Friday, November 24, 2017

The Last Words of Lee Harvey Oswald

Fifty-four years ago today Lee Harvey Oswald was assassinated in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas.  

What follows is an excerpt from the introduction to Mae Brussell's "The Last Words of Lee Harvey Oswald" (courtesy of David Ratcliffe's Ratical.org):

Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone in shooting Pres. John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, or did he conspire with others? Was he serving as an agent of Cuba's Fidel Castro, himself the target of American assassins? Or in squeezing the trigger of his carbine was he undertaking some super "dirty trick" for a CIA anxious to rid itself of a president whose faith in the "company" had evaporated in the wake of the Bay of Pigs fiasco? Or was he representing a group of Cuban exiles, the Teamsters Union, the Mafia? Indeed, was it Lee Harvey Oswald at all who killed JFK? Or was there a double impersonating Oswald? These questions continue to nag many people more than a decade and a half after that dreadful day in Dallas, in spite of the 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits served up by the Warren Commission, the congressional investigations, the release of heretofore classified FBI documents. 


Almost everyone, it seems, has been heard from on the Kennedy assassination and on Lee Harvey Oswald's guilt or innocence, except one person—Lee Harvey Oswald himself. From the time of Oswald's arrest to his own assassination at the hands of Jack Ruby, no formal transcript or record was kept of statements made by the alleged killer. It was said that no tape recordings were made of Oswald's remarks, and many notes taken of his statements were destroyed. 


Determined to learn Oswald's last words, his only testimony, The People's Almanac assigned one of the leading authorities on the Kennedy assassination, Mae Brussell, to compile every known statement or remark made by Oswald between his arrest and death. The quotes, edited for space and clarity, are based on the recollections of a variety of witnesses present at different times and are not verbatim transcripts. "After 14 years of research on the JFK assassination," Mae Brussell concludes, "I am of the opinion that Lee Harvey Oswald was telling the truth about his role in the assassination during these interrogations." 

Click HERE to read Mae Brussell's "The Last Words of Lee Harvey Oswald."

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dave Emory Interviews Edward T. Haslam


Recommended Listening:  On the August 18th, 1996 episode of his radio show For the Record, political researcher Dave Emory interviews Edward Haslam, author of DR. MARY'S MONKEY, regarding the link between the JFK assassination and the bizarre 1964 murder of cancer researcher Dr. Mary Sherman....


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mae Brussell on Charles Manson

In Chapter One of my first book, Cryptoscatology:  Conspiracy Theory as Art Form, I wrote the following about the late Mae Brussell (1922-1988), sometimes referred to as "the Queen of Conspiracies":

Brussell’s skills as a political researcher were beyond reproach.  Brussell wrote about Watergate before The Washington Post.[1]  I refer interested researchers to the compilation The Mae Brussell Reader, released by Prevailing Winds in 1991, if you wish to judge Brussell’s reportage for yourself.  As famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh once said of Brussell, “She’s crazy, but she’s right.”  Alas, mainstream publications are very often neither crazy nor right.



[1] Indeed, she did so in the pages of Paul Krassner’s underground magazine The Realist.

If you would like to know more about Brussell and her groundbreaking work, I recommend listening to her 10-13-71 radio broadcast about Charles Manson and his followers:


Monday, November 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Ah, I begin to understand," said the Wizard, nodding his head.  "But I have another question to ask:  How does it happen that the Thists have no King to rule over them?"

"Hush!" whispered the High Coco-Lorum, looking uneasily around to make sure they were not overheard.  "In reality, I am the King, but the people don't know it.  They think they rule themselves, but the fact is I have everything my own way.  No one else knows anything about our laws, and so I make the laws to suit myself.  If any oppose me, or question my acts, I tell them it's the law, and that settles it.  If I called myself King, however, and wore a crown and lived in royal state, the people would not like me, and might do me harm.  As the High Coco-Lorum of Thi, I'm considered a very agreeable person."

"It seems a very clever arrangement," said the Wizard.


--L. Frank Baum, THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ, 1917


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Dr. Ewen Cameron and MK-Ultra

From Joe O'Connor's 11-13-17 National Post article entitled "'What They Did To My Mother Was Torture':  The Daughter of a CIA Brainwashing Victim Looks For Justice":

"On October 9, 1957, Dr. Ewen Cameron, a Scottish-born psychiatrist and director of the Allan Memorial Institute at McGill University in Montreal noted that his 33-year-old patient, Jean Steel, was on her 23rd day of drug-induced sleep.

