Yesterday I talked a bit about the Shaver Mystery, the 1945 hoax in which writer Richard S. Shaver claimed that he had descended under the earth, encountered a fantastically ancient race possessed of high technology, and reported the shocking truth only under the guise of fiction. In reality, of course, the hoax was the joint work of Shaver, a former mental patient, and Amazing Stories editor Ray Palmer (who wrote more than two-thirds of the Shaver material and soon after started Fate magazine, the nonfiction title that launched the Kenneth Arnold UFO claims), but I didn’t know when I discussed this yesterday was the debt that Palmer and Shaver owed to H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Robert E. Howard, whose tales of lost civilizations and underground races (cf. Lovecraft and Heald, “The Mound,” or Lovecraft, Shadow Out of Time) were the direct predecessors of Shaver’s, mitigating and transmitting earlier claims from sources like Bulwer-Lytton’s Coming Race, Frederick S. Oliver’s Dweller on Two Planets, and various hollow earth theories from the Victorian era. From Lovecraft, too, we see echoes in the idea that the ancient people were a space-faring race and that the Elder Race (his words: cf. Lovecraft’s Elder Things, Ancient Ones, and Old Ones) would return from the stars.
In discussing this with Jeb J. Card yesterday, Card pointed me toward facts I was not aware of but which help to confirm the important role the Lovecraft Mythos played in the development of fringe history and ufology. Card told me about the Lovecraftian influence on the neo-Theosophist Maurice Doreal (Claude Doggins), the author of the Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean, often cited in fringe literature as genuine ancient texts from Atlantis. From Dweller on Two Planets Doreal incorporated into his vision of the cosmos the alleged lost civilization hiding out beneath Mount Shasta in California, and he adopted the Shaver Mystery as part of his own burgeoning mythos as the 1940s progressed and Palmer began recommending Doreal’s work to Shaver fans.
Doreal wrote a pamphlet called “Mysteries of the Gobi” about an underground race beneath that desert, and I wonder if that wasn’t a source for some of Peter Kolosimo’s Gobi claims. I’ve never read it, so I don’t know. What I do know is that Doreal’s claims were explicitly Lovecraftian. His underground race were serpent people, and they were ancient aliens from another world—essentially Robert E. Howard’s serpent people. Both shared the same description: humans with snake heads. In a later pamphlet, “UFOs: An Occult Perspective” (1948), they were asserted to be primeval and entombed under the earth in suspended animation—just like the reptilians of “The Nameless City,” which Lovecraft wrote in 1921 but which Doreal would have read in Fanciful Tales in 1936 or Weird Tales in 1938. Doreal appropriated from Howard the idea that the snake men masquerade as humans and have taken positions of power in human society.
But even more interesting is Doreal’s more or less explicit plagiarism of Lovecraft in Emerald Tablets, in which he has reimagined the serpent race in terms Lovecraft associated with the Old Ones, apparently equating the two groups in a way Lovecraft only occasionally and partially implied. I had never read these tablets in their entirety because, frankly, they are fakes so I never had any incentive to read so much drivel. It turns out that they contain some very interesting evidence.
Although Doreal claims that he found and translated these tablets—named for the ninth-century Hermetic text to which it bears little resemblance—in the Great Pyramid of Giza in 1925, this is an almost certain fiction, and the “translations” weren’t published until the late 1930s or 1940s. I want to take a look at a passage from Tablet 8 side-by-side with the parallel text from the Necronomicon fragment given in “The Dunwich Horror” and the Cthulhu theogony in “Call of Cthulhu” to show the textual dependency of Doreal on Lovecraft. The passage begins with a paraphrase of Old Castro’s claims from “The Call of Cthulhu,” rendering the Old Ones as “children of shadow” but preserving the claim that they are to be found under the earth. From there, he plagiarizes “Dunwich,” but almost certainly from the version given by August Derleth in The Lurker at the Threshold, which alters the text in small but significant ways, emphasizing the punishment of the Old Ones by his Elder Gods. It is Derleth’s version of Lovecraft that informs Doreal, though Doreal has inverted the relationship between the Old Ones and their human servants, subordinating the supernatural to the mortal.
It’s probably worth noting that in the passage quoted above from “Through the Gates of the Silver Key,” Lovecraft makes the Necronomicon refer to a semi-fictitious Book of Thoth (found in references in Ptolemaic texts to a book that allows for perception of the gods), which must in Doreal’s mind be identical with the Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean.
You might say that all of this is a coincidence, but after this, Doreal goes on to plagiarize the Hounds of Tindalos from Frank Belknap Long’s 1929 short story of the same name in all their essential details, in a way that is unmistakeable:
I don’t think there’s any mistaking the dependence of Doreal on pulp fiction. How any ancient astronaut theorist or fringe historian could read this and not recognize the textual origins of the passage is beyond me, except through the relatively strong wall that kept science fiction and fantasy stories confined to a literary ghetto through the middle twentieth century.
