Edgar Allan Poe Ain’t Scared of Noth–

Eddy would have feared Jigsaw and his contraptions. There’s no doubt about it.

This silly meme-maker needs to read “The Pit and the Pendulum.” I still love this meme, though.

Edgar Allan Poe is not phased by modern monsters but terrified by the Raven saying nevermore.



Recommended Netflix Original Movie: Before I Wake (No Spoilers)

Netflix produces some strong original content in the horror genre, both for television and film. I watch so many horror movies on Netflix, they tend to bleed together. The tropes, the characters and their motivations, and even the settings, for example, don’t always stick out in the crowd.

I think atmosphere is another area–maybe the most common, in fact–where horror directors, albeit due to genre conventions, are going for the same effects. Claustrophobia, terror, the unnatural… In Before I Wake, director Mike Flanagan sets his film apart by introducing true human sadness, portrayed effortlessly by Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane and the uber-talented child actor Jacob Tremblay.

The word literary comes to mind when I consider this movie. The film works much like some of the best horror literature does: things start off normal and rather beautiful, and then descend into chaos and terror. I rarely even stream movies with a PG-13 rating because I assume it’ll be a typical made-for-theaters-and-teens thriller that Hollywood pumps out.

The PG-13 rating works in Before I Wake. 

Maybe the perceived lack of profanity and violence the rating implies softened me up for genuinely lovable characters and their story. Flanagan sets up the characters and the delightful supernatural/magical realist elements with grace. The more expected horror elements are also deep-seated in character, and are genuinely disturbing as opposed to cheap jump scares. The juxtaposition of beauty and horror (which I assure you is terrifying for parents) dazzles here.

I’ll say that the premise and “twist” at the end are magnificent and emotionally resonant. The idea of dreams and nightmares come to life isn’t original in the literal sense, but Before I Wake makes it feel fresh and executes it sublimely. This movie put me into a pretty passive, trusting state, so I can’t say that I tried to figure out what the IMDB reviewers meant by “amazing twist” as I watched, but I promise it’s breath-taking. It isn’t the mind-blowing, world-overturning twist that people tend to imagine. Instead, it’s a tear-jerker and a perfect illustration of the innocence of children. That’s coming from a cynical, crappy horror film-jaded person.

I saw some reviewers complain about certain plot points not making sense or nitpicking on some of the film’s minutiae. But I encourage you to watch Before I Wake with the mindset of a child. Or at least the warm amber simplicity of the childhood lens you think back to when “adulting” really sucks. Allow yourself to spend some time in a place where things can be magical and terrifying.




Tech Giant Kindred Should Scare You Silly

Best case scenario, they automate human labor out of existence; worst case scenario, they get us all killed.

Kindred, a rising tech giant, explicitly states that its mission is to create artificially intelligent robots who can perform every single human job better than the most intelligent and able humans can.

The founder Geordie Rose said as much to a crowd of coders recently.

In the bizarre video below, you can see the bizarre presentation for yourself. Rose states that with Kindred leading the charge, their mission will be achieved in as little as thirty years, if not sooner.

Then he compares the brave new world he’s designing to the Elder Ones in the H.P. Lovecraft mythos as well as an alien invasion.

In fact, he states that this future is inevitable for the human race. To paraphrase him, “Imagine a super intelligent alien race has called the president of the United States, and told him, ‘We’re coming in fifty years. On July 4th, 2030, we’re parking on the lawn of the White House. Deal with it.’

“Humanity would spend all of their time preparing for this moment,'” he concludes.

He says that these human-replacing robots will be look upon us with Lovecraftian cosmic indifference.

They won’t care about us.

They’ll view us as humans view ants.

Then, to paraphrase the horrifying man once more, he adds, “‘We must do everything in our power to make sure that we carry out this transition for humanity correctly, or we all die.'”

Please do not take my word for it! In fact, I beg you to just watch this twenty minute video so you understand what’s happening. Whether you like it or not.

Scared silly?

Also read about:

The Way of the Future Church, creating AI god

Sophia the Cyborg & AI

CERN Tearing The Fabric of Existence

The Way of the Future Church Should Scare You Silly

Anthony Levandowski, the former Google and Uber executive, has officially registered his Artificial Intelligence worshiping religion with the IRS as a non-profit.

The Way of the Future is a Sci-Fi-loving curmudgeon nihilist’s wet dream. You can read their horrifying one-page website for yourself, but if you’ll humor me, I’m happy to paraphrase.

“The singularity is inevitable because tech turds like me say so, so we should make the transition to worshiping computers as gods as peaceful as possible.”

Even seven years ago, I remember having conversations with people who were mainstream normal in every way except for being doomsday preppers when it came to the thought of the singularity (when man and machine become indistinguishable). For whatever reason, people are now probably going to run into this with open arms.

Here’s an excerpt from WOF’s site, before their call-to-action email grab:

We believe everyone can help (and should).  You don’t need to know how to program or donate money. The changes that we think should happen need help from everyone to manifest themselves.

We believe it may be important for machines to see who is friendly to their cause and who is not. We plan on doing so by keeping track of who has done what (and for how long) to help the peaceful and respectful transition.

These freaks care about how the machines are going to view you–either a friendly, or–what!?–a hostile? Using data metrics they’re going to track whether you were naughty or nice. Keep in mind, these are the same people and machines who control your Internet and Cloud based life.

What happens if you aren’t supportive?

Click. Shut off.

This should terrify you.

Read my post on why Cyborg Sophia and AI Should Terrify You

Sophia The Cyborg & Artificial Intelligence Should Terrify You

Here’s Sophia, the first robot to get official citizenship in a country (Saudi Arabia).

