Monday, November 08, 2010

Horror Film Aesthetics Will Cheer Your Post-Halloween Blues

Horror fans are always a bit bummed when Halloween is over -- but not to worry! If you're still hungry for horror, check out this interview in Theofantastique, in which Thomas M. Sipos discusses his book, Horror Film Aesthetics.

Theofantastique is a blog that reports on matters where horror meets the metaphysical.

Read the interview for a peek into Sipos's views on the subject.

Or go directly to to buy the book!


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Robert Bauval Reveals The Egypt Code

Egyptology is "hot" once again, with museum exhibitions and TV specials being announced one after the other, led by the ubiquitous Zahi Hawass, the all-powerful, swashbuckling guardian of Eqyptian antiquities -- a man so recognizable in his field that his trademark hat is a major item sold in the Discovery Times Square Exposition gift shop, where a flashy Tutankhamun exhibition is drawing large crowds.

Pushing past the showmanship, Dr. Hawass's nemesis, rogue Egyptologist Robert Bauval, asks questions whose answers you won't find in Times Square or in one of the coffee table books in the gift shops.

Why did the ancients align their monuments so precisely with the stars? What were the practical and symbolic reasons behind these mysterious configurations?

Bauval's latest book, The Egypt Code, reveals an amazing Grand Unified Plan behind the legendary temples of Upper Egypt. The book revisits the Pyramid Age and the Old Kingdom, demonstrating a vast sky-ground correlation for the Memphite-Heliopolis region, and presenting the possibility of a grand plan spanning 3,000 years of pharaonic civilization involving pyramids and major temple sites along the Nile.


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Weekly Universe Is Now an Urban Fantasy Satire

You've read the tabloid -- now read the novel!

Hollywood says it loves equal opportunity and multicultural diversity. Development executive Diana Däagen thinks the studio's hiring is based more on ageism, sexism, and nepotism.

And so, surrounded by followers of Wicca, astrology, Native American shamans, telephone psychics, UFO prophets, a channeled warlord from Atlantis, and the alchemy of Hermes Trismegistus, Diana's coven of New Age witches hatch a plot to infiltrate and diversify the entertainment industry until Hollywood "looks like America" -- no matter how many eggs must be broken along the way.

Only the intrepid supermarket tabloid reporters of the Hollywood Investigator and Weekly Universe family of family publications can stop Diana's path toward world media domination.

Hollywood Witches is an urban fantasy/satire, available on both paper and on Amazon Kindle.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Mysterious Marching Soldiers in Lakemont, Roswell

The following was submitted to the Weekly Universe from Lorraine Christie:

I live in the Lakemont area of Roswell.

This evening [February 22, 2010], at around 9 p.m., I was sitting on my back porch with my dogs. Suddenly, the dogs and I could hear what at first sounded like lone footsteps walking through the leaves in my back yard.

My yard is fenced.

The noise became more intense, and grew into what seemed like a group of soldiers marching (if wearily) through my yard. My lab was especially spooked and growled like crazy. I froze and simply listened for a while.

The sound kept coming, then fading out periodically. I didn't hear any voices, just weary trudging of boots on leaves and mud.

I walked down into the yard and saw nothing, but still heard the sound of marching men. My dogs were very spooked by something, but didn't seem to want to rush out and chase after anyone. They seemed confused by the sound.

Can anyone explain what this might have been? It was so bizarre and unexpected.

Do YOU know what Lorraine Christie heard? Her email is studiolc at bellsouth dot net.


Monday, March 08, 2010

Stop Washington From Regulating YOUR Vitamins!

Senator John McCain has introduced S. 3002, the Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA).

This bill will . . .

* control your ability to use vitamins,
* for the benefit of the major sports leagues

The following welfare queens endorsed McCain's bill within hours of its introduction . . .

* The National Football League
* The National Basketball Association
* Major League Baseball
* National Hockey League
* The NCAA
* The Professional Golf Association
* The U.S. Olympic Committee

Nearly all of these entities receive tax funding to build the stadiums they play in. Now they want to make your supplements more expensive so that none of their rich athletes will accidentally ingest anything banned by league rules. But you can take action to kill this bill.

