December Update: Disappearing Book Reviews, An Appearing Book Review, Questionable Occult Nazis, and an Upcoming Appearance

  • I’m not sure what happened to my review of Svartkonstbocker – I finished it and published it, but now it’s vanished, to be replaced with an incomplete draft. Most frustrating. I’ll see what I can do about getting that up to date and out the door.
  • I also received a review copy of Robert Podgurski’s The Sacred Alignments and Sigils: Angelic Magick, Renaissance Thought, and Modern Methods of Sigillization. This is basically an extended work on the Grid Sigil, which Podgurski saw after a magical rite in 1981 and that he presents as a way of super-charging meditation and ritual workings, drawing the underlying philosophy to the works of Agrippa, Dee, and Spare, as well as yantra and mantra techniques. I have to admit, I didn’t finish it – some books are for some people and not others, and I’m not one of the people this book is intended for. Still, if the above sounded interesting, you might check it out.
  • I’ll be presenting at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference in Oxford in January on Douce 116. I think most of the talk will end up in the introduction of the book eventually – it’ll be challenging to cover a topic this complex in the time allotted, but I’ll do my best.
  • I’m reading up on Olivia Serres, a.k.a. Princess Olive, the artist who owned the manuscript during the nineteenth century. I think I’ll be doing the authorial equivalent of punting on the matter of her royal title.
  • Eva Kingsepp published a review of Eric Kurlander’s Hitler’s Monsters (my review here) in the September issue of the journal Aries. She delves more into the footnotes than I did, and she makes some interesting claims about the book, one of which I shall reproduce here:

I have double-checked a selection of references where I found his claims false and/or suspect, absurd, or even ridiculous. The number of books and other texts gradually expanded to 39, where I decided to stop…

She also notes that one of Kurlander’s cited works is The Nazi Occult, a fictionalized sourcebook by blog-friend Kenneth Hite. I enjoy Ken’s work, but I think its descriptions of the secret meetings between the Nazis and the Yetis – with impressive illustrations – might have been a tip-off about its reliability.

Thus, if you’re interested in using Kurlander’s book as a source, you might want to read Kingsepp’s review.

Published in: on December 4, 2019 at 6:36 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I’ve got the published Svartkonstbocker review text saved on my RSS reader before it vanished from the blog. About to email this to your work address. If you don’t get it drop me an email and I can send it direct.

  2. I’m sure Ken will be pleased to increase his impact.

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