A few days ago, I wrote about the origins of the “Gorgo, Mormo, thousand-faced moon” passage in H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook.” The lines come from Hippolytus’ Refutation of All Heresies, an early Christian work from the fourth century CE. The thirty-fifth chapter of book four, from which the incantation derives, contains an interesting bit of skeptical inquiry that’s worth looking at in full. In the chapter, Hippolytus describes how pagan priests use stagecraft and trickery to create the illusion of an appearance of the dread goddess Hecate.
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