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Nameless Aeons

By Peter Smith,  Logos Press 1999, 70pp, A5 chapbook, Available from Dagon Productions

Interest in Cthulhu Mythos magic seems to be on the up at the moment, and this latest release from Logos Press is an addition to the fast-growing corpus of material. Nameless Aeons is a collection of writings by Peter Smith which focus various diverse aspects of the Cthulhu Mythos. Smith’s writings show a distinct leaning towards the ‘Typhonian’ school of thought as evinced by Kenneth Grant, so it is somewhat appropriate that Grant has penned a thoughtful introduction to this collection. The essays are entirely theoretical and discursive, so anyone looking for mind-searing spells and incantations will be disappointed. The essays, ranging from magical appraisals of H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith and Kenneth Grant, to short essays on Choronzon & Arachne are well-argued and cogent, but somehow failed to excite my imagination. It seemed to me that Smith is writing in the shadow, as it were, of Grant, so what comes across is a kind of Typhonian-Thelema-meets-Cthulhu – which is fine, if you are into that whole Kenneth Grant trip, but not everyone is. Smith’s discussions about Lovecraft & magic are fine as far as they go – but they don’t seem to lead anywhere. Overall, I’d say that if the reader is looking for an introductory text on Lovecraftian magick, then Nameless Aeons could be quite a thought-provoking read. If however, one is looking for something a little more hardcore – such as some pointers on actually getting down to practical magick with cthulhuoid critters, then the collection fails to deliver. Alternatively, if you’re into the Kenneth Grant stuff, then you’ll probably like Nameless Aeons. - Anastasius 217