Growing up with Christian Horror

People like horror because it speaks to something primal that still exists within them. It forces them to face things they’re hardwired to be afraid of. What do you do, then, if you’re a Christian teen growing up in the ‘80s and ‘90s at the height of the “Satanic Panic,” and not allowed to watch Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Friday the 13th? Maybe … Continue reading Growing up with Christian Horror

Exordium: Sneak Preview

From Effugium book IV: CHAPTER ONE “Saints, it is with great pleasure that we gather here today for the perfectly pious purpose of presenting yet another of our precious progeny to the Creators. It shall be a new creature, filled with the spirit of the Fathers, the Sons, the Holy Ghosts and the blessed Prophet Himself.” Father Xooka heard scattered grumbles and mumbles from the … Continue reading Exordium: Sneak Preview

A talk radio caller in 1989 discussed iPhones.

There was a talk radio show out of Reedsport, Oregon in the late 1980s called The Alan Stone Program. It was similar in tone and subject matter to Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell, so it obviously existed to capitalize on the success of said show. Except it was better. A friend of mine in high school who’d moved to Oklahoma from Oregon had … Continue reading A talk radio caller in 1989 discussed iPhones.

Still “f*cking love science?”

Decades ago I read about the Carrington Event, a solar storm that decimated telegraph systems in 1859. What if that happened today? I wondered. Nobody seemed to be talking about it. Yesterday, I started thinking about it out of the blue and Googled it because I experienced a sudden “bad feeling” about it. Turns out, people besides scientists are talking about it. It’s been picked … Continue reading Still “f*cking love science?”

The new “cancel culture“

I’ve noticed a trend: A ton of major entertainment events were scheduled at the very beginning of the Delta surge, a time when the predominant narrative was that it was more dangerous than ever to go places and enjoy life. Weeks later, they started cancelling them. Sure, makes sense. They didn’t know. This stuff had been in the works for months, most likely. I’ll certainly … Continue reading The new “cancel culture“