• The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 10: Sympathy for the Devil

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 10: Sympathy for the Devil0

    During the sixties and seventies, pop culture was hit by an explosion of interest in the occult. Aleister Crowley glowered from the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band while Mick Jagger sang “Sympathy for the Devil”, and before long Black Sabbath would be embracing Gothic imagery as part of the nascent metal scene.

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  • The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 9: Atom-Age Vampires

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 9: Atom-Age Vampires0

    As far back as the nineteenth century, certain writers had tried to demystify vampires by coming up with scientific explanations for their condition and behaviour. James Malcolm Rymer’s ramshackle Varney the Vampire introduced – and later abandoned – the notion that its main character was a man resurrected through galvanism. Charles Wilkins Webber’s Spiritual Vampirism

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  • The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 7: Dion Fortune’s Demon Lover

    The Vampyre’s Legacy, Part 7: Dion Fortune’s Demon Lover0

    Born Violet Mary Firth in 1890, the British writer Dion Fortune is one of the most influential figures in Western occultism. She penned a sizeable number of books – both fiction and non-fiction – prior to her death in 1946, including a sequence of occult novels. The first of these, a 1927 book entitled The

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