Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa (Volume 3) (Paperback)
Reviewer James Bojaciuk
Author Micah S. Harris
Publisher Airship 27 (14 June 2015)
Price £11.07 (paperback) £3.21 (Kindle) on Amazon UK at time of posting.
Note: This review contains minor spoilers. But unless you’re up to date on your occult readings, most of them will be as meaningful as a sneeze.
Conspiracy is the wheelhouse of great thought
Between hours of physics and gravity, Newton studied his own amalgamation of prophecy and astrology, with one eye always focused on the end of the world. Nikola Tesla imagined Mars had long been in secret contact with Earth. On the flip side of the genius coin, William Blake imagined his own gods existing inside their own conspiracies which may or may not have influenced his own world through his visions.
It doesn’t matter if it’s true. What matters is that conspiracy forces us to think laterally, to build connections out of nothing but footnotes, cast-off sentences, and dust. As conspiracy trains our minds to think in unlikely ways, like a fourth-dimensional puzzle, we can attain greatness. Or, at least, that’s what we like to tell ourselves when we find ourselves trawling Illuminati websites at three in the bloody morning. Newton, Tesla, and Blake give us reason to hope. To hope that we can see the visions they saw, and build toward a better world. And, in his own way, so does Micah Harris.
In Ravenwood, Stepson of Mystery: Return of the Dugpa, Micah Harris does not merely present us with a conspiracy–he confronts us with a half-dozen conspiracies, all intertwined with the secret history of the world. Never mind that it’s fictional. We shouldn’t think Newton’s astrology was real, but it trained his mind with impossible puzzles all the same.