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The Worst Day of the Year — and an Announcement
Religion’s Dead–Or on Walkabout
Did you say you like the occult?
There’s been a lot of buzz on the blogs I frequent about writers helping — or, more specifically, not helping — one another. I’ve harbored the same concern for quite a while, and I’ve done my fair share of complaining. After deep consideration and a brief consult with the genius of Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh) and his insight into the “Confusionist, Desiccated Scholar,” I’ve decided to stop worrying about those who wish to horde information as if it were the rightful property of only a select few and move on. In short, I’m shutting up and putting up.
Below is a list of sites I encountered during my research into occult and magical studies for this novel. There used to be more, but a good number of the links have drifted into oblivion since I began this collection over three years ago. Others were lost with a hard drive crash last summer.
I hope one or more of them will help one or more of you find that extra something to curl the toes of your readers. To those of you who don’t write fantasy, horror or any other genre in the paranormal/toe-curling family, I’m sorry I don’t have anything for you, other than a list of fascinating reads that just might make you want to come over to the dark side.
University of Virginia’s Religious Movement Project — Covers topics on religions across the United States, with an interesting section on cults.
About.com’s Book of Shadows — Although About is a pretty common site, I’ve included this direct link to basic principles of Wicca that’s broken down into smaller sections on things like altar appearance and symbols.
National Occult Research Association — Dark Magic, paganism… Something for everyone.
Archives of Western Esoterica — The mother of all occult sites! All the archaic magical knowledge you can handle. Make sure you check out the Key of Solomon and the Lemegeton (the Lesser Key).
The Catholic Encyclopedia on Demonology — About demons, by the Catholic Church
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance — Contains a good overview of many different beliefs, including Wicca and Vodun.
Waning Moon — Information on the Dark Pagan path. The bulk of the information on this site seems to be missing right now, but the link page gives a good selection of links to other sites (a few of which I’ve mentioned here).
Hermetic Fellowship’s Virtual Library — More esoteric documents.
The Alchemy Website — All things alchemical.
Monstrous.com — You guessed it, all things monster. I’m a fan of the demon section.
Sacred Texts Online — Bring your wading boots and lots of patience; it’s a huge site with a sea of religious info.
God Checker — Not sure if you’re dealing with Ninhursag or Inanna? Check!
The Serene Dragon — All things dragon.
Death and Dementia — I’ve only been to the paranormal anomalies section, so I can’t account for what you might find elsewhere on this site.
Ex Oblivion — The site’s owner has a collection of personal essays on a host of dark beliefs/practices.
Traditional Religion in Africa: The Voudon Phenomenon in Benin — Article by Barthelemy Zinzindhohoue.
DMOZ Open Directory Project — This link connects to their religion and spirituality directory.
section is quite large.
Maryland Paranormal Research Society — Mostly pertains to Maryland stuff, but still an interesting site.
Maybe next week we’ll talk books.
You Want to Know About Heroes?
I can shatter bone. With no more effort than it takes you to grab a pencil, I can pulverize your femur. With a flex of my quads I can leap to the top of your house, and with a swipe of my arm, I can topple it. As a child you gazed with longing at candy-colored comic books, wishing to be all that I already am.
They cry. All night. Voices in the dark, shouting, screaming, pleading. They scurry across the earth, unable or unwilling to pry themselves from the role of victim. “It’s too hard,” they say. “It’s too hard. Help me.”
I did, at first. To shut them up, to win myself a decent night’s sleep. I saved the first one. A sweet-bodied guy with shining chestnut hair and eyes to match. As I convinced his assailants they had chosen the wrong victim, he took in the carnage I wrought with those dark, wide eyes. After the electric terror faded, after the sting of being rescued by a chick had eased from them, I found those eyes were the same as the rest of him–sweet and grateful. I let him thank me. All night. He eventually dozed off, but the screams kept coming. I stared into the blackness and wished for them to stop. The sirens echoed their wails–one passing so near it started my boy out of his exhaustion. He rolled onto his side, blinked those stupid doe eyes at me and said, “Aren’t you going to help them?”
I got up fast, was out of there before the shape of my head had smoothed from the pillow. I left him lounging in bed, confident that now he was safe, his hero was going out to save the rest of the world.
I went and got a drink.
Behind me, some bastard at the pool table smacked his girlfriend in the face for sloshing his beer. I let him.
There were other times I felt more generous. Times when a rapist was found mangled and stuffed in a trash can. Times when a serial killer stopped killing and the cops thought they’d somehow lucked out and managed to jail him on unrelated charges. But for each of those times there were scores where I heard, and did nothing. Times when I just didn’t feel like getting involved.
I can still hear them. Despite the four window air conditioners I have running at full-tilt, despite the music I play so loud it throbs my eardrums and gives me vertigo, I can still hear them screaming for me. I turn up the volume, and pray for sleep.
So, what do you think of me now, kids? Do I fit inside your hard-lined squares of colorful ink? Do my words fill in the bubbles?
Am I your hero, or what?
RESONANCE now available on Nook
Hey, it’s Res, again with more news from the Avery camp. Seems the book about me is now available at Barnes and Noble’s Nook store. Here’s the link she gave me to toss up here:
She says Apple’s iBookstore is still pending, and she’s trying to get something together for Google so you Sony people can read it, too.
You know when you’re talking and have no idea what you’re saying? Yeah, that’s what’s going on with me right now. I’m writing this shit and can’t even tell you what it means. “Sony people,” “iBookstore”–it’s all just letters senselessly blurring together. I’m not big on reading. Well, I wasn’t until lately. But, my foray back into the literary world didn’t quite cover the topics Avery seems to want me to spout off on here. I don’t know jack about them.
Of course, I could change that with one good look at a webpage or book on this junk. Having–uh–skills–is pretty cool sometimes. Other times, not so much, but I don’t feel like thinking about that right now. My head would probably explode.
Right now, I’m just happy there’s enough left of me to still be me, you know?
No, you probably don’t.
If you read the damn book about me you would.
Yeah, that’s a hint.
Dontcha wanna know what I’ve been going on about these past couple months?