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Swedenborg in the Horror Comics...

This two page story was printed in the Horror magazine Black Magic Vol. 1 #5 (june 1951). I stole this scan from The Horrors of it All , which, by the way, is an excellent blog if you like golden age horror comics.

Please click the picture to get the whole story!

Emanuel Swedenborg revisited

I just love strange coincidences.

When I was younger I was faccinated by the swedish religious mystic Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) and especially by his “Journal of Dreams”, a book (originally not intended to be published) in which Swedenborg wrote down his dreams and visions, occasionally quite explicit reading acctually.

This summer, when on holliday in my summerhouse in sweden, I went to the library, in the nearby town of Gävle, to get me something to read. I borrowed a bunch of books. Among them where one called “Kraniets Kulturhistoria” (“A Cultural History of the Skull”), one called “Lusthus” (approximately: “Pavilions” or “Gazebos” or something like that) and one called “Surrealism?”. I did not look for books on Swedenborg – as I had not thought about him for many years – but in all three of these, totally different, books, I found references to Emanuel Swedenborg..!

Apparently Swedenborg had an abnormally elongated skull, so that´s why he was in the skull book…

Swedenborg had a summerpavilion (called summerhouse in the drawing below, #10), where he acctually had most of his visions, hence his incorporation in the gazebo book…

(the photo shows it in its present location at Skansen in Stockholm, Sweden)

The surrealists found Swedenborgs dreams and visions faccinating (as had, for example, William Blake, long before them) that´s why he was in the surrealist book…

Ok,ok, I got the hint! I really felt I had to find the old “Journal of Dreams” and read it again. So I did and I do.

When I got back to Oslo there was an art exhibition opening, called “Scetches of Heaven and Hell”, featuring contemporary artists doing work related to William Blake (see an earlier blogpost here ). Actually the title of the exhibition comes from a work by Blake called “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” which, in turn, Blake took from a work by Swedenborg called “Heaven and Hell”…

I just love strange coincidences.

Here you can Downoad a pdf of Emanuel Swedenborgs Journal of Dreams