"Steel had undergone four electroconvulsive shock-therapy treatments. Several more were planned. In previous days, while awake, she had shown some aggressiveness toward staff, behaviour Cameron felt needed to be 'broken up.'

"He wondered whether it might be useful for her to watch a 'movie where hostility was well expressed,' as a way of working out her own 'hostilities.' A librarian was tasked with finding something suitable. She had not been weighed in several weeks. Temperature recordings were taken of her 'earlobes and feet.'

"'Once the patient is de-patterned we will start psychic driving,' Cameron wrote. 'She is rather restive and antagonistic when awake, but not nearly as difficult as she was when she started.'

"Garnet Steel met Jean Watts in Montreal in the 1940s. He was in the army. She liked to dance. He called her 'Jeanie.' They fell in love, married, honeymooned in New York City and settled in the Eastern Townships south of Montreal. They played bridge, curled and had loads of friends.

"The couple had a child who died a few months after birth, but in 1952 they had another, a daughter named Alison. She was healthy and gorgeous, but Jeanie found she couldn’t cope. She sank into a sadness that wouldn’t lift. Her parents back in Montreal began asking around. They heard about this Dr. Cameron at the Allan, a past-president of the American Psychiatric Association. They heard he was the best.  Jeanie Steel was admitted to the AMI for treatment on May 1, 1957.

"'What they did to my mother was torture,' Alison Steel, now 65, says from Knowlton, Que. 'It is horrific. It is unbelievable.'"

"What wasn’t publicly known in 1957, and what would not be revealed until decades later, was that Cameron’s work at AMI was funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency as part of Project MK-Ultra, a covert program in human mind control — brainwashing."

To read the rest of O'Connor's article, click HERE.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DEEP STATE BLUES REDUX

On Monday, November 13th, I returned to the DEEP STATE BLUES radio show hosted by Badbaby and Steve Olson to discuss the genesis of my latest book UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, a darkly satirical novel about a young stand-up comedian who must adapt as best he can to an apocalyptic virus that affects only the humor centers of the brain.  We explore the real world inspirations for this novel which include such delightful cryptoscatological topics as mass government surveillance run amok, covert CIA mind control programs that can be traced at least as far back as WWII, the ongoing War Against the Imagination, brainwashing in the American educational system, the historical connection between psychological warfare and science fiction, the questionable suicide of an FBI agent investigating the Democratic National Committee's fundraising scandal, the mysterious suppression of Hunter S. Thompson's final book of letters, and the misadventures of an underage male prostitution ring in the White House.  This interview is about eighty minutes long.  If you want to hear it, simply click on the link below....


Monday, November 13, 2017

A Box of Dead Dogs!

A package overbrimming with copies of my latest book, UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES, has just arrived in the mail.  I'm told that those of you who pre-ordered the book are already receiving their copies.  Since the novel is not officially released until November 21st, that means there's still time for you stragglers out there to pre-order this beast.  (The world is veritably TREMBLING in anticipation!)

Click HERE to pre-order your copy of UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES!


Here's the back cover copy ballyhoo:

A young stand-up comedian must adapt to an apocalyptic virus affecting people’s sense of humor in this darkly satirical debut novel.

What happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth?

Around the world, an unusual viral plague is striking the population. The virus attacks only one particular section of the brain. It isn’t fatal, but it results in the victim’s sense of humor being obliterated. No one is immune.

Elliot Greeley, a young stand-up comedian starving his way through alternative comedy clubs in Los Angeles, isn’t even certain the virus is real at first. But as the pandemic begins to eat away at the very heart of civilization itself, the virus affects Elliot and his close knit group of comedian friends in increasingly personal ways. What would you consider the end of the world?

Until the Last Dog Dies is a sharp, cutting satire, both a clever twist on apocalyptic fiction and a poignant look at the things that make us human.

