Dead Names, Dead Dog: Scent of the Swastika, Part 4

Based on our three previous posts, we have to ask why exactly this “Aryan race” material shows up in the Necronomicon. As part of that, I’m going to take you through my thought process on it to see if we come to the same conclusions.

From Goodrick-Clarke’s excellent Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the Politics of Identity:

For more than thirty years, James H. Madole (1927-1979) regularly harangued passers-by on the crowded streets of New York City with his urgent call for a fascist revolution in the United States. His appearances owed much to the customs of an open-air revival meeting and evangelical preaching. Flanked by his own stormtroopers clad in uniform black caps, gray shirts with lightning-bolt armbands and black trousers, Madle always wore a close-fitting suit jacket with all three buttons fastened and a ludicrous motorcycle crash helmet above his thick horn-rimmed glasses… his campaign strategy, his organization, and above all, his philosophy and doctrines of Aryan renewal identity identify him as an early and important figure in the development of esoteric fascism.

So far, we know that James Madole was a long-time occultist and Nazi in New York City. There’s much more about him in Black Sun, but I’d encourage you to check that out for yourself.

Later in the same book:

James Wagner, a former Security Echelon (SE) commander, recalls that relations between the NRP and the Church of Satan, founded in 1966 by Anton Szandor LaVey, were cordial. Madole and LaVey frequently met at the NRP office and in the Warlock Bookshop in New York.

The key to this particular bit is to ignore Anton LaVey. The founder of the Church of Satan spent much of his life attracting attention, usually deliberately, so it’s tough when he’s sitting right there in a quote we want to use. Really, though, he’s not important for our analysis. The important part here was that Madole was a more than occasional visitor to the Warlock Shop, the hub of connections from which the Necronomicon sprang.

What about Madole’s knowledge of Lovecraft? Goodrick-Clarke touches briefly on Madole’s love of science fiction, but his work does not expand on it. Even more telling is an account by Tani Jantsang, Satanist present in the early years of the Church of Satan. This was once online, but now has gone the way of so much on the Internet:

Madole spoke for about an hour on this, like a lecture on his overview of history and diabolism – but without bringing up race and Madole mentioned certain sacred texts. LaVey started to try to equal this by waxing eloquent on the Necronomicon of the Arab and Madole let him go on at bit with this. LaVey was definitely trying to impress Madole and hint that he had some secret book that only the few privileged ones had ever seen. Madole “slapped him” by waxing eloquently on H. P. Lovecraft, August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smith and all of those writers, citing names, dates and every detail about who INVENTED these so-called secret hidden books, who these writers were, what they were connected to and NOT connected to and so forth. He ended it by declaring in a louder tone to LaVey that “the book doesn’t exist.” Then there was a pregnant silence.

For the sake of accuracy, Ms. Jantsang is no longer affiliated with the Church of Satan and might be described as hostile to it. this account is accurate.  (I also don’t agree with her on a number of issues.) If her account is accurate, though (and if, once again, we ignore Anton LaVey), Madole was a huge fan of the Lovecraft Circle.

Finally, I want to throw in a passage from Unholy Alliance by Necronomicon team member Peter Levenda:

Madole was a relatively congenial human being in polite company. Completely bald, he bore a scar that he claimed was the result of a brick thrown at him by a demonstrator… He possessed a thorough knowledge of the war and was fascinated by stories of the heroism shown by German troops in combat, particularly against the Russian Army. He had a serious junk food habit, downing enormous quantities of ice cream and milk shakes, and grinned (or grimaced?) at inappropriate times…

As readers of The Necronomicon Files will know, Levenda was a participant in the Necronomicon. Though his story has changed over time, he told us he was the general editor of the book. We’ll deal more with that connection later.

Next time, what all this might mean.

Published in: on September 6, 2006 at 12:13 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. Tani Jantsang’s information is accurate as far as I can tell and part of her Satanic Reds site is still up (linked in an earlier comment) although some of the important links to info on etc. sites are dead now.

    Anton LaVey did have a prized but not that secret book: an autographed edition of a Clark Ashton-Smith book he kept in a little chest. Madole obviously thought he was hinting about the Necronomicon, and maybe he was. LaVey’s presence in NY, his desire to seize the Mythos for his own church and his willingness to have material stolen for that purpose is all telling. Lin Carter’s Necronomicon writing project is already in full swing, and hey, lookee here, there’s a gang of book thieves we can hire for peanuts who are standing at the very center of the entire vortex of the NY occult scene! No honor among thieves, though, they might doublecross (so to speak, perhaps correctly) Old Nick and steal the forbidden tome for themselves, and even market it…

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