In this episode, we will have the opportunity to talk to almost a historical figure of modern Occultism:  PETER J. CARROLL

Carroll’s 1987 book Liber Null & Psychonaut is considered one of the defining works of the chaos magic movement. Carroll was a co-founder of the loosely organized group called the Illuminates of Thanateros.

In 1995, Carroll announced his desire to step down from the “roles of magus and pontiff of chaos”.

Carroll has written columns for the Chaos International magazine currently edited by Ian Read, under the names Peter Carroll and Stokastikos, his magical name within the IOT.

In 2005, he appeared as a chaos magic instructor at Maybe Logic Academy at the request of Robert Anton Wilson, and later founded Arcanorium Occult College with other known chaos magicians on staff including Lionel Snell, Ian Read and Jaq D. Hawkins. This experience re-awoke his interest in the subject of magic and he has since continued writing.


These are his maybe lesser known later books published between 2008 and 2014

And these are two of the Classics by Peter J. Carroll!

Music played in this episode

 Two of the three tracks played in this episode were offered to us by the Canadian Black Metal Band BLITH and their frontman Gabriel McCaughry.

Discover two titles from “The Temple of Wounds”, the new CD unleashed from the clandestine Canadians BLIGHT. Rising out of obscurity it shares their violent, radical, and illuminating vision, an exercise in galvanizing, and relentless Black Metal.

The sound that BLIGHT shapes out of chaos and calamity is uniquely their own: grand choirs and fiery chants pepper the band’s powerful and dynamic approach to Black Metal, where claustrophobic, menacing riffs threaten to suffocate, percussive elements merge violence with technological prowess, and vocals are delivered with a cathartic intensity.

Formed in 2008 in Montreal, BLIGHT released several highly sought-after tapes into the underground during their early years. After a brief hiatus, they solidified what stands as today’s manifestation of BLIGHT.



Find out more about them HERE

In between something completely different

2) FANTOMES – an organ piece by Louis Vierne

Louis Vierne (1870-1937) was a famous French organist and composer. From 1900 onwards he was principal organist at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, where he died while playing his 1750th concert! 

His piece Fantômes is an amazing, eerie, dark piece!

(Track 1 starts at [8:41], Track 2 at [55:37], Track 3 at [1:38:28])



Intro and Outro Music
especially written and recorded for the Thoth-Hermes Podcast by Chris Roberts

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