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H. P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition
The Master of Horror's Influence on Modern Occultism
John L. Steadman
ISBN: 9781578635870
Book (Paperback)
Weiser Books
6 x 9
304 pages
September 1, 2015


"I recommend this book unreservedly to any admirer of Lovecraft, whichever camp the reader may belong to.” —Richard A. Lupoff, author of Marblehead: A Novel of H.P. Lovecraft and Lovecraft’s Book

"John L. Steadman's book is a welcome contribution to an important and neglected subject. Much nonsense has been written about Lovecraft's involvement with occultism, and Steadman brings a refreshing dose of reason and sanity to the discussion. His thorough understanding of Lovecraft's life, work, and thought, and his impressive grounding in all aspects of the occult tradition, make him the ideal scholar to address this controversial topic." —S. T. Joshi

"H.P. Lovecraft and the Black Magickal Tradition exhibits a blend of scholarly insight and literary panache that is sure to please and enlighten both the Initiate and the weird fiction connoisseur.” —Richard Gavin, author of At Fear's Altar

Explore Lovecraft’s Deep Connections to the Dark Arts

Modern practicing 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 L. 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 is a scholar of H. P. Lovecraft and western occultism and has been a magickal practitioner for more than thirty years. He is currently a college English professor at Olivet College in Michigan. (Photo credit: Ligeia Leigh Steadman)
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