Esoteric Order of Dagon

The Esoteric Order of Dagon is a fictional cult in the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft.

The Esoteric Order of Dagon in the Lovecraft Mythos

The Esoteric Order of Dagon was the primary religion in Innsmouth after Captain Obed Marsh returned from the South Seas with the dark religion circa 1838. It quickly took root due to its promises of precious gold artifacts and restoration of the depleted fisheries, which brought renewed if temporary prosperity to the local community. Part of its eschatology centers on a return of its followers to the water world, accompanied by gradual bodily transformation and an eternal life of sorts.

The central beings worshipped by the Order were Father Dagon, Mother Hydra, and Cthulhu. The Deep Ones were seen largely as intermediaries between the various gods, rather than as gods themselves. Even so, the cultists sacrificed various locals to the Deep Ones at specific times in exchange for a limitless supply of gold and fish. Interbreeding between the human and amphibian species is also actively encouraged.

The Esoteric Order of Dagon (meeting in what Derleth described as "a one-time Masonic hall"[1]) had three oaths which members had to take. The first was an oath of secrecy, the second, an oath of loyalty, and the third, an oath to bear or sire a Deep One child.

The Order was seemingly destroyed when one of Obed Marsh's lost descendants sent the U.S. Treasury Department to seize the town. As a result, the town was largely depopulated and still recovering years later, and the Order was thought disbanded. However, as the original founder of the sect, Captain Jean Lafitte, still maintains a branch in New Orleans, it is likely that there is more to be seen from this cult.[2]

The Esoteric Order of Dagon in Other Media

  • In the movie Dagon, the Esoteric Order of Dagon appears as the primary antagonist.
  • In the movie Cthulhu, hero Russ's father is the head of the Esoteric Order of Dagon.
  • The Esoteric Order of Dagon is also featured in many Call of Cthulhu role-playing game supplements.
  • The Esoteric Order of Dagon briefly appears in the Anno Dracula series story "The Other Side of Midnight".
  • The Esoteric Order of Dagon is a primary antagonist in the video game Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.
  • The Esoteric Order of Dagon is a primary protagonist, of sorts, in the novel "Other Nations" by T&P Marsh
  • The Esoteric Order of Dagon is one of the main enemies of the New Earth Government in the CthulhuTech RPG, where it employs giant aquatic mecha to fight the forces of humanity.
  • It is slightly mentioned in the named-by song "The Esoteric Order of Dagon Will Lead You to Your Home" by German band The House of UsherS
  • The Esoteric Order of Dagon is featured in the title novella of the book The Esoteric Order of Dagon, and Other Tales in the Tradition of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, Set in the Great American Southwest, by Marc Callis.[3]
  • In the animated series Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, season 3, episodes 1, 10–11, and 18–20 involve a cult called Esoterica who plan to break a seal between universes to allow their master Daigon [sic] to enter our universe and rule it. Ben, Gwen, and Kevin join Sir George and the Forever Knights in fighting the new and improved Vilgax, who has become a servant of Daigon. When Daigon appears, he resembles the head of Cthulhu.[4]

E.O.D. Amateur Press Association

The Esoteric Order of Dagon amateur press association (not to be confused with the occult order known as the Esoteric Order of Dagon – see external links below) was founded in 1973 and is devoted to scholarship related to H.P. Lovecraft and the works of the Weird Tales school of writers. Its current Official Editor is critic and scholar S.T. Joshi. Quarterly mailings of the APA (which are a collation of zines by individual members) are often used as a test-bed for critical work on Lovecraft and other Weird Tales writers. All mailings are permanently archived in the Lovecraft Special Collection at John Hay Library of Brown University.


As early as 1971 an APA dedicated to the study of the life and works of Lovecraft had been proposed by Texan writer Joseph F. Pumilia (a member of the famous Turkey City Writer's Workshop) and Bill Wallace. In 1973 Roger Bryant, an Ohio devotee, began the EOD under its current name.

Early charter members included Claire Beck (who had printed and published, under his Futile Press imprint, an edition of Lovecraft's Commonplace Book and Clark Ashton Smith's Nero and Other Poems (1937)); Harry Morris Jr; Meade Frierson; Stuart David Schiff, publisher of Whispers (Magazine/Anthologies); R. Alain Everts; Ben Indick (now deceased); Ken Faig Jr (who joined with 7th mailing and has been continuously in the APA until 2014); Dirk W. Mosig; David Drake; Robert Weinberg; J. Vernon Shea (now deceased); Chet Williamson; Tom Collins; Crispin Burnham; Will Hart; Glenn Lord.

