Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 19, 2016

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 10 PM- 12 Midnight, I am going to be a guest on the Spooky Southwest radio/podcast show.  The show airs every Saturday night on WBSM AM in New Bedford, MA.  Spooky Southwest has been on the air since 2006, making it one of the longest running paranormal shows in the US.

The hosts are Tim Weisberg & Matt Costa, assisted by scientist Matt Moniz, author Chris Balzano, and psychic medium Stephanie Burke.  The show focuses on topics associated with the paranormal; ghosts, UFO’s, and cryptids, among others.  

I will be discussing my book H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition and, of course, I will be glad to talk about anything that my hosts or the audience might be interested in discussing; I enjoy weird speculations and off-the-wall topics, as anyone knows who has heard  my previous radio/podcast interviews or attended any of my presentations and book signings.

I recently published two free spells for general use among occultists, pagans and magickal practitioners. 

The first of these, “The Spell of the Red Witch-Doll”, is useful for creating love & romance between the magickal practitioner and any person whom the practitioner desires.   The spell can also be cast to promote generate health and wellness.  The spell is available on the Wattpad.com website; I have posted the link on my Author Page in Facebook & on Twitter as well. 

https://www.wattpad.com/story/89470497-the-spell-of-the-red-witch-doll

The second spell is "The Spell of the Black Witch Doll", also on Wattpad.  This spell is useful for eliminating or neutralizing an enemy.  Again, the spell is available via Facebook & Twitter.

https://www.wattpad.com/story/90513842-the-spell-of-the-black-witch-doll

have two upcoming events. My essay “The Thelemic Big-Bang: Aleister Crowley, Frater Achad and the Expanding, Contracting Universe” (2016) is to be published in Behutet: Modern Thelemic Magick & Culture”, a magazine issued by the Thelesis Lodge O.T.O., 1627 N. 2nd Street, Suite 220, Philadelphia PA 19122.  "Behutet" is an epithet for the Egyptian winged sun-disk. The magazine focuses on magical techniques, occult history and Thelemic culture in a modern setting. 

I have also been invited to be a guest on Mysterious Matters, an award-winning paranormal podcast that discusses diverse topics such as ancient civilizations, conspiracy theories, space exploration, transhumanism, unidentified flying objects (UFOs), cryptids like Bigfoot and the Lochness Monster and religion culture such as Christianity, Hoodoo, and Wicca. The show is hosted by Bob Bain, and is produced in Nashville, Tennessee.

I will post the details and the links associated with the Behutet publication and the Mysterious Matters interview as soon as this information becomes available.

JLS


Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016

For the last year, I have been working on my third Master’s Degree.  I have been attending online classes at the American Military University, which is ranked in the top 12% of online universities in the US.  The Master’s Degree is in Education: Teaching (ME).

I am now eligible for acceptance in the PhD program at the University of Michigan-Flint. The PhD is in Education, with a concentration on Online Teaching.  My enrollment in the PhD program is guaranteed upon successful completion of my studies at AMU.

This autumn, I published a glog, “Cog AT: The Monster Behind the Mask,” which specifically critiques the Cog AT intelligence test as well as standardizing testing in general.  This glog has been described by an expert in the field of education as “visually & cognitively stimulating.” The glog can be found on Glogster.com.


In addition, I recently published a very potent spell for general use among occultists, pagans and magickal practitioners.  “The Spell of the Red Witch-Doll” can be used for creating love & romance between the magickal practitioner and any person whom the practitioner desires.   The spell can also be cast to promote generate health and wellness.  The spell is available online at the Wattpad.com website.

https://www.wattpad.com/story/89470497-the-spell-of-the-red-witch-doll

I have two upcoming events. My essay "The Thelemic Big-Bang: Aleister Crowley, Frater Achad and the Expanding, Contracting Universe" (2016) is to be published in Behutet: Modern Thelemic Magick & Culture, a magazine issued by the Thelesis Lodge O.T.O., 1627 N. 2nd Street, Suite 220, Philadelphia PA, 19122.  "Behutet" is an epithet for the Egyptian winged sun-disk.  The magazine focuses on magickal techniques, occult history and Thelemic culture in a modern setting.

I have also been invited to be a guest on Mysterious Matters, an award-winning paranormal podcast that discusses diverse topics such as ancient civilizations, conspiracy theories, space exploration, transhumanism,UFO's, cryptids like Bigfoot and the Lochness Monster, and religious culture, Christianity, Hoodoo, and Wicca.  The show is hosted by Bob Bain and is produced in Nashville, Tennessee.  

