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...

31 December 2009

Book Review: Monster Hunter International


"Truth is stranger than fiction. It has to be, because fiction has to make sense."
I read that line many years ago in "Cracked" magazine, and it pretty much summarizes how I feel regarding my choices in reading material.
When it comes to monsters, cryptids, and general "high strangeness", I rarely read fiction. I'm one of the very few former D&D nerds who've never read Tolkein or even Lewis. There's just way too much nonfiction and folklore that I'd rather read, so I admit I'm waaaayyy late to the party when it comes to this particular book. All I can say is that it's my loss!
Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia, is a real rollercoaster ride of an adventure. Here's the basic summary:
Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a fourteenth story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer.
It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Officially secret, some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. On the other side are the people who kill monsters for a living. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

It’s actually a pretty sweet gig, except for one little problem. An ancient entity known as the Cursed One has returned to settle a centuries old vendetta. Should the Cursed One succeed, it means the end of the world, and MHI is the only thing standing in his way. With the clock ticking towards Armageddon, Owen finds himself trapped between legions of undead minions, belligerent federal agents, a cryptic ghost who has taken up residence inside his head, and the cursed family of the woman he loves.

Business is good . . .

Welcome to Monster Hunter International.


About the Author
Larry Correia is hopelessly addicted to two things: guns and B-horror movies. He lists his occupations: gun dealer, firearms instructor, accountant, and writer, and is part owner of FBMG (Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns) a company specializing in firearms and movie props. He shoots competitively and is a certified concealed weapons instructor. Larry resides in Utah with his very patient wife and family. He has also designed a special patch for the agents of Monster Hunter International, Inc. As he puts it, “If you don’t look good while you’re killing stuff, then you’re not really a monster hunter.”


I debated with myself (which means right or wrong, I win anyway!) about just how to handle this review. There are a lot of things I feel merit mention. I thought about breaking it up into shorter posts, but I figure, heck, you're adults, if you get tired of readint the whole thing you can just read more later. If you read no farther, I'll say this: Read the damn book! It's great! No, it's no monumental work of literature, but it's well worth reading. I'll even pay it my highest compliment and read it multiple times!

The Author

As stated above, Larry Correia is (or was) co-owner of Fuzzy Bunny Movie Guns (FBMG). This comany sells guns and accessories. They were the FIRST U.S. company to produce and sell 10-round magazines for the Saiga 12ga shotguns. I got in on the introductory offer and bought 11 of 'em. Larry is a regular poster on the Saiga Forums and other gun boards. It's funny that while reading the book, I realized that not only did I "know" him, but he seems to know me!

The Guns

Since the book is about armed Monster Hunters, firearms play a big role. Larry does a great job of accurately depicting and describing the various guns used throughout the book, without becoming overly technical and boring the "non-gun person".
If you've read some of my earlier posts, I've often sung the praises of the Saiga-12, the Marlin 45-70 levergun, .44 magnums, Glocks, 1911s, and big bore guns in general. Imagine my delight when I found these very guns (most of which I own)mentioned in the book and my own opinions echoed by the author.
Weird? Keep reading...

The Location
In the book, the MHI headquarters, and indeed most of the action, is located in Alabama. If you're a regular reader, you'll know that I'm born, raised, and live in AL.
A major plot point takes place in Gulf Shores, an Alabama town on the Gulf Coast. That also happens to be my family's favorite vacation spot. Almost a home away from home.
(Now this is a real kicker!) MHI maintains a psychiatric care facility devoted to monster hunters and victims of monster attacks. The name of the facility is the "Appleton Asylum".
"Appleton", dear readers, is MY surname!

There is a sequel to this book scheduled to be released next year. (or more like THIS year, since it's New Year's Eve as I type this!) I personally can't wait for it's release.
If you Google "Monster Hunter International" or "Larry Correia", you'll find more about the author and the book. In fact, Larry started out as a blogger, posted parts of the book online, finally took the plunge and self-published it, and eventually it was picked up by a publisher.
Way to go!

