Review Written by
Dick A. Kirchner "geetar1870" RSS Feed(Wash DC)
On the first work of the MAS Trident, June 2, 2012
In my humble opinion, this is one of the breakthrough studies in the modern occult of the 21st century. Regardless of how one reads it, this is an undertaking of breathtaking beauty, unbridled creativity and surrealism, relentless ambition and passion.
I have had the recent pleasure of a polite correspondence with MAS. Since listening with intent interest to his controversial dialogue with Karagan on Witchtalk, in regards The Scorpion God, I must now count myself a fan. MAS seeks no obsequious converts or sycophants; he openly presents his works for critical examination. Thus, I enjoyed some courteous debates with him. That he has opened himself up to such proves that he stands behind what he has written, is willing to defend and authenticate it, and is not adverse to honest criticism. As an American and a lawyer, I am impressed by that. He is a man of brutal honesty, seems forthright to me, and is a good witness to the gnosis which he is forced at many (but not all) times to authenticate only by his own a priori experience.
Therefore, I will not comment on the latter; whether it is verifiable or not is largely irrelevant to me. For, in my belief, the Trident stands on its own as an artistic and literary creation. At first, I likened his work to that of H.P. Lovecraft but now, further reflecting on all of this, I believe another three-named Smith comes to mind, namely, Clark Ashton. As many will recall, Clark Ashton Smith and Lovecraft shared something of a mutual admiration society during their active years, yet, the search for a bracing philosophy between the two has always proven somewhat elusive, e.g, attempts such as the Esoteric Order of Dagon (EOD) which have hitherto come up lacking. The MAS Atlantean philosophy seems to me to be a workable system which simultaneously explains much of what some writers, e.g., Donald Tyson, have seen as a parallel gnosis between CAS and HPL.
A word likely might be said about the cost of the Trident which, depending on the means by which one acquires the trilogy, may well-exceed (as of this writing) over some USD$700. With this latter issue in mind, and with recognition of the main reason why many people choose not to spend it, namely, Mr. Smith's above-referenced UPG, the largely liberating quality of the Trident, particularly for some American occultists long-suffering under the influence of the so-called "generational demonolators," deserves to be mentioned. In sum, one might as well spend the seven-hundred or so dollars on Mr. Smith's Trident and thereby be "liberated," if you will, from ever having to spend another penny on the works by these latter charlatans. Here's why:
The point might be raised that MAS could have easily misrepresented his works as descending from years of generationally-passed-down lore. This seems to be the ruse currently in place among several sects aligned around the surviving scion of the Richard Dukante family which, until only very recently, has been quite successful in bolstering the authenticity of what increasingly appears to be largely fraudulent works, fabricated out of whole cloth, and failing one-by-one under ongoing scholarly inspection.
A recent example of such outright misrepresentation is the 2010 publication of "Kasdeya Rite of Ba'al by S. Connolly," by the independent self-publishing firm of Lulu.com. This work is supposedly transliterated from ancient family grimoires of "the Delaney family" who, the non-Germanic family name notwithstanding, allegedly compiled the same in Old or High German. Upon examination of the latter work by one Professor Brubaker, of the Dept. of Germanic Languages, Williams Hall, of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, the following quote might prove enlightening: "[T]here is no way that any of this pseudo-medievalist claptrap derives from one word of the German language."
I add the above observation not to detract from any of the enjoyment of the fictions (sic) produced by these self-described demonolators but to merely underscore the honesty by which MAS has produced his Trident and, now, offers up the same for critical inspection. He has prepared an experiment, submitted his findings, and in his three-volume work (of which this book represents the first volume) has provided painstaking routines by which the experiment can be replicated. Whether or not his method is "occultic" or "gnostic" I do not know, but it certainly appears scientific to me and, therefore, Lovecraftian. As I attest above, he has been (at least to me) completely transparent in defending his experiments as to those who have been unable to replicate his results. On this basis alone, his works deserve a fair and unbiased read and an honest, critical appraisal. These are things to which Mr. Smith is entitled and heretofore seems unfairly deprived by those searching for elusive evidence of verified gnosis which, if even allegedly available in the first place, may well turn out in the long run to be one-hundred percent contrived. END
The conversations mentioned in Mr Kirchner's review can be viewed on The Blood and Bone wordpress blog which follows Richard Derks' own review of The Scorpion God (go to www.primalcraft.com and follow link for Review 2 under the title Blood and Bone Review in the NEWS column)