It's crucial to understand that most vitamins and supplements aren't drugs. Your food that grows in the ground, or on the hoof, is full of these substances. That's one reason why previous government attempts to label these nutritional supplements as drugs, and regulate them, have met with fierce public opposition. Indeed . . .

Prior to the Internet, one such government power grab generated what may have been the biggest barrage of letters to Congress in American history. That power grab failed, because public pressure works!

Instead of regulating supplements Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 DSHEA).

That law states that most nutritional substances do not require FDA pre-approval before going to market, and cannot be re-classified as drugs.

Now, John McCain seeks to repeal key provisions of the DSHEA. Yet in his remarks introducing S.3002 . . .

* he provides no evidence that the relatively free-market approach of the DHSEA has failed

* he cites no evidence that dietary supplements, consumed by 150 million Americans, are unsafe or a threat to public health

And the DSSA is completely unnecessary to address the (minor) steroid problem. In fact, the problems McCain does cite were already addressed by current law, which has not been competently enforced by the FDA!

* the FDA already has authority to ban any substance containing anabolic steroids

* and products are already required to list all their ingredients

To make matters worse, ". . . the bill reverses common law, which assumes all is legal unless restricted. DSSA would allow only what is permitted to be legal."

The DSSA is nothing but regulatory "corporate welfare" for major sports leagues (and multi-national drug companies). It will put the FDA in the business of helping the NFL, Major League Baseball, etc. enforce their substance policies -- at your expense.

This bill will deny you freedom of choice, place expensive burdens on small enterprises, and do nothing to protect your health. It will actually make you less healthy, by causing nutritional substances to be less available and more expensive.

Please use these talking points to tell your Representative and your two Senators to oppose S. 3002, John McCain's Dietary Supplement Safety Act.

And if you're excited about's work, please do one or both of the following:

1) Start a monthly pledge or make a one-time donation.

2) Commit to sharing this campaign with ten other people who would be interested in this issue.

Both methods will help grow the Downsize DC Army,

Jim Babka, President,, Inc.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Conspiracy Channel to Release Ufologist LP

In fall 2010, industrial/dance group the Conspiracy Channel will release their debut studio LP. It's a ufology spoken word record, featuring an artist roster of the world's leading experts in the field of extra-terrestrial study.

Featured artists include Coast to Coast AM host George Noory; UFO researcher/nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman, a Roswell investigator and author of Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction and Top Secret/Majic: Operation Majestic-12 and the United States Government's UFO Cover-Up, co-written with Whitley Strieber; filmmaker James C. Fox, whose documentary I Know What I Saw was praised by Apollo 14 astonaut Edgar Mitchell as "The most compelling film on the subject to date," and Nick Pope, former British Ministry of Defense Officer in Charge of Official British Government UFO Investigations for the Secretariat (Air Staff); Roswell expert Don Schmidt (protege of late ufologist J. Allen Hynek, and others to be announced.

Set to astral rhythmic soundscapes, the Conspiracy Channel's record offers a modern dialogue on ufology.


Monday, February 01, 2010

Ghosts Haunt Southeast Michigan

Southeast Michigan holds some of the most cultural and diverse areas in the United States, along with rolling farmlands, quaint towns -- and ghosts!

Ghosts of Southeast Michigan is a new book that invites YOU to visit spooky southeast Michigan ghost -- while offering YOU a glossary and equipment list to conduct YOUR own investigation!

Read about Blanche, a ghost that still haunts Kellogg Park! See spirits who roam the land where a mental hospital stood! Learn about a ghost who refuses to punch out permanently! Meet a winged creature, fairies in the cemetery, and demons who throw dishes!

The stories come from homeowners, paranormal investigators, psychics, and even those who call their spirits coworkers. Do you believe? You will!

Author Kristy Robinett is a professional psychic medium and author who began speaking with spirits at the age of three. She is an internationally renowned psychic medium and psychic detective, donating her time assisting law enforcement agencies.

She also performs psychic home inspections for home buyers, haunted house investigations, lecturer at special events, and owner of Encharming Events and Michigan Ghost Tours; Haunted Hideaways.

To contact her, visit Tangled Wishes or Haunted Hideaways.