The Eldritch Evola


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. . . & Others: Traditionalist Meditations on Literature, Art, & Culture.

Tradition never died. Despite the complacent triumph of Modernity, it lurks, like a never-rotting Gothic revenant, just beneath the surface of our materially bloated and spiritually empty world. In these 16 essays, James J. O’Meara uses the Traditionalism of Julius Evola and René Guénon to bring to light the spiritual and philosophical dimensions of the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, Henry James, Mickey Spillaine, Olaf Stapledon, Owen Wister, and Andy Nowicki; the music of Richard Wagner, Harry Partch, and Scott Walker; and the lives and works of architect Ralph Adams Cram and economist Thorstein Veblen.

In O’Meara’s lens, the doomed WASP gentry in the weird tales of H. P. Lovecraft and Henry James are on Sufi-inspired vision quests, while Mickey Spillane’s brutal but equally doomed Mike Hammer is an occult detective in the Atom Age. Hobo and microtonal composer Harry Partch is a Dionysian shaman for mid-century America, while the transatlantic Scott Walker enacts Aryan musical archetypes in the 30th century. Even the Episcopal architecture of Ralph Adams Cram barely conceals the hideouts of the Wild Boys, the primal male hordes of culture creators feared by conservative and liberal alike.

The Eldritch Evola . . . & Others firmly establishes James J. O’Meara as one of the most original voices of the North American New Right.



1. The Eldritch Evola
2. The Lesson of the Monster; or, the Great, Good Thing on the Doorstep
3. The Princess & the Maggot
4. The Corner at the Center of the World: Traditional Metaphysics in a Late Tale of Henry James
5. “A General Outline of the Whole”: Lovecraft as Heideggerian Event
6. Mike Hammer, Occult Dick: Kiss Me Deadly as Lovecraftian Tale
7. A Light Unto the Nations: Reflections on Olaf Stapledon’s The Flames
8. My Wagner Problem — & Ours
9. Our Wagner, Only Better: Harry Partch, Wild Boy of American Music
10. Ralph Adams Cram: Wild Boy of American Architecture
11. The Eternal Outsider: Veblen on the Gentleman & the Jew
12. The WinkleTwins Win One! Owen Wister’s Philosophy 4: A Tale of Harvard University
13. Light Entertainment: The (Implicitly) White Music of Scott Walker
14. Andy Nowicki’s The Columbine Pilgrim
15. The Huxley of the Alternative Right: Andy Nowicki’s The Doctor & the Heretic & Other Stories
16. Bright Lights, Big Nothing: Andy Nowicki’s Under the Nihil


“James J. O’Meara is my favorite literary and cultural critic. A virtuoso essayist who can reveal the most startling connections, O’Meara brings Traditionalist spirituality and a New Right sensibility to bear on both high and popular culture, showing that Tradition, like Cthulhu, still lives in the depths and can rise to the surface again, if you know what to look for . . . or if the stars are right.”

 – Greg Johnson, author of New Right vs. Old Right

 “James J. O’Meara is the Camille Paglia of the Alternative Right.”

– Andy Nowicki, author of Lost Violent Souls

Author: James J. O’Meara
Pages: 244
Binding: Hardcover | Softcover
Published: 2014
Language: English
ISBN: 9781935965695 | 9781935965701