Further members came and went—those still in the EOD today include S.T. Joshi; Scott Connors; David E. Schultz; Donald R. Burleson; and Leigh Blackmore; Past members include George Wetzel; Bernadette Bosky; Larry Baker;Robert M. Price; David C. Smith

With the 14th mailing, Roger Bryant stepped down as official Editor and Joe Moudry was elected in his place as EOD's second Official Editor. Moudry relinquished his place as Official Editor with the 26th mailing and the OEship passed to Bernadette Bosky, whose term was short-lived. In Oct 1980 Mollie Werba became the EOD's fourth Official Editor. Werba (who married member Donald Burleson) continuing until mailing 60 in late 1987. In early 1988 with Mailing 61, S.T. Joshi became the fifth Official Editor of the EOD, a position he has continued to occupy for thirty years.

The Modern E.O.D. Amateur Press Association

Joshi brought in new members including Marc Michaud of Necronomicon Press, A. Langley Searles(died 7 May 2009) and others. Further members included Steve Mariconda, Ken Neily and other important scholars in the field of Lovecraft studies.

By the beginning of 1992, EOD was well past its 70th mailing and in Sept 1997 celebrated its 100th mailing. The 150th mailing occurred in April 2010.

More recent members have included Douglas A. Anderson, John Goodrich, Alan Gullette, and Todd Fischer.

Longtime member and EOD historian Ben Indick died in September 2009.

Other current members include Scott Briggs, the noted[5] Lovecraftian poet Fred Phillips, Danny Charles Lovecraft (Australia; publisher at P'rea Press), Martin Andersson (Sweden), Jim Dapkus, T.R. Livesey, John Haefele, Steve Walker, Graeme Phillips (UK), Henrik Harksen (Denmark), Michael Ashley (UK), Derrick Hussey (publisher of Hippocampus Press), John Navroth, W.H. Pugmire, T.E. Grau and Juha-Matti Rajala (Finland).

Further Reading on EOD a.p.a.

  • Ben Indick. "The Esoteric Order of Dagon (E.O.D.)" [1]
  • For a detailed roster of member names and zine titles see this issue of Steve Walker's The Limbonaut: [2] (Scroll down to the heading 'Corporate Memory').

Australian E.O.D.

The Esoteric Order of Dagon was a Canberra-based horror club started by David Tansey in December 1988. The club's first newsletter was produced in January 1989. After Tansey announced in 1990 that he was going to have to abandon publication Chris A. Masters approached him with a proposal to take over its running. Under his editorship the name of the zine was changed to EOD and continued for a further 9 issues (late 1990–1993). [3]. Thus the Australian E.O.D. was not an apa (amateur press association) but an organisation which produced two distinct print magazines devoted to horror fiction.

See also


  1. ^ August Derleth The Trail of Cthulhu. New York : Ballantine Books, 1976 [c. 1962]. ISBN 0-345-25017-6. pb. 216p. p. 56
  2. ^ Source: H. P. Lovecraft "The Shadow Over Innsmouth", August Derleth "The Trail of Cthulhu" and Secrets of New Orleans (Chaosium, 2009)
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (TV Series 2010–2012)". IMDb.
  5. ^ "Weird Tales-inspired poetry from a 73-year-old retired civil servant / Boing Boing".

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A Shoggoth on the Roof

A Shoggoth on the Roof is a parody musical of Fiddler on the Roof based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Published by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, it is credited to a member of the society who is referred to only as "He Who (for legal reasons) Must Not Be Named".

In a fictional backstory created by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, A Shoggoth on the Roof was originally attempted by The Other Gods Theatre Company in 1979 in Los Angeles. The production was abandoned for reasons that are not entirely clear. The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society have a mockumentary of this production on their website.

There have been many legal difficulties in performing Shoggoth; however, it was staged for the first time, in a Swedish translation, at Miskatonicon, an H. P. Lovecraft convention in Sweden, on November 4, 2005. It was staged for the first time in English at the Leprecon gaming convention in Ireland on February 23, 2007. The production was organised by the Trinity College, Dublin Gamers Society. They avoided the legal issues surrounding the Fiddler on the Roof score by using a completely new score written for the musical by Aidan Marsh.

Asylum (upcoming video game)

Asylum is an upcoming horror video game developed by Senscape, an independent video game developer located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The game is being authored by Agustín Cordes, who previously designed the game Scratches for the now defunct developer Nucleosys. Taking place in a fictional insane asylum called the Hanwell Mental Institute, players will be able to fully explore the institute, which is partially based on elements of real asylums. The game will have "twisty storytelling" and "horrifying revelations", and an atmosphere-focused style of horror, much like Scratches.The game was officially announced on July 9, 2010 after a previous viral marketing campaign that involved a series of online videos posted on YouTube alleged to be posted by an escaped inmate called Leonard Huntings. A fake website for the Hanwell Mental Institute was also created. The first official screenshots were posted on August 12, 2011.

