Category Archives: Dark arts

Uh-oh…

Best known for his adaptation of the Jewish folk legend The Golem, Gustav Meyrink is attracting attention almost 80 years after his death for an eerily prophetic short story written in 1903.

Uh-oh…

Best known for his adaptation of the Jewish folk legend The Golem, Gustav Meyrink is attracting attention almost 80 years after his death for an eerily prophetic short story written in 1903.

Actually, it IS rocket science

The explosion that ripped through a Pasadena mansion on a late afternoon in early summer of 1952 still echoes in the minds of occultists and conspiracy theorists to this day. The first consequence, was that the author of the calamity, a rocket scientist named Jack Parsons, died.

Actually, it IS rocket science

The explosion that ripped through a Pasadena mansion on a late afternoon in early summer of 1952 still echoes in the minds of occultists and conspiracy theorists to this day. The first consequence, was that the author of the calamity, a rocket scientist named Jack Parsons, died.

The Shrine of Turin

Strange things happen in Turin. Giorgio de Chirico’s canvasses were haunted by the “nostalgia of the infinite” he sensed in the piazzas of this neo-classical northern Italian city; it’s also where Nietzsche went nuts and supposedly boasts the Gates of Hell among its landmarks.

The Shrine of Turin

Strange things happen in Turin. Giorgio de Chirico’s canvasses were haunted by the “nostalgia of the infinite” he sensed in the piazzas of this neo-classical northern Italian city; it’s also where Nietzsche went nuts and supposedly boasts the Gates of Hell among its landmarks.

Scarlet sheila

In 1908 Leila Waddell left Australia and toured Europe and the United States with a vaudeville act made up of female violinists, along the way encountering Aleister Crowley who was captivated by the part-Maori beauty.

Scarlet sheila

In 1908 Leila Waddell left Australia and toured Europe and the United States with a vaudeville act made up of female violinists, along the way encountering Aleister Crowley who was captivated by the part-Maori beauty.

The birth of subculture

This life is a hovel and a place of ill-repute. I’m ashamed that God should see me here (Gérard de Nerval)

The birth of subculture

This life is a hovel and a place of ill-repute. I’m ashamed that God should see me here (Gérard de Nerval)

Dark Bohème

Gustav Meyrink was a dandyish playboy who drove the first automobile in Prague and whose bohemian lodgings contained “a confessional booth, a terrarium filled with exotic African mice, a large picture of Madame Blavatsky, and a sculpture of a ghost disappearing into a wall.”

Dark Bohème

Gustav Meyrink was a dandyish playboy who drove the first automobile in Prague and whose bohemian lodgings contained “a confessional booth, a terrarium filled with exotic African mice, a large picture of Madame Blavatsky, and a sculpture of a ghost disappearing into a wall.”

Manchurian Candy

If you believe Candy Jones’ second husband, she was part of a CIA mind-control program in which unsuspecting subjects were trained to carry out tasks of which they would later have no memory.

Manchurian Candy

If you believe Candy Jones’ second husband, she was part of a CIA mind-control program in which unsuspecting subjects were trained to carry out tasks of which they would later have no memory.

The witch of Kings Cross

While apparently a pussycat in person, Rosaleen Norton was harassed by the city’s drearier Christians who condemned her black masses and sulphur-scented artworks. Her works and reproductions thereof were not infrequently confiscated as obscene (or on one occasion as “decadent and obscene, and likely to arouse unhealthy sexual appetites in those who saw them”).

The witch of Kings Cross

While apparently a pussycat in person, Rosaleen Norton was harassed by the city’s drearier Christians who condemned her black masses and sulphur-scented artworks. Her works and reproductions thereof were not infrequently confiscated as obscene (or on one occasion as “decadent and obscene, and likely to arouse unhealthy sexual appetites in those who saw them”).

Strange dreams

Harry Everett Smith was a tireless archivist of American folk and blues music, a music producer, a gifted abstract painter, a prodigious collector and an explorer of the less trafficked byways of mysticism, to name just a few of his occupations.

Strange dreams

Harry Everett Smith was a tireless archivist of American folk and blues music, a music producer, a gifted abstract painter, a prodigious collector and an explorer of the less trafficked byways of mysticism, to name just a few of his occupations.

Last round

Born Jacques d’Adelswärd to minor nobility and a major fortune, he later added the second barrel to his name in honour of his ancestor, the Swedish adventurer Count Fersen who was a favourite — and possibly lover — of Marie Antoinette.

Last round

Born Jacques d’Adelswärd to minor nobility and a major fortune, he later added the second barrel to his name in honour of his ancestor, the Swedish adventurer Count Fersen who was a favourite — and possibly lover — of Marie Antoinette.