IMPORTANT ADDENDUM!!
The author had a limited number of "MHI" patches made up to accompany sales of his first edition. I've been unable to find one thus far.
If anyone can find me one, or help me find one, you'll have my eternal gratitude!

Christmas Aftermath...

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! At the office Christmas party, the guy who drew my name got me a book of urban legends, he said he had no idea what to get me, but he "done good"! My boss gave me a Zippo lighter, a portable cigarette snuffer/ashtray, and a copy of the Gun Digest 2010 Annual.
I think they're really getting to know me, which is a scary thought!

15 December 2009

Humor, Weirdness, & Weird Humor

Autumforest's flattering comments prompted me to post about my particular approach to some of the topics I discuss. I read and participate in a wide variety of forums, websites, bulletin boards and other online groups devoted to a wide range of interests. Cryptozoology, ghosts, conspiracies, ufo's, paranormal & supernatural topics (among many others). In some cases I've been shocked at the way members of these "fringe" communities treat one another. Far from being open-minded, willing to explore different theories, hypotheses and ideas, too many members of these communities have set up opposing camps and drawn battle lines. Individuals and groups accuse "legitimate science", or "organized religion" of being close-minded, intolerant, and dogmatic for not considering alternative points of view, yet mercilessly attack "their own" with the same venom and fury if they toe a different line.
People have been mercilessly flamed, even threatened, for voicing an opinion different from that of the other side. Bigfoot as undiscovered ape or paranormal entity, or even a species of human. UFO's as anything other than alien space craft from a distant galaxy. These are the most well known points of contention, but there are plenty of others. Rather than admit that "we don't know", a lot of members of this big, dysfunctional family latch onto an opinion, and cling to it fervently.

And I think that's FUNNY!

I became interested in these bizarre fields because, to me, they're FUN! I enjoy reading various points of view because..."I don't know!" And until someone can satisfactorily prove any theory, not only to me, but to the world, no one else knows, either.
While my interest is sincere and my research is serious, if it becomes
"un-fun", I'm out.
Face it, we discuss and study subjects that the majority of world considers nonsense, unreal, fantasy, or just downright wacko. In addition to an open mind and insatiable curiousity, I consider a sense of humor to be a requirement. To quote the great Jimmy Buffett, "If we weren't all crazy, we'd all go insane."
I'm glad some people get it. :)

The "Official" Gummerfan Christmas Card


I got kind of "inspired" this morning, so I thought I'd come up with a way of wishing all y'all a Merry Christmas. A quick ms paint job, a little imagination, and perhaps the best-known crypto pic in history.
(after all, Christmas is all about "believing", right?!)

09 December 2009

"The Origins of Psychic Phenomena", Stan Gooch

To rip off the cartoon character Pogo: "We has met the monsters and they is us."
In contrast to "Demoniality", this book, written by a psychologist, takes a fascinating position regarding well-known psychic phenomena. The author has not only witnessed, but experienced such phenomena as Incubi/Succubi, poltergeist activity, and "presences".
Far from being a debunking scientist, the author doesn't question the fact that such things exist, rather he seeks to explain them as manifestations of the unconscious mind. This isn't saying the phenomena themselves are subconscious, on the contrary, there is abundant evidence demonstrating that such events manifest as part of objective reality, in front of credible witnesses, and occasionally under controlled conditions.
There are chapters devoted to Incubi/Succubi, Demons, poltergeists, paranormal fire (including spontaneous human combustion), automatic writing, "past" lives, stigmata, mediumship, and a few other paranormal topics.
Gooch uses some well-known cases to illustrate his point and support his theory. (including the famous "Entity" case).
Gooch makes a strong case for the unexplored potential power of the unconscious, explores the development and evolution of the mammal/human brain, and stresses the need for mainstream science to take a serious look at psychic phenomena from a psychiatric and psychological perspective.

