Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Melinda Leslie on THE FENTON PERSPECTIVE

I recommend listening to Melinda Leslie's 6-24-19 interview on Lorien Fenton's THE FENTON PERSPECTIVE in which Leslie discusses the labyrinthine history behind what she calls "document-gate," which refers to a batch of recently leaked documents hailing from the secret archives of the Advanced Theoretical Physics Working Group, a conglomeration of military and scientific intelligence officers with an intense interest in the UFO phenomenon extending back to 1985. Leslie explains the possible significance of these documents to the field of ufology (and beyond). Most importantly, she shares her opinion on the possible motives that led to the documents being leaked in the first place.

You can view the most important document, Eric Davis' notes on his 10-16-02 meeting with Admiral Thomas Wilson (retired deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency), by following this link: THE ADMIRAL THOMAS WILSON DOCUMENT.

And you can hear Lorien Fenton's two-hour interview with Melinda Leslie by clicking right HERE.

 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Bela Lugosi in the Magic Kingdom!

During a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim, I learned that a disparate variety of peculiar entities have been enthralled by the undeniable power of my latest book, BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE (written in collaboration with Gary D. Rhodes). 

As you can see, The White Rabbit himself has been stunned into a paralytic state by the unparalleled depth of the scholarly research in BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE....


Mickey Mouse, too, has been frozen into insensibility by the powerful revelations contained within these hermetic pages....


Even the spectral Ghost Host (condemned to guard the Gothic gates outside The Haunted Mansion for all eternity) was quickly entranced by the dark, hypnotic allure emitted by the prose contained within....


Don't miss your opportunity to be rendered equally speechless by the esoteric mysteries unveiled between the covers of BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE. Order a copy right HERE, right NOW!

Read what the reviewers are saying about BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE: 

"BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE, by Gary Rhodes and Robert Guffey, critically and wonderfully examines a series of no-budget films made by no-budget Monogram Studios in the 1940s featuring Lugosi that are among the most wonderfully odd cinematic follies ever made--surrealistic, straight from the subconscious, sometimes stupid, at moments seeming to spring from the mind of Bunuel, and in the next, an idea Ed Wood would have discarded as too unbelievable. But, movies always unlike any others, and at their best seeming like fever dreams through which Lugosi calmly walks in evening clothes carrying a flaming blowtorch. I highly recommend this book."
--JACK WOMACK, author of RANDOM ACTS OF SENSELESS VIOLENCE, LET'S PUT THE FUTURE BEHIND US, and ELVISSEY

"Above all, the essays contained herein are fashioned with loving care. Now I certainly don't need anyone to tell me why I enjoy certain movies. But man, I love when someone presents all kinds of new angles and approaches and elements I hadn't thought of, and next thing I know I'm seeing a film with new eyes, even though I've seen it numerous times."
--LARRY BLAMIRE, writer/director of THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, TRAIL OF THE SCREAMING FOREHEAD, THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN, and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT (from his introduction to BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE)

"It would require an enthusiastic writing team such as Gary Rhodes and Robert Guffey to bring respect and probing inquiry to these Lugosi films from Monogram Studios. Are the films minor miracles or minor masterpieces? This book is food for thought in that area. For too long, 'the nine' was considered throw-away entertainment. Watch it once, then forget it. The authors of this book demur [...]. I encourage every monster fan to get this book. You’ll love it. The treasure chest of Monogram classics is shown knowledgeable evaluation and context at long last."
--MICHAEL COPNER, MONDO CULT ONLINE

“An extraordinary volume. Rhodes and Guffey refract these films through the lens of surrealism, detailed genre study, auteurist-informed close readings, star studies, and vigorous historicism to name a few of the kaleidoscope of methods employed. This book provides a breakthrough model for serious work on films that have to date received very little scholarly attention.” 
– MICHAEL LEE, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma), editor at the journal HORROR STUDIES

"Containing several chapters offering different variations on its subject matter, Rhodes and Guffey explore the films Lugosi made at Monogram with an open-minded approach, an intelligent appreciation, and a historical knowledge. Even those of us long familiar with these films will be enlightened by the further information provided in these essays [...]. The reader's understanding of film history, production, and promotion will be enhanced by this exceptionally intelligent text. 

"BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE is a book that needs to be included in any library, research center, or personal collection that even hopes to be considered at all comprehensive. For fans of film history, of Lugosi, of the horror genre, or of B movies, BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE is an absolute must."  
--JAMES L. NEIBAUR, author of THE MONSTER MOVIES OF UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

“Gary Rhodes has become my favorite nonfiction author, while the subject of some of his writings, Bela Lugosi, has long been one of my favorite actors. Now Gary has teamed up with co-author Robert Guffey to present, for the first time, a collection of in-depth and insightful essays evaluating those lesser ‘classics’ that comprise the so-called ‘Monogram Nine.’ If you are a Lugosi fan and also a fan of old ‘B’ horror films, you will love this book.”
– DONALD F. GLUT, filmmaker, Marvel Comics writer, and author of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK novelization

 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

THE MAILER REVIEW VOL. 11 HAS NOW BEEN UNLEASHED!

The latest edition of THE MAILER REVIEW (VOLUME 11) has just been released. This issue contains my short story "The Faggot Police," which is based on something that actually happened to me and my friends back in high school. The title, in case you're wondering, was a mantra/tagline/motto/battle cry dreamed up by a gang of testosterone-poisoned, homophobic, Freshmen football players who would roam the hallowed halls of Torrance High back in that foul Year of Our Lord 1988, looking for "freaks" to harass and beat up. That particular year, my friends and I were chosen to be the sacrificial lambs. All the delightful madness is chronicled in the story. If you're at all interested, you can buy a copy of THE MAILER REVIEW VOL. 11 right HERE.

(Cryptoscatology fans, take note: My BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE coauthor, Gary D. Rhodes, has a new poem entitled "Riveted" published on the page right before my contribution to this very same volume.)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Jeffrey Epstein Experience

The Cryptoscatology "Most Improbable Suicide of the Year" Award (2019) has its first nominee! What follows is an excerpt from Arthur Villasanta's 8-11-19 International Business Times article entitled "Jeffrey Epstein Death: Suicide Is 'Impossible', Says Former Inmate":
The crazy circumstances surrounding the suicide of child molester and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein now has to contend with a new allegation he couldn’t have committed suicide.
Epstein was an inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBP). He was jailed at the MCC following his arrest on July 6 on federal charges having to do with the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York.
Epstein hung himself in his cell, which he was supposed to have shared with another inmate. He was found dead by guards at 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 10.
An ex-con once imprisoned at the MCC told The New York Post’s Brad Hamilton and Bruce Golding, “There’s no way that man could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility.”
This informant spent several months in the 9 South special housing unit for high-profile prisoners such as Epstein. He was awaiting trial at the time.
He revealed the height from the floor to the ceiling “is like eight or nine feet. There’s no way for you to connect to anything. You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He (Epstein) was 200 pounds -- it would never happen,” asserted the former inmate.
The man said that when an inmate’s on suicide watch, he’s dressed in a white smock, basically a straight jacket, because guards know a person can be injurious to himself.
He ruled out the notion Epstein hung himself while standing on his bed.
“No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars.”
He also claimed there isn’t enough stuff inside a cell that can “successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper. Nothing hard or made of metal.”
He said he didn’t believe Epstein “had a cellmate. He was too blown up.”
The psychological damage a prison of this type can inflict on the minds of inmates is immense.
“It’s like you’re an animal and you’ve been brought into a kennel. A guy like Jeffrey, it’s like, ‘Holy sh-t.’ I told my parents not to come there. God wasn’t in the building.”
More disturbingly, the man said if the guards see that a guy is breaking, “they’re going to help you break. But it’s my firm belief that Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide. It just didn’t happen.”
 
To read Villasanta's entire article, click HERE.

To learn more about the peculiar circumstances surrounding (and leading up to) Jeffrey Epstein's death, check out the following sources:

Jon Rappoport: "Jeffrey Epstein Dead; What Happens Now?" (8-10-19)

Loren Coleman: "Epstein's Enigmatic Temple" (8-10-19)

Jon Rappoport: "Jeffrey Epstein's Endless Connections" (8-11-19)

Jon Rappoport: "Jeffrey Epstein Out in the Open" (8-13-19) 

"Aircraft N-number N474AW Shared by Jeffrey Epstein, DynCorp, the State Department and the CIA"



Friday, August 9, 2019

OUR BIG DUMB MOUTH

A couple of days ago I appeared on OUR BIG DUMB MOUTH, a podcast focusing on conspiracies and the paranormal. This interview, almost two hours long, focused on my books CHAMELEO: A STRANGE BUT TRUE STORY OF INVISIBLE SPIES, HEROIN ADDICTION, AND HOMELAND SECURITY and CRYPTOSCATOLOGY: CONSPIRACY THEORY AS ART FORM. The entire show is available on YouTube (or directly below)....