I will post the details and the links associated with the Behutet publication and the Mysterious Matters interview as soon as this information becomes available.


JLS

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016

I am holding a book signing for H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition (2015) at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the Georgia Tech University campus in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, September 24, 2016.   This will happen three days from today!  The signing will begin at 12 PM and will conclude as late as I can manage, probably 6 PM or thereabouts. 

The Georgia Tech University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US and is host to a large group of Lovecraft fans and aficionados, or so I’ve been told, and I want to spend as much time with them as possible.

The bookstore is located on 48 5th Street NW Atlanta, GA, 30308.  The landline is (404) 894-2515.  More information about this can be obtained via the website: https://www.yelp.com/biz/barnes-and-noble-georgia-tech-bookstore-atlanta

H. P. Lovecraft was the foremost fantasist of the 20th century and his work continues to have an influential effect on our literature and our culture.  In addition, Lovecraft  holds a place among the most advanced thinkers of his time and indeed, of the 21st century, and it is fitting for me, and for everyone, in fact, to acknowledge this and to pay homage to this truly great man. 

I will be talking about all of this at the signing; anything that my guests want to talk about.  But I will, also, be having a great time, and I want the people who come out to see me to have a good time as well. 

It is autumn; the pumpkin season; the time of Halloween; the time of life and death; and we can talk about all of this and celebrate it!  But death is life and life can be eternal life!

So, Lovecraft fans in Atlanta, come out!  See me!  And pick up a copy of my book!

JLS

Thursday, September 8, 2016

September 8, 2016

I am holding a book signing for H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition (2015) at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the Georgia Tech University campus in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, September 24, 2016.   The signing will begin at 12 PM and will conclude as late as I can manage, probably 6 PM or thereabouts.

The Georgia Tech University is one of the most prestigious universities in the US and is host to a large group of Lovecraft fans and aficionados, or so I’ve been told, and I want to spend as much time with them as possible. The bookstore is located on 48 5th Street NW Atlanta, GA, 30308.  The landline is (404) 894-2515.  More information about the bookstore can be obtained at https://www.yelp.com/biz/barnes-and-noble-georgia-tech-bookstore-atlanta

H. P. Lovecraft was the foremost fantasist of the 20th century and his work continues to have an influential effect on our literature and our culture.  In addition, Lovecraft rightly holds a place among the most advanced thinkers of his time and indeed, of the 21st century, and it is fitting for me, and for everyone, in fact, to acknowledge this and to pay homage to this truly great man.

I will be talking about these issues and contingent matters at the signing; anything, in short, that my guests want to talk about.  But I will, also, be having a great time, and I want the people who come out to see me to have a good time as well.

It is autumn; the pumpkin season; the time of Halloween; the time of life and death; and we can talk about all of this and celebrate it and commiserate on the death of the season.  But death is life and life can be eternal life!

So, Lovecraft fans in Atlanta, come out!  See me!  And pick up a copy of my beautiful book!

I want to thank, also, my hosts at the recent Carnival of Para Horror in Buffalo, New York.  I attended the Carnival at the end of August and gave a presentation on Saturday, 8/27/16 and an encore presentation on Sunday, 8/28/16.  The presentation was “H. P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Weird Tales & the Cinema” and it was a lot of fun; I had good turnout, particularly on Sunday and the guests were very lively and enjoyable.

The Carnival itself was quite a spectacular event.  It was held in the historic Grand Central Terminal in Buffalo; a magnificent, delightfully spooky building.  And the attendees and guests fit right into this atmosphere!  There were extravagantly costumed figures!  There were strange cries reverberating out of the darkness!

The great author and publisher Corvis Nocturnum was there; I’ve always wanted to meet him and I finally did so in the perfect environment.  I also met Eugene Clark, the star of The Land of the Dead, which is one of my all-time favorite zombie films.  And I sold a few books as well, which is always 
pleasing to my accountant!

I would urge everyone to mark down on their calendars the date for next year’s Carnival of Para Horror.  This will be posted on their website when the time is ripe. It would be hard to find a more enjoyable, entertaining event!  It’s a guaranteed good time for everyone who loves horror and the paranormal, and really, who doesn’t.

