H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition

H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition

The Master of Horror's Influence on Modern Occultism

Book - 2015
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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 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'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, Lovecraft expert/editor of The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Publisher: San Francisco :, Weiser Books,, 2015
ISBN: 9781578635870
Branch Call Number: ANF 813 STE
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 23 cm

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