 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

"FBI: Conspiracy Theories Are a New Domestic Terrorism Threat"

Courtesy of Yahoo News comes Jana Winter's 8-1-19 report entitled "Exclusive: FBI Document Warns Conspiracy Theories Are a New Domestic Terrorism Threat":

The FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News.
The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.
The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the theory that a pedophile ring including Clinton associates was being run out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant (which didn’t actually have a basement).
“The FBI assesses these conspiracy theories very likely will emerge, spread, and evolve in the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts,” the document states. It also goes on to say the FBI believes conspiracy theory-driven extremists are likely to increase during the 2020 presidential election cycle. 
The FBI said another factor driving the intensity of this threat is “the uncovering of real conspiracies or cover-ups involving illegal, harmful, or unconstitutional activities by government officials or leading political figures.” The FBI does not specify which political leaders or which cover-ups it was referring to.
To read Winter's entire article, click HERE.

Boleskine House Burns

From Joseph Laws' 8-1-19 Daily Mail article entitled "Ruined Home of Real-life Wicker Man and Notorious Satanist Aleister Crowley Is Torched By Arsonists Just Three Months After It Was Put Up for Sale for £500,000":

The home of a real-life 'Wicker Man' and former Satanist has been torched by arsonists near the shores of Loch Ness in Scotland just a week after a buyer was found. 
Boleskine House in the Scottish Highlands was once the home of Aleister Crowley, who reportedly practised black magic there between 1899 and 1933.
The property was also owned by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page from 1970 to 1992. The derelict house was put on the market in April this year for £510,000.
Police were called in after fires were spotted around 3.30pm yesterday at two buildings at the deserted site, including the derelict main house and at an external outbuilding.
The estate's main house has had its interior destroyed by the fire and police believe the fires were deliberately started by arsonists.
Firefighters extinguished the blazes, and nobody was injured, although damage was caused to the buildings.
To read the entire article, click HERE. 
In the following posts, Loren Coleman offers his analysis of this event at his Twilight Language blog:  

The Disassociated States of America

What follow are further dispatches from the Dissociated States of America (a phrase coined by the late Walter Bowart, author of OPERATION MIND CONTROL)....

From Shepard Ambellas' 8-3-19 Intellihub article entitled "El Paso Walmart Shooting Witnesses Saw 'Three to Four Armed Men Running In... Dressed in All Black... Shooting'":

Twenty people were killed at a Walmart in El Paso Texas on Saturday reportedly by the hands of a single suspected gunman who was identified by various news sources as Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas. However, information received by Intellihub may tell a different story.

Remarkably, several eyewitnesses to the shooting, a mother and her daughter, were captured on video recounting how three men dressed in all black entered through the front doors of the store as the shooting started.

“That’s when my mom is like ‘no it is actually shooting’ and she saw three men went in and they were all dressed in black,” a young girl named Britney explained. “…that’s when my mom said ‘drop down, go down to the floor.'”

Britney admits that neither she nor her mom actually saw anyone shot or wounded but said the three men were, in fact, holding guns and acknowledged the men were shooting.

Britney’s mother Adriana was near the checkout area at the front of the store with both her children when the shooting started and claims to have seen three or four male shooters dressed in black enter through the front doors.

“As we were waiting to pay, I saw men run in shooting,” she said. “There was at least three or four people… they were dressed in black.”

To read the entire article, click HERE

Meanwhile, Loren Coleman continues his synchromystic analysis of the most recent manifestations of American madness in a trio of new posts:

1)  8-3-19:  Cielo Means Sky: Texas Mass Shooting & Manson Family Murders

2)  8-4-19:  Now Dayton. Countdown to 8/9/19.

3)  8-6-19:  Hole In The Wall, from Dalton to Dayton

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Eating the Fantastic with Mark Evanier and Gerry Conway

Scott Edelman's excellent science fiction podcast EATING THE FANTASTIC (the spiritual successor to Mike Hodel's HOUR 25 in terms of its in-depth questions that only another writer could possibly think to ask as well as in its informal, peripatetic approach to the art of the interview) recently celebrated its 100th episode by producing an informative and entertaining sit-down with writer and historian Mark Evanier, co-creator of CROSSFIRE, DNAGENTS, FANBOY, and HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTARS, co-writer of GROO THE WANDERER, author of the definitive Jack Kirby biography, KIRBY: KING OF COMICS, and writer of a gazillion network television shows. There are many lessons in this interview for the budding professional writer. You can eavesdrop on this lunch, which took place at Canter's Deli in Hollywood in May of 2019, by clicking right HERE.    


I also recommend listening to Edelman's 99th episode, his interview with Gerry Conway, creator of THE PUNISHER, FIRESTORM, and a slew of other classic comic book characters. This interview, which was also recorded last May, can be heard by clicking HERE.

 

Of course, Scott Edelman is a fine writer himself, and I recommend checking out his latest collection of short stories, TELL ME LIKE YOU DONE BEFORE (AND OTHER STORIES WRITTEN ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS) (Lethe Press, 2018), which includes his marvelous tribute to Ray Bradbury, "The Final Charge of Mr. Electrico."


You can watch Edelman reading "The Final Charge of Mr. Electrico" at Balticon on May 27, 2018, directly below....


Monday, July 29, 2019

Terror in the Skies

Speaking of Loren Coleman... my favorite living cryptozoologist is featured prominently in Seth Breedlove's latest feature-length documentary, TERROR IN THE SKIES, a rollicking examination of mothmen, winged demons, thunderbirds, and prehistoric remnants. Here's a brief lowdown on the film prepared by its creators, Small Town Monsters (an independent production company that specializes in American folklore and modern mythology):

Illinois is known for its miles of prairie, and for being a state rich in history… but what if that rich history isn’t quite what you’ve been told? This new film, from award-winning production company, Small Town Monsters, and director, Seth Breedlove, explores hundreds of years of terrifying reports of encounters with massive, winged creatures around the “land of Lincoln”. From Alton’s man-eating Piasa Bird legends to recent sightings in Chicago of a creature said to resemble Point Pleasant, West Virginia’s infamous “Mothman”, Terror in the Skies unlocks a centuries-old mystery.

Journey to the heartland of the midwest in this new documentary which offers a startling, in-depth look at an ongoing phenomenon. The feature-length film was shot around the state of Illinois in September and acts as much as a guide to the constantly changing terrain of the land as it does an introduction to a reality-altering subject. Breedlove contacted numerous witnesses and investigators who claim to have seen massive beings in the sky as recently as last year. One of the most recent, and popular stories to hit major media in recent years has been an ongoing wave of sightings of a red-eyed, shapeless creature dubbed the “Chicago Mothman”, an event which is also covered in great detail in this film.


Breedlove's other feature-length documentaries are also well worth your time, particularly THE FLATWOODS MONSTER: A LEGACY OF FEAR (2018) and THE BRAY ROAD BEAST (2018).  





Loren Coleman on the Garlic Festival Shooting

In his latest Twilight Language blog post entitled "Garlic Festival Shooting, Oz, Zaragoza, and Aragon," the always insightful Loren Coleman offers a preliminary synchromystic analysis of yesterday's mass shooting at the Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park located in Gilroy, California.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Paul Krassner, R.I.P. (1932-2019)

Paul Krassner, the greatest satirist of the twentieth century, passed away on July 21 at the age of 87. If you haven't read Krassner's many books, you're definitely missing out on an incomparable experience. His 1993 book CONFESSIONS OF A RAVING, UNCONFINED NUT (the title of which was provided to Krassner by none other than J. Edgar Hoover, who called Krassner "a raving, unconfined nut" in a declassified FBI document) is, in my estimation, the funniest autobiography ever published.


Here's an excerpt from Danny Goldberg's 7-26-19 Nation article entitled "Goodbye to Free-Thought Icon and Merry Prankster Paul Krassner":

"Among the icons of the 1960s counterculture, no one carried the torch in succeeding decades with more joy and vigor than Paul Krassner, who died on July 21 at the age of 87. He was writing witty, politically charged group e-mails to hundreds of devoted friends and planning new projects until his final earthly days.
"Born in Brooklyn, Paul was a child prodigy on classical violin who played a Vivaldi concerto in Carnegie Hall at age 6. In the 1950s he became a staff writer for Mad magazine; he began publishing his own satirical magazine, The Realist, in 1959.
"That year he interviewed Lenny Bruce for Playboy. Paul later edited Bruce’s autobiography, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People. Paul is most famous as one of the founders of the Yippies; he was an unindicted coconspirator in the trial of the Chicago Eight, who were arrested in connection with anti-war protests outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
"Yet Paul’s greatest legacy is The Realist, which he kept going for 43 years, until 2001. Among those he published were Norman Mailer, Dick Gregory, Jerry Garcia, Allen Ginsberg, Kurt Vonnegut, Groucho Marx (whom he turned on to LSD), Ken Kesey, Richard Pryor, Marshall McLuhan, Woody Allen, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Neil Postman, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, Joseph Heller, Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Barbara Garson (whose brilliant play MacBird Paul helped fund), Terry Southern (who called The Realist “the most important publication in the United States”), and artists Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb. Paul was the first to publish Mae Brussel’s theory on the JFK assassination, and he was a go-to source for conspiracy theorists.
"To me, the best parts of The Realist were Paul’s own pieces, which mixed anarchic humor and a nuanced progressive political agenda...."
Fortunately, you can still read the best of those pieces in Krassner's excellent collection How a Satirical Editor Became a Yippie Conspirator in Ten Easy Years (1971). Other essential Krassner books include The Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race (1996), Sex, Drugs, and the Twinkie Murders (2000), Murder at the Conspiracy Convention and Other American Absurdities (2002), One Hand Jerking: Reports From an Investigative Satirist (2005), Who's to Say What's Obscene? Politics, Culture and Comedy in America Today (2009), and Patty Hearst & the Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials (2014). Forthcoming is Krassner's final book, Zapped By the God of Absurdity, which will be released this September by Fantagraphics Books. Do yourself a favor and pre-order the book right HERE, right NOW!
 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Count Dracula Endorses BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE!

I recently visited my close friend, Count Dracula, and told him that I had just published a nonfiction book entitled BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE (coauthored with Gary D. Rhodes).

After I gave him a copy of the book, Dracula said, "Ah, it's wonderful to see my old friend Bela receiving some much deserved publicity!" 

I replied, "You know... some Dracula fans believe that Christopher Lee played you better. What do you think?"

The Count waved his hand dismissively and said, "No one could wear a dinner suit like Bela!"

"You actually met Mr. Lugosi?"

"Oh, yes. At one time we were quite close. I first met him in 1926 when I was preying on helpless young waifs in the Hungarian community in New York. I saw Bela performing dinner theater in a quaint, out-of-the-way cafe in Greenwich Village. Ah, yes! He made an excellent Cyrano! Fine comedic timing. I was the one who suggested he portray Yours Truly. I showed him all my best moves. He was a quick learner."

"Do you want to say something briefly about the nine films Bela made for Monogram Studios in the 1940s, the subject of our new book?"

"I had fallen out of touch with Bela by that time, but of course I saw all of those films when they premiered. Well, except for those two Bowery Boys films. For some reason those didn't play in Louisiana, where I was living at that time. My favorite was THE APE MAN. I needn't tell you, my friend, that THE APE MAN was a weird fucking film, was it not?"

"Yes, of course. That might be my favorite too. I devoted a very long chapter to that particular movie in this new book."

"I should watch it again. Maybe this time I'll even understand the damn thing. Anyway, I'll endeavor to read your new book. Reading helps me not fall asleep at night. Now stand back as I transform into an immense hookworm!"

"A hookworm?"

He leaned in close and whispered, "Bats, wolves, dogs... I've never been able to figure them out. They're way too complicated."

"Before you leave, can you pose for a picture with me?"

He sighed. "Oh, all right, but then I must go immediately! I have pressing matters awaiting me at my castle. Tending to the needs of my pet armadillo, Tony, must outweigh your petty concerns for publicity!"

So we snapped a few photos, and then I watched the Count squirm off into the distance. It was an exhilarating evening all around, as you can well imagine.


If you'd like to read the same book that Count Dracula will soon be perusing in his coffin, then please feel free to order your copy of BELA LUGOSI AND THE MONOGRAM NINE from Amazon right HERE.



Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Frankenstein's Monster Endorses FREEDOM OF SCREECH!

I recently visited my close friend, the Frankenstein Monster, and told him I had just published a story that revolves around the book Mary Shelley wrote about him over two hundred years ago. 

I told him, "The story's called 'Farewell, Frankenstein!' and it's all about this college campus in Southern California that tried to ban Mary's biography of you! How wild is that, eh?" 

After I gave him a copy of the story in question, the Frankenstein Monster said to me (and this is a direct quote):

"Emblazon the following words upon thy blog: 'I expected this reception from academia! All so-called learned men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Those of you who read these words, those of you who consider yourselves to be reasonable souls, do the sacred duty of true humanity, purchase a copy of Craig Spector's latest anthology of dark fiction, FREEDOM OF SCREECH, and read Robert Guffey's stunning reportage concerning the abhorred book the late Mary Shelley wrote about me and my tortured existence! I cannot recommend this anthology more highly!' 

"Now... begone, vile insect. Off with you, and seek no further blurbs of endorsement from me! I wish only to be left... alone!" 

Then I said, "Will you pose for a picture with me first?" 

And he said in exasperation, "Ugh!" 

The old fellow couldn't have been more cooperative. Thank you, Frankenstein Monster!
 

We here at Cryptoscatology.com really appreciate all your efforts on our behalf!


You can buy a copy of Craig Spector's FREEDOM OF SCREECH anthology (which includes my story "Farewell, Frankenstein!") via Amazon right HERE



Sunday, July 14, 2019

"Farewell, Frankenstein!" in FREEDOM OF SCREECH

I'm proud beyond words to be a part of Craig Spector's latest anthology, FREEDOM OF SCREECH (a collection of freedom of speech-themed short fiction), the focus of which couldn't be more relevant in this bright, shiny future in which we all find ourselves. I'm particularly proud to be sharing a Table of Contents page with the likes of Norman Spinrad and Richard Christian Matheson, both of whom I've been reading since I was a teenager. Matheson's first book, SCARS AND OTHER DISTINGUISHING MARKS, has long been one of my favorite short story collections and Spinrad's THE IRON DREAM is—needless to say—one of the most audacious and challenging science fiction novels published during the past fifty years. 

My contribution to this anthology ("Farewell, Frankenstein!") celebrates the perennial significance of Mary Shelley's most famous literary creation while also addressing pressing issues of academic freedom in the twenty-first century. It's a strange but true tale about a darkly absurd attempt to ban Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN from a Southern California college campus. The story begins with the following disclaimer: "The following events are, to borrow a phrase coined by the late James W. Moseley, 'shockingly close to the truth.' Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty and innocent alike." Those of you who read my recently posted article, "The War Against the Imagination: How to Teach in a System Designed to Fail," will be particularly interested in this dire bit of reportage.  

FREEDOM OF SCREECH is available on Amazon by clicking right HERE! Buy it now… while you’re still allowed to buy books!


Thursday, July 11, 2019

THE NOX MENTE PODCAST

Last night I appeared on the extraordinary NOX MENTE podcast (hosted by Jerry Ablan and Niish) and discussed the subject of dreams for over two hours. Of the many interviews I've done during the past few years, this was definitely one of my favorites. In case you're curious, here is NOX MENTE's unique mission statement:

Nox Mente is a show dedicated to exploring consciousness through dreams, dreaming, and dream theory using a wide angle lens. We have opened up this conversation to a diverse world of dreamers. Our goal is to help in the process of bringing conscious intent to the state of dreaming — light to the shadowy corners of this experience we all have access to, each time we drift off to sleep. We strive to maintain an open and neutral environment as hosts. There are many theories on the process of dreaming and altered states, and we want to hear them all. No information is irrelevant when it comes to dreams. It is in the overlap of individual experiences that we find pathways into the thinking and journeys of the collective.  

To listen to my 7-10-19 appearance on NOX MENTE, simply click on the window below....