Demoniality, Or, Incubi and Succubi

Oh, the things a monsterhunter has to read! I found this interesting little book on Amazon. The full title is: "Demoniality, Or Incubi and Succubi: A Treatise Wherein Is Shown that There are in Existence on Earth Rational Creatures Besides Man, Endowed Like Him with a Body and a Soul, that are Born and Die Like Him, Redeemed by Our Lord Jesus-Christ, and Capable of Receiving salvation or Damnation". (remember that one for your next "charades" competition!)
The book is an 1879 English translation by Isidore Liseux of a 17th century Latin text by the Rev. Father Sinistrari of Ameno.
I really enjoy reading these old texts. It's interesting to read the thoughts and positions of people of another time. This particular work examines the nature of beings such as Incubi, Succubi, Demons, Satyrs, Fauns, and similar supernatural or paranormal entities. The author sets forth to prove that such beings not only exist, but are in fact much more than phantoms or spirits. Written from a religious perspective, the author nonetheless incorporates the emerging scientific discoveries of the period in order to persuade the reader to accept his thesis.
Using historical accounts as well as Biblical writings and theology, the author's position is that there are intelligent, rational beings other than Man, that these beings have corporeal (yet "subtle") bodies, (interestingly, there was contemporary debate regarding the corporeality vs incorporeality of vampires in some old texts as well), that they were created by God, and that they have souls and free will regarding good and evil.
The author gives some examples to prove his point. For instance: Incubi and Succubi do not respond to exorcism, Holy relics, or the cross, yet Demons do. Therefore, Incs and Succs aren't Demons, but a different type of entity. They DO respond to other remedies and banes which in turn do not affect Demons.
A central theme is the question of how the Church should treat "Demoniality", or sexual relations with a Demon or supernatural entity. The author's conviction is that, outside of other trappings ( a selling of the soul, or a compact or renunciation of fatih), Demoniality is basically the same sin as Bestiality, since the subject had relations with a creature of a different species. In this case, it's a crime against nature, but not a crime against religion or the Church.
Of course, the author's use of canon, scripture, and theology still creates a circular argument ("we know it's true because the Bible says so") and some of his attempts at rationalization using contemporary scientific discoveries haven't stood the test of time, but all in all it's a very interesting read, and deserves a place on my shelf. The accounts alone are great stories.

07 December 2009

New Blog Alert!

Here's a relatively new blog I stumbled on recently. Cryptozoo-oscity is an informative, frequently updated blog about cryptozoological matters, including sighting news, theories, and links to articles. Check it out!

Visum et Repertum, or, Vampire Hunting Old School Style

When you hear the words "vampire hunter" or "vampire slayer", what pops into your mind? Buffy? Blade? Van Helsing? How about Captain Kronos or the Frog brothers?
The fact of the matter is, vampire hunting in the old days wasn't exactly grand and glorious. In reality, an exploration of historic vampire hunters reveals that their occupation would more likely be featured on "Dirty Jobs" than on any of todays paranormal-themed reality shows, and the slayers and hunters of modern literature, cinema, and tv are heavily-glossed to say the least.
Visum et Repertum (Seen and Discovered) is an historical document dating from 1732, in which a Dr. Johannes Fluchinger (or Fluckinger among other spellings) documents the exhumation and destruction of a graveyard full of vampires in Serbia. Not surprisingly, the report is rarely referenced in modern treatments of the vampire or even in what passes for "vampire studies" in today's "sexy vamp" culture.
This is to be expected since traditional vampire lore and history pretty much went into the toilet after Dracula. Few of today's self-annointed vampire experts care anything about the original folklore or serious study of the Vampire phenomenon, preferring to go along with the cinematic and literary image of the vampire as a romantic image, sexual metaphor, or whatever the latest pop-psychology spin tells us the vampire is supposed to represent.
Here's a copy of the document I found online. As you read, take particular note of the grisly details:



