I was initially notified of Myatt’s purported death by independent correspondents, and I naturally doubted the veracity of the claim to begin with (as I’m told that most people did). Once I became aware that the source of the claim was the author of “Sinister Polemics,” I became certain that the claim was a “jape” (that word means prank).
The reason that I put the word “jape” in quotations is that the japes made by the ONA are most often of a particular kind and the ONA is renowned for making them. If you are familiar with the website Scribd, you may know that the individual who posts those massive stashes of the ONA literature there there named himself “Dark Japer,” which is symptomatic of exactly how renowned the ONA’s pranks are. As is outlined in the essay Labyrinthos Mythologicus regarding the ONA’s tendency to conduct japes, it is specified that part of the intent behind them is “to test and select candidates.”
Examples of such japes occur in the ONA’s allegories. In Falcifer – Lord of Darkness, the protagonist Conrad is invited to a ritual by the nexion that he aspires to join. He participates in a simple ritual and is afterwards asked what he thought of it by Tanith, a senior member of the nexion (specifically the one who takes his virginity and convinces him to try alcohol for the first time). Conrad says that it was nothing special, that it was simple and unimpressive. He then manages to deduce that the ritual was deliberately made to be ineffectual as a test of Conrad’s spiritual faculties. If he could not sense the energy of a rite he would not make a suitable initiate.
Another such test is carried out in Balocraft of Baphomet – Grullyan’s Tale. The protagonist, Grullyan, who is being tested for his merits by the nexion considering initiating him, is provided with a time and place to meet up with a female member of the nexion. The female does not show, but an unassuming senior member of the nexion (once again an elderly woman) is watching him and using her spiritual faculties to follow his train of thought. After Grullyan makes up his mind to continue seeking initiation into the nexion, the woman, an empath, approaches him to converse.
Both protagonists deduce on their own that they are being tested and are thus shown to be worthy, “for like attracts like… If they have our particular character, they will just know, and thus understand beyond the words and disinformation that we have spewn forth,” as was written in Labyrinthos Mythologicus.
The Labyrinthos Mythologicus is the internet installment of the ONA’s tendency to test via jape. It is a web of disinformation which prospective initiates are required to see through, and a witch can “size up” a would-be Niner by seeing if he adheres to such disinformation. These japes are categorically different from the chicanery of Sinister Polemics, which is nothing more than self-indulgent faggotry, as I will substantiate.
If you follow my blog, you may remember that I posted a now-redacted article wherein I criticized modern ONA writers for holding up Michael Aquino and Anton LaVey as examples of non-ONA Satanism when they are no longer involved in it and no longer relevant. Criticizing LaVey in 2016 instead of criticizing, for example, Diane Vera or Ego Diabolus, suggests that the author has not actually studied non-ONA Satanism in depth and has rejected it just for the sake of conforming to Long’s teachings. Criticizing LaVey and Aquino, especially when you are writing for an ONA audience, is beating a dead horse. If the criticisms are merely reiterations of Anton Long (as they so often are), this reveals a lack of independent insight, and if an ONA author does so on multiple occasions, it is indicative of their irrelevance.
These observations were not made to talk about any group or person in particular, and I was not actually aware of how constantly SP opines about LaVey. She promptly wrote about me on her blog, excluding my name and not addressing my arguments, and revealing her character in several ways.
The essay was called Satanism Plebianized and O9A Pretenders, and it began as follows. “Contrary to the recent dehortations of some O9A critics, and in line with the polemical (and mischievous) nature of this blog, we republish here a 144 page pdf compilation containing old polemics which several years ago caused considerable controversy (and anger and annoyance) in certain Occult circles.”
A. A. Morain had told me on a prior occasion that SP was just a troll, and it was clear when I read this article that I had doubted his statements in vain.
One person whom the author (she refers to herself in the first person singular) has annoyed repeatedly is long-time ONA commentater Anna Czereda, who has referred to SP as a “bullshitter” and a “propaganist” multiple times on her blog. In her recent article Mad as a Hatter, Czereda recounts the “piles and piles” of insulting essays that SP wrote about Ryan Anschauung. Anschauung was deduced to be a fake Niner by various authorities for various reasons, so I was not surprised to learn that SP had hopped on the band wagon and spent countless hours regurgitating criticisms of him.
In the comments, SP wrote “Thank you, my dear, for yet again responding” and reminded us that her blog “is devoted, in the main, to polemics.” Remember, reader, that the word polemics just means controversy, and controversy just means attention. SP also objects to the “vulgarity” of Czereda’s criticisms. R. Parker once criticized Anschauung for devolving into vulgarity and vituperation with Niners he disagreed with online. SP is just aping this criticism because it does not require legitimate insight.
Czereda proceeds to respond and rebut SP’s faggotry. In a lame attempt to argue, SP uses an all-too-common and juvenile internet debate tactic: “Yay! You responded and our stats are bosted by three more views”. SP argues then that her constant attempts to piss people off on the internet “serve a useful purpose,” but since she also states that “the old crowd, the real OG – PointyHat, DarkLogos, et al – retired from such disputations on the internet”, leaving us to question exactly how useful this nonsense is.
SP then copy and pastes an old list of questions about Hebdomadry which are supposed to serve as a Niner-legitimacy test, despite the fact that such questions were topically irrelevant. She also whines about Czereda’s use of insults, calling them ad hominems (despite the fact said insults accompanied arguments instead of replacing them) because parroting internet memes is fun, and then goes on to repeatedly insulting Czereda for claiming to be a Christian, a claim which SP takes at face value for some ineffable reason. SP also wrote an article on her own blog about Czereda, wherein she tries again to prove Czereda’s illegitimacy by copy and pasting a post about her from an internet forum.
Now, we understand clearly that SP is just an attention-desperate shitstarter who constantly congratulates herself for advancing the “Sinister Dialectic” by way of picking internet fights and not using curse words (because daddy Parker told her that all the cool kids don’t cuss). Since we know that she only blogs to spread controversy and pat herself on the back for it, is there really any question that her claims of Myatt’s death are false? Her essay claiming that Myatt was dead was only a four or five paragraphs long instead of the remorseful eulogy that a post on that topic should be (unlike her astoundingly verbose comments on Czereda’s article), and no source is cited.
This “jape” of hers would be garbage even if it was not carried out so poorly. It was made in poor taste by a puerile and pretentious brat and it served no practical purpose. While I abbreviated much substantiation in this article for brevity, I am certain that what I provided is enough to shatter SP’s perceived credibility, not that Czereda has failed to do so herself.
2016 Anno Maleficarum