4 Conspiracy Theorist Authors and Their Theories

In our world as mysterious as our own, it goes without saying that not everything is as we initially see it. The government isn’t always forthcoming with sharing its information with the public and this inspires authors to explore potential alternative truths. These conspiracy theorists present us with possible realities that are both fantastic and terrifying. Their work has inspired countless others to try and pull back the veils of illusion that keep us in the dark.

Michael A. Aquino

Michael Aquino; who would have guessed he’s involved with the occult?

Aquino has probably got one of the most experienced backgrounds of all conspiracy theorists. He had a 28 year career with the U.S. armed forces where he served as Politico-Military Officer and served in Special Operations. He has a B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. in political science. He was also High Priest of a priesthood of the Egyptian God, Set. His book MindWar is about the government finding ways, using science and the occult, of conducting mental combat on the population. Aquino claims that these new avenues of the mind spell the end of conventional physical war as we know it, citing electromagnetic field equipment which can alter human states in such a way as to end war.

David Icke

David Icke is responsible for some of the biggest conspiracy theories popular today. He introduced to the world a theory that says the biggest names and leaders on the planet are actually reptilian humanoids in disguise called the Babylonian Brotherhood. These beings control the world and broadcast an “artificial sense of self and the world.” He says they broadcast the message through the moon which is actually not real and most likely a hollowed out planetoid. He includes a lot of new age spiritualism in his work while questioning the realities we see and accept.

Jordan Maxwell

The reptoids of David Icke’s conspiracy theories.

Maxwell is a great authority on ancient religion and symbolism. His work focuses on asking “who is really running the world?” He reveals the true meaning of company symbols, logos and insignias to illustrate the roots of what he believes to be the true forces ruling the world. He explores who controls the world’s money alongside political decisions that have great impact on the world and our life.

Michael Tsarion

Tsarion is an Irish author who talks a lot about inconsistencies and inaccuracies present in all of the accounts of history that we have today. He talks about Atlantis, the origins of evil, the alien presence on Earth, and genetic manipulation. He has a book called Atlantis, Alien Visitation and Genetic Manipulation and a 6-part, 22-DVD, 60 hour series called Origins and Oracles which explores forbidden knowledge. He discusses the occult history of Ireland as well as America while attempting to prove that historical information has been deliberately given with incorrect details and inaccurate locations and dates.

Maybe one day the truth will be revealed and speculation will be a thing of the past. Until then, conspiracy theorists continue to question the government and the nature of reality itself. There are countless conspiracies that have already been proven to be real, from the CIA hiring the media to spout propaganda to their orchestrating secret experiments on an unknowing public with Project MKULTRA. Who knows what will be revealed next.



5 Essential Classic Horror Fantasy Fiction Writers

The genres of fantasy, horror and science fiction are relatively new and still exciting areas of literary exploration. The following horror, fantasy fiction writers changed the way we perceive stories today:

1. H.P. Lovecraft


H.P. Lovecraft was an author of horror fantasy fiction who inspired legions of artists, filmmakers, musicians, and writers alike. Born August 20, 1890, he never ventured far from his birthplace of Providence, Rhode Island, where he wrote his distinctive tales until his death on March 15, 1937 from intestinal cancer at the age of 46. His most popular stories, often exploring grotesque personal mythologies with painstaking attention to detail, are contained within the collected works The Call of Cthulhu. Unfortunately Lovecraft never saw his works popularly published and lived in absolute poverty, eating expired canned food in his final years. He wrote to a friend, “I have no illusions concerning the precarious status of my tales, and do not expect to become a serious competitor of my favorite weird authors.” Yet, his tales are revered to this day. Stephen King calls him “the 20th century’s greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale.”

2. George MacDonald


George MacDonald was one of the pioneers of fantasy fiction. He was a Scottish writer born December 10, 1824 and died September 18, 1905 after writing books that inspired many in his wake including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Walter de la Mare, E. Nesbit, Madeleine L’Engle, and many more. “I have never concealed the fact that I regarded him as my master; indeed I fancy I have never written a book in which I did not quote from him,” says Lewis. MacDonald was a Christian minister and his work was filled with allegoric tales of morality, juxtaposing fairy tale elements with colorful imagery, religious references, and nightmarish creatures. His most well-known novels are The Princess and the Goblin, At the Back of the North Wind, Lilith and Phantastes. He also wrote fairy tales and said of them “I write, not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be of five, or fifty, or seventy-five.”

3. William Hope Hodgson


William Hope Hodgson was an English author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. Born November 15, 1877, he died in April 1918 during World War I at the age of 40. He spent many of his early years at sea and the theme of the ocean runs through many of his works, including Sargasso Sea Stories, The House on the Borderland, and The Night Land. He created contemplative, cosmic horror stories that were as psychedelic as they were terrifying.