But what we see here is proto-science fiction feeding into Theosophy, which in turn inspires Lovecraftian fiction before feeding back into neo-Theosophical fringe history and ufology. No wonder Helena Blavatsky chose the ouroboros as the symbol of Theosophy. The whole sci-fi fringe history complex is a closed loop.
3/26/2014 06:50:26 am
I think I pointed out the Serpent Men connection in a comment earlier this year, but I didn't notice the rest. Can't say I'm surprised.
9/28/2017 04:42:58 am
I am now translating the words of THOTH the atlantean in simple english, so everyone can understand. I will publish the video in a few weeks.
7/27/2018 07:32:31 pm
Definitely "off course".
11/29/2021 01:52:58 pm
Thomas, I don't understand why you would waste your time on a purely fictional work that is less than a century old!! There is NO translation to be done 😂 What?!?! Going to go laugh myself to sleep now.
3/26/2014 09:46:08 am
Here's something interesting - the reptilian mythology embraced by the likes of David Icke seems to have originated with the 1984-1985 TV series "V" - the creator/director was Kenneth Johnson.
3/26/2014 01:16:07 pm
It would appear not.
3/26/2014 01:25:29 pm
Both Kenneth Johnsons were born in 1942
3/26/2014 01:42:59 pm
Yes, the Christian writer born in 1965 has a different body of work that doesn't include anything on Fulcanelli.
3/26/2014 01:53:23 pm
Kenneth Rayner Johnson also wrote as Zarkon in 1974
5/18/2014 11:17:07 am
I appreciate your research. I've been unable to find other sources which show the similarities between Lovecraft's mythos and Sharpe's myhtos. Amazing Stories seems to have promoted the "Shaver Mysteries" as nonfiction to increase sales. Harlan Ellison claims that Shaver admitted that the "Shaver Mysteries" were pure fiction. However, Shaver claimed that he only said this because Ellison was harassing him.
9/18/2014 05:13:05 am
I find this fascinating as a science fiction fan and as a ufologist but may I point out that stories of intelligent reptilian beings antedating mankind are found in many ancient mythologies, not just American pulp fiction? The mythology of India, the myths of the Hopi and Zuni tribes of North America as well as other sources all feature that kind of lore...perhaps you'd care to address that?
4/21/2015 03:22:04 am
This was my thought as well.
10/1/2015 03:05:05 pm
We really don't like snakes? I mean if we originated wh err e we were supposed to, we should have encountered large amounts of them, it makes sense to inherit a fear and distrust of them.
10/12/2014 01:47:54 am
Yes lovecroft is absolutly a huge influence on modern esotheric. Funny thing is, he himself was pretty much influenced by the original emerald tablet myth. alchemical texts from the 8th century. of course they don't contain anything of the stuff modern authors talk about. even newton wrote a translation of them, because he was a fan of alchemy. all the stuff about indestructable matterials and such are a hoax. the tablets themself if they ever existed are gone since ages.
1/15/2015 03:05:44 pm
9/24/2015 12:34:00 pm
Lizard men beneath the Earth... ok...someone has watched Dr. Who and the Silurians one time too many!!
10/22/2015 11:24:44 pm
I recently read Lovecraft's "The Thing on the Doorstep and other Weird Stories," and happened to follow it up with "The Emerald Tablets of Thoth The Atlantean" by Doreal. Throughout the reading of the Tablets I had the notion that Lovecraft was inspired by them. By the time I read the 15th tablet, I had the sneaking suspicion that it was the other way around and that Doreal might be a suspicious "translat[er]". Then, when I could find no archeological information from respected sourced about the emerald tablets, it made it all the more suspicious.
4/9/2016 05:32:23 am
If I had never went through the process I would be on the same side of the fence as this guy.
6/4/2016 06:56:31 pm
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12/14/2016 08:20:40 am
You do realize that there is only ONE tablet and it wasn't even written on an actual tablet? It dates back to around the 6th-8th century and was first found in an arabic book entitled "Kitāb sirr al-ḫalīqa". The "tablets" you speak of are nothing but a hoax "translated" by a man named Dr. Michael Doreal who was given "permission" by a group of "supernatural beings" called "The Great White Brotherhood" which was first mentioned by Helena P. Blavatsky and later by Aleister Crowley. Yeah good luck with that brother... I'll just stick to the ONE and ONLY emerald tablet (AKA the Smaragdine Table or Tabula Smaragdina) which speaks of the relationship of the micro and macrocosm. There could be some lessons to be learned in what you are reading (as with all fiction) but what you are reading is nothing more than a fictional novel. To anyone reading this do not confuse the real emerald tablet (which was translated by many people including Isaac Newton) with this story claiming to be written 38,000 years ago translated by some guy in 1925. Even in Doreal translations it says the connection between material man and spiritual man is intellectual man. So please, use your brain and realize that this is a work.
