Saturday, October 21, 2017

My First Visit to The Trans-cultural Health Improvement Center

My short story "My First Visit to The Trans-cultural Health Improvement Center" is in the most recent issue of PANORAMA (Vol. 4, Autumn 2017).  Here's how the story begins:

"A few hours ago, in the middle of doing the laundry, I get a call from my friend Damien. He’s on the edge of death again and needs help getting to a methadone clinic in Wilmington. Since I prefer not to have dead people on my conscience I decide to hop on a bus to his apartment in Long Beach and help him. Besides, I’m curious to see what a methadone clinic looks like.
"Imagine two white boys in the middle of Wilmington, CA trying to find a methadone clinic. The place is hard to track down. They certainly don’t advertise in the phone book. The clinic is a couple of blocks away from a sweat shop, a literal sweat shop, housed in a totally nondescript one-story building with barred windows and a huge intimidating door that’s as colorful as an all-expenses-paid vacation in Garden Grove. The door is gray, very gray. The clinic’s official name is 'The Trans-cultural Health Improvement Center,' which is the most clever bit of nonsensical newspeak I’ve ever heard. It means nothing, absolutely nothing. I guess they didn’t want to call it 'The Wilmington Methadone Clinic' to make it as difficult as possible for a junkie to get there. According to an almost unreadable sign outside it’s open from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. How the hell can you expect a junkie to get up that early? If they could get up that early, they wouldn’t be junkies in the first place.
"Anyway, once you’ve passed the gigantic featureless door, you find yourself in the lobby. I take a seat in a black vinyl sofa. A few feet away from me is the front desk, directly above which hangs various signs that say things like 'Information and Registration' and 'This Medical Clinic Utilizes Physician Extenders In Accordance With The Laws And Regulations Of This State' and 'No Checks/No Coins/No Credit Cards/We Do Not Give Change/We Give Credit Towards Your Next Dose.' From my seat I watch an endless stream of junkies walk through the door, sign in at the front desk, then stroll over to a little window to get their allotted dose of methadone (a bright pink liquid that comes in a tiny plastic cup)."
To read the rest of the story, click HERE


Friday, October 20, 2017

The Cryptoscatology Halloween Viewing List (Part 2): Lugosi's Top 13

In celebration of what would have been Bela Lugosi's 135th birthday, I offer you a list of the essential entries in Lugosi's five-decade-long filmography.  

A few years ago a friend of mine saw Rowland V. Lee's SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939) for the first time at The Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles.  At the end of the film his first comment was, “Why does everybody say Bela Lugosi was such a bad actor?  He’s great in this!  He steals the whole movie—and that’s not easy when you’re sparring with Lionel Atwill, Boris Rathbone, and Boris Karloff!”  He then asked me to recommend other Lugosi films, so I took the opportunity to compile my personal “Top 13 Lugosi” list.  Your forthcoming Halloween viewing experience can be vastly improved by the addition of any one of the following films from the Golden Age of Hollywood....


 
















 



 




If any of these films whet your appetite for more information regarding the careeer of Bela Lugosi, I suggest listening to the following podcast:  YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS:  BELA AND BORIS EPISODE ONE:  WHERE THE MONSTERS CAME FROM (OCTOBER 16, 2017).

Also, the following books by Gary D. Rhodes (and friends) represent the most comprehensive biographies of Lugosi's life:









And the best documentary film about Lugosi remains Gary D. Rhodes' LUGOSI:  HOLLYWOOD'S DRACULA (Spinning Our Wheels Productions, 2000).


And if you want even more Lugosi, here's a 1951 interview with the actor upon his return from London where he had just completed filming John Gilling's very peculiar transvestite comedy MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE (AKA VAMPIRE OVER LONDON) (1952):




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DEEP STATE BLUES

On Monday, October 16th I appeared on a radio show called DEEP STATE BLUES hosted by Badbaby and Steve Olson to discuss my book CHAMELEO and related Deep State topics such as All-Amurrrican mind control, organized government harassment, orchestrated mass shootings, Men-in-Black madness, and more.  This interview is almost two hours long.  If you want to hear it, simply click on the link below....


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Phantom Drift Has Arrived!


"My creatures are born of a long denial."
--Pablo Neruda 
Phantom Drift Vol. 7:  Creatures Born of a Long Denial, bearing a wonderfully phantasmagoric cover by the inimitable Alan M. Clark, has just been released!  This issue includes my very strange, dream-inspired short story "The Sheet."  If you're interested in getting a hold of a copy of Phantom Drift Vol. 7, you can visit the Phantom Drift website HERE.  You can also purchase a copy from Amazon HERE.