4. Arthur Machen


Arthur Machen was a Welsh author of supernatural fantasy horror. He was also a mystic, born March 3, 1863 and died December 15, 1947. His book, The Great God Pan is considered among many, including Stephen King to be one of the best horror stories ever written. Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, William Butler Yeats, Arthur Conan Doyle, and many more legendary writers were greatly inspired by his work.

5. Lord Dunsany


Lord Dunsany was an Irish fantasy writer who published 80 books as well as hundreds of short stories, plays, and essays. Born July 24, 1878, he died in Dublin after an appendicitis attack October 25, 1957. He worked with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, Percy French, Padraic Colum, and many others. He was an eclectic eccentric as exemplified by earning champion status in Ireland for both chess and pistol shooting.

With the immense popularity of book series like A Song of Ice and Fire and Harry Potter, it’s clear that this genre still inspires the imagination of the world and allows us to experience storytelling and hero’s journeys through the fantasy.



5 Weird Types of Genres for the Oddball Reader

There are so many types of genres in the literary world that it’s virtually impossible to know them all. With new ones coming into popularity so regularly, it’s admittedly hard to keep up. But every now and then a genre emerges that we can’t ignore; one so baffling as to disorient us from our regular way of seeing things. Here are a few of the weirdest rising new genres that have made their way into current popular culture:

1. Centaurs and Satyrs (Romance)


Since Ancient Greek and Roman times, hybrid creatures that are half man and half animal have been featured in tales of sexual conquest. The satyrs in particular are often found romping with the nymphs. Today, an entire genre of romance fiction has grown out of the forbidden relationships with the wild inhuman creatures of the forest. The interspecies erotic fiction takes center stage in books like Rescued and Ravaged by the Centaur, Unbridled and The Lords of Satyr. These types of genres, both centaur and satyr, are mostly written by women and are a type of erotic fantasy fiction.

2. Calligram (Poetry)


The idea behind this kind of poetry is to structure the letters of the poem so that they make a picture. The image they create should display the core central meaning of the poem. This type of structure was created by the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who had his work published after his death in the book Calligrammes. Many artists and poets have continues his work, creating beautiful and complex imagery. Most elementary schools teach children how to create Calligrams from very early on and they have become a modern part of both literature and art.

3. Slipstream (Science Fiction/Fantasy)


In this style, the story slips in and out of reality so that it can become hard to understand what is real and what isn’t. It’s been described as “cognitive dissonance” meaning that a reader is forced into holding two contradictory beliefs at the same time. Some films that make good examples of this literary style are The Matrix, Memento, and The Tree of Life. It’s often described as “the fiction of strangeness” and popular authors of the genre include James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel.

4. New Weird or “Noird” (Horror/Fantasy/Science Fiction)


This style is a kind of genre bending speculative fiction that is ultimately based in horror. Noted for combining fantasy and/or science fiction in an ultra-realistic way, this genre stems from one commonly known as Weird Fiction, whose writers include Edgar Allen Poe, H.P Lovecraft, and William Hope Hodgson. Weird Fiction was a style of strange horror wring that included ghost stories, the macabre, fantasy, and science fiction. Writers of New Weird include China Mieville, Jeff VanderMeer, K.J. Bishop, and Steph Swainston.

5. Bizarro (Absurdism)


This style of fiction was started in 2005 by various independent publishing companies including Eraserhead Press, Raw Dog Screaming Press, and Afterbirth Books. Often featuring absurdist, satirical, and grotesque elements, the genre focuses on the weird and has been referred to as “new absurdism” and “irreal”. It tends to be closer to speculative fiction, including horror, fantasy, and science fiction as opposed to the avant-garde movements. Popular authors in this genre include Violet LeVoit, D. Harlan Wilson and Bradley Sands, Carlton Mellick III, and Jeremy C. Shipp.

As you can see, the human imagination is constantly expanding as the types of genres available for our exploration continue to grow. Each new genre offers an unexpected and fresh perspective with a chance to shake up the stagnant and stale old ways, breathing new life into our literary world.



Erotic Writing Classics That Continue to Shock and Inspire

Recent history has gifted us some fairly incredible erotic literature, much of it very shocking as it touches on the taboo aspects of sexuality and the realms of human fantasy. The erotic writing of these classics is elegantly written while exploring taboo themes that at times are both repulsive and enticing as they take the reader through a beautiful and dangerous sexual realm.

The Story of O – Pauline Réage


Published in 1954, this book was written by Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, as a type of ongoing love letter to her lover Jean Paulhan, who was a fan of the Marquis de Sade. The book explores the themes of dominance and female submission in an Eyes Wide Shut-type of chateau where elite members enjoy sexual slaves.

