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The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture
     

The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture

by Jason Colavito
 

Many Americans believe that so-called ancient astronauts (visitors from outer space) were responsible for historical wonders like the pyramids. This entertaining and informative book traces the origins of such beliefs to the work of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937). The author takes the reader through fifty years of pop culture and pseudoscience

Overview

Many Americans believe that so-called ancient astronauts (visitors from outer space) were responsible for historical wonders like the pyramids. This entertaining and informative book traces the origins of such beliefs to the work of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937). The author takes the reader through fifty years of pop culture and pseudoscience highlighting such influential figures and developments as Erich von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods), Graham Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods), Zecharia Sitchin (Twelfth Planet), and the Raelian Revolution. The astounding and improbable connections among these various characters are revealed, along with the disturbing consequences of Lovecraft’s "little joke" for modern science and public knowledge.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Fans of fantasy/horror writer H.P. Lovecraft must add The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture to their reading lists."
- California Bookwatch
"Combining literary theory, cultural criticism and muckraking, Colavito aims to debunk alternative history…He does a fair job of presenting his case, using a great deal of textual analysis, but believers will dismiss it as yet another attempt to suppress the "truth," while those who haven't been immersed in the literature are likely to be bewildered or indifferent…the writing is engaging and the topic intriguing…"
- Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591023524
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Pages:
380
Sales rank:
831,066
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

Jason Colavito is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Skeptic magazine, among other publications.

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