Dr Justin Woodman

Justin’s interests are in speculative fiction, popular culture and racism and extremism within cultures of conspiracy.

Staff details

Dr Justin Woodman


Senior Lecturer and Senior Tutor




j.woodman (@gold.ac.uk)

Dr Justin Woodman studied at Goldsmiths where he completed his doctoral research on concept and the politics of the ‘demonic’ within contemporary occultures in the UK. Current research interests include: esotericism, speculative fiction and popular culture; racism and political extremism within cultures of conspiracy; religion, cognition and the ‘New Atheism’. 


Dr Justin Woodman convenes the foundation year of the Integrated Degree in Anthropology.

He teaches the following courses:


Publications and research outputs

Book Section

Woodman, Justin. 2019. 'Becoming a Part of the Lurking Evil': Occultural Accelerationism,, Lovecraftian Modernity, and the Interiorization of Monstrosity. In: , ed. Dark Glamor: Accelerationism and the Occult. Goleta, California, USA: Punctum Books.

Woodman, Justin. 2019. Encyclopedia entries: “Chaos Magic”; “Lovecraftian Magic”; "Illuminates of Thanateros"; “TOPY”; “Sherwin, Ray”; “Carroll, Peter”; “Hine, Phil”; “Snell, Lionel”. In: , ed. The Dictionary of Contemporary Esotericism. Stockholm: Brill.

Woodman, Justin. 2015. Alien Selves: Modernity and the Social Diagnostics of the Demonic in "Lovecraftian Magick"’, Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, 2004, 1, 2, 13–47. In: Carole M. Cusack and Helen Farley, eds. Religion, the Occult, and the Paranormal. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781138015098


Weston, Gavin; Woodman, Justin; Cornish, Helen and Djohari, Natalie. 2019. Spectral cities: Death and living memories in the dark tourism of British ghost walks. Urbanities, 9(2), pp. 36-51. ISSN 2239-5725


Woodman, Justin. 2003. Modernity, Selfhood, and the Demonic: Anthropological Perspectives on "Chaos Magick" in the United Kingdom. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Research Interests

Anthropology of religion; contemporary esotericism and paganism; speculative literature and popular culture; the anthropology of evil; moral panics; cognition and the supernatural.