... due to the influence of one now forgotten novel, Herbert S. Gorman's thriller The Place Called Dagon (1927). This book portrays a secret cult in a western Massachusetts town populated by descendants of refugees from Salem, ...
Author: James R Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements both covers the current state of the field and breaks new ground. Its contributors, drawn form both sociology and religious studies, are leading figures in the study of NRMs.
Gorman wrote mostly conventional poetry and ordinary literary novels, many of them imitative of greater writers than he, such as James Joyce; The Place Called Dagon is Gorman's only weird novel. The “Dagon” in the title refers to the ...
Author: John L. Steadman
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
H. P. Lovecraft’s aliens are extra-terrestrial, terrestrial & trans-dimensional entities, totally unlike any other aliens in science fiction literature. In contrast, Isaac Asimov's and William Gibson’s aliens are human created positronic robots and virtual reality constructs, or 'idols'. Lovecraft’s great theme is alien indifferentism, tinged with a malevolence that escalates into an existential, apocalyptic threat against humankind, while for Asimov and Gibson, alien inclusionism is the norm. The robots and the VR idols integrate into society and their influence appears to be beneficial. But this is only on the surface. In this book, John L. Steadman demonstrates that there is ultimately little difference between alien indifferentism and alien inclusionism in the fictional works of these three great writers. For in fact, the robots and the VR idols evolve into monsters whose actions bring about outcomes which are every bit as terrifying as anything in Lovecraft’s work. Humans tend to be isolates ('alien'-ated). The reader is invited to question this, and to consider the possibility that an alien perspective, or platform, might, perhaps, be crucial if we intend on seeing ourselves clearly and understanding exactly what it means to be human.
The pioneering fictional work was Herbert S. Gorman's novel The Place Called Dagon (1927), which portrays a secret cult in a western Massachusetts town populated by descendants of refugees from Salem who were still practicing "the ...
Author: Philip Jenkins
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In Mystics and Messiahs--the first full account of cults and anti-cult scares in American history--Philip Jenkins shows that, contrary to popular belief, cults were by no means an invention of the 1960s. In fact, most of the frightening images and stereotypes surrounding fringe religious movements are traceable to the mid-nineteenth century when Mormons, Freemasons, and even Catholics were denounced for supposed ritualistic violence, fraud, and sexual depravity. But America has also been the home of an often hysterical anti-cult backlash. Jenkins offers an insightful new analysis of why cults arouse such fear and hatred both in the secular world and in mainstream churches, many of which were themselves originally regarded as cults. He argues that an accurate historical perspective is urgently needed if we are to avoid the kind of catastrophic confrontation that occurred in Waco or the ruinous prosecution of imagined Satanic cults that swept the country in the 1980s. Without ignoring genuine instances of aberrant behavior, Mystics and Messiahs goes beyond the vast edifice of myth, distortion, and hype to reveal the true characteristics of religious fringe movements and why they inspire such fierce antagonism.
“Robert, why is this place called Dagonmoor?” Leigha asked as they passed through a ... he named this place generations ago. I much prefer to think of it as Dagon's Glen, but of course, the name cannot be changed after all this time.
Author: Virginia Lee
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
The Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 Scotland casts its great shadow over the land, irrevocably changing the course of Lady Leigha Clairemont’s young life when her home is attacked and her father, a known Jacobite, is killed by invading English soldiers. Taken captive by the commander, Captain Simon Montieth, she escapes and leaves the man for dead, a man who will not stay down. Thus begins her journey that takes her from war torn Scotland into the Mediterranean and then on to the slave markets of Constantinople. Her heart is tossed and torn between the love and desires of three men. Despite the adversities and heartbreaks, she overcomes the winds of fate and the wills of men, maturing from her innocent youth into a courageous, beautiful woman who stands free and strong at last.
The god Dagon , who the Babylonians ( 586 B.C. ) resulted in the is in the OT identified as god of the exposure to new sets of gods for the peoPhilistines ( Judg 16:23 ; 1 Chr 10:10 ) , was ple of Yahweh who had , until the middle known ...
