What if they made honest Action Man characters? The Office Worker... "sit at a computer for 50 years until you die" – which actually also describes a writer's life altho at least as a writer you can openly drink booze as you sit in front of your computer.
Here's another trick to give future occupiers of your home nightmares: next time you have a new floor laid in your bathroom or kitchen, paint a chalk crime scene outline on the original surface. Here's one courtesy poet MyFanwy Fox. Follow me for more handy DIY tips.
In Episode 141 of the Weird Tales Radio Show we talk to Dr Greg Little about Edgar Cayce, Atlantis and the theory the lost continent is somewhere in the Bahamas. We also have the strange saga of Aleister Crowley’s daughter and we look at some of the weird developments taking place in the natural world and ask: have the boffins never seen the Planet of the Apes movies?
Did you know one of Aleister Crowley’s daughters was alive and living in Oakland California until as recently as November 2014, when she died of natural causes. She was born in Cefalu, Sicily, where Crowley had set up his Abbey of Thelema, exactly one hundred years ago to the day on 26th November 1920. Her mother was a recently widowed American – Ninette Shumway, also known as Isabella Fraux – and the daughter’s name was Louise Shumway – although Crowley actually christened her Astarte Lulu Panthea.
Being Aleister Crowley there were inevitably complications because not only was Ninette Crowley’s lover but he also had another mistress – Leah Hirsig – living with him. In fact the two women met while they were both crossing the Atlantic from the US to Europe on the same ship. Anyway fast forward a few months to Sicily – Leah Hirsig already had one child by Crowley and was pregnant with another. Sadly the child died and Leah subsequently miscarried – this led Crowley to conclude that Ninette, now in her 8th month of pregnancy, had worked some kind of witchcraft or spell, so they exorcised her and cast her out of the Abbey for the duration of her pregnancy.
This is the exorcism ritual they used…
NINETTE FRAUX. Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Initiation purges. There is excreted a stench and a pestilence. In your case two have been killed outright, and the rest made ill. There are signs that the process may lead to purification and things made safe within a short time. But we cannot risk further damage; if the hate is still in course, it had better coil back on its source. Keep your diary going carefully. Go and live in Cefalu alone; go to the hospital alone; the day before you come out send up your diary, and I will reconsider things. I shall hope to see the ulcers healing. Do not answer this; simply do as I say. Love is the law, love under will.
Ninette’s daughter – Louise – was born a healthy child and returned to United States in 1930 where she was brought up by her mother’s older sister Helene Fraux. Despite her bizarre childhood, Louise lived a conventional life. She graduated from the University of California, she became a school teacher, she married (becoming Louise Muhler), she had children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and for 50 years was a member of her local presbyterian church. Clearly the triumph of nurture over nature.
My God! It's full of rivets – with apologies to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey – not ancient aliens but installation artists then!
Remembering back to those halcyon days when a writer could take themselves off to a coffee shop as an alternative to working from home...
Next time you are involved in a rebuilding project – pop a skeleton into the cavity of a dividing wall – a little present to give future generations nightmares. Follow me for more handy DIY tips.
It's the weekend!!! And in the latest episode of the Weird Tales Radio Show we have the concluding part of our interview with American academic Professor Richard Spence about Aleister Crowley - this week the weirdness embraces the Nazis, Russians spies and even L. Ron Hubbard of the Scientologists. We also have a number of shorter items including the most haunted house in Ireland being up for sale, the urban myths surrounding Phil Collins - yes the guy from Genesis, the Medieval impotence inspectors who were only too willing to lend a hand, and why a 900-years dead Irish saint may have predicted an imminent apocalypse.
Time for another Americana Music Radio Show – here's the <Player> + the Playlist + the Featured Videos. Enjoy...
01. Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed & Highly Annoyed
02. Ida Mae - Deep River (ft. Marcus King)
03. The Winnie Blues - Coming Home To You + VIDEO
04. Low Cut Connie - Wild Ride + VIDEO
05. Gráinne Duffy - Voodoo Blues
06. Kelsea Ballerin & Shania Twain - Hole in the Bottle
07. Grayson Jenkins - Downtown Devil
08. Lake Street Dive - Making Do
09. Cordovas - High Feeling
10. Kathleen Edwards - Hard On Everyone
11. Sturgill Simpson - I Don't Mind
12. Tom Petty - Leave Virginia Alone
13. Steve Hill - Follow You Down
14. Roanoke - Dancing in the Night + VIDEO
15. Robert Jon & The Wreck - Don't Let Me Go
Sad news as NASA Curiosity Rover falls off Martian crater edge while trying to take a selfie (probably).
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