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July 12, 2007

The Lesser Book of the Vishanti

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Catherine Yronwode has posted her index of magick in Dr. Strange to the internet. This is certain to come in handy to aspiring witches and warlocks; my first book of spells was a spiral-bound Spiderman notebook featuring all the lore that could be gleaned from Dr. Strange and Mighty Isis.

The Lesser Book of the Vishanti has taken on a life of its own. Even a single published chapter, viz Chapter 2 on Deities, Powers and Forces, created echoes back into the Multiverse.

Although the Lesser Book of the Vishanti remained only partially published, it was pretty well known and respected in fandom by that time, and i was immensely gratified when one after another, various Marvel scripters and editors who worked on the Dr. Strange series asked for copies of the portions that were available. Even more gratifying was the fact that the fictive speculations i had made about the personae of the Vishanti were eventually used to create "canonical" stories that became part of the Marvel Universe. Specifically, my fannish suggestion that the Vishanti were actually Agamotto, Hoggoth, and Oshtur, first published in 1979, was eventually made part of the official Marvel mythos in the 1980s, by the scripter Peter Gillis.

Careful with this stuff. If you imagine a book like the Necronomicon it is only a matter of time before it starts writing itself. To parse Lucian by way of The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: "I say to you againe, do not calle up that which you can not put downe." In case you do, repeat the following (loudly and with drama):

OGTHROD AI'F
GEBL - EE'H
YOG-SOTHOTH
'NGAH'NG AI'Y
ZHRO

Sound advice.

Always had this thing about Clea Update: In other magick news, Kylie and Dr. Who on the Titanic (hat tip to Mr. Dodds).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 12, 2007 07:07 AM