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Steadman pens book on H.P. Lovecraft

Steadman pens book on H.P. Lovecraft

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

John Steadman has taught writing at LCC for 14 years. Recently the 61-year-old professor took his love for writing to a new level.

Over a five-year span Steadman wrote his first book, “H.P. Lovecraft & the Black Magickal Tradition.”

H.P. Lovecraft was an 18th Century author known for his works in the genre of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Steadman’s book covers not only Lovecraft’s contribution to literature, but also his interest in the occult.

Steadman spoke about why he chose to write a book on Lovecraft.

“I have always loved horror, fantasy, science fiction and ghost stories,” Steadman said.

The LCC professor said it is hard for him to pick a favorite Lovecraft story, but if he was trapped on a deserted island the three Lovecraft stories that he would bring would be, “The Dunwich Horror,” “Dreams in a Witchhouse” and “The Colour of Space”

During February of 2014, Steadman sent letters to several publishers in the U.S. as well as the U.K. His proposal soon caught the eye of an editor at Weiser books.

“The editor at Weiser fell in love with the project,” he said. “They wanted a manuscript – they couldn’t even wait for that – she presented it to the editorial board and they approved it instantly.”

The professor-turned-author has said this book is just the beginning; the first book is part of a trilogy about Lovecraft that he will continue to produce for Weiser books.

Steadman has not only received praise from his editor, but also garnered endorsement from renowned Lovecraft scholars, including the leading authority on Lovecraft, S. T. Joshi, as well as Richard Lupoff and Nick Mamatas.

Fellow LCC writing cohort Dedria Humphries spoke about the perseverance of Steadman.

“Getting published is a job in itself. It’s like working two jobs, actually three. There is his teaching at LCC and writing the book and marketing the manuscript,” Humphries said. “It takes a strong will to write a book.”

The newly christened author had these words of wisdom for aspiring authors.

“A lot of people tell me that they have something they don’t want to get back to or they may be insecure about,” Steadman said. “You are a totally unique person. There is nobody like you on earth. You’ve got to get your idea out there and don’t stop.”

Steadman’s book is available for purchase in bookstores all across the U.S. Steadman will host a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in the Lansing Mall on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Additional information about the author can be found on his website:


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