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For the remainder of fall, I wanted to do a short series on occult literature largely because it's one of my major interests in life. It crops up a lot in my writing but usually in the form of demons because I don't need a reason to include demons.
Now, for those of you who don't know, I'm a staunch atheist. End of. I believe in no magic, demons, angels, deities, or even fortune and you will not make me in a box, with a fox, Courtney Cox and so on. That being said, I also have tips for my fellow non-believers on dealing with people who like to force religion on you, which I'll get into.
My atheism aside, I've always maintained an open mind and at least a vague interest in religions and belief systems. I like Christian Bible stories, I have read translations of the Qu'ran, I try to learn about Eastern religions and philosophies in more than a "pick 'n choose" way, and of course paganism. I have a lot of Wiccan friends and a few Christians in there; I'm so far gone that listening to them talk about ceremony and rituals is a lot like trying to follow a Magic: The Gathering game without first knowing what the hell trading cards are.
But yeah, my interest in those things are mostly attempts to be sensitive and understanding and not look ignorant as hell. My interest in the occult I feel like is a lot more broad and profound. My introduction to anything occult or esoteric was through alchemy and Hermeticism. To this day I still relate to themes involving those systems.
So, I'm gonna be showing y'all some texts that were influential on my thinking. I hope it helps. I'm going to include some skeptical texts as well as a sort of coffee bean. Most of everything that I draw out with the exception of like three things is available on Sacred-Texts.org, which is a great resource for ALL manner of spirituality and philosophy.
Well, while I'm trying to diversify my bonds on this blog, I was gathering up ideas and I realized one thing I almost never write about is music. It's absurd, because music inspires a good 90% of my writing. I'm not one of those people that is good at making playlists or anything, but there's a lot of times when I can read an old story and pinpoint either the movie I was ripping off or what was playing in the background.
I love sharing music, but I'm fully aware the majority of my friends don't listen to what I do and I also cop to falling into Tortured White Man or You've Probably Never Heard of Them genres. I won't tell you how long I've been listening to thrash or how I feel about postmodern punk, I would rather just show you and have a good ol' chat about guttural screams and writing. I dub this segment.... That's My JAM!
What's up everyone,
Hope you're having a ghoulish whatever time you're having. My goal for this blog is to publish stories that may have been orphaned (that is to say, published at some point but lost in the shuffle or website no longer available), stuff I've posted on Facebook and actually kept, and probably some WIPs. I'll also be linking my monthly reviews for Luna Station Quarterly so I can keep track of them starting in June and thoughts that might be too long for Twitter or too hashtag deep for Instagram.
Oh, speaking of social media, I'm freely available on Twitter & Instagram if you want purely visuals or chat about how terrible life is but we're optimistic it's getting there. And wrestling. On the other hand, if you want to talk about JUST wrestling and none of that other bullshit (with the exception of cats), here is my mark handle. I'll tell you my viewing schedule and everything.
Let's see, I think that's it. I'll be scheduling some stories up soon and probably do a little MST3K on myself like we did in the old days. Please standby.
Ia! If you've come this far, you're either looking for weird or you know you've found it...