7/27/2018 08:17:06 pm
I have a couch which is aligned WNW by NWS and my headache went away. Is this related to the pyramid angle, because now I might have MS. I'd gladly trade this for the headache.
7/27/2018 08:26:33 pm
Can I move it or should I get a new one that doesn't have the bad pyramid power to get rid of the MS?
12/8/2018 05:29:15 pm
The mistake you are making is called syllogic. A cat has 4 legs. That dog has 4 legs therefore it's a cat. Ex-christians make the same mistake. Christianity is a complete farce therefore God does not exist. Why? Assume there is a transcendent all pervasive supreme being manifest in all things. Good karma good things. But to conclude that because of your new found spirituality that it's because of the emerald tablet (the real one by the way is about 16 lines of crap) is syllogic. (aka nonsense)
1/31/2019 01:44:29 pm
Your statement has resonated with me. You know!
6/30/2016 12:19:54 am
Funny thing is, there are beings similar to those mentioned above amongst us. Always have been. Or, perhaps I should say inside us, around us, and attached to us. They feed on, and live vicariously through human beings. I find it strange that so many authors seem to tap into quite a bit of hideous truth in their fiction.
8/24/2016 03:41:30 pm
Imagine for a moment that a variety of alien races exist, some of which are reptilian as well as a terrestrial race of reptilians who evolved from the dinosaurs. And it's necessary to also imagine that the people in charge know this but they think we'd freak out if we also knew. And then, finally, the last assertion is that telepathy is not only real but it's possible to both direct this at someone and to do so in first-person perspective while imitating the recipient's own voice/dialect. The net result would be the ability to fake you into thinking that the sender's ideas are your own since we take this to be the voice of our conscience.
6/9/2017 09:28:21 pm
Its interesting you say this, Justin. I am coming to believe that the universe is far more strange than most people realize.
8/25/2016 07:46:13 pm
Everyone's commenting with such far removed
2/12/2017 10:21:50 am
I am surprised that nobody mentioned how the circumstances surrounding how Doreal was able to translate the tablets sounds VERY similar to how Joseph Smith claimed he translated the teachings that became the book of mormon. A secret group/person gave me the privilege of reading/translating some incredible ancient text that nobody else can/will ever see, but trust me it's all true, huh? Call me a skeptic but it's a little hard to believe something with suck dubious origins. Admittedly the translations of Doreal don't seem to contain malicious material, but that doesn't make them any more or less legit in my opinion. Of course even fiction can still be very useful and thought provoking so perhaps reading them isn't a complete waste of time.
4/25/2017 06:08:59 am
That is a very balanced and logical analysis BOBDOBALINA. I have listened to the translation of The Emerald Tablets and it was thought provoking.
4/25/2017 05:59:49 am
Seems there is mention that Isaac Newton first translated the Emerald Tablets of Thoth in the 17th century. Reportedly originally written by Thoth, who is described as a Atlantian Priest-King around 36,000 B.C... Later the Egyptian god Thoth, reported to be 'the father of Occult Wisdom, the founder of Astrology and the discoverer of Alchemy'.
6/14/2017 12:43:26 am
---Different sources talking about the same exact things-----........conclusion: they musta plagiarized from each other.
4/10/2018 11:05:47 pm
I continually get dragged back to your page looking for some kind of constructive criticism to balance out different topics I read about. I never find it here. Instead I find a fringe author who wrote a book proclaiming the potential authenticity of what H.P. Lovecraft supposedly dreamt, cherry picking a work he CONFESSES not to have read to merely discredit it. It being a work that shares more in common with said author's writing, Jason, than anything else I've yet to read, you've written. Having read Lovecraft, the translations of the "Emerald Tablets of Thoth", and a few articles you've written, I can safely say the only drivel I've read recently is your own. And unlike you, defying your logic apparently, I still bothered to at least read it.
7/28/2018 11:09:55 pm
Well, I have enjoyed this chat and found some of it informative and some of it a tad bitchy.
Khalid Amin Rashada El
7/28/2018 11:28:46 pm
Peace and Blessings. This article is very informative. But I can say definitively that the alleged 'source' of the information contained within the Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean affect the Work very, very little.
Khalid Amin Rashada-El
8/11/2018 01:18:51 pm
haha a muslim just tried to claim credit for the renaissance and preserving egyptian knowledge when all you have to do is look at the pyramid of menkaure to realize how retarded islam is
1/31/2019 01:50:35 pm
NAMASTE!!! YOU KNOW!