Delta of Venus – Anaïs Nin

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Anaïs Nin wrote these 15 erotic stories during the 1940s though the collection wasn’t published until 1977. Her erotic writing explores a variety of sexual encounters and situations, described with a poetic sensuality that is unique to her style. The stories were commissioned by a client known only as “The Collector” who also commissioned other writers such as Henry Miller and George Barker to write erotic fiction for him.

The Story of the Eye – Georges Bataille


Published in 1928 by French author Georges Bataille, this story is about a young couple who explore their sexuality in a variety of ways, including exhibitionism, orgies, and an infamous scenario involving hard boiled eggs inserted into sexual orifices. The couple develop a fascination with a mentally ill 16-year-old girl that ends tragically before they journey to Spain where they continue their debaucheries after meeting English aristocrat Lord Edmund.

Justine or The Misfortunes of Virtue – Marquis de Sade


Published in 1791 and written by the infamous Marquis De Sade (Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade), this book is set during the French Revolution. A 26-year-old woman named Justine, also known as Therese, tells her story to Madame de Lorsagne on the way to receiving punishment and death for her crimes. She explains, in her own defense, the series of misfortunes that led to her current predicament. Her misfortunes include being made a sexual slave to monks and being used and tortured sexually by literally everyone she came across in her quest for virtue, from the age of 12 when she was orphaned.

Venus in Furs – Leopold von Sacher-Masoch


Published in 1870, this is a novella by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The novel was inspired by Sacher-Masoch’s own life and the main character, Wanda von Dunajew, was based on the writer Fanny Pistor. This book explores male submission, female dominance, and sadomasochism as the story focuses on a man who is so infatuated with this woman that he asks to be her slave, begging her to treat him in degrading ways.

These classic novels explore eroticism in a dangerous and boundary breaking way that is as edgy now as it was on each of their release dates. This erotic writing style is the definition of timeless, influencing many modern writers while promising to continue its influence in the years to come.



3 Occult Books That Offer More Questions Than Answers

The notion of sacred or hidden occult books has been popularized across various forms of media, including the writing of H.P Lovecraft where he makes references to Necronomicon, TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s countless occult nods, and films like The Ninth Gate. The Charmed series with its Book of Shadows brought into popular awareness a very real truth that wiccans or witches often keep books in which they record symbols, herbs, spells, astrology, and other such relevant information for easy reference as well as posterity. Such occult books as these are also written by those who practice dark magic. Then there are books so mysterious, so baffling that it’s hard to decipher the underlying intention, as in the case of The Voynich Manuscript.

The Voynich Manuscript

An excerpt from the Voynich Manuscript.

This manuscript is a codex which was written between 1404 and 1438 and bought in 1912 from a secondhand bookstore in Northern Italy by Wilfrid Voynich, hence the name. The absolutely bizarre thing about this book is that it is written in a code that has confused scholars everywhere. As of yet, no one has managed to break the code. However, the strongest clues to the books purpose are in the illustrations that decorate each page. Although there are pages missing from the book there are still 240 left through which to pore. The Voynich Manuscript seems to be divided into 6 sections:

  • Herbal – this section contains one or two drawings of herbs per page accompanied by a paragraph of writing.
  • Astronomical/Astrological – this section contains circular drawings as well as drawings of the sun, moons, stars, and planets and an area where the astrological symbols are drawn with writing. Each symbol features illustrations of 30 women connected to these stars, either through holding them or being tethered to them with cords. Some of these pages fold out.
  • Biological – text showing naked women fills this section. Some of the women are crowned while others are in pools that are connected by a network of pipes.
  • Cosmological – this section has more circular drawings as well as fold out pages with diagrams, including one of a map with nine islands connected by causeways with castles and a possible volcano.
  • Pharmaceutical – this area has pictures pointing to areas on plants, like roots or leaves, as well as jars of many shapes accompanying text.
  • Recipes – an area where full pages contain short paragraphs beside a star in the left margin.

What does it all mean? Until someone deciphers the code it’s impossible to know. Of all the occult books, it certainly seems to contain some of the most perplexing information.

The Picatrix or The Aim of the Sage

An illustration taken from the Picatrix.

This is a 400-page book of magic and astrology, written in Arabic sometime in the 10th or 11th century. It’s considered one of the largest and most comprehensive magical texts ever written. It was translated into Spanish, then Latin in the 13th century and got the name The Picatrix. This book contains information derived and synthesized from Hermeticism, Sabianism, and Ismailism as well as older astrology, alchemy, and magical works. It’s been described by researchers as a “handbook of talismanic magic” and “the most thorough exposition of celestial magic in Arabic”.

