John Steadman, author of H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition

Event date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 6:00pm
JL Steadman, author of HP Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition

A Room of One's Own welcomes author JL Steadman for a reading and book-signing.

H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition explores one of the most fascinating theses in modern occultism, Lovecraft’s profound influence on the darker currents of western occultism. The book begins with a definition of the theory and practice of black magick, including a full analysis of the black magickal methodologies as they developed in Africa, Egypt, Greece and Rome. Afterwards, I focus specifically on the life and works of H. P. Lovecraft, explaining exactly what Lovecraft knew and how much he knew about magickal thought and practice. In so doing, I determine conclusively if the two assumptions raised by prominent occultists are, in fact, valid, i.e. (1) whether or not Lovecraft’s knowledge of occultism was extensive enough to qualify him as a bona-fide initiate, and (2) whether or not Lovecraft had achieved some level of contact with real extra-terrestrial entities. Following this, I analyze the various recensions of the Necronomicon, Lovecraft’s book of spells, and decide which of these may, perhaps, serve as an efficacious magickal grimoire. I also compare Lovecraft’s Great Old Ones with the archetypes of other magickal traditions in order to determine whether or not these fictional constructs can be used in actual magickal workings. Finally, I provide a detailed look into Lovecraft’s specific connection with the great black magickal systems of the contemporary world, concentrating not only on the traditional systems, such as the Vodou and Wicca religions, but also on such relatively recent esoteric groups as Kenneth Grant’s Typhonian Order, Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan, Simon’s Necronomicon Gnosis and Peter Carroll’s deconstructionist Chaos Magick pacts.

I am a scholar of both H. P. Lovecraft and western occultism and have been a magickal practitioner for over thirty years, working with various covens and small groups of initiates. I have a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University; a Master of Arts from the University of Virginia; and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to my academic credentials, I hold the following degrees in the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.) USA: Magickian (II°), Man (I°) and Minerval (0°).

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315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition: The Master of Horror's Influence on Modern Occultism Cover Image
ISBN: 9781578635870
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Published: Weiser Books - September 1st, 2015