“Taps into the cultural zeitgeist . . . A nihilistic satire that takes the idea that death is easy and comedy is hard to a whole new level.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“Guffey’s sardonic, cleverly written comedic debut relies heavily on absurd synchronicity, bold characterization, and heavy irony to make its points about the apocalyptic nature of American humorlessness.”—Publishers Weekly 

“A playful amalgam of Andy Kaufman and Philip K. Dick by way of Shaun of the Dead.” —Damien Lincoln Ober, author of Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America 

“This satirical tale explores the role of comedy in maintaining a healthy democracy. . . . A clever concept.”—Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Stranger Things and The Montauk Project



For all you Stranger Things mavens out there, listen to filmmaker Christopher Garetano detail just a few of the many connections between the Duffer Brothers' hit television show and The Montauk Project:  Experiments in Time (the first volume in Preston B. Nichols' and Peter Moon's Montauk Series).  Click HERE to listen to Garetano's report.

If you would like to see what the infamous Montauk military base looked like, inside and out, watch Preston Nichols' The Montauk Tour video (filmed in January of 1993) directly below.  Such controversial figures as Al Bielik and Duncan Cameron are also featured in this video:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Jon Rappoport's "In the Year 2052 No One Can Read"

Recommended Reading:  Jon Rappoport's 11-5-17 No More Fake News post entitled "In the Year 2052 No One Can Read."  The piece begins as follows:

In the year 2052, no one can read. Well, those who can, can’t handle more than 50 or 60 words at a time. And they certainly don’t know what fiction is. Or if they do, they don’t like it. It bothers them. WHAT ALREADY EXISTS is so much more compelling. Fiction seems ridiculous. Who cares what might be? Who cares about something someone made up?

Courtroom; the year 2052; the defendant was locked up hundreds of miles away; he did not appear at his trial.

JUDGE: What is the charge against John Doe?

PROSECUTOR: Espousing freedom. Claiming he is a free man.

JUDGE: He knows freedom is an illusion. Our schools teach that above all else.

PROSECUTOR: We have no record of him attending schools.

JUDGE: How is that possible?

PROSECUTOR: Unknown at this time. John Doe is a builder.

JUDGE: What does he build?

PROSECUTOR: Shrines to freedom.

JUDGE: Hmm. Sounds to me like a verdict of life without parole or death is in order.

PROSECUTOR: The psychiatrists want to go to work on him. They say he’d make a fine test subject. Because of his extreme views and actions. If they can turn him into a model citizen, they’d advance the research significantly.

JUDGE: However, there is the contagion factor. John Doe is infected with a freedom plague. No telling what he might transmit.

Continue reading HERE.




Monday, November 6, 2017

From Beyond

From a 10-26-17 NASA.gov article entitled "Small Asteroid or Comet 'Visits' from Beyond the Solar System":
"A small, recently discovered asteroid -- or perhaps a comet -- appears to have originated from outside the solar system, coming from somewhere else in our galaxy. If so, it would be the first 'interstellar object' to be observed and confirmed by astronomers.
"This unusual object – for now designated A/2017 U1 – is less than a quarter-mile (400 meters) in diameter and is moving remarkably fast. Astronomers are urgently working to point telescopes around the world and in space at this notable object. Once these data are obtained and analyzed, astronomers may know more about the origin and possibly composition of the object.
"A/2017 U1 was discovered Oct. 19 by the University of Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii, during the course of its nightly search for near-Earth objects for NASA. Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), was first to identify the moving object and submit it to the Minor Planet Center. Weryk subsequently searched the Pan-STARRS image archive and found it also was in images taken the previous night, but was not initially identified by the moving object processing.
"Weryk immediately realized this was an unusual object. 'Its motion could not be explained using either a normal solar system asteroid or comet orbit,' he said. Weryk contacted IfA graduate Marco Micheli, who had the same realization using his own follow-up images taken at the European Space Agency's telescope on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. But with the combined data, everything made sense. Said Weryk, 'This object came from outside our solar system.'"
To read the entire article, click HERE.   

Thursday, November 2, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEVE DITKO!

The legendary comic book creator Steve Ditko (co-creator of SPIDER-MAN, creator of DR. STRANGE, THE QUESTION, MR. A., THE MOCKER, STATIC, THE MISSING MAN, THE CREEPER, and so many other classic characters) turns 90 years old today.  Ditko is still producing comic books on a regular basis.  The 26th issue of his most recent ongoing series was released just a few days ago.  If you would like to order a copy of this comic, simply click HERE.
If you would like to know more about Ditko's lengthy--and often controversial--career, I suggest taking a look at Jonathan Ross' excellent 2007 BBC documentary entitled IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO, which can be seen directly below....


Also highly recommended:  DITKO UNLEASHED by Florentino Florez and Frederic Manzano (IDW, 2016), a well-written, insightful Museum catalogue that accompanied a comprehensive exhibition of Ditko's work in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in the Fall of last year.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Grim Reaper Endorses UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES!

The Grim Reaper sez, "YOU BETTER PRE-ORDER ROBERT GUFFEY'S NOVEL UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES... OR ELSE!!!"

This ominous announcement from The Other Side marks the beginning of an important countdown... the countdown to the November 21st publication of Robert Guffey's first novel, UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES.  What are high-ranking initiates of The Illuminati, as opposed to immortal supernatural entities, saying about this important debut?  See below to answer that burning question....

“Taps into the cultural zeitgeist . . . A nihilistic satire that takes the idea that death is easy and comedy is hard to a whole new level.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“Guffey’s sardonic, cleverly written comedic debut relies heavily on absurd synchronicity, bold characterization, and heavy irony to make its points about the apocalyptic nature of American humorlessness.”—Publishers Weekly 

“A playful amalgam of Andy Kaufman and Philip K. Dick by way of Shaun of the Dead.” —Damien Lincoln Ober, author of Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America 

“This satirical tale explores the role of comedy in maintaining a healthy democracy. . . . A clever concept.”—Kirkus Reviews

What's UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES all about, you ask?  According to The Grim Reaper, who composed the back cover copy for this new novel with a crow quill pen dipped in pig's blood, in the incandescent pages of this darkly humorous novel you will meet...


...a young stand-up comedian named Elliot Greeley who must adapt to an apocalyptic virus affecting people’s sense of humor.
What happens when all humor is wiped off the face of the Earth?
Around the world, an unusual viral plague is striking the population. The virus attacks only one particular section of the brain. It isn’t fatal, but it results in the victim’s sense of humor being obliterated. No one is immune.
Elliot, a young stand-up comedian starving his way through alternative comedy clubs in Los Angeles, isn’t even certain the virus is real at first. But as the pandemic begins to eat away at the very heart of civilization itself, the virus affects Elliot and his close knit group of comedian friends in increasingly personal ways.
What would you consider the end of the world?
Until the Last Dog Dies is a sharp, cutting satire, both a clever twist on apocalyptic fiction and a poignant look at the things that make us human.
To pre-order your copy of UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES this instant, thus preventing the shadow of an increasingly humorless Grim Reaper from darkening your doorstep, feel free to click HERE now!  JUST DO IT!!!

H.P. Lovecraft's "The Whisperer in Darkness"

Listen to one of H.P. Lovecraft's best stories, "The Whisperer in Darkness," read by Dudley Knight, host of KPKV's The Graveyard Shift:


Ray Bradbury at Club 33

Exactly ten years ago, on All Hallows' Eve, Ray Bradbury made an appearance at Disneyland's ultra-exclusive Club 33 to celebrate the legacy of his 1972 novel, THE HALLOWEEN TREE.  A video of that celebration can be seen below....


Silver Shamrock (Redux)


Monday, October 30, 2017

Old Time Radio Flashback: SUSPENSE ("The Hitchhiker")

On September 2nd, 1942, SUSPENSE aired Louise Fletcher's story entitled "The Hitchhiker" starring Orson Welles as the beleaguered protagonist.  Twenty years later, Rod Serling adapted Fletcher's story as one of the most well-remembered and haunting episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE.  The entire episode of SUSPENSE can be heard below....

Old Time Radio Flashback: SUSPENSE ("Three Skeleton Key")

Sit back and relax while listening to the dulcet tones of Vincent Price in this thrilling adaptation of George Toudouze's 1937 short story entitled "Three Skeleton Key."  This episode of SUSPENSE first aired on November 11th, 1956.  You can hear the entire episode below....



Old Time Radio Flashback: CRIME DOES NOT PAY ("Gasoline Cocktail")

On February 17th, 1951, CRIME DOES NOT PAY (directed by Ira Marion) aired John Gart's story entitled "Gasoline Cocktail" starring Bela Lugosi as arsonist Nick Segadin.  The entire episode can be heard below....



