Dead Names, Dead Dog: Scent of the Swastika, Part 5

To catch up, I’ve spent a number of posts detailing the references in the Necronomicon to Aryan superiority. Picking up from the last post, we can put together a hypothetical scenario as to what occurred.

First, there is absolutely no proof that anyone involved in the Necronomicon was a believer in any sort of racial supremacy.  In fact, the general editor was Peter Levenda, the author of Unholy Alliance who has spoken out against Nazi science and – as Gil has pointed out – the Aryan race doctrine.  Another person involved in both the Necronomicon and Unholy Alliance, Ingrid Celms, is noted in Levenda’s book as a victim of Nazi persecution.

Given this background, we are left to wonder why the book mentions the Aryan race at all.  The most likely conclusion, I think, is that someone – I have honestly no idea who, and I’d like to stress that – slipped it in.

Even if we don’t know who placed these references into the book, we might already have a reason why:  James Madole.

Madole was a presence on the local occult scene, and had been so for decades.  He was a documented visitor to the Warlock Shop, not to mention a fan of science fiction, possibly including the works of Lovecraft.  He also had a small group of followers and contacts all over the world.

The Necronomicon‘s introduction shows that the book was marketed to a wide range of possible customers.  There are references therein intended to appeal to ceremonial magicians, to witches, to Satanists, to Crowley devotees, to Exorcist fans, to readers of Lovecraft – in short, to every possible constituency of a diverse occult scene and beyond. If as many angles as possible on potential customers were being sought, it might be that the “Aryan race” material was included in order to appeal to Madole and the National Renaissance Party.

Admittedly, much of this is speculative.  I can’t prove that this was the intention, or even that Madole was impressed enough to buy copies of the book.  He was in ill health, dying less than two years after its appearance. Plus, he already had expressed his skepticism about the Necronomicon.  Still, until “Simon” is willing to speak, it’s the best answer I’ve got.

I remain, as always, open to your comments.

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Published in: on September 9, 2006 at 11:51 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. “Simon”-Peter Levenda is, if anything of Jewish heritage…much like Anton LaVey (Levi).


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