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Bryan Alexander
Vermont
I research, teach, and help build programs about cyberculture.
Interests: web 2.0, gaming, cyberculture, gothic, intellectual property, wikis, writing, blogging, social software, multimedia narrative, project management
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LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 24 July.--There seems some doom over this ship. Already a hand short, and entering the Bay of Biscay with wild weather ahead, and yet last night another man lost, disappeared. Like the first,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 6. MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL 24 July. Whitby.--Lucy met me at the station, looking sweeter and lovlier than ever, and we drove up to the house at the Crescent in which they have rooms. This is a lovely place. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 22 July.--Rough weather last three days, and all hands busy with sails, no time to be frightened. Men seem to have forgotten their dread. Mate cheerful again, and all on good terms. Praised... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
11 pm.--I gave Renfield a strong opiate tonight, enough to make even him sleep, and took away his pocketbook to look at it. The thought that has been buzzing about my brain lately is complete, and the theory proved. My... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
11 am.--The attendant has just been to see me to say that Renfield has been very sick and has disgorged a whole lot of feathers. "My belief is, doctor," he said, "that he has eaten his birds, and that he... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
20 July.--Visited Renfield very early, before attendant went his rounds. Found him up and humming a tune. He was spreading out his sugar, which he had saved, in the window, and was manifestly beginning his fly catching again, and beginning... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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On Twitter, a user finds three stock photo images that tell a creepy story: (thanks to Jesse Walker) Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The Earth continued her war on humanity by opening a front in Ohio. When their houses and business began sinking into the soil, a group was evacuated for their safety. The threat came from underneath: A spokesman for the Ohio... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
10 pm.--I have visited him again and found him sitting in a corner brooding. When I came in he threw himself on his knees before me and implored me to let him have a cat, that his salvation depended upon... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
19 July--We are progressing. My friend has now a whole colony of sparrows, and his flies and spiders are almost obliterated. When I came in he ran to me and said he wanted to ask me a great favour, a... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby Written 18 July, things so strange happening, that I shall keep accurate note henceforth till we land. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 17 July, yesterday, one of the men, Olgaren, came to my cabin, and in an awestruck way confided to me that he thought there was a strange man aboard the ship. He... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 16 July mate reported in the morning that one of the crew, Petrofsky, was missing. Could not account for it. Took larboard watch eight bells last night, was relieved by Amramoff, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
Earth continued her subterranean war on the human race this week by opening another sinkhole in Florida. The results can be disturbing: The sinkhole, estimated to be 250 by 225 feet and 50 feet deep, is full of water and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 14 July was somewhat anxious about crew. Men all steady fellows, who sailed with me before. Mate could not make out what was wrong. They only told him there was SOMETHING, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
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A computer game featuring puppet masters who convince players to wound and ultimately kill themselves sounds like something from fiction. But Blue Whale is, apparently, grounded in reality. Snopes reports on a recent example, where a San Antonio teenager apparently... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 13 July passed Cape Matapan. Crew dissatisfied about something. Seemed scared, but would not speak out. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 12 July through Dardanelles. More Customs officers and flagboat of guarding squadron. Backsheesh again. Work of officers thorough, but quick. Want us off soon. At dark passed into Archipelago. Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 11 July at dawn entered Bosphorus. Boarded by Turkish Customs officers. Backsheesh. All correct. Under way at 4 p. m. Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
8 July.--There is a method in his madness, and the rudimentary idea in my mind is growing. It will be a whole idea soon, and then, oh, unconscious cerebration, you will have to give the wall to your conscious brother.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
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An article summarizes the rare Chinese practice of stashing coffins far up cliffsides. The coffins rest in a variety of formations, sometimes barely visible from the ground below. They're lined up in the crevices in the cliff face, balanced on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby On 6 July we finished taking in cargo, silver sand and boxes of earth. At noon set sail. East wind, fresh. Crew, five hands. . .two mates, cook, and myself, (captain). Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
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Prison is always Gothic in various forms, but another level of horror appeared in Kansas this month. Authorities released an inmate when it became clear that he had been incarcerated instead of the real perpetrator, his mirror image. More: In... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
1 July.--His spiders are now becoming as great a nuisance as his flies, and today I told him that he must get rid of them. He looked very sad at this, so I said that he must some of them,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at Dracula Blogged
Such a cliffhanger! Wait for the next weeks to go by...