Harlan Ellison passed away recently and I just wanted to send him off as I feel like I can't quite let him go without leaving something to talk about how much he influenced me. He was one of my favorite science-fiction authors. His writing had a visceral feel that hit you on a primal level. His caustic words and cacophonous writing jarred me as a reader and drew my attention to his writing. He was a cantankerous person, and that bled into his writing.
If you want to get a feel for the vitriol and fervor he wrote with, give a listen to Harlan Ellison reading I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. It's forty minutes lone, but it's infinitely interesting to hear an author narrating their own story and the inflection and fanaticism and fervor he de…Read more >
I’m sorry for the disjointed nature of all of this. It’s late, and I’ve spent a lot of tonight and the last few nights talking to people from the community I used to live and work in from 2011 to 2013. I’m tired but I can’t sleep. It’s four in the morning and I have to do something in four hours. I’m too anxious to sleep so I’m going to try and organize everything into a simple document and try to make sense of it all. I don’t know if I’m trying to compartmentalize it and tuck it away, maybe even delete it and pretend this has nothing to do with me anymore. Remove myself from what’s going on in Nicaragua. Ignore the Facebook posts featuring dead students, livestreams of reporters being shot as they try to record the violence, and police fi…Read more >
A little precursor to all this: I’m writing this on the first real break I’ve had since starting up classes again. The past four months have been a whirling dervish of going to classes, studying, and test-taking. I decided to use the first real amount of free time I’ve had in a long while to read: “The Way of the Shadow Wolves: The Deep State and the Hijacking of America”, a book that drew my attention due to the sole fact that it was Steven Seagal’s brain child (delivered into this world stillborn by ghost-writer Tom Morrisey) and has been received about as well as a train wreck. This little bit isn’t really important to the review, I just want it here as a bit of an introduction to the insanity that is about to unfold for those who aren’…Read more >
Given the success and adulation Banning's Jeff the Killer 2015, I've realized that I too must follow my heart and confess something: I have spent the past three months secretly re-writing a classic. Everything I've told you guys about going to Veterinary school was a boldface lie. I stepped down as an admin here to follow my dream; to lovingly re-master a story that doesn't have the zealous following that I think it deserves. I needed the time to write this story and I was afraid that someone might catch wind of what I was doing and steal my idea. I am sorry for lying to you all, but I am not sorry for the genius I am about to unleash on this world.
The real question was: Which story have I rewritten? I thought long and hard about this. Do …Read more >
It is very close to October and you know what that means (we are one month closer to the inevitable heat death of the universe), it’s time for Emp’s annual Horr-tacular! As always, I’m going to be changing things up a little bit as I've done for Horr-tacular 2014, 2015, and 2016. It'll still be the basic premise of me watching one (or more) horror movies each day in October, but there will be some added themes.
Now that that little bit is out of the way, let’s get to what everyone has been dreading. The Horr-tacular and how each day of the week will result in me focusing on a different type of horror movie.
Monster Movie Monday: Mondays will focus on movies that revolve around well-known monsters from urban legends, mythology, or popular cul…
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