H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition: The Master of Horror’s Influence on Modern Occultism

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John L. Steadman

Weiser Books, USA, 2015. Paperback. 304 pages. Brand New.

The Master of Horror’s Influence on Modern Occultism

Modern, practising occultists have argued that renowned horror writer, H. P. Lovecraft, was in possession of in-depth knowledge of black magick. Literary scholars claim that he was a master of his genre and craft and his findings are purely psychological, nothing more. Was Lovecraft a practitioner of the dark arts himself? Was he privileged to knowledge that cannot be otherwise explained?

Weaving the life story of Lovecraft in and out of an analysis of various modern magickal systems, scholar, John Steadman, has found direct and concrete examples that demonstrate that Lovecraft’s works and, specifically, his Cthulhu Mythos and his creation of the Necronomicon, are a legitimate basis for a working magickal system.

Whether you believe Lovecraft had supernatural powers or not, no one can argue against Lovecraft’s profound influence on many modern black arts and the darker currents of western occultism.

“John L. Steadman has opened the door to the study of neomythology in H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition. Funny and dark, cynical and powerful, Mr. Steadman takes on the manyfaced monster that is rising out of the R’lyeh of the collective unconsciousness.”

–Don Webb, author and occultist

Jonathan L. Steadman is a scholar of H. P. Lovecraft and western occultism and has been a magickal practitioner for more than 30 years. He is currently an English professor at Olivet College in Michigan.

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Weight 0.450 kg
Dimensions 15.2 × 1.5 × 22.9 cm
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2015