EsoTerra: The Journal of Extreme Culture

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EsoTerra: The Journal of Extreme Culture

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ESOTERRA was an underground magazine focusing on extreme culture, published for almost a decade. The zine featured interviews with musicians, writers, and artists beside articles on fortean subjects, bizarre phenomena, and the occult.

Some of the diverse personalities who appeared in the magazine include Marilyn Manson, H.R. Giger, Alan Moore, Adam Parfrey, Genesis P-Orridge, David Tibet, Thomas Ligotti, Leilah Wendell, Stephen O'Malley, Masami Akita, Boyd Rice, and dozens of other alternative luminaries who, in many cases, were both the subject of an in-depth interview and contributor to the magazine.

ESOTERRA the book collects these and the other best interviews, articles, and art from the magazine into a single high quality volume, including material from the unpublished final issue.

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Chad Hensley is a writer on cultural extremes, especially in music and art, as well as crafting horror fiction and verse. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications including the books Apocalypse Culture 2, The Darker Side: Generations of Horror, and the magazines Terrorizer, Seconds, Gauntlet, Hustler, Juxtapoz, Morbid Curiosity, and Super7. He currently lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The Demonic Glamour of Cinema By Carl Abrahamsson In the history of mythology, a demon, as opposed to an angel, is a malevolent force that can only act when commanded by a human or divine will. There are many demons in all cultures, and most of them seem, just as angels, merely to reflect characteristics and traits within the human psyche. Call greed Mammon, call poisonous betrayal Samael, call the enjoyment of decay Beelzebub, and you'll know what I mean. All demons reflect the so-called darker side of Man's nature, and whether one wants to accept this fact or not is just basically a matter of intellectual maturity in the individual. "Glamour", or to glamorize, means originally to fascinate, to bewitch, to attract subconsciously. A person with a lot of glamour can make people do things without actually expressing this in words. It has to do with looks, reputation, that person's aura, and many other things. To glamorize someone is then to catch someone's attention without that person really knowing what exactly is going on. To use techniques other than language or gesture. To use unseen or unfelt forces. Occult forces. Cinema is a fine example of the most demonic art form to this day, and the cinema-theatre is like a pagan temple where believers get together and receive messages from other realms, other planes of consciousness, complete with idols, a set morality, satisfaction (or at least titillation) of religious, sexual and other personal needs. We are completely alone in the dark. There are no impressions except for the ones that stream from the screen and from the speakers straight down into our selves. The size of the screen, the colors, the movement, the action, the soundtrack all interact to create a vision of wonder and illusion that is unsurpassed, with the exception of true religious or mystical visions. It is undoubtedly an extremely powerful medium, and can naturally be used for both good and bad. Effective propaganda films brainwashed millions of people during the communist and national socialist regimes, and helped to create those evil empires. But film as such, we mustn't forget, is just a medium, and it can naturally just as well be used for creating visions, and thereby results, of love and life and strength and art and magnificence. This is true of all techniques in magick. The technique itself is just a technique, and how one should look upon a magical operation must have to do with the magician and the aim of that magician. ...

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