Śiva, the Erotic Ascetic

Author: Wendy Doniger,Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195202503

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 386

View: 7586


A detailed look at Hindu mythology is accompanied by a discussion of the asceticism, eroticism, and symbolism of the myths

The Demon-Haunted World

Science as a Candle in the Dark

Author: Carl Sagan

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307801047

Category: Science

Page: 480

View: 360


A prescient warning of a future we now inhabit, where fake news stories and Internet conspiracy theories play to a disaffected American populace “A glorious book . . . A spirited defense of science . . . From the first page to the last, this book is a manifesto for clear thought.”—Los Angeles Times How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms. Praise for The Demon-Haunted World “Powerful . . . A stirring defense of informed rationality. . . Rich in surprising information and beautiful writing.”—The Washington Post Book World “Compelling.”—USA Today “A clear vision of what good science means and why it makes a difference. . . . A testimonial to the power of science and a warning of the dangers of unrestrained credulity.”—The Sciences “Passionate.”—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

The Dream Encyclopedia

Author: James R Lewis,Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578592712

Category: Self-Help

Page: 432

View: 594


Exploring the fascinating world of dreams, this comprehensive reference examines more than 250 dream-related topics, from art to history to science, including how factors such as self-healing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in historical, cultural, and psychological detail, while a dictionary—updated with 1,000 symbols and explanations—offers further insights. Dreaming about teeth, for instance, can indicate control issues, and dreaming of a zoo can indicate that the dreamer needs to tidy up some situation. Examining these concepts and more, this is the ultimate dreamer's companion.

Taken by Darkness (Dark Paranormal Erotica)

Author: Nora Ash

Publisher: Little Huldra Media


Category: Fiction

Page: 22

View: 8655


I never thought being saved from pain, degradation and death could come at such a twisted price. He is nightmares made flesh, the living embodiment of evil ... he is everything I fear, yet in my darkest hour, he is the one who comes for me. If he demands my submission in return, how can I deny him? NOTE: ‘Taken by Darkness’ contains explicit sexual scenes and is strictly for ages 18+. This short story features themes of alpha/omega dynamics, dominance, power play and knotting. 6500+ words or approximately 20 pages Keywords: villain hero, size erotica, stretched, romance sex, dominance, protector, super villain, rough, claimed mate, mating heat, size kink, pheromones, omegaverse, omega, knotted, alpha male, superhero erotica, paranormal erotica, domination, knotting

The Demon of Bloodlust

Author: Brenda Bailey

Publisher: Brenda bailey

ISBN: 9781448652563

Category: Fiction

Page: 194

View: 2425


An erotic horror novel from the future, packed with violence, suspence and smoldering sex! Follow Heidi Mira and her quest to stay alive in this hostile world of intense heat, mutated wildlife and demon overlords! Synopsis: The earth is overrun by war and poverty, reverting it back to third world status. For the beautiful Heidi Mira, life is a battle for survival in a world filled with heat, grotesque animal life and not enough food to feed the hungry. Mankind is at mercy of another evil, Raebat, the demon ruler of the Kingdom of Bloodlust. With his gargoyle demons, he has taken over the country, killing and enslaving all mortals, including Heidi's father, sister and grandfather. Forced to search for her family, she travels to the mysterious depths of the Bloodlust Mountains to seek out her loved ones and so many who disappeared. Heidi loses her venture with fate when she is captured by the demon king and made to slave in the pits of Bloodlust. Then Heidi befriends another slave named Kevin. When he met Heidi, Kevin knew that the free-spirited woman was meant to be his. But danger awaits Heidi in Kevin's dark world, caught between one man's passion and her own desire. Which will she choose?

Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700

A Documentary History

Author: Alan Kors,Alan Charles Kors,Professor of History Alan Charles Kors,Edward Peters

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812217513

Category: History

Page: 451

View: 8410


Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2001 The highly-acclaimed first edition of this book chronicled the rise and fall of witchcraft in Europe between the twelfth and the end of the seventeenth centuries. Now greatly expanded, the classic anthology of contemporary texts reexamines the phenomenon of witchcraft, taking into account the remarkable scholarship since the book's publication almost thirty years ago. Spanning the period from 400 to 1700, the second edition of Witchcraft in Europe assembles nearly twice as many primary documents as the first, many newly translated, along with new illustrations that trace the development of witch-beliefs from late Mediterranean antiquity through the Enlightenment. Trial records, inquisitors' reports, eyewitness statements, and witches' confessions, along with striking contemporary illustrations depicting the career of the Devil and his works, testify to the hundreds of years of terror that enslaved an entire continent. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Thomas Hobbes, and other thinkers are quoted at length in order to determine the intellectual, perceptual, and legal processes by which "folklore" was transformed into systematic demonology and persecution. Together with explanatory notes, introductory essays—which have been revised to reflect current research—and a new bibliography, the documents gathered in Witchcraft in Europe vividly illumine the dark side of the European mind.

The Noonday Demon

An Atlas Of Depression

Author: Andrew Solomon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451676883

Category: Psychology

Page: 576

View: 8671


With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning. The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.

Horror and the Horror Film

Author: Bruce F. Kawin

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 0857282417

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

View: 2245


Horror films can be profound fables of human nature and important works of art, yet many people dismiss them out of hand. ‘Horror and the Horror Film’ conveys a mature appreciation for horror films along with a comprehensive view of their narrative strategies, their relations to reality and fantasy and their cinematic power. The volume covers the horror film and its subgenres – such as the vampire movie – from 1896 to the present. It covers the entire genre by considering every kind of monster in it, including the human.

Taken By The Incubus (Gay Paranormal Horror Erotica)

Author: Austin Dixon

Publisher: Austin Dixon

ISBN: 1311008535

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 2634


The Incubus was a cruel creature. If it couldn’t have me, no one would, including myself. Jason has always been able to see things that others can't. The eyes of supernatural creatures have followed him throughout his life, and one pair of those eyes has turned lustful. Can Jason survive the erotic attentions of a hungry demon? WARNING: This 4,800+ word story contains graphic language and explicit descriptions of gay sex between a man and an Incubus. Rimming, masturbation, oral sex, anal sex, orgasm denial and monster sex fill these pages. Intended for MATURE AUDIENCES 18+ only! EXCERPT: I woke up a few hours later when the sun was cresting over the horizon, my muscles feeling wrung out and overused from the pleasure. The faint smell of smoke still hung in the air, though all of the candles had long since sputtered out. I eased myself out of my bed and padded down the hallway without bothering to dress. I flicked on the light in the bathroom and winced as the bright light attacked my eyes. I turned around and craned my neck to see the tanned expanse of my back. Standing out like a brand in the stark light were two handprints on my ass. I touched the skin gingerly, wincing at the tender feeling of the marks branded into my skin. Some part of me was afraid, but the larger part of me felt a dark thrill at being marked.