Below are some of the books I have written, co-written or been a part of since 1997. Most of these are now out of print but a couple of them are still available.
Unholy Worship – 1997 – author
The Knights Templar were a monastic fighting order formed in 1118 CE to protect pilgrims on route to the Holy Lands. In less than two centuries they grew to become the most feared and respected of the crusading orders. Powerful enough to answer only to the Pope, rich enough to finance kings, the Templars soon became the object of one man’s greed and jealousy.
Envious of their power and wealth, King Philip IV sought to destroy the Templar Knights. In order to do this he would need to trump up charges of heresy, black magic and witchcraft. These accusations included the worshipping of a demonic idol called Baphomet
The Baphomet Mythos has survived for over six centuries and has been used as a symbol of Satanism as well as a tool of Fundamentalist Christian groups to attack the Masonic Fraternity. This book looks at the myth of these connections and seeks to set the record straight.
Book Status: Out of Print
The Templar Papers – 2006 – contributor
Much has been written about the group of 14th-century warrior monks known as the Knights Templar. Some authors, such as Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code, portray them as folk heroes wrongly accused. Others disagree, saying the Templar story is ultimately one of greed, deception, and idolatry. Just who were the Knights Templar? And what is their legacy? In The Templar Papers, author and historian Oddvar Olsen has assembled a veritable Who’s Who of experts to unravel the mystery. Instead of rehashing previous scholarship, this book delves into new aspects of Templar lore, such as the origins of the order and its supposed survival after 1314.
Book Status: Out of Print
Templar Code for Dummies – 2007 – technical editor
Brought to you by the author of Freemasons For Dummies, The Templar Code is more than an intriguing cipher or a mysterious symbol – it is the Code by which the Knights Templar lived and died, the Code that bound them together in secrecy, and the Code that inspired them to nearly superhuman feats of courage and endurance. The Templar Code for Dummies reveals the meaning behind the cryptic codes and secret rituals of the medieval brotherhood of warrior monks known as the Knights Templar. This intriguing guide will cover such topics as who the Knights Templar were, how they rose so high and fell so far, and most importantly why there is so much interest in them today. The Templar Code For Dummies will explore myths and theories of Christian history that appear in the Da Vinci Code such as the quest for the Holy Grail, the Catholic Church’s relationship with women that are hotly debated now with special emphasis on the Templar connection. It also explores the surprising part the Templars have played in some of the most important historic events of these past seven centuries, including the French Revolution, the birth of groups such as the Freemasons, and even the American Civil War.
Book Status: Available From Amazon.com
The Templar Tarot – 2009 – book author
This expanded edition, Templar Tarot: the Journey, includes 101 cards that take us further along the historical endeavours of the infamous Knights Templar. Unlike any other tarot deck, the Templar Tarot deck features 2 sets of Major Arcana cards taken from the original art of American Artist, Allen Chester. The significance of the art is interpreted by renowned Templar historian and Canadian Author, Stephen Dafoe. Dafoe draws on his vast knowledge of the Templars and related traditions to see the mystical messages that Chester has captured in the art. As with the first edition of the Templar Tarot, this tarot deck will also be a limited edition. This is a perfect deck for those that use tarot as a meditation tool.
Book Status: You can order online here.
Rhonny Reaper’s Roadkill Cafe – 2011 – contributor
“Rhonny Reaper’s Roadkill Cafe” is a horror anthology with a twisted theme. Tales of horror, shock, terror…and roadkill!
Each story will be a unique and grotesque ride through dark and disturbing images of twisted, mangled, and maybe even a few undead squirrels, raccoons, and the occasional deer.
My contribution to this horror anthology was the short story Pavement Meat.
Book Status: Out of Print
Heredom Volumes 14 (2006) & 15 (2007)
Stephen’s work was published in Heredom: The Transactions of the Scottish Rite Research Society in Volumes 14 and 15.
In Volume 14, published in 2006, Dafoe’s paper Reading, Writing and Apathy: The Rise and Fall of Masonic Education was included in the volume. The 34-page paper was one Dafoe often presented when visiting Masonic lodges.
In Volume 15, published in 2007, Dafoe’s 74-page paper Batavia to Baltimore and Beyond: A Reexamination of the William Morgan Story and Its Effect on Freemasonry was included in that year’s volume. That paper was based on research for Dafoe’s book Morgan: The Scandal That Shook Freemasonry.
Outremer: The Saga of the Knights Templar
Outremer: The Saga of the Knights Templar is a comic book by author Stephen Dafoe and artist Bob Prodor, which set out to tell the story of the Templars without the usual mythological mumbo jumbo that usually follows them wherever they appear. Although the comic introduced some fictional elements as part of the story, the plot sticks pretty much to the actual history of the Templars, in all its bloody glory. Originally intended as a four-part comic, that told the story of how Hugues (Hugh) de Payens and Geoffroi de St. Omer assembled a small army to deal with the problems confronting Jerusalem in the years that followed the First Crusade, only the first issue was published. That issue, while providing plenty of action, paints the back story of the many wars for the conquest of Jerusalem, including de Payens’ memories of the brutality of the First Crusade.