Visum et Repertum
Seen and Discovered
1732



After it had been reported that in the village of Medvegia the so-called vampires had killed some people by sucking their blood, I was, by high degree of a local Honorable Supreme Command, sent there to investigate the matter thoroughly along with officers detailed for that purpose and two subordinate medical officers, and therefore carried out and heard the present inquiry in the company of the captain of the Stallath Company of haiduks (a type of soldier), Gorschiz Hadnack, the standard-bearer and the oldest haiduk of the village, as follows: who unanimously recount that about five years ago a local haiduk by the name of Arnold Paole broke his neck in a fall from a haywagon. This man had during his lifetime often revealed that, near Gossowa in Turkish Serbia, he had been troubled by a vampire, wherefore he had eaten from the earth of the vampire's grave and had smeared himself with the vampire's blood, in order to be free from the veIation he had suffered.



In 20 or 30 days after his death some people complained that they were being bothered by this same Arnold Paole; and in fact four people were killed by him. In order to end this evil, they dug up this Arnold Paole 40 days after his death - this on the advice of a soldier, who had been present at such events before; and they found that he was quite complete and undecayed, and that fresh blood had flowed from his eyes, nose, mouth, and ears; that the shirt, the covering, and the coffin were completely bloody; that the old nails on his hands and feet, along with the skin, had fallen off, and that new ones had grown; and since they saw from this that he was a true vampire, they drove a stake through his heart, according to their custom, whereby he gave an audible groan and bled copiously, Thereupon they burned the body the same day to ashes and threw these into the grave. These people say further that all those who were tormented and killed by the vampire must themselves become vampires.



Therefore they disinterred the above-mentioned four people in the same way. Then they also add that this Arnold Paole attacked not only the people but also the cattle, and sucked out their blood. And since the people used the flesh of such cattle, it appears that some vampires are again present here, inasmuch as, in a period of three months, 17 young and old people died, among them some who, with no previous illness, died in two or at the most three days. In addition, the haiduk Jowiza reports that his step-daughter, by name of Stanacka, lay down to sleep 15 days ago, fresh and healthy, but at midnight she started up out of her sleep with a terrible cry, fearful and trembling, and complained that she had been throttled by the son of a haiduk by the name of Milloe, who had died nine weeks earlier, whereupon she had experienced a great pain in the chest and became worse hour by hour, until finally she died on the third day. At this we went the same afternoon to the graveyard, along with the often-mentioned oldest haiduks of the village, in order to cause the suspicious graves to be opened and to examine the bodies in them, whereby, after all of them had been dissected, there was found:

1. A woman by the name of Stana, 20 years old, who had died in childbirth two months ago, after a three-day illness, and who had herself said, before her death, that she had painted herself with the blood of a vampire, wherefore both she and her child - which had died right after birth and because of a careless burial had been half eaten by the dogs- must also become vampires. She was quite complete and undecayed. After the opening of the body there was found in the cavitate pectoris a quantity of fresh extravascular blood. The vessels of the arteries and veins, like the ventriculis ortis, were not, as is usual, filled with coagulated blood, and the whole viscera, that is, the lung, liver, stomach, spleen, and intestines were quite fresh as they would be in a healthy person.



The uterus was however quite enlarged and very inflamed externally, for the placenta and lochia had remained in place, wherefore the same was in complete putredine. The skin on her hands and feet, along with the old nails, fell away on their own, but on the other hand completely new nails were evident, along with a fresh and vivid skin.

2. There was a woman by the name of Miliza (60 years old), who had died after a three-month sickness and had been buried 90-some days earlier. In the chest much liquid blood was found; and the other viscera were, like those mentioned before, in a good condition. During her dissection, all the haiduks who were standing around marveled greatly at her plumpness and perfect body, uniformly stating that they had known the woman well, from her youth, and that she had; throughout her life, looked and been very lean and dried up, and they emphasized that she had come to this surprising plumpness in the grave. They also said that it was she who started the vampires this time, because she had eaten of the flesh of those sheep that had been killed by the previous vampires.

3. There was an eight-day-old child, which had lain in the grave for 90 days and was similarly in a condition of vampirism.

