Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

25 March 2009

Gummerfan Exposed!

This past weekend I went out of town for a little R&R. After more than a few margaritas & rum drinks,(the hotel offers free drinks from 5:30 to 7:30, so I consider that a personal challenge) I went to bed Friday night. Saturday morning, after several Starbuck's Doubleshots, I went down to the hotel pool for a swim.
Afterwards, I put on a t-shirt before returning to my room on the ninth floor. I took off my wet swim trunks and looked for a place to hang them to dry. I saw some hangers by the window and decided to hang them up there. I walked over to the window and reached up to get a hanger, when suddenly I realized that: I was on the ninth floor of the hotel, the curtains were wide open, and I had yet to put on any pants.
I made a quick retreat and hoped I hadn't subjected the good citizenry to a view of my "wherewithal".
I don't know which is more embarassing, the fact that I inadvertently flashed an entire city, or the fact that apparently nobody noticed. BUT, just in case anyone witnessed my accidental exposure, please understand two things:
1: My upshirt shot was completely unintentional
2: (and even more important) Remember, I said I had been swimming, so there may have been some...shrinkage.

08 March 2009

Bigfoot/UFO Sighting

From the UFO's Over Alabama website comes this account of a combination UFO and Hairy Hominid sighting (this sighting occurred the day before my birthday!).
Interestingly, it also happened near the town of Wadley. Wadley seems to be an area of frequent weirdness. UFOs, Bigfoot, old Indian curses, sacred mounds, ghost towns, hauntings, not to mention some of the FINEST Southern ladies you'll ever see!
I'm beginning to feel a road trip is in order!
Again, this sighting took place in an area near the famous Troup-Heard Corridor, a region of frequent UFO activity, black helicopter sightings, and yes, Bigfoot reports.

04 March 2009

Changes to Monster Hunter HQ Shop

I've changed the way I'm handling the Supply Shop. I'll now be offering one particular item or design for a limited time, then it will be replaced by a new one.
The current item is the Rituale Romanum t-shirt, featuring the Roman Ritual of exorcism printed on a white T. This is the version of the ritual made famous on the series "Supernatural". Now you don't have to worry about memorizing a bunch of Latin to be prepared for those pesky demons! It's an "exorcise shirt!" (get it??)
This design will be replaced in a month or so, so order now!

Why I Don't "DO" Ghosts...

Sure, I enjoy "Ghost Hunters" and "GHI". I also watch "Paranormal State" and the occassional "Most Haunted".
I'm also a member of a local paranormal group, thou I don't participate in any ghost investigations.
So, why not? If I'm intersted in monsters, strangeness, and paranormal and Fortean phenomena, why don't I go a'ghosting?
My reasons are entirely personal, and please understand that I have no problem whatsoever with anyone who investigates ghosts and hauntings (as long as they are legal, ethical, and professional about it).
Why not me? First, because unlike monsters, cryptids, UFOs, or similar weirdness, I have no curiosity whatsoever regarding typical ghosts and hauntings. I believe in ghosts and life after death. I have no doubt or question about their existence. Naturally, I can't scientifically prove anything, but I'll leave that to other investigators. I choose to investigate and research other aspects of the paranormal world. "Is house A haunted?" Maybe, maybe not, I don't really care.
Another reason: Unlike monster or cryptid sightings, ufo flaps, frog falls, or similar bizarre occurances, ghosts and hauntings are pretty commonplace. Any town in the world can boast a local haunted house, cemetery, hospital, bar, restaurant, whatever. One of the guys on "Ghost Hunters" once quipped that Ouija boards are the "crack cocaine" of the supernatural world. If that's the case, then haunted houses are at least the cheap booze. Unless a haunting is particularly malevolent, or if it hints at some other paranormal event, (demonic presence, or poltergeist activity which can be a sign of something other than a ghost) you can count me out.
Another reason I don't really mess with ghosts has to do with my old-fashioned Southern upbringing. Respect for the dead. If a ghost or revenant NEEDS to be laid to rest, or needs help completing its transition to the hereafter, that's one thing. But just pestering a poor residual into performing for the camera (or emf meter, digital voice recorder, thermal imager...) is another matter.
The owners of the famous Waverly Hills sanitarium are planning to capitalize on its haunted reputation by turning the place into a hotel. I don't care for the idea of cashing in on the restless spirits of the poor souls who perished there. I'd rather they gather a team of mediums, psychics, and exorcists from all over the world to guide those tortured souls into the light and their eternal rest. Sure, sell tickets, put it on pay-per-view, sell some dvd's and t-shirts, but let those poor SOBs get their rest.

01 March 2009

You Don't See THIS Every Day!

While it's not within the realm of the paranormal or Fortean events, it IS pretty rare for us here in The South to get a measurable snowfall. I woke up this morning to find a nice blanket of the white stuff. It didn't hang around too long, but I took the opportunity to snap a few pics of my palm trees under a nice coating of snow.

A Couple of Book Recommendations

Just finished a couple of crypto-books which I consider "required reading". The first was the classic "Alien Animals" by Janet and Colin Bord. It's a hard to find out of print book, but it's one of the best books on the subject of cryptozoology/mystery creatures. Includes chapters on lake monsters, "BHM"'s (Big Hairy Monsters, like Bigfoot, Sasquatch), mysterious big cats, weird winged creatures, and a wealth of material on Black Dogs.
Another good read is "White Things: West Virginia's Weird White Monsters", by Kurt McCoy. The author recounts tales of mysterious white creatures encountered throughout WV. From smaller badger-type creatures to white-haired Bigfoot types. Other than offering a few possible explanations for the phenomena, the author doesn't really put forth any strong opinions or theories. As is the case with most unexplained phenomena, McCoy freely admits that when it comes to White Things, we just don't know.
This book is avaiable on Ebay.