JLS

Saturday, August 20, 2016

August 20, 2016

On Saturday, 8/27/16, & Sunday, 8/28/16, I will be a guest speaker at the Carnival of Para Horror in Buffalo, New York.  

​The Carnival will be held at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo New York. This is a three-day event, starting on Friday, 8/26/16, and running over the weekend.  Tickets can be purchased online at the Carnival of Para Horror website and also at the door of the event.  There is free admission for children 10 and under. 

My presentation on Saturday is “H. P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Weird Tales & the Cinema”.  It will start at 2:00 PM and conclude at 3:00 PM or thereabouts.  This will be very informal; I want my listeners to feel totally relaxed and to have fun; guests should feel free to ask any questions during the presentation or after, and raise any issues they may wish me to address. 

I will be examining Lovecraft’s unique, cosmic and rather revolutionary view of horror and fantasy, as expressed in his major fictional works.  Then, I will comment on key Hollywood films that attempt to bring Lovecraft’s unique vision to life: Stuart Gordon’s Dagon (2001); Daniel Haller’s The Dunwich Horror (1970); the Samuel Z. Arkoff production of Die Monster Die (1965), starring Boris Karloff, and Roger Corman’s The Haunted Palace (1963).

My presentation on Sunday, “H. P. Lovecraft’s Goddess Shub-Niggurath: Redefining the Horned God Archetype of the Wiccans”, will start at 1:00 PM, concluding an hour later at 2:00 PM.  Again, this will be very informal.  I decided to discuss Shub-Niggurath separately since this entity represents a “special case” in Lovecraft’s work, bringing in themes about gender, race and miscegenation that add a disturbing element to Lovecraft’s aesthetic.

Before and after the presentations, I will also have a stall at the Carnival for those who wish to purchase a signed copy of my new book, and for those who, likewise, might want to just drop by and say hello.  I hope to see some of my Facebook and Twitter friends and colleagues who live in the New York area as well.

The Carnival of Para Horror is a well-known, annual event for individuals (like me) who are fascinated by all things horror and paranormal.  It’s a guaranteed good time for everyone.

And I am going to be in very good company for this event! The well-known occult author, writer and publisher Corvis Nocturnum will be a guest; other guests include Debbie Rochon, actress, filmmaker, director and Fangoria radio host; Patsy Mullen, actress, model and star of Frankenhooker; and Eugene Clark, star of The Land of the Dead.

For information about the Carnival & the list of speakers, check out the Carnival of Para Horror website: http://www.parahorror.com/#!guests/c1h6a

I hope to see all of you at the Carnival of Para Horror, 2016!


JLS

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 14, 2016

On August 16, 2016, I am going to be a guest on the Beyond the Forest Radio Show hosted by Sanjay R. Singhal, RA. 
The episode will air at 7 pm Central/ 8 pm Eastern; the show will last about two hours.  For those of you who want to listen to the original broadcast, here is the weblink to the show:  Beyond The Forest Radio Welcomes Author John L Steadman!  


If you miss the original broadcast, the episode will be archived at the official Beyond the Forest Show Blog Talk Radio Page: blogtalkradio.com/beyondtheforest

At the end of summer, I will be a guest at The Carnival of ParaHorror in Buffalo, New York, at The Buffalo Central Terminal.  Tickets are available at www.parahorror.com/#!tickets/cxfo and at the door.

The Carnival of ParaHorror is a three-day event, Friday, 8/26-Sunday, 8/28/16.  I will be giving a two-day presentation: Saturday, 8/27, 2:00-3:00 PM, and Sunday, 8/28/16, 1:00- 2:00 PM

My presentation on Saturday is: “H. P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Weird Tales & the Cinema.”  I will examine Lovecraft’s aesthetic and key films that are based on Lovecraft’s works: Stuart Gordon’s Dagon (2001); Daniel Haller’s The Dunwich Horror (1970); the Samuel Z. Arkoff production of Die Monster Die (1965), starring Boris Karloff, and Roger Corman’s The Haunted Palace (1963).

I will also offer a new, startling interpretation of Lovecraft’s major Great Old Ones, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth & Cthulhu, the extra-terrestrial entities that lie at the center of Lovecraft’s philosophy and his works.

On Sunday, my presentation will be: “H. P. Lovecraft’s Goddess Shub-Niggurath: Redefining the Horned God Archetype of the Wiccans”.  In this presentation, I am concentrating on this last of Lovecraft’s major Great Old Ones.

