. It was so huge that when the people laid its body out in death it stretched over more than twenty arrows flights. Indeed when thrown into the river it was too large to pass the rocks, so that it became wedged in between them, and the waters rose over it, thus fashioning the horseshoe, which remains to this day.

The Cherokees are very much afraid of certain mythical horned alligators which are supposed to reside in several different places in deep holes in the rivers. There is one locality in Oklahoma where a creature of this description has an underground tunnel from one river to another. In the southern Allegheny region on the dividing ridge is an enchanted lake that is the haunt of several monstrous animals possessed of magic powers. One of these is a great snake, which has the power of fascinating its human victim, and it is so poisonous that a single drop of its spittle falling upon a person is death. Equally formidable is an enormous leech which lives in the Hiwassee river, in the same country. Occasionally a certain ledge of rock is exposed when the water is low, and any one who attempts to walk across it is inevitably sucked down.

In the Indian mythology nearly every animal is descended from an ancestral giant of ferocious and dangerous attributes, which was finally destroyed by some tribal hero. The Klowas, for example, say that the deer used to be a terrific creature – more so, indeed, than the panther, being equally fierce and with superior running poers. In New Meico is, or rather was, a lake, now long dried up. When the Indians first came to that part of the country many of them who ventured to approach the lake were dragged into it and destroyed by a mysterious agency. But at length there came along a god who dried up the water and found at the bottom of it an enormous frog, which was responsible for the mischief. There were also a great many little frogs, but they were left uninjured, being harmless, as theya re today.

Near the head of the Savannah River are the famous Talula Falls. It has been well known for centuries that the Thunder Spirit lives beneath these falls, and its roaring may constantly be heard in the noise of the ctaract. Indeed, this is a world full of spooks, from the aboriginal view-point, and yet ghosts of human beings are rarely heard of among the Indians. This is largely because the Indians never speak of the dead under any circumstances, and the phantoms of their relatives and friends would be unpopular with them.

“Truth and Error,” as major Powell’s book is entitled, is by no means devoted wholly to ghosts. the author considers all delusions and mistakes in thinking under the head of ghosts, and his work is a sort of résumé of the condition of the human knowledge up-to-date. It is, in fact, an epoch-making series of philosophical essays.

Rene Bache

{Presumably this is journalist René Bache, 1861-1933}

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2249&dat=18981210&id=Pgs0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=ESMIAAAAIBAJ&pg=6326,4687308

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(A typical reprint. Much has been excluded, including any reference to the John Wesley Powell book. Only the folklore is preserved, and that in a sensational way once divorced from teh context. Some liberties and abbreviations were taken in the reprint, as can be seen below. This article was the one originally located, and then subsequently the original was uncovered.}

Aurora Daily Express *
20 March 1899

ODD INDIAN BELIEFS

Every Tribe Has Its Own Devil Places and Ghosts

Witches and Spooks Play a Prominent Part In the Lives of the Savages – The Gigantic Snake Which Formed Niagara Falls

Fifty miles to the southwest of Tucson, A. T., {i.e. Arizona Territory} is a dreary region of desert – a rugged butte of roughly conical shape rises abruptly from the plain and points like a finger toward the sky. Here and there its sides are pitted with caverns, and altogether its appearance is so weird that it is no wonder the Papago Indians of the region regard it with superstitious awe. It is called Rattlesnake rock because the ancient of all the Rattlesnakes makes his home inside of it. This fact is known positively because he has been seen many times. The butte is a sacred place and nobody ventures near it under ordinary circumstances, but candidates for aboriginal “diplomas” as medicine men sleep on it overnight after fasting for a long time, and the big serpent comes out and leads them into the rock, where in an immense hollow chamber all sorts of potent things, such as snakes’ skins, birds’ claws, etc., are hung up. The uses of these for magical and curative purposes he teaches to the novice, who is thereafter regarded by his people as graduated in the arts of healing and sorcery.

On the field of the flight of Wounded Knee there was picked up an Indian baby not more than 3 months old, a little girl. She was found strapped to the back of her dead mother, who was shot in the massacre. General Colby adopted the child, to whom the name Zintka Lannui (Lost Bird) was given and reared her as his daughter. Although the little girl neither knows nor remembers any conditions other than those of civilization, she has evinced one very notable inherited trait – namely, a fear of shadows. She is greatly afraid even of her own shadow, and this would seem very surprising were it not known that Indians, like most other savages, regard a shadow as the ghost of the person or other object by which it is thrown.

