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WhaHuh? – The Great Balloon Hoax

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, fiction, folklore, funny, history, humor, laughter, life, literature, News, poe, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, Words, writing with tags , , , , , , on 02/16/2017 by Edward Brock

On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.

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Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies. 

But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.

Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.

Historical Happening – Robert Anton Wilson

Posted in books, Cool Stuff, cults, ebook, fantasy, fiction, folklore, history, kindle, legends, life, literature, mythology, non-fiction, religion, sci-fi, technology, TV, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 01/18/2017 by Edward Brock

Prolific writer–and self-described agnostic mythic–Robert Anton Wilson was born on this day, in 1932.

“Only the madman is absolutely sure.”

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Historical Happening – Stephen King

Posted in adventure, amazon, books, classic horror, comic books, Cool Stuff, creature features, creepy, dark, ebook, fantasy, fiction, Film, folklore, ghosts, halloween, history, horror, horror films, kindle, kobo, legends, literature, lovecraft, macabre, monster movies, monsters, movies, mythology, nook, scary, sci-fi, stephen king, Uncategorized, weird, wisdom, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 09/21/2016 by Edward Brock

The King of Horror was born on this day–in 1947.

His importance to the world of literature–especially Horror–cannot be overstated. He truly is the “King”.

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Historical Happening – The Great Moon Hoax

Posted in adventure, Cool Stuff, fantasy, fiction, folklore, funny, history, humor, legends, literature, mythology, reading, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on 08/25/2016 by Edward Brock

One of the most amusing hoaxes in American history, what came to be known as “The Great Moon Hoax “was published (over a 6 day period beginning on Aug. 25, 1835) in the New York paper, The Sun.

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Ray Harryhausen – Master of Stop-Motion Monsters

Posted in adventure, classic horror, Cool Stuff, creature features, creeping crawling cinema, fantasy, Film, folklore, history, horror films, legends, monster movies, monsters, movies, mythology, sci-fi, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06/30/2016 by Edward Brock

June 29 is the 95th birthday of the Master of Stop-Motion Monsters–Ray Harryhausen. He left us in 2013–at the age of 92–but his creations still live on in film and in the hearts of his many fans.

As a child, I–like many others–had some tragedy and trouble that we felt overwhelmed us and filled us with despair. My own personal childhood troubles made me felt unwanted, alone and afraid.

Ray Harryhausen’s films helped me survive. His creatures brought such wonder and excitement into my life and allowed me to escape into the world of film and myth. I remember seeing The Golden Voyage of Sinbad at the drive-in. I was immediately in love. Watching the creatures move across the screen fueled my imagination. Overnight, I became a fan of monsters, mythology and movies. And Ray’s masterful manipulation of what I’d learn was called “stop-motion animation” became the catalyst for my lifelong long of all things monsters.

Though my interests and tastes have evolved, and de-evolved, over the years, my love for Ray’s films has never faded.

Thank you, Ray, for keeping my imagination aflame.

Check out his official website at – Ray Harryhausen

Disruptions (my short story collection) is Live

Posted in amazon, apocalypse, books, Cool Stuff, creepy, dark, ebook, fantasy, fiction, folklore, ghosts, halloween, horror, humor, ibooks, kindle, kobo, legends, literature, lovecraft, macabre, monsters, mythology, nook, reading, scary, sci-fi, superheroes, Uncategorized, weird, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/13/2016 by Edward Brock

My collection of short stories, titled DISRUPTIONS, is now live on multiple platforms. It’s a collection of horror, fantasy and weirdness (both new & previously published).

Please buy a copy.

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBooks / Inktera / Scribd / 24Symbols

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Cool Stuff – White River Sioux Doomsday Legend

Posted in apocalypse, Cool Stuff, end of the world, folklore, history doomsday, mythology, native american, writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on 03/02/2015 by Edward Brock

White River Sioux – Doomsday Legend

There is a cave hiding somewhere in the Badlands (called Maka Sicha by the Lakota people). Even today–with many modes of travel available to us, as well as hikers, explorers, and treasure hunters–the cave still remains undiscovered.

Inside the cave is an old woman. Dressed in rawhide, she is wrinkled with age–her skin like an old walnut. For more than a thousand years she has been working on a buffalo robe, meticulously threading it with many thousands of porcupine quills. Her teeth are worn down from biting the quills, flattening them before each use.

Beside the old woman lies a large black dog. Named Shunka Sapa, the dog watches the old woman day and night. Near the wall of the cave burns a fire. Above it hangs a pot of boiling wojapi (a thick, hearty stew, or sauce, of red berries). Occasionally, the woman will put her threading work down and walk over to check on the stew. While she stirs it, Shunka Sapa will–quietly and quickly–rise from the floor and pull out the quills she had been working on. He returns to the floor, and the old woman returns to her work–unaware that the day’s work has been undone.

It is believed that should she ever finish the robe, the world will end.

Perhaps it’s best that no one has found the cave.

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