The Red Dragon or The Grand Grimoire

A page depicting “spirits” from the Grand Grimoire.

The origins of this book are a little confusing. Some editions seem to date back to 1421, 1521, or 1522. Most scholars agree that the text was written or edited by Antonia Venitiana del Rabina and that the information gathered within it is said to have been collected from the original writings of King Solomon. The book is divided into two sections.

The first section focuses on summoning demons and creating tools to get the demons to do your bidding. The second section focuses on spells and rituals that can be performed once the first half of the book is mastered with a focus on how to make a pact with a demon. This book is still used today and is particularly favored among occult books in Haiti.

As you can see, these occult books differ a little in intention but all contain great mysteries in both origin and content. It sparks the imagination to wonder what other possibilities of reality exist out there.



5 Horrifying Origins of Popular Fairy Tales

Popular fairy tales are part of the collective web that unite many of us, teaching us about mystery, morality, magic and wonder. Thanks to Disney and modern storytelling, many of us have been spared the deeply disturbing truth about these fairy tales; that they are so horrific in their original form that they would scare even the biggest horror fans.


rapunzel-dame-gothel-popular-fairy-tale-originsIn the original story of this popular fairy tale, a witch called Dame Gothel keeps Rapunzel trapped in a tower alone with all of life’s luxuries, periodically visiting her by climbing the tower using Rapunzel’s hair. Despite Dame Gothel’s best efforts, Rapunzel is visited by a prince with whom she falls in love. On one of her visits, the witch discovers that Rapunzel is pregnant, throwing her into a wild rage in which she cuts off Rapunzel’s hair and banishes her. In the evening, when the prince comes to visit Rapunzel in her tower, he finds Dame Gothel instead who pushes him out of the tower window, causing him to be blinded by thorns. He wanders through the wasteland for months, blindly searching for Rapunzel. Eventually, he is reunited with her and her tears restore his sight.

The Little Mermaid

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In this story favorite, the little mermaid visits the sea witch and swaps her tongue for feet so she can see the prince she fell in love with after rescuing him. But every step she takes feels like a thousand knives plunging through her and her toes begin to bleed. As if this weren’t an excruciating enough turn, she’s told that if she doesn’t convince the prince to marry her, she will die on the first dawn he spends married to another. Unfortunately, the prince thinks another woman is responsible for saving him and marries her. In a desperate effort to save her life, the little mermaid’s sisters exchange their hair for a knife from the sea witch. If the little mermaid kills the prince before dawn and pours his blood on her feet, she doesn’t need to die and will be restored as a mermaid. The little mermaid can’t bring herself to kill him and dies instead. As you can see, this popular fairytale had deeply sad beginnings.

Sleeping Beauty

sleeping-beauty-grimm-disturbing-fairy-talesThis popular fairy tale has many wonderful versions you can see in story and film, yet none even begin to touch the bizarre and disturbing original form. In the original tale, a king finds the protagonist sleeping and is so overcome with lust that he rapes her! She bears him 2 children whilst still asleep. One of the infants, trying to suckle her breast, suckles her finger instead, pulling out the splinter and waking her from her deep enchanted slumber. The king’s wife learns about her husband’s deeds. In a murderous rage of jealousy, she tries to cook Sleeping Beauty and the children she bore the rapist king but, before she can succeed, the king murders his maddened wife instead.


pinocchio-scary-popular-fairy-talesIn the original version of this popular fairy tale, when Pinocchio is given feet, he runs away. He then causes people to think Gepetto is abusing him leading to Gepetto being jailed. When the Talking Cricket advises Pinocchio to go home, the animated marionette accidently kills him with a hammer! The cricket then returns as a ghost to guide Pinocchio. Despite this, the gullible puppet is eventually tricked into believing that he will grow a gold tree if he plants gold coins. The people who tricked Pinocchio then hang him by a rope from a tree, vowing to return when he’s dead in order to steal his gold coins. Ultimately, Pinocchio learns the error of his ways and returns to take care of his father.

Red Riding Hood

little-red-riding-hood-scary-fairy-talesIn this original tale, the wolf kills Red Riding Hood’s grandmother, draining her blood into a wine jar and preparing her meat to offer to Red Riding Hood upon the poor girl’s arrival. Unlike events in modern versions of the popular fairy tale, the wolf, dressed as the grandmother, convinces Red Riding Hood to undress, throw her clothes on the fire, and get into bed, at which point he eats her!

These classic fairy tales were rooted in brutality as a means to dissuade children from actions that were potentially dangerous, much like the cautionary nature of many horror films from modern times. Now that you know their true origins, don’t forget to cast a thought to their horrific beginnings the next time you stumble upon a lighter version of one of these popular fairy tales.