4. The son of a haiduk, 16 years old, was dug up, having lain in the earth for nine weeks, after he had died from a three-day illness, and was found like the other vampires.



5. Joachim, also the son of a haiduk, 17 years old; had died after a three-day illness. He had been buried eight weeks and four days and, on being dissected; was found in similar condition.



6. A woman by the name of Ruscha who had died after a ten-day illness and had been buried six weeks previous, in whom there was much fresh blood not only in the chest but also in fundo ventriculi. The same showed itself in her child, which was 18 days old and had died five weeks previously.



7. No less did a girl ten years of age, who had died two months previously, find herself in the above-mentioned condition, quite complete and undecayed; and had much fresh blood in her chest.



8. They caused the wife of the Hadnack to be dug up, along with her child. She had died seven weeks previously, her child - who was eight weeks old- 21 days previously, and it was found that both mother and child were completely decomposed, although earth and grave were like those of the vampires lying nearby.



9. A servant of the local corporal of the haiduks, by the name of Rhade, 21 years old, died after a three-month-long illness, and after a five week burial was found completely decomposed.



10. The wife of the local bariactar, along with her child, having died five weeks previously, were also completely decomposed.



11. With Stanche, a local haiduk, 60 years old; who had died six weeks previously, I noticed a profuse liquid blood, like the others, in the chest and stomach. The entire body was in the oft-named condition of vampirism.



12. Milloe, a haiduk, 25 years old; who had lain for six weeks in the earth, also was found in the condition of vampirism mentioned.



13. Stanoika, the wife of a haiduk, 20 years old, died after a three-day illness and had been buried 18 days previously. In the dissection I found that she was in her countenance quite red and of a vivid color, and, as was mentioned above, she had been throttled, at midnight, by Milloe, the son of the haiduk, and there was also to be seen, on the right side under the ear, a bloodshot blue mark, the length of a finger. As she was being taken out of the grave, a quantity of fresh blood flowed from her nose. With the dissection I found; as mentioned often already, a regular fragrant fresh bleeding, not only in the chest cavity, but also in ventriculo cordis.



All the viscera found themselves in a completely good and healthy condition. The hypodermis of the entire body, along with the fresh nails of hands and feet, was as though completely fresh. After the examination had taken place, the heads of the vampires were cut off by the local gypsies and burned along with the bodies, and then the ashes were thrown into the river Morava. The decomposed bodies, however, were laid back into their own graves.



Visum et Repertum
Seen and Discovered
1732
Regimental Field Surgeon Johannes Fluckinger
To the Emperor


Let's see, digging up a graveyard full of old corpses (including infants),, performing imrovised field dissections on each, beheading and burning the suspect ones, and reburying the corpses that exhibited "proper" states of decay.
Not all that sexy, is it?

05 December 2009

Saint Possenti, Guide My Aim...


Okay, so I'm not Catholic. In fact, religion-wise, I'm a little bit of everything and not much of nothing. But I've always liked the idea of Patron Saints, somebody up there looking after me. I figure I should be covered by quite a few. Saint Joseph (head of households), The Archangel Gabriel (communications industry), The Archangel Michael (swordsmen), and when I travel, there's always Saint Christopher. But the coolest one in my opinion is Saint Gabriel Possenti, the "unrecognized" Patron Saint of Handgunners. Saint Possenti is the only saint known to have used a handgun, singlehandedly defending the village of Isola, Italy from a band of marauders.
The St. Gabriel Possenti Society is a group dedicated to persuading the Vatican to declare St. Possenti as the recognized Patron Saint of handgunners. Here's the story from their site:

St. Gabriel Possenti was a Catholic seminarian whose marksmanship and proficiency with handguns single-handedly saved the village of Isola, Italy from a band of 20 terrorists in 1860.

The Savior of Isola

In 1860, a band of soldiers from the army of Garibaldi entered the mountain village of Isola, Italy. They began to burn and pillage the town, terrorizing its inhabitants.

