Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Harpur, Patrick

(1950-    ) UK writer in whose first novel, The Serpent's Circle (1985), a secret monastic order called The Little Brothers of the Apostles unleashes its old Religion against the Roman Catholic Church. In Mercurius, of the Marriage of Heaven and Earth (1990) a country clergyman involved in Alchemy and a search for the Philosophers' Stone finds his Quest interacting with that of another in another time, under the auspices of Mercurius, or Hermes. The sense in which this text is meant as fantasy – i.e., as a tale of the impossible – is made unclear, if only retroactively, by Daimonic Reality: A Field Guide to the Underworld (1994), a nonfiction study in which experiences of this sort are granted, at the very least, an agnostic understanding. [JC]

Patrick Harpur

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