On January 29, 2013, Agustín Cordes opened a Kickstarter campaign to raise US$100,666, which would be used to accelerate the game's development. On February 28, 2013, it successfully raised US$119,426, thus securing additional fundings to port the game to iPad and Android.

Crypt of Cthulhu

Crypt of Cthulhu is an American fanzine devoted to the writings of H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. It was published as part of the Esoteric Order of Dagon amateur press association for a short time, and was formally established in 1981 by Robert M. Price, who edited it throughout its subsequent run.

Described by its editor as "a bizarre miscegenation; half Lovecraft Studies rip-off, half humor magazine, a 'pulp thriller and theological journal,'" it was a great deal more than that. Lovecraft scholarship was always a mainstay, with articles contributed by Steve Behrends, Edward P. Berglund, Peter Cannon, Stefan Dziemianowicz, S. T. Joshi, Robert A. W. Lowndes, Dirk W. Mosig, Will Murray, Darrell Schweitzer, Colin Wilson and Price himself. However the magazine published stories and poems too: resurrected, newly discovered, or in a few cases newly written, by Lovecraft and other such Weird Tales veterans as R. H. Barlow, Robert Bloch, Hugh B. Cave, August Derleth, C. M. Eddy, Jr., Robert E. Howard, Carl Jacobi, Henry Kuttner, Frank Belknap Long, E. Hoffmann Price, Duane W. Rimel, Richard F. Searight, Clark Ashton Smith and Wilfred Blanch Talman. It also had stories and poems by newer writers paying tribute to the old, including Ramsey Campbell, Lin Carter, John Glasby, C. J. Henderson, T. E. D. Klein, Thomas Ligotti, Brian Lumley, Gary Myers and Richard L. Tierney. Several issues were devoted to showcasing one or another of such authors. Its contents were illustrated by such artists of the fantastic as Thomas Brown, Jason C. Eckhardt, Stephen E. Fabian, D. L. Hutchinson, Robert H. Knox, Allen Koszowski, Gavin O'Keefe and Gahan Wilson. Its reviews covered genre books, films and games.

The magazine's run initial run encompassed 107 issues over a span of 20 years. The first 75 issues (dated Hallowmas 1981 through Michaelmas 1990), were published by Price under his own Cryptic Publications imprint. The next 26 issues, (dated Hallowmas 1990 through Eastertide 1999 and numbered 76 through 101) were published by Necronomicon Press. The last 6 issues, (dated Lammas 1999 through Eastertide 2001 and numbered 102 through 107), were published by Mythos Books. The magazine was inactive after 2001; however, Necronomicon Press revived it in 2017 with issue 108 (dated Hallomas 2017).


CthulhuTech is a science-fiction and horror roleplaying game created by Wildfire LLC and published by Sandstorm that combines elements of the Cthulhu Mythos with anime-style mecha, horror, magic and futuristic action. The setting is Earth in the year 2085 during a worldwide conflict known as the Aeon War, (from the Necronomicon quote: "And with strange aeons even death may die") wherein the planet has been invaded twice: once by a black-skinned manufactured alien race known as the Nazzadi who are derived from humans and who join forces with them, and then a second time by the Mi-Go, an advanced alien civilization seemingly bent on the enslavement of humanity. Aside from these conflicts, the game focuses on other factions, such as ancient cults like the Esoteric Order of Dagon that are running amok across the planet and the eldritch horrors that are rising to destroy the world as, according to the prophecies of the Cthulhu Mythos, the "stars are right" and the Great Old Ones and their servitors are returning/reawakening to reclaim the Earth. The game uses a proprietary ten-sided die (d10) system titled "Framewerk."

Playtesting of Cthulhutech: Shadow War, a second edition of CthulhuTech focusing on Tagers and the Chrysalis Corporation, and Framewerk Version 2 began on September 14th, 2015.

Cthulhu Mythos cults

A number of fictional cults appear in the Cthulhu Mythos, the loosely connected series of horror stories written by H.P Lovecraft and other writers inspired by his creations. Many of these cults serve the Outer God Nyarlathotep, the Crawling Chaos, a protean creature that appears in myriad guises. Other cults are dedicated to the cause of the Great Old Ones, a group of powerful alien beings currently imprisoned or otherwise resting in deathlike sleep.

