About the Author

Robert W. Sullivan IV (1971- ) is a Freemason, philosopher, historian, antiquarian, jurist, lay theologian, writer, editor, mystic, radio-TV personality, showman, best-selling author, CEO, and lawyer.


Robert W. Sullivan IV. Photo taken on September 11th, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland.

The only child of antique dealers, he was born in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mr. Sullivan graduated high school from Friends School of Baltimore (the oldest private school in the city, founded in 1784) in June 1990.  He attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, becoming a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha (Theta Pi, member #1199) fraternity.  He earned his B.A. in History in 1995. Mr. Sullivan spent his entire junior year of college (1992-1993) abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, England as an associate student studying European history and philosophy.  While in Oxford, Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Oxford Union, the Oxford University Conservative Association, and the Oxford Law Society.  Upon returning to the United States, in June 1993, he took a year off from Gettysburg College to serve as office director of the Washington International Studies Council (now the Oxford Study Abroad Programme) located on Capitol Hill.

Before attending law school in the United States, he spent the Michaelmas Term 1995 at Trinity College, Oxford University studying jurisprudence and international law. From 1997 to 2000, he attended Delaware Law School (Widener), where he received his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Sullivan has been admitted to the State Bar of Maryland (2000) and the District of Columbia (2002).

Mr. Sullivan joined Amicable-St. John’s Lodge #25, Baltimore Maryland in 1997; he became a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason in 1999, Valley of Baltimore, Orient of Maryland.  After twenty years of research, Deadwood Publishing released The Royal Arch of Enoch: The Impact of Masonic Ritual, Philosophy, and Symbolism (2nd ed.) in December 2016. Next, Sullivan, via his exclusive publishing house, released Cinema Symbolism: A Guide to Esoteric Imagery in Popular Movies (2nd. ed.) in March 2017. His third book, Cinema Symbolism 2: More Esoteric Imagery from Popular Movies, was also published in 2017. That same year, in December, Deadwood released his first work of fiction, A Pact with the Devil.

Sullivan’s fifth book, Cinema Symbolism 3: The Mysteries of Occult Hollywood Unveiled, was released in the spring of 2021. Also forthcoming are revised, re-edited, and expanded editions of his first four books, including a much lengthened Royal Arch, which will now incorporate the Path to Babylon material. These augmented versions will start hitting the market in 2023.

“Valentine is done” – lyric from Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (1976). The Revised Edition of A Pact with the Devil was released on February 14th, 2023.

After these new editions are published, Sullivan will follow-up with Cinema Symbolism 4 and Rob’s Forbidden Tarot, as well as more fiction.

Mr. Sullivan has been on numerous radio and TV shows including (but not limited to) NHK  Japanese World TelevisionCoast to Coast AM, John B. Wells’ Ark Midnight and Caravan to Midnight, Sean Stone’s Buzzsaw, Whitely Strieber’s Dreamland, Truth Frequency, Gnostic Warrior, Richard Syrett’s Conspiracy Show, Fade to BlackThe Higherside Chats, Red Ice Creations, Barbara DeLong’s Night Light, Miguel Conner’s Aeon Byte Gnostic Radio, Richard Syrett’s Strange Planet, Veritas Radio, and Shirley MacLaine’s I.E. Radio among countless others. In January 2014, he was Graham Hancock’s Author of the Month.

Sullivan made his debut on The History Channel on The Curse of Oak Island: Drilling Down: Oak Island and the Founding Fathers (May 12, 2020), and returns to the History Channel in the Fall of 2020 on Beyond Oak Island. He is a frequent contributor to Fraternal Review Magazine.

Robert is the CEO of Deadwood Publishing, LLC., the exclusive publisher-distributor of his books. He is also an active attorney. A lifelong Marylander, he resides in Baltimore.

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