The Festival of the New Wine

As always at this time of the year, we at Cryptoscatology Headquarters have been enthusiastically celebrating The Festival of the New Wine and the ongoing Halloween season.  Here's a brief clip from the raucous soiree that occurred just the other night.  Thank the Great Architect of the Universe that Rudi the Villager just so happened to be taping the saturnalian festivities with his cell phone....

Old Time Radio Flashback: Ray Bradbury on SUSPENSE

Some of the most memorable episodes of SUSPENSE were those adapted from the works of Ray Bradbury.  Here are three of those episodes:

THE WHOLE TOWN IS SLEEPING
(June 14, 1955)


ZERO HOUR
(April 5, 1955)


THE SCREAMING WOMAN 
(November 25, 1948)

 

Old Time Radio Flashback: SUSPENSE ("The Doctor Prescribed Death")

On February 2nd, 1943, SUSPENSE (directed by Ted Bliss and produced by William Spier) aired J. Donald Wilson's story entitled "The Doctor Prescribed Death" starring Bela Lugosi as Dr. Antonio Bassille.  The entire episode can be heard below....

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Old Time Radio Flashback: SUSPENSE ("The Dunwich Horror")

On November 1st, 1945, William Spier adapted and directed H.P. Lovecraft's classic story "The Dunwich Horror" (originally published in the pages of Weird Tales in April of 1929) for an episode of SUSPENSE starring Ronald Coleman as Dr. Henry Armitage.  As far as I know, this is the very first adaptation of Lovecraft's fiction into another medium....  


 

Old Time Radio Flashback: THE MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR ("Dracula")

The premier episode of Orson Welles' THE MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR (a radio series that ran from July of 1938 to December of that same year, then transformed into THE CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE, which continued under Welles' direction from December of 1938 to March of 1940) stars Welles in his own adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel, DRACULA.  Welles portrays the dual roles of protagonist John Steward as well as Count Dracula himself.  This episode of MERCURY THEATRE originally aired on July 11, 1938.


Old Time Radio Flashback: SUSPENSE ("Donovan's Brain")

In this special two-part episode of SUSPENSE (one of the most critically acclaimed golden age radio programs, which ran from June of 1942 to September of 1962), Orson Welles portrays Dr. Patrick Cory in an adaptation of Curt Siodmak's bestselling science fiction novel, DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1942).  These two episodes originally aired on May 18th and May 25th, 1944. 


DONOVAN'S BRAIN Part 1:


DONOVAN'S BRAIN Part 2:

Old Time Radio Flashback: THE SHADOW ("The Gibbering Things")

One of my favorite episodes of THE SHADOW, perhaps the most popular show produced during the golden age of radio (THE SHADOW aired continuously from September of 1937 to December of 1954), has always been "The Gibbering Things" written by Alonzo Deen Cole and starring Bret Morrison as Lamont Cranston (AKA The Shadow) and Marjorie Anderson as Cranston's "faithful companion," Margot Lane.  This episode originally aired on September 26th, 1943.  You can listen to the entire episode by clicking HERE.

Old Time Radio Flashback: LIGHTS OUT ("Sub-Basement")

One of my favorite episodes of Wyllis Cooper's LIGHTS OUT (which debuted in 1934 and continued to air in various incarnations throughout the 1940s) is "Sub-Basement" written by Arch Oboler.  This episode originally aired on August 24th, 1943.  You can listen to the entire episode below....


"IT... IS... LATER... THAN... YOU... THINK!"

Old Time Radio Flashback: QUIET, PLEASE ("The Thing on the Fourble Board")

One of the most legendary episodes of QUIET, PLEASE--indeed, one of the finest episodes of any show produced during the entire golden age of radio--is "The Thing on the Fourble Board" written and directed by Wyllis Cooper.  This episode originally aired on August 9th, 1948.  (You Richard Shaver fans out there will get a kick out of this one.)  You can listen to "The Thing on the Fourble Board" by clicking HERE.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Old Time Radio Flashback: QUIET, PLEASE ("My Son, John")

I've always felt that the old time radio shows that still hold up in the 21st century--indeed, many of them are often far superior to the most expensive CGI tentpole summer movies being cranked out today--are those that dealt primarily with the genres of suspense and supernatural horror.  One of the greatest old time radio shows was QUIET, PLEASE (which ran from 1947 to 1949), and one of my favorite episodes is "My Son, John" written and directed by the show's creator, Wyllis Cooper... appropriate listening fare for this Halloween season.  You can listen to the entire episode by clicking HERE.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Lockheed Martin and the Role of Private Military Corporations in the 21st Century

What follows is a brief excerpt from William D. Hartung's 1-11-11 Huffington Post article entitled "Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You?:  How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother":

"Have you noticed that Lockheed Martin, the giant weapons corporation, is shadowing you?  No?  Then you haven’t been paying much attention.  Let me put it this way: If you have a life, Lockheed Martin is likely a part of it.