Dagon (short story)

"Dagon" is a short story by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in July 1917, one of the first stories he wrote as an adult. It was first published in the November 1919 edition of The Vagrant (issue #11). Dagon was later published in Weird Tales and is considered by many to be one of Lovecraft's most forward looking stories.

Deep One

The Deep Ones are creatures in the Cthulhu Mythos of H. P. Lovecraft. The beings first appeared in Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1931), but were already hinted at in the early short story "Dagon". The Deep Ones are a race of intelligent ocean-dwelling creatures, approximately human-shaped but with a fishy, froggy appearance. They regularly mate with humans along the coast, creating societies of hybrids.

Numerous Mythos elements are associated with the Deep Ones, including the legendary town of Innsmouth, the undersea city of Y'ha-nthlei, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, and the beings known as Father Dagon and Mother Hydra. After their debut in Lovecraft's tale, the sea-dwelling creatures resurfaced in the works of other authors, especially August Derleth.


EOD may refer to:

Earth Overshoot Day

Education Opens Doors, in Dallas, Texas

Electric organ discharge

End of data, a control character in telecommunications

End of day, in business

End of days (disambiguation)

Esoteric Order of Dagon, a fictional cult in the Cthulhu mythos of H. P. Lovecraft

Eves of Destruction, a Canadian roller derby team

Explosive ordnance disposal

Glenn Lord

Glenn Lord (November 17, 1931 – December 31, 2011) was an American literary agent, editor, and publisher of the prose and poetry of fellow Texan Robert E. Howard (1906–1936), and the first and most important researcher and scholar of Howard's life and writings.


Innsmouth, Massachusetts () is a fictional town created by American author H. P. Lovecraft as a setting for one of his horror stories, and referenced subsequently in some of his other works and by other authors who wrote stories taking place in the world Lovecraft created with his stories.

Lovecraft first used the name "Innsmouth" in his 1920 short story "Celephaïs" (1920), where it refers to a fictional village in England. Lovecraft's more famous Innsmouth, however, is found in his story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (1936), set in Massachusetts. This latter Innsmouth was first identified in two of his cycle of sonnets Fungi from Yuggoth. Lovecraft called Innsmouth "a considerably twisted version of Newburyport", Massachusetts.

J. Vernon Shea

Joseph Vernon Shea (1912–1981) was an American author of horror, fantasy, poetry, and essays; and a correspondent of H. P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and August Derleth.

Shea was born in Dayton, Kentucky, the son of a professional magician. When corresponding with Lovecraft in 1931–1937, he resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Shea later served overseas in the Army Medical Corps, then returned to civilian life and worked as a metallurgist in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a long-time member of the "Esoteric Order of Dagon" Amateur Press Association at the time of his sudden accidental death.

List of fictional religions

Fictional religions are religions that exist only in works of fiction.

Move Under Ground

Move Under Ground is a horror novel mashup by Nick Mamatas which combines the Beat style of Jack Kerouac with the cosmic horror of H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. It is available as a free download via a Creative Commons license, CC BY-NC-ND 2.5 according to the License information in the CC version of the book.


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On March 2012 it became the first recipient of the newly created "Graphic Novel" category at the Bram Stoker Awards.

Peter Cannon

For the comic book character, see Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt.Peter H. Cannon (b. 1951 in California) is an H. P. Lovecraft scholar and an author of Cthulhu Mythos fiction. Cannon works as an editor for Publishers Weekly, specializing in thrillers and mystery. He lives in New York City and is married with three children.

Phil Hine

Philip M. Hine is a British writer, book reviewer, and occultist. He became known internationally through his written works Pseudonomicon, Condensed Chaos, and Prime Chaos, as well as several essays on the topics of chaos magic and Cthulhu Mythos magic.

The Music of Erich Zann

"The Music of Erich Zann" is a horror short story by American author H. P. Lovecraft. Written in December 1921, it was first published in National Amateur, March 1922.

The Shadow over Innsmouth

The Shadow over Innsmouth is a horror novella by American author H. P. Lovecraft, written in November–December 1931. It forms part of the Cthulhu Mythos, using

its motif of a malign undersea civilization, and references several shared elements of the Mythos, including place-names, mythical creatures, and invocations. The Shadow over Innsmouth is the only Lovecraft story which was published in book form during his lifetime.

The narrator is a student conducting an antiquarian tour of New England. He travels through the nearby decrepit seaport of Innsmouth which is suggested as a cheaper and potentially interesting next leg of his journey. He travels to Innsmouth, interacting with strange people, and observes disturbing events that ultimately lead to horrifying, and personal, revelations.

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