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from the INTRODUCTION
How do you gain access to the universes that exist beyond the material? Why would anyone, even a sorcerer or a magician steeped in trafficking with alien entities attempt such a journey? The answer can be found in the quotation at the beginning of Patriarch of Leng, for “Which is the real world? The one you see all around you, or the one within?”
This is a quotation from The Prayer Book of the Meon, which is one of many magical books that you will find in these pages. It is a truth that many magicians are as much bibliophiles as they are masters of their chosen discipline. They seek knowledge that has been lost and deliberately hidden but whose fragments may be found in the pages of ancient, forbidden tomes. It has become fashionable in the modern sphere of occulture to think of such books as totemic devices in their own rights. It is true that many books, such as The Voudon Gnostic Workbook of Michael Bertiaux, Outer Gateways by Kenneth Grant or the author’s own Keys to the Hoodoo Kingdom may act in this fashion. It is also from the act of reading such works that a type of Gnostic illumination may take place in the mind of the reader as their own power zones are opened in their timestream.
It is always difficult to know if this is due to design, if there is a deliberate pattern signed into them, or if it is something which arises from the concentration of energies within them. The Leng Mythos, which is detailed in this collection, contains a mixture of these strands. Like some of the works of H.P. Lovecraft from whom Leng is borrowed, many of these tales began for the author in the Dreamlands. The characters simply made themselves known to the waking consciousness in a kind of trance state that enveloped the author while he worked. He became a photographer with a paintbrush, a bystander who merely looked on whilst the events unfolded and the protagonists told their stories. In this sense the literary process is akin to that experienced by William Blake when he said “I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.”
These are stories of cosmic proportions and ones which span a vast timeline. The spaces they exist in are similarly dense, spilling into this age in a way that invades the senses and makes us think about much that we would otherwise take for granted. Cities and countries of which we might be familiar are transformed as we journey to their heart in distant, dark futuristic days. Events with which we might be familiar are seen to have raised themselves from far different sleeping and previously dormant situations. There is a daze to those times, for they are shadowed in the cosmological events that dwarf them. They shine with the gleam of soaring new cities and shroud the world in dark cloaks of alien horizons.They are pages from the Chronicles of Leng, yet another dark tome transcribed by the exiled Architects and smuggled from their world.
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