Possenti, with his seminary rector's permission, walked into the center of town, unarmed, to face the terrorists. One of the soldiers was dragging off a young woman he intended to rape when he saw Possenti and made a snickering remark about such a young monk being all alone.

Possenti quickly grabbed the soldier's revolver from his belt and ordered the marauder to release the woman. The startled soldier complied, as Possenti grabbed the revolver of another soldier who came by. Hearing the commotion, the rest of the soldiers came running in Possenti's direction, determined to overcome the rebellious monk.

At that moment a small lizard ran across the road between Possenti and the soldiers. When the lizard briefly paused, Possenti took careful aim and struck the lizard with one shot. Turning his two handguns on the approaching soldiers, Possenti commanded them to drop their weapons. Having seen his handiwork with a pistol, the soldiers complied. Possenti ordered them to put out the fires they had set, and upon finishing, marched the whole lot out of town, ordering them never to return. The grateful townspeople escorted Possenti in triumphant procession back to the seminary, thereafter referring to him as "the Savior of Isola".


When things get better I might just have to get a couple of Saint Possenti medals and have them inset on a pair of custom grips for one of my handguns.

03 December 2009

"Conspiracy Theory"

I wondered how good this show would be. So many "conspiracy" type shows toss out half-baked theories, provide no real evidence, and seem to be aimed at the "fringe". But, I've always liked Jesse Ventura ever since his wrestling days. In pro wrestling, in order to be a successful "heel", or "bad guy", you really have to know how to play to the audience. Ensuring that the masses develop that peculiar "love to hate" relationship isn't as easy as the pros make it look. Case in point: Hulk Hogan. Even in his "bad guy" Hollywood persona, he was never really hated. Jesse "The Body" Ventura managed to pull it off, though.
I saw him on the Tonight show once. He did the first half of his interview "in character". The audience booed and hissed. Then, he broke character for the later part of the interview and was treated to cheers and applause. The man knows how to play an audience.
I enjoyed last nights "HAARP" episode. Ventura & company did a solid job of presenting the facts about the HAARP project and the possible dangers of its use. The wild conjecture was kept to a minimum (just enough to keep you interested and make you think) and the guests and interviewees were sane and rational (no tinfoil hats!). I hope the series continues to display this quality of investigation and presentation and doesn't veer off into condescending, paranoia inducing ranting.
One of Jesse's trademark lines as a wrestling commentator sums up my view thus far: "I'm impressed, and I don't impress easy!"

02 December 2009

"Paranormal Activity" and It's Aftermath...

