Jackson Elias is 38, of medium height and build. He has a feisty friendly air about him. As an orphan from Stamford, Connecticut, he set our early to make his own way in life. He has no known relatives and no permanent address.
His writings characterize and analyze death cults. His best known book is Sons of Death, chronicling modern Thuggee cults in India. All of his books illustrate how cults manipulate the fears of their followers. A skeptic, Elias has never found proof of supernatural powers, magic or dark gods. Insanity and feelings of inadequacy characterize death cults, feeling for which they compensate by slaughtering innocents to make themselves feel empowered or chosen. Cults draw the weak-minded, though cult leaders are usually clever and manipulative. When fear of a cult stops, the cult vanishes.
- Skulls Along the River (1910) – exposes headhunter cult along the Amazon basin.
- Masters of the Black Arts (1912) – surveys supposed sorcerous cults throughout history
- The Way of Terror (1913) – analyzes systemization of fear through cult organizations; warmly reviewed by Georges Sorel
- The Smoking Heart (1915) – first discusses historical Mayan cults. Second half instances present-day Central American death cults.
- Sons of Death (1918) – modern-day Thuggees
- Witch Cults of England (1920) – Summarizes covens in nine English counties; interviews practicing English witches, Rebecca West thought some of the material trivial and overworked.
- The Black Power (1921) – expands upon The Way of Terror; includes interviews with several anonymous cult leaders.
Jackson Elias was brutally murdered by members of the Cult of the Bloody Tongue on January 18th, 1929. His funeral was as eccentric as his life, featuring a New Orleans-style jazz band, bodily reanimation, and horrified panic.