In 1981 'Randolph Carter', (also known as Steven Greenwood) publicly issued the Manifesto of the Aeon of Cthulhu and announced the reemergence of the Esoteric Order of Dagon.
Randolph Carter originated the term the 23 Current to describe the informing magickal current of the Order, which emanates from the archetype of Chaos (or Kaos) called by Lovecraft 'Azathoth'. A yet unpublished work by Randolph Carter entitled Liber 23 is presently being incorporated in a novel under preparation, Tales of the Club of the Seven Dreamers.
The definitive history and collection of writings of the E.'.O.'.D.'. is in preparation, written by the founder, Randolph Carter and Peter Smith, the second Director of the Order and long time member.
Former and current members of this organization include:
Peter Smith, Occult Artist and author of Cults of Cthulhu, Disciple of Dagon, and Nameless Aeons.
Kenneth Grant, author of The Typhonian Trilogies and other significant works. Mr. Grant was an important early influence on the establishiment of the Esoteric Order of Dagon, and graciously acknowledged his Honorary Membership.
Michael Staley, spokesman for the Typhonian OTO and publisher of Starfire Publishing.
Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold, of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica.
Paul Rydeen, author (as "John Carter") of Sex and Rockets, a biography of Jack Parsons.
Stephen Sennitt, author of Infernal Texts:Nox and Liber Koth
Stephen Dziklewicz, author of Dagon Rising.
Ian Blake, co-author, Eight Arms to Hold You.
Phil Hine, author of the books The Pseudonomicon, Condensed Chaos,and Prime Chaos.
John Beal, author of the article "Fractals in Weird Fiction".
Linda Falorio, author of the Shadow Tarot
Mishlen Linden, creator of Black Moon Archives.
John (Jhonn) Balance, of the British band, Coil.
Nema, author of Maat Magick: A Guide to Self-Initiation
Dan Clore, author of Weird Words: A Lovecraftian Lexicon.
Michael Aquino, author of the article on Ponape, "Expedition to R'lyeh"
Bill Siebert, leader of the Miskatonic Alchemical Expedition.
And many others.
Publications issued by the E.'.O.'.D.'. have included:
Cults of Cthulhu Peter Smith
Disciple of Dagon Peter Smith
Dagon Rising Stephen Dziklewicz
Eight Arms to Hold You Ian Blake and Nina Crummett
Fragments various contributors
R'lyeh Rising various contributors
Emanations various contributors
Some of these, rarely, appear on the secondhand market, as at Caduceus Books
References to the E.'.O.'.D.'. can be found in the books:
Pilgrims of the Night: Pathfinders of the Magical Way
Lars B. Lindholm
The History of British Magic After Crowley
Lucifer Rising: A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and
Rock 'n' Roll
The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind The Legend
Many of the contributors to the anthology Starry Wisdom by Creation Press are/were members of the E.'.O.'.D.'., and the cover artwork of the first edition is the work of Peter Smith.
The official journal of the E.'.O.'.D.'., entitled Emanations, is available for members only.
The E.'.O.'.D.'. is not intended for adolescents incapable of distinguishing fact from fiction. Members are well adjusted and knowledgeable writers, artists, film makers, musicians, and other creatives successfully manifesting Lovecrafian themes in their creative and magickal works, and sharing their interests with other members. There are presently Lodges in the United States, Brazil, England, Italy, and Spain.
Those interesting in applying for membership should first read the booklet in pdf format, An Introduction to the Esoteric Order of Dagon.
Love is the law, love under will.
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn!
Frater Obed Marsh, Grand Master, E.'.O.'.D.'.
R'lyeh Grand Lodge
Anno Cthulhu LXXXII
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