Shub-Niggurath represents a special type of entity, which is why I have decided to discuss this entity separately from the others. Shub-Niggurath not only redefines Wiccan archetype, but also, brings this Great Old One into closer alignment with the frightening, impersonal vastness of the cosmos as Lovecraft understood it.

I will also have a stall at the Carnival for those who wish to purchase a signed copy of my new book, and for those who, likewise, might want to just drop by and say hello.  I hope to see some of my Facebook and Twitter friends and colleagues who live in the New York area as well.

My interview with Micah Hanks on The Gralien Report on July 11, 2016 is now available for listening or for download.  


My interview with Gwilda Wiyaka on The Science of Magic radio show, July 14, 2016, is likewise available for listening on their Youtube channel and on their website.



JLS

Saturday, July 30, 2016

August 1, 2016

On August 16, 2016, at 9:00 PM ET, I am going to be a guest on Beyond the Forest Radio Show, hosted by Sanjay R Singhal RA.   Beyond The Forest Radio show tackles the strange world of the cryptids, the shadowy animals and creatures that science does not yet understand and their many manifestations, wooly and otherwise.

Showtimes are Tuesday nights, from 8:00 PM-10:00 PM CST/9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST. You can catch the shows, both live and archived at the official Beyond the Forest Show Blog Talk Radio Page: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondtheforest

Sanjay R. Singhal is a licensed architect, interior designer and photographer who has travelled extensively throughout Europe studying and researching architecture and design, including in England, France, Holland, Spain and Italy with trips to Germany and Switzerland. He is a published author with five books.

His first encounter with what he calls the Elder Children (known to most people as Bigfoot) was around the time when he was seven or eight years old.  Having made friends as he grew up in South Dakota with the Lakota Sioux, he learned much from them, including culture, language and their spiritual history and lore.  His encounters with the EC pushed Sanjay to further study this magnificent citizen of the forest on his radio show. 

At the end of August, I will be a guest at the Carnival of ParaHorror in Buffalo, New York. The Carnival of ParaHorror is a three-day event, Friday August 26- Sunday August 28, 2016.  I will be giving a two-day presentation: Saturday, August 27 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM and Sunday, August 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.

The location is The Buffalo Central Terminal, New York.  Tickets are available at:
http://www.parahorror.com/#!tickets/cxfo   Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  There is free admission for children 10 and under.

I am going to be in very good company for this event; the well-known occult author, writer and publisher Corvis Nocturnum will be a guest; other guests include Debbie Rochon, actress, filmmaker, director and Fangoria radio host; Patsy Mullen, actress, model and star of Frankenhooker; and Eugene Clark, star of The Land of the Dead.

My presentation on Saturday is: “H. P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Weird Tales & the Cinema.”  I will examine Lovecraft’s aesthetic and key films that are based on Lovecraft’s works: Stuart Gordon’s Dagon (2001); Daniel Haller’s The Dunwich Horror (1970); the Samuel Z. Arkoff production of Die Monster Die (1965), starring Boris Karloff, and Roger Corman’s The Haunted Palace (1963).

I will also offer a new, startling interpretation of Lovecraft’s major Great Old Ones, Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth & Cthulhu, the extra-terrestrial entities that lie at the center of Lovecraft’s philosophy and his works.

On Sunday, my presentation will be: “H. P. Lovecraft’s Goddess Shub-Niggurath: Redefining the Horned God Archetype of the Wiccans”.  In this presentation, I am concentrating on this last of Lovecraft’s major Great Old Ones.

Shub-Niggurath represents a special type of entity, which is why I have decided to discuss this entity separately from the others. Shub-Niggurath not only redefines Wiccan archetype, but also, brings this Great Old One into closer alignment with the frightening, impersonal vastness of the cosmos as Lovecraft understood it.

I will also have a stall at the Carnival for those who wish to purchase a signed copy of my new book, H. P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition and for those who, likewise, might want to just drop by and say hello.  I hope to see some of my Facebook and Twitter friends and colleagues who live in the New York area as well.

My interview with Micah Hanks on The Gralien Report on July 11, 2016 is now available for listening or for download.  

My interview with Gwilda Wiyaka on The Science of Magic radio show, July 14, 2016, is likewise available for listening on their Youtube channel and on their website.



JLS