The rules of conduct by which a savage must govern his life are vastly more complex than those which control a civilized man. This is because of the multitude of ghosts which surround him on every side. The civilized man considers that he is doing what is required of him if he does not disturb the comfort of his neighbors, but the Indian is obliged to behave himself in a satisfactory way in respect to rocks, in respect to deer, in respect to the moon, and so on ad infinitum. He has an infinite number of neighbors, all of whom are none the less real to him because they are phantoms to us. For example, a certain line of conduct must be fulfilled by him in respect to rabbits; otherwise he would not be bale to catch any rabbits. The great ancient of rabbits permits some of his representatives to be captured only on the condition that certain forms shall be carefully observed by the captors.

Every tribe of Indians has its ghost places or devil places, which are haunted localities. In the country of the Tulare Indians in southern California is an enormous granite bowlder {sic} which is believed to be inhabited by witches. It is known as Witch rock, and nobody, least of all children, ventures to approach it. In the lower part of it is a curious opening, which has the shape of a cavern, and here the witches are supposed to dwell. Not far distant is a pool which is supposed to be occupied by the devil. The waters of the pool are dark, being stained with some vegetable amtter, and close by is a mineral spring, which lends additional mystery. That the devil does actually live in the pool is indisputable, becuase practically every member of the tribe has seen him. They go, a number of them together, and hold each other’s hands while they watch for him in the water. He is always there, watching for somebody to come along to be gobbled up.

To the primeval savage, as to the Indian of today, everything had its phantasmal essence, so to speak, and the essence was more important than the external properties of the object. From this point of view a thing has a tangible shell, but within it is contained a potency of spirit. This latter is the ghost, which is at liberty to leave the object when it wishes. Of course the savage has a ghost of his own, of which he is vaguely conscious.

Among the most appalling spooks that haunt the Iroquois is a carnivorous ghost in the shape of a skeleton. Particularly malevolent spirits are certain huge heads without bodies that go flying about, their long hair serving them in lieu of wings. The Indians generally believe in supernatural beings corresponding to our fairies and goblins, which have local abiding places well recognized as such. They call them the “little people.”

Formerly there dwelt under Niagara falls a gigantic snake, which now and then would make its way to an Indian village in the neighborhood and coil itself around the town. It swallowed the people who tried to escape and rendered itself further obnoxious by poisoning the wells with its spittle. Finally the serpent was destroyed by a stratagem. It was so huge that when the people laid its body out in death it stretched over more than 20 arrows flights. Indeed when thrown into the river it was too large to pass the rocks, so that it became wedged in between them, and the waters rose over it, thus fashioning the horseshoe, which remains to this day.

The Cherokees are very much afraid of certain mythical horned alligators which are supposed to reside in several different places in deep holes in the rivers. There is one locality in Oklahoma where a creature of this description has an underground tunnel from one river to another. In the southern Allegheny region on the dividing ridge is an enchanted lake that is the haunt of several monstrous animals possessed of magic powers. One of these is a great snake, which has the power of fascinating its human victim, and it is so poisonous that a single drop of its spittle falling upon a person is death. Equally formidable is an enormous leech which lives in the Hiwassee river in the same country. Occasionally a certain ledge of rock is exposed when the water is low, and any one who attempts to walk across it is inevitably sucked down. In the Indian mythology nearly every animal is descended from an ancestral giant of ferocious and dangerous attributes, which was finally destroyed by some tribal hero.

{* Note. There are many reprints of this item in newspaper archives in 1899. Some are abbreviated versions. The Boston Evening Transcript of 1898

Also see reference at: http://www.devilspenny.com/2010/08/some-native-american-ghosts/

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Other references

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=18990210&id=waogAAAAIBAJ&sjid=SmkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=684,1584018

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=142&dat=18990414&id=FSENAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q2cDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1448,3617908

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2329&dat=18990320&id=vIEoAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uwUGAAAAIBAJ&pg=4899,6438136

https://archive.org/stream/truthanderroror00unkngoog#page/n194/mode/2up

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