Metanoia: Report on Probability #1

“We don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror.”—Solaris (1972) Outside looking out, Watcher-A drifts above towers of silence in the dead city, pauses after 73 hours of surveillance to bask in magnetic fields droning behind Tulip-in-Bloom, corroded petals and rockets erect as if worshiping the sky in submissive defeat. Yesterday, frozen winds sliced emptiness […]

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Ghosts of Point Pleasant

  A less structured, impressionistic post for you today, covering several of my trips to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and surrounding environs. Roughly a mile upriver of Point Pleasant, and on the Ohio side of —you guessed it—the Ohio River, is a quiet nook easily missed unless you’re looking for it. A green-lawned patch, replete […]

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Paranormal Relevance: So What?

  This article will annoy True Believers, and likely infuse True Skeptics with warm fuzzy feelings. I intend to provoke neither response—I’m not a True Believer or a True Skeptic. Those slots on the evolutionary chart represent extreme perspectives, and I’d like to think myself possessed of a more “balanced” sensibility (laugh it up, critics).  No matter Colin Wilson’s credo: “The outsider’s salvation lies in […]

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Arctica, You, and Neo-Brutalism

“The universal condition of mankind,” said novelist John Fowles, “[is] a state of loss.” To which the equally penetrating Günter Grass returned: “There is a mania to call the lost thing until it returns.” The lost thing, which undid humankind eons ago, lives in Arctica. In you. That country far of purple twilight, where icy waters […]

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The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas: Book Review

This novel retrieved a sensation comparable to that inspired by my pre-Internet explorations of so-called underground literature: Céline, Henry Miller, Kerouac and the Beats, Bukowski, the spectrum of conspiracy-themed books, pamphlets, videos, and gonzo-style journalism. Nick Mamatas’ The Last Weekend—despite claims from recent reviews—doesn’t read like or otherwise emulate these works, but is filtered through […]

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THE GREYS HAVE BEEN FRAMED: Book Review

In order to give the reader a succinct summary of Jack Brewer’s recently published The Greys Have Been Framed: Exploitation in the UFO Community, the book’s back-cover copy serves best: “[The book] explores the ways deception, sensationalism, and questionable ethics characterize the UFO genre. With interviews and insights from James Carrion, Leah Haley, Dr. Tyler Kokjohn, Simone […]

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