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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 2 August, midnight.--Woke up from few minutes sleep by hearing a cry, seemingly outside my port. Could see nothing in fog. Rushed on deck, and ran against mate. Tells me he heard cry... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 1 August.--Two days of fog, and not a sail sighted. Had hoped when in the English Channel to be able to signal for help or get in somewhere. Not having power to work... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
1 August.--I came up here an hour ago with Lucy, and we had a most interesting talk with my old friend and the two others who always come and join him. He is evidently the Sir Oracle of them,and I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 30 July.--Last night. Rejoiced we are nearing England. Weather fine, all sails set. Retired worn out, slept soundly, awakened by mate telling me that both man of watch and steersman missing. Only self... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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A small Texan town displayed a touch of that state's flair for the Gothic, when some Farmersville citizens threatened to drown a cemetery in blood. This wasn't just any cemetery, but one local Muslims would run and staff. And not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Tales To Terrify is one of the best horror podcasts out there. Ever since they launched in January 2012 hosts Larry Santoro (RIP) and Stephen Kilpatrick have produced 183 shows. The content includes classic horror and current tales, ranging from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 29 July.--Another tragedy. Had single watch tonight, as crew too tired to double. When morning watch came on deck could find no one except steersman. Raised outcry, and all came on deck. Thorough... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Dracula Blogged
LOG OF THE "DEMETER" Varna to Whitby 28 July.--Four days in hell, knocking about in a sort of malestrom, and the wind a tempest. No sleep for any one. Men all worn out. Hardly know how to set a watch,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Dracula Blogged
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When is the connection between human and animal disturbing? Kate Clark uses taxidermy to explore than intersection, and National Geographic isn't sure if the results are terrifying or thoughtful. This is not in an effort to create a creature from... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Snopes reports on a fun scary digital technology hoax involving a fatal Xbox One console: According to reports, the Xbox One forcefully ejected a disc, slicing the teens throat. According to authorities, Davenport was killed when his Xbox One malfunctioned,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
27 July.--No news from Jonathan. I am getting quite uneasy about him, though why I should I do not know, but I do wish that he would write, if it were only a single line. Lucy walks more than ever,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dracula Blogged
The creepy clown invasion reached Chicago this month, as a solitary clown snuck into a closed-down cemetery, then posed for a horrified onlooker. Julia Graham and her husband spotted a strange figure in shiny pants scaling a 7-foot-tall fence at... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
In Phoenix, Arizona, an apartment dweller attempted a good dead, only to crash into a horror story: A male neighbor knocked on the door of the apartment to check on the 43-year-old suspect, whom he hadn't seen since the day... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
MINA MURRAY'S JOURNAL 26 July.--I am anxious,and it soothes me to express myself here. It is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time. And there is also something about the shorthand symbols that makes it different... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Dracula Blogged
The power of intuition?
Isn't it? The novel never gets old for me.
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Let's say you have a disturbing doll. What can be done with it? Mental Floss offers sixteen - count 'em, 16 - excellent uses for creepy dolls. For example, or (thanks to Gabor Por) Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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 Jul 24, 2015 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 Jul 24, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
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Shannon Diane offers a fine selection of very creepy dolls, reborn dolls deliberately created for terrifying effect. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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What makes dolls creepy? The Smithsonian has a good essay exploring the many ways. From Little Talky Tina to Hoffmann's "The Sandman", reborn dolls to Chucky, uncanny valley to Barbie, Linda Rodriguez McRobbie does a fine job. (via MetaFilter) Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Here's another little story about Internet of Things fear, well titled "Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It". As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Every city should have a fine death pyramid. Or at least so should the metropolis of London; thus went the thinking behind an early 19th-century plan. Sited for Primrose Hill, today a park area in North London, the necropolis was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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 Jul 22, 2015 at Dracula Blogged
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An inspired artist creates monsters made largely from old VHS tapes. Philip Ob Rey’s V project was designed in collaboration with Louie Otesanek and photographer Mailie Viney. The black-and-white photographs show the mysterious Lovecraftian figures in a desolate post-apocalyptic terrain.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2015 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics