Masks of Nyarlathotep
A globe trotting writer specializing in exposes of death cults and other strange organizations. He is fascinated by the occult and the supernatural, but remains a hard headed skeptic.
Jackson has a charming personality and makes friends easily.\
Jackson was found hideously murdered at the Chelsea Hotel in room 410 on January 15, 1925. His heart had been cut from his chest and a strange symbol carved in his forehead.
Skulls Along the River (1910)
Elias’ first book (though he had some individual stories published before) this is an unvarnished and very readable account of Elias’ journey to the headwaters of the Amazon River in search of a legendary tribe of headhunters, the Jivaro- Shuar. While some of the content is shocking, Elias’ skill as a writer and gift for language are clear, as was his ability to gain the trust of the natives, and the book was a solid seller.
Masters of the Black Arts (1912)
An expanded collection of articles written by Elias, this book is an unsystematic compilation of various sorcerers throughout history. Topics included Hecate, Egyptian curses, Albertus Magus, Kabbalah, Agrippa, Chinese Geomancy, John Dee’s angel communication, von Reichenbach and the Odic force, and the Golden Dawn. While by no means comprehensive, Elias’ strength is his ability to write for a general audience without any sense of condescension. Readers will note his overriding skepticism and disdain for charlatans.
The Way of Terror (1913)
Elias compares the methods by which a number of cults indoctrinate and control their membership. The comparisons reflect a number of core practices common to such groups, including indoctrination, control of food, removal from regular society, etc. The author clearly sets himself in opposition to such practices and vehemently condemns modern movements utilizing them.
The Smoking Heart (1915)
Following up on his work in South America, Elias undertook a number of trips to Central America and the Yucatan in particular. Basing much of his work off of local oral tradition and interviews, the picture he paints of ancient Mayan society is in stark contrast to the utopian astronomer view currently in vogue. His most shocking suggestion is that many local religious practices are holdovers from before the Spanish conquest.
Sons of Death (1918)
This work examines the Thuggee, in history and in modern times. Perhaps Elias’ most controversial work, this book claims that the Thuggee cult was not extinguished by the British during the nineteenth century, but had survived elsewhere (particularly in London and South Africa). During the course of his investigations, Elias claims to have joined a South African branch of the group and presents evidence that the group was still committing ritual murders.
Witch Cults of England (1920)
Elias spent a year in the United Kingdom researching witch trials and interviewing modern practitioners of what he terms as witchcraft, generally solitary practitioners and fragments from the Golden Dawn or like groups. The book itself outlines the history, such as it is, of witchcraft in Great Britain up until the modern day. Elias’ portrayal of witches is sympathetic and he views witch hysteria as the worst sort of mob mentality.
The Black Power (1921)
His most recent work was an expanded and revised version of The Way of Terror, incorporating a wider number of cults, particularly ones from Asia and Africa. The work is a clear improvement over the original and is more tightly edited and organized. While Elias still clearly despises those who exploit others via cultic practices, he allows his evidence to persuade readers rather than simply condemning it himself.