“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 […]Read more "Metanoia: Report on Probability #1"
Soon after John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies (2002, Lakeshore Entertainment) was put on the big screen by director Mark Pellington, the now-annual Mothman Festival rose seemingly out of nothing. In 2004, I was fortunate to attend a viewing in Point Pleasant, and did so with actor Sam Nicotero, who had a small part in the […]Read more "Ghosts of Point Pleasant II: Media Echoes"
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 […]Read more "Ghosts of Point Pleasant"
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 […]Read more "Paranormal Relevance: So What?"
“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 […]Read more "Arctica, You, and Neo-Brutalism"
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 […]Read more "The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas: 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 […]Read more "THE GREYS HAVE BEEN FRAMED: Book Review"