Fire of Norea Novel Excerpt: The Undying Man

In this excerpt of Fire of Norea, from "1992", a young man named Clint unfortunately got lost in the woods of West Virginia and, more unfortunately, has been found by a witch and her kin:  Clint dangled from the rafters of the barn, a thick length of woven hemp twine wrapped around his wrists and shoulders.... Continue Reading →

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The Exegesis of PKD

   I bought this as soon as it came out and finally started reading it this weekend. Although PKD was autodidactic and suffering from any number of possible ailments (including straight up revelations), I'm glad I finished my degree before I started reading it. It makes the task a little less daunting (the book is... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Sean McCloud, “American Possessions”

McCloud, Sean. American Possessions: Fighting Demons in the Contemporary United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. A tome with the ritualistic repetition of a grimoire, Dr. McCloud's American Possessions is haunted by a singular truth, the barest mystery of which possesses the reader until the final moment, when the specter of "neoliberalism" reveals its... Continue Reading →

My book is finished!

Well, okay, not really. Just like Satan and many other fantastic characters, writers are prone to lying. It's not quite a lie, however, as it is "true", as writers will often tell you...simply not "fact." Grad school ended a mere two months ago, and I had to take a break, adjust to post-grad life, and get... Continue Reading →

Gershom Scholem: Conclusion, Ineffable God: The Jewish (rather than Platonic) Roots of Gnosticism

This is a series on the relationship between Greek philosophy and gnostic literature. To start with the first post, please go here. Here are my concluding thoughts on the extent to which Platonism influenced gnosticism and, secondarily, whether Judaism is actually the more likely origin. Famed Jewish historian Gershom Scholem argued for a link between early... Continue Reading →

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