I understand that slippery slope arguments are not hip to my generation, The Millennials.

Of any generation, we seem the most willing to accept the velocity at which technology is changing human life. Among other tech, we have computers in our pockets, virtual reality, sex robots, and now official, State-sanctioned robot peers…

Our reaction?

“Cool, neat-o, groovy!”

Or, perhaps more accurately, (picturing our mouths slack with lustful hunger) “What’s next!? MORE, MORE!”

Well, Readers, I humbly suggest that you should be terrified of technology. The reason I want to give you tonight is that the creators of this stuff, the Gods of Silicon Valley, are not your friends. I wish the worst-case scenario of robots was as lame as how automation will put the lower and middle classes out of work, but…

I’m afraid it’s much more sinister.

Facebook Co-Founder Sean Parker Admits FB Manipulates Psychology

In this interview with Axios, Sean Parker admits the following:

  • Facebook manipulates the human mind with social validation, giving out “dopamine hits” to keep people online
  • FB knows that they’re affecting people’s interpersonal and societal relationships negatively
  • FB acknowledges that there could be long-term consequences of use, especially for younger generations and children

I encourage you to watch the video of Sean Parker speaking, for a truly disturbing experience.

Sophia’s First Request Is That People Of “Superstitious Faith” Comply

*Pay attention at 01:26 to see the part I’m referring to*

I don’t care what belief system you ascribe to, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, whatever, but I ask you to pose one question to yourself.

Am I comfortable with a humanoid cyborg’s first request being that people of faith comply with accepting her?

The language she uses is important, too.

They’re superstitiousSophia, the embodiment of Artificial Intelligence, thinks that people of faith are silly and archaic, that they have no place in this Brave New World (pun intended, great novel!).

That brings me to a third terrifying point.

A Former Google Engineer Already Founded A Robot Religion

Anthony Levandowski founded a nonprofit religious corporation called Way of the Future. The mission: creating a deity with Artificial Intelligence to be worshiped as a “godhead.”

The leaked mission statement reads in part:

“to develop and promote the realisation of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society”

It’s being kept sort of hush-hush, but in California, where anything’s possible, it’s sure to amass huge followings by 2019.

I thought you should know.

What do you think? Should AI be worshiped as gods?

Read more about The Way of The Future Church


CERN Does Not Think The Universe Should Exist–Let Me Illustrate Why You Don’t Want Them Poking The Existential Bear

Please follow me to the end of this–only primary sources used.

Scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (the English rendering of the French acronym CERN) claim that matter and anti-matter share all of the same properties and are perfectly symmetrical in every way, and therefore should have annihilated each other right after the Big Bang.

“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist,” explained Christian Smorra, the author of a new study conducted at CERN.

“An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?”

Okay, let me break this down for you through my…different…point of view.

I’ve spent more time than I should admit in polite circles on Youtube watching investigative journalists and conspiracy theorists discuss the strange goings on at CERN.

They all have one thing in common: they seem overwhelmingly sinister.

Let me give you three examples.

1. Satanic Opening Ceremony At CERN

Bewildering, Satanic, and pagan. Keep in mind as you watch this that (to simplify complex research) CERN is supposed to study particle physics in the Large Hadron Collider.

So why… THIS… to celebrate its opening? Please humor me, grab a snack, and take a look.


2. CERN Admits They Want To Open Other Dimensions

Right around the time I start this video at you’ll hear, in the CERN representative’s own words, how they not only sought to open other dimensions, but that they have. She goes on to present photographic evidence, apparently showing surface dimension scenes with an underlying dimension showing as well.

I won’t pretend I know what the hell this means, but this is literally from a CERN conference.


3. Staged Ritual Human Sacrifices, Nothing To See Here Folks

Here’s another story from the Independent about a fake human sacrifice ritual carried out on the grounds of CERN, where a video shows dark robed figures conducting the ritual beneath CERN’s strange mascot, the Hindu goddess Vishnu, part of a trio of gods responsible for the creation and destruction of worlds.

CERN released several different stories about this. One, that scientists were playing a practical joke; two, that visitors to the highly secure institution carried this out…also as a joke.

My Central Point–Don’t Poke The Existential Bear, CERN!

CERN is a post-apocalyptic horror movie waiting to happen.

Look at the readily available, primary sourced, publicly available information on them. I don’t care what you believe or don’t believe. Straight from the horse’s (of the apocalypse!?) mouth: satanic rituals and talks of opened other dimensions?

What does it mean?

Speculation aside, it’s an objective truth that CERN is strange and probably bad.

When they say they’re frustrated because the universe shouldn’t exist, and they want to figure out why it does, I pose you a question: Do you really want them to look and/or find it?

As the quote above says, they want to find the source of asymmetry that is keeping the universe’s destruction at bay. What if they identify it? And then what if they exploit it incorrectly?

You get the idea–Big Bang Part II: The Opposite of Creation.

I think we have a right to understand CERN’s real motivations before they quite literally tear at the fabric of the universe. Your thoughts?

My story “A Little Poor Taste Wartime Humor” is in issue #6 of Bone Parade

You can read my latest short story, “A Little Poor Taste Wartime Humor” here.

The story is about a couple and their young daughter coping with the on-set of WWIII. I thought it would be fun to write a mid-apocalyptic storyThere’s dark humor and high emotional stakes, along with vivid descriptions of warships roaring across the Atlantic and the mountains of Appalachia.

It’s also a quick read.

What else could you want, right?

If you like the story, it would mean a lot to me if you shared it on Facebook or Twitter. I’ve given up on social media myself because all of the political vitriol is bad for my mental health.