The Daemon Speaks, with Matt Cardin

Episode 126 · June 22nd, 2022 · 1 hr 21 mins

About this Episode

Returning guest Matt Cardin is a writer of fiction and nonfiction whose focus on numinous horror places him in the literary lineage as Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood. His new book, What the Daemon Said, collects two decades' worth of meditations on literature, cinema, mysticism, philosophy, and the weird. He joins Phil and JF to talk about a range of topics including dark enlightenment, the idea that fear and trembling are the only sensible reactions to direct exposure to cosmic truth.

Header image: detail of cover design for What the Daemon Said, by Dan Sauer Design.

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Matt Cardin's website
Matt Cardin, What the Daemon Said: Essays on Horror, Fiction, Film and Philosophy
Matt Cardin, Dark Awakenings
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
The Gospel of Thomas
Matt Cardin, Dark Awakenings
Robert Frost, “The Figure a Poem Makes”
John Horgen, Rational Mysticism
Weird Studies, Episode 41 with Matt Cardin
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for his Highest
Weird Studies ep. 124: Dark Night Radio of the Soul, with Duncan Barford
Theodore Roszak, American scholar
M. C. Richards, Centering
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
Huston Smith, American religious scholar
Martin Buber, I and Thou
John Lee Hancock (dir.), The Rookie (2002)
Eckart Tolle, German spiritual teacher
Richard Wagner, Parsifal
Peter Berger, The Sacred Canopy: Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion
Alan Watts, English writer and teacher
Richard Rose, After the Absolute: The Inner Teachings of Richard Rose