Plastic Wax Factory Vol 04 91 - UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN

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    UNAUSSPRECHLICHEN KULTEN. Volume by Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt (1795-1840), an occultist and explorer of some note. Immediately after finishing Unaussprechlichen Kulten, von Junzt left for parts unknown. After returning from a trip to Mongolia, von Junzt shut himself up in his room and spent months writing a new manuscript. Six months following his return, he was found in his locked and barred room strangled, his notes torn and scattered about him. The contents of this document remain a mystery, for after von Junzt's friend Alexis Ladeau pieced it together and read it, he burnt the pages and cut his throat. The Dusseldorf publisher Gottfried Mulder put out a German edition of Unaussprechlichen Kulten in 1839. Many who owned the book, however, destroyed it after they learned of its author's fate. The book might have been forgotten if not for the Jesuit Pierre Sansrire's French translation, presumably made in order to teach his students about the cults of the world. The book was printed in St. Malo in 1843; no copies are known to survive. The disreputable bookseller M. A. G. Bridewall found a copy of the French translation in a London store. He considered it so scandalous that he published the first English translation of it in 1845, giving it the title Nameless Cults. This edition was riddled with mistakes and misspellings, illustrated with cheap woodcuts, and served only to further discredit the original. Golden Goblin Press of New York took its own translation of the German book to the presses in 1909, which included color plates by Diego Velasquez. Though more accurately translated than the Bridewall edition, the translators expurgated over a quarter of the original volume, and the cost of the book was so high as to be prohibitive to the general public. An edition from the elusive Starry Wisdom Press was supposedly released in the same year, though no copies have yet been found. Though several attempts have been made by Miskatonic to publish a scholarly edition of the book, von Junzt's heirs have refused to give permission for any new printings of the book. Copies of Unaussprechlichen Kulten are kept at the Miskatonic University Library, the Sanbourne Institute, the library of the ruined Starry Wisdom church of Providence, and the Huntingdon Library in California. Within his book, von Junzt discusses his findings regarding worship patterns across the world. Part of this volume deals with commonly known secret societies, such as the Thuggee and the African leopard societies. The main part of the work, which is prefaced by a lengthy essay entitled "Narrative of the Elder World", deals with the worship of Cthulhu and his ilk, including the Tcho-tcho cults of Leng, the people of the Black Stone, the Hyborian Age, and the worldwide sects of Ghatanothoa. At certain points, von Junzt's rational presentation of these cults breaks down into disjointed ramblings. His assertion that alicorns (unicorn horns) were real and his claim to have visited Hell are often cited as evidence of his instability. Nonetheless, much of his work is insightful and should not be dismissed. The Plastic Wax Factory, purveyors of intricate and fine molten effigies. All your gods, demons, devils, angels, monsters and fey folk, creatures of the abyss to Leech Lords of the Cthulhu mythos, witches, warlocks, and lunatic residents of asylums the world over. All are represented here in glorious molten plastic wax, set alight and melted into puddles of primordial grotesquerie. Recommended for the mad and delirious and those fine folks from Leeds, Hull and Scarborough.

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