Beyond its vulgar function as a means of execution, the Gallows has long served as a source of esoteric power. From the severed appendage of the thief that becomes the Hand of Glory to the fallen seed that spawns the mandrake root, the Hanging Place is awash in the sinistral ambiance of authentic Sorcery.
Richard Gavin weaves together threads of folklore, spiritism, and occult philosophy to create a tapestry of grim vitality. The Moribund Portal: Spectral Resonance and the Numen of the Gallows examines the subtle yet potent symbiosis that exists between the incarnate world and the realm of the Dead. This book’s exploration of the liminal space between firmament and earth, where Odin perceived the runes and Christ witnessed the celestial kingdom, is designed to illuminate the macabre portal through which one may glimpse the Otherworld.
About the author
Richard Gavin is a critically-acclaimed author whose work explores the realm where dread and the sublime intersect. His supernatural tales have been published in four collections, including THE DARKLY SPLENDID REALM and AT FEAR'S ALTAR, and have been selected for BEST NEW HORROR, THE YEAR'S BEST WEIRD FICTION, and THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR. In 2015 he co-edited (with Patricia Cram and Daniel A. Schulke) PENUMBRAE: AN OCCULT FICTION ANTHOLOGY. Richard has also published poetry, criticism, and several works of esotericism for venues such as Starfire Journal and Clavis: Journal of Occult Arts, Letters and Experience. THE BENIGHTED PATH: PRIMEVAL GNOSIS AND THE MONSTROUS SOUL, his non-fiction book that explores Night Consciousness, was released in 2016.