"True, Lockheed Martin doesn’t actually run the U.S. government, but sometimes it seems as if it might as well.  After all, it received $36 billion in government contracts in 2008 alone, more than any company in history.  It now does work for more than two dozen government agencies from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency.  It’s involved in surveillance and information processing for the CIA, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, the Census Bureau, and the Postal Service."

To read Hartung's entire article, click HERE.  Speaking of Lockheed Martin, this CHART from Business Insider might be of interest.  Furthermore, from SourceWatch comes this piece regarding the current role of private military corporations in the United States and abroad: 

"Private military corporations, private military firms, private security companies, military services providers, the privatized military industry are all attempts to label the phenomena of private companies offering services on the world market that have normally been duties of national military forces or involve armed security detail for business in unstable regions. Every service caters to security, and the growing need for security in a world wrought with differing economic, strategic, and military interests has provided a marketplace that is rapidly expanding.

"These services include risk advisory, training of local forces, armed site security, cash transport, intelligence services, workplace and building security, war zone security needs, weapons procurement, personnel and budget vetting, armed support, air support, logistical support, maritime security, cyber security, weapons destruction, prisons, surveillance, psychological warfare, propaganda tactics, covert operations, close protection and investigations [...].

"The single largest issue introduced by the evolution of military services by the private sector is the degree to which corporations are now transcending the power of governments, rising as an influential variable within international and regional diplomacy, and redefining sovereignty in the 21st century. Advocates of the industry claim they are economically efficient and point towards the failure of the UN and the system of world governments to cease violence, genocide and civil war around the world."

To read the entire SourceWatch piece, click HERE.

What follow are a few snippets from Matthew Rocco's 10-2-17 Fox Business article entitled "Las Vegas Shooter Worked for Predecessor of Lockheed Martin":

"The man identified as the shooter responsible for killing and wounding hundreds in Las Vegas, Stephen Paddock, previously worked for a company that later become Lockheed Martin [...].

"'Stephen Paddock worked for a predecessor company of Lockheed Martin from 1985 until 1988. We’re cooperating with authorities to answer questions they may have about Mr. Paddock and his time with the company,' Lockheed Martin said in a statement.

"Lockheed Martin did not disclose which company employed Paddock."


To read the entire Fox Business article, simply click HERE.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Cryptoscatology Halloween Viewing List (Part 3): Karloff's Top 13

In Part 2 of this series, we offered an overview of Bela Lugosi's top 13 films.  During this Halloween season, it's only appropriate that we give equal time to Lugosi's most frequent collaborator and rival, Boris Karloff.  What follows is my personal "Top 13 Karloff" list.  Each of these films (some acknowledged classics, others relatively obscure) represents a high watermark in the history of cinematic horror....


THE BLACK CAT (Edgar Ulmer, 1934)


FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1931)


BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1935)


THE MUMMY (Karl Freund, 1932)


THE BODY SNATCHER (Robert Wise, 1945)


BEDLAM (Mark Robson, 1946)


CORRIDORS OF BLOOD (Robert Day, 1958)


THE WALKING DEAD (Michael Curtiz, 1936)


THE MASK OF FU MANCHU (Charles Brabin, 1932)


THE BLACK ROOM (Roy William Neill, 1935)


ISLE OF THE DEAD (Mark Robson, 1945)


BLACK SABBATH (Mario Bava, 1963)


TARGETS (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968)

If you're interested in reading about Karloff's life and career, you would be hard pressed to do any better than the books of Gregory William Mank such as BELA LUGOSI AND BORIS KARLOFF:  THE EXPANDED STORY OF A HAUNTING COLLABORATION and IT'S ALIVE:  THE CLASSIC CINEMA SAGA OF FRANKENSTEIN.


And as an added Halloween treat, here's Karloff performing in an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Telltale Heart" on a 1941 episode of the radio show INNER SANCTUM....