11/18/2018 02:36:17 pm
There is nothing new in both authors works that hasnt been said throughout 8000years that preceeded them...
11/18/2018 02:52:03 pm
Thoth was given by the Amenti the power of "Aniti Earth Force" which is anti gravity..
1/19/2019 01:42:22 am
Guys and Gals. I was just visited by the Her Emanance and Supreme Nagas Supreme of the Archons. You have not been allowed to hear her name before now. She speaks only to me randomly. I have the truth for your life, forever, and you never have to doubt them. The obligation you have inherited from the first cause in the mental realm to think is now waived, for only I have this truth from her and it is not from an inferior brain, for it is not from my brain or that of a human being, but from greater than us more distant as ant from an elephant. She revealed it to me because only I have the required exact body weight, skin color, eye color and the appropriate mole of intelligence in the correct eye. a
3/13/2019 08:27:22 am
Best TRUTH I've seen all night, you get a cookie
5/31/2019 01:19:15 pm
ok.. so when i read your little (example) of sarcastically coming up with a story to try and prove that anyone can do it an people will believe it. i feel nothing. when i read the emerald tablets (fiction or real) i recognize many truths and many concepts that i pondered and thought about long before hearing about them, or any other text for that matter..
10/9/2019 07:44:49 pm
Did you care to look into when the actual tablets were discovered, or did you just want to use a lot of words to mock the ridiculous people who plagiarized the original work? They were supposedly found in the Great Pyramid, so 2560 BC -- A LITTLE before the 1920s, but keep ranting. (I'm not checking the notify button since I found this site upon unfortunate accident, so feel free to rant there, too.)
2/4/2020 01:58:20 am
Actually, Sir Isaac Newton translated (& published commentary on) the tablets from Latin and he died 1727.
3/22/2021 02:04:05 pm
Where does it say that Newton translated the tablets of Thoth?
10/10/2019 03:56:45 am
your comment is actually hilarious,
12/2/2019 11:50:43 am
I find that the center of all theological matter is based on the understanding of fundamental truths. So, perhaps we ask ourselves, "What is truth?" If truth is based on both fact and personal experiences, how are we to define such an idea? All of these theological interpretations also have another theme, "The search for higher power" or intelligence beyond what we know. Through these experiences, it is my understanding that there is both intelligence and ignorance passed down through millennia with the innate desire to understand who we are and where or what we are created from. There are many similarities between the psychological and physiological processes of trauma in humans in relation to theological approach. So, let's go back to understanding the basis. What may be true to some may be false for other based on experience? This does not make the understanding of truth more substantial or the same for the latter. The ever noted desire and need to apply a theological perspective in an approach to understand a conscious feeling within our own human development may be the only truth society as a whole can agree on. Even to dispell the idea of God, one must first admit they have an idea of God. Thus, there will always be. As above so below. 💜
2/20/2020 05:10:34 am
Excerpt NOT from Doreal's interpretation of The Emerald Tablet III: The Key of Wisdom:
3/10/2020 06:39:18 pm
I don't see any real sign of plagiarism. The closest would be the bit about angled and curved dimensions. However, from the reading I've done, it looks more and more like we're dealing with a 'single-source' phenomenon. That is, a common source which far pre-dates 20th century writers. Some food for thought:
4/11/2020 02:11:23 am
Well, what occurred to me was that if this guy Doreal was indeed just an uneducated store clerk, he certainly had one up on Joseph Smith. For a forgery the so called translation of the "tablets" reads very well unlike the original book of Mormon which is a rambling mess. Not bad for an otherwise uneducated store clerk? Did he have help plumbing Lovecraftian lore perhaps? Looking at the single tablet is also perplexing as the reading changes from talking about a "thing" and "things" to references of "it" and "its" .. Even if you only have an inkling of philosophy "it" is pretty underwhelming.
8/17/2020 09:21:25 pm
I'll give doreal this he's done some homework in tablet 1 he sites a magnetic flip ending Atlantis he also makes reverence to dmt and the flower of life geometric shapes like the metaron cube made of circles.I also think there is compelling evidence to suggest Egyptian megalithic monuments were constructed long before academia would have us believe so the timeline is not as crazy as it sounds.
11/1/2020 09:38:38 am
You admitted TWICE to not even bothering to read stuff, and we are supposes to take you seriously? All you're doing is copying/pasting random things and running your mouth to hear your head rattle. You're just as bogus as everything else you claim is. How ridiculous.
I read all the comments. Shudder...So many arrogant responses, the most insufferable being the author of the article having "not even read it". To claim plagiarism because 2 sources touch on similar concept (that have been echoed through the ages btw) is laughable.
6/29/2022 01:30:04 pm
Wow. What started as disbelief and discard has turned into the closest I can find of a study group of the emerald tablets. That in itself bears the essence of the truths therein.
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