Author: Donald E. Gowan
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
In The Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible an outstanding group of biblical scholars explain key theological and ethical words of the Bible (New Revised Standard Version). In its exploring groups of related words and drawing the reader into the meanings of the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, Gowan's Wordbook will prove immensely helpful in understanding important terms such as "Just," "Kingdom of God," "Resurrection," and "Son of Man."
329 330 332 336 337 338 342 344 345 348 Esoteric Order of Dagon: the fish-god of HPL's early Gothic tale, 'Dagon' ... The Place Called Dagon (1928), read by HPL. dandy . . . deformities: the dandy, the nineteenth-century man-abouttown, ...
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
Publisher: Oxford University Press
H. P. Lovecraft is a major writer of horror stories, in the genre of 'weird fiction'. This new edition brings together his core 'classic' fictions with a full contextual introduction, offering a balanced assessment of an influential cult author whose tales of metaphysical horror create a profound sense of dread and unease.
Who would ever have heard of The Shadowy Thing by H .B . Drake or The Place Called Dagon by Herbert Gorman if not for HPL's endorsement? But even Jove nods and the Old Gent missed a few . That is the short answer .
Author: Darrell Schweitzer
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Darrell Schweitzer's third collection of essays and reviews, a successor to the well-received "Windows of the Imagination" and "The Fantastic Horizon," is a balanced mixture of scholarship and entertainment, ranging over the entire spectrum of imaginative literature, from the oldest novel in the world (1st century B.C.) to classic (and not-so-classic) pulp fiction, to childhood reading, to examinations of the works of such masters as H.P. Lovecraft, M.R. James, Robert Bloch, Stanley Weinbaum, John W. Campbell, and Thomas M. Disch. In between we encounter such surprising topics as a proposal for an H.P. Lovecraft biopic ("The Whole Wide Lovecraft"), the eccentricities of William Beckford (the author of Vathek), and even a report from Blobfest, an annual street fair devoted to the famous 1958 cult film, at which Schweitzer, as a member of the press, was allowed to touch the original Blob. Many of these pieces have been published in the prestigious "The New York Review of Science Fiction." "Schweitzer writes in an informative style that’s knowledgeable, witty, and high accessible. This is the finest kind of criticism -- it makes you want to read more, both of the critic's own prose and that of the writers he’s discussing. Highly recommended!" -- Robert Reginald. Darrell Schweitzer is a novelist, short-story, writer and critic, a former editor of the legendary "Weird Tales" magazine, and a four-time World Fantasy Award finalist and one-time winner. His previous book of essays, "The Fantastic Horizon," was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award.
More substantially, Zadok seems loosely based upon the figure of Humphrey Lathrop, an elderly doctor in Herbert Gorman's The Place Called Dagon (1927), which Lovecraft read in March 1928. Like Zadok, Lathrop is the repository for the ...
Author: H. P. Lovecraft
A definitive collection of stories from the unrivaled master of twentieth-century horror in a Penguin Classics Deluxe edition with cover art by Travis Louie Frequently imitated and widely influential, Howard Philips Lovecraft reinvented the horror genre in the 1920s, discarding ghosts and witches and instead envisioning mankind as a tiny outpost of dwindling sanity in a chaotic and malevolent universe. S. T. Joshi, Lovecraft's preeminent interpreter, presents a selection of the master's fiction, from the early tales of nightmares and madness such as "The Outsider" to the overpowering cosmic terror of "The Call of Cthulhu." More than just a collection of terrifying tales, this volume reveals the development of Lovecraft's mesmerizing narrative style and establishes him as a canonical - and visionary - American writer. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
A city in Judah was called Beth - Dagon , i . e . the house of Dagon , Josh . xv . 41. and another on the frontiers of Asher , Josh . xix . 27. Eusebius speaks of a town called Caphar - Dagon , the Field of Dagon , between Jamnia and ...