Regular Twitter users are already quite familiar with the universal presence of twitterbots — user accounts whose tweets are entirely driven by an algorithm, instead of by a real person — and the for the most part, the experience ranges from hilariously classic to just plain annoying. But every once in a while, a ‘bot does something so baffling and weird that it has hundreds of people fascinated, amused and even a bit scared.
The latest example of this phenomenon is “The Lesser Bot of Solomon,” a fully-automated account which turns out page after page from a randomly-generated book of occult spells, cryptic symbols and demon-summoning incantations.
That may seem creepy at first… but if you take a closer look at any one of the hundreds of sigils cranked out by the Lesser Bot, you’ll start to see the random absurdity.
The randomization script results in some hilarious incantations, showing you how to summon demons like “Professor Albo, Demon of Tallyhoing Shellfish,” “Lieutenant Cassberelys, Demon of Lankly Healing Turkeys,” or Regent Xiada, Demon of Imperialstically Hounding Heraldry [and] Mice.”
The symbols are also totally random, jumbling up Norse runes, Mandlebrot sets, Hebraic letters, Astronomical signs, geometric formulae… even bar codes (I dare you to try scanning one of them).
Lesser Bot’s profile describes the tweets as “endless pages from a text in the style of Ars Goetia and the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum,” historical grimoires dating back centuries, with names and descriptions of seventy-two demons and instructions on how to summon them.
Among these is the demonic “President” known as Buer, whose image (shown at top, from an 1818 illustration by Louis Breton) is currently being used as Lesser Bot’s profile pic.