I mentioned way back in the early days of this blog about my problem with a succubus. I didn't (and still won't) go into all the details about the long ordeal. Suffice it to say I've had some experience with demons and they know my weaknesses. Thanks to a reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) I managed to eventually free myself from the thing. It has tried to return a few times since, but (again, thanks to my friend) I learned how to strengthen my defenses. Sometimes I do wonder if my wife's pain and suffering may be some sort of backlash or counterattack, if it's attacking her, causing her pain, straining our marriage, delighting in torturing us, or maybe something even worse. But, our current situation has only caused us to become closer, to appreciate each other more, and strengthen our relationship.
Because of my experiences in the past (which go on for years), I don't mind saying that I avoid anything having to do with demonic entities like the the plague. Monsters, ghosts, spirits, aliens, just about any other paranormal subject is fine, but keep the demons away from me! In fact, had I known PA involved a demonic entity, I doubt I would have even watched it.
Of course, it's just a movie. There's nothing inherently "evil" or "demonic" about it. But, in my case, it must have opened an old door, or stirred some old memories, or activated whatever part of my twisted mind allows these things in. Some of my acquaintences tell me that they can sense that I'm a "sensitive". I don't feel like it myself. If I tried really hard and maybe relaxed my debunking muscles, I could count what I would consider any "psychic episodes" in my life on the fingers of one hand and still pick my nose. So with my little backstory filled in, here's what's been going on:
The sound on the copy was pretty bad, I had to turn up the volume all the way. Numerous times during the movie, I heard a female voice calling my name. (my REAL name, lol!). Sometimes it was right in my ear, sometimes it sounded like it was coming from elsewhere in the house. My wife was watching tv in the other room, and I kept getting up to go see what she wanted, only to find that she hadn't called me. Maybe it was just a case of aural hallucination caused by the bad sound/speaker/dvd player combination, or maybe not.
A couple of nights later, I was lying in bed and my wife and I both heard a series of knocks. Not random knocks, but several in a row a few minutes apart. like someone knocking on the window or door. They didn't stop until I got up and opened the door to look outside. Of course there was nothing there, but the knocking stopped after that.
The next night, we heard a few more strange noises during the night. Rustling of paper, knocks and bumps, again with no apparent cause.
The next night, I had a very vivd dream about three little "demons" that had gotten into the house. One (seemingly the leader) was solid red, only a couple of inches tall, with a disproportionally large head and huge grinning mouth. The other was blue and slightly taller, and the other was only seen once or twice and was sort of a yellow/ochre color. The red one was the only one who spoke and was the most active. The other two only came around when I was trying to destroy the red one. They all felt like they had no bones, like they were made of rubber. I tried to destroy them with salt (hey, Supernatural can't be wrong, can it?). The salt would cause them to melt (screaming!) into a slimy substance, but eventually they would reform and go about their business, seemingly ticked off at my attempts to kill them. Chopping them into pieces only resulted in their instantneous reconstruction and they seemed to find it humorous.
They would also occasionally try to bond on my hand, like in the movie "The Blob", but I could peel them off immediately.
And then, (remember my weakness?) the three of them joined together and took on the appearance of an attractive, naked black female. "She" made a few offers about how nice it would be if I allowed "her" to stay and "she" and I could be together. And I must confess, I was as they say, "sorely tempted". It must have sensed this, because I immediately heard a huge ruckus in another room. Throwing the dark temptress off my lap, I went into the other room and saw the red demon throwing things around. It said it was "making room for the others". I guess this snapped me out of my "sorely tempted" state and I realized that there's no dealing with these things, they're only out to destroy, and they'll use any means and exploit any weakness to achieve their ends.
I renewed my attempts to destroy the things, or at least get them out of the house, but I woke up before the conclusion.
Since that night, I've experienced some of the old signs of the presence of the succubus, but nothing has really happened yet (other than a few sleepless nights)
Am I saying the movie will affect others the same or similar ways? Well, it would be interesting to see if I'm alone, but honestly, I don't know. Just as plenty of people can play with a Ouija board and have no problems, or dabble in the darker aspects of the paranormal with no repercussions, it may just be a matter of sensitivity, psychological makeup, or subjectability.
After all, it IS just a movie.

One Weird Week...

Some great and freaky things have happened since I last posted.
First, at long last, the ammo for the 460 Rowland arrived and I finally got to shoot the thing. I'm extremely pleased all around with it. I'ts probably going to replace my Glock 20 10mm as my favorite autoloader, and that's saying a LOT. If you're a "gun person" who owns a 1911-style pistol, get the Clark Custom conversion asap. If you don't own a 1911, get one, then get the conversion. I've seen a lot of "new" calibers come and go over the years. Some deservedly never catch on, some die an undeserved death at the whim of the marketplace, and some catch on and last. I fervantly hope (and believe) that the 460 Rowland will be one that catches on with enough followers to gain popularity.
Next, I'm another year older than I was last week. Saturday was my birthday. I was hoping to get the day off, but I kinda got shafted into covering Friday and Saturday. My coworkers gave me a nice party at work, though, so it wasn't all bad.
And now for the weird part: I happened to get my hands on a bootleg copy of "Paranormal Activity". (please, no speeches about that, when the "legit" dvd comes out, they'll get some of my money!). But, while I watched it, and for several nights afterward, I've had some strange experiences. I'll go into more detail in my next post.