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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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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 yesterday at Dracula Blogged
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This excerpt from a new book on the Brontë sisters explores the world of mid-nineteenth century hair jewelry. That's jewelry created with human hair. Excellent stuff, interweaving material and literary history, with a focus on that Gothic masterpiece Wuthering Heights.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
30 June.--These may be the last words I ever write in this diary. I slept till just before the dawn, and when I woke threw myself on my knees, for I determined that if Death came he should find me... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dracula Blogged
What if Thomas Ligotti, horror writer extraordinaire, reviewed Pizza Hut's hot dog pizza monstrosity? Let Zach Parsons (Something Awful) give it a try. The more my unease grew, the more I became convinced that this was the place and this... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
I'm gonna to open that door and let ol' Tutu in. Just to see what he does. Ayuh. "The Call of Tutu" is a story about a man, his cat, and his wife. Or maybe a bit more than that.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
29 June.--Today is the date of my last letter, and the Count has taken steps to prove that it was genuine, for again I saw him leave the castle by the same window, and in my clothes. As he went... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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Here's a lovely, melancholy set of photographs of American amusement parks in ruins. Seph Lawless has a keen eye for fallen construction: He also appreciates the melancholy of circuses, a la Bradbury: Lawless also finds the - what the hell,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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New Jersey Gothic: in Westfield, the same suburb where Charles Addams was born (!), a family has been receiving scary notes. The notes' author or authors identify themself/ves as "the Watcher." Telling the new buyers that the property “has been... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
25 June.--No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be. When the sun grew so high this morning that it struck the top of the great... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
24 June.--Last night the Count left me early, and locked himself into his own room. As soon as I dared I ran up the winding stair, and looked out of the window, which opened South. I thought I would watch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
Fellow might have been driven mad by living in a town called "Mold".
An Enfield man went on a short but intense crime spree in London, culminating in a beheading. The story's details have some Gothic flair. It started small, but with the supernatural: the defendant armed himself with a wooden pole and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Pepper is a robot from Japan (of course), and is supposed to track human emotions, then react. “It is the world’s first robot with love.” Scheduled to go on sale from June 20, the 121-centimeter tall, 29-kilogram robot... can recognize... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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“The internet is a wild and wondrous thing.” It is, as long as it doesn’t mix you up with a bad doppelgänger. Doppelgangers are historically a sign of evil, but there's a growing movement online to see doubles in a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
That's good advice - both to listen to Lee, and look for Friedrich!
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2015 on Christopher Lee read Dracula at Dracula Blogged
A religious leader died by misadventure in Zimbabwe. Specifically, he was buried alive, but because Shamiso Kanyama asked to be: Kanyama had ordered his followers to dig a grave and bury him alive because that was the way he summoned... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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An article in Popular Archaeology describes popular belief in zombies among the ancient Greeks. Greeks imagined scenarios in which reanimated corpses rose from their graves, prowled the streets and stalked unsuspecting victims, often to exact retribution denied to them in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
18 June.--He has turned his mind now to spiders, and has got several very big fellows in a box. He keeps feeding them his flies, and the number of the latter is becoming sensibly diminished, although he has used half... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
The scary drug of this season is apparently flakka. It has already inspired some Gothic media panic, as this Reason post summarizes. For example, this account from Florida (of course) has some gems: Vasquez says flakka "leads users to attack... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
17 June.--This morning, as I was sitting on the edge of my bed cudgelling my brains, I heard without a crackling of whips and pounding and scraping of horses' feet up the rocky path beyond the courtyard. With joy I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
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Remember Propaganda (maga)zine? Dangerous Minds takes us back to the early Goth days by interviewing Propaganda's founder and editor, Fred Berger. From its infancy as a punk fanzine, it grew in scope, covering the esoteric obsessions of its “Propaganda Minister”—post-punk,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Celebrate Sir Christopher Lee's passing by listening to him read Dracula: (thanks to William Thompson, commenting on the Draculablog) Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
Excellent catch! Blogging now - and thank you.
Celebrate Sir Christopher Lee's passing by listening to him read Dracula: (thanks to William Thompson, commenting on the Draculablog) Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Let the Onion's spinoff site, Clickhole, take you on a tour of Google's most terrifying secrets. It begins with a scorpion and ends with puppets. We can't say more at this time, except to declare the article mandatory Infocult reading. Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics