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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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CHAPTER 2. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL CONTINUED 5 May.--I must have been asleep, for certainly if I had been fully awake I must have noticed the approach of such a remarkable place. In the gloom the courtyard looked of considerable size,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
5 May. The Castle.--The gray of the morning has passed, and the sun is high over the distant horizon, which seems jagged, whether with trees or hills I know not, for it is so far off that big things and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Dracula Blogged
A fascinating region and history, David. Do dive in. Stoker actually didn't know much, so you can exceed him quickly.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Chapter 1 at Dracula Blogged
Sounds like some typical Victorian understatement, William. And thank you. It's good to see you here, too.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Chapter 1 at Dracula Blogged
That's a fun link. (And thanks for introducing me to that... interesting character.)
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on A Letter from the Count at Dracula Blogged
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The Weather Channel, always on the lookout for terror, offers a nice gallery of scarecrows. They lead off with this pleasant thought: Its origin is obscure, but there is belief that scarecrows are derived from the pagan practice of human... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
4 May--I found that my landlord had got a letter from the Count, directing him to secure the best place on the coach for me; but on making inquiries as to details he seemed somewhat reticent, and pretended that he... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Dracula Blogged
CHAPTER 1. JONATHAN HARKER'S JOURNAL 3 May. Bistritz.-- Left Munich at 8:35 P.M., on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6:46, but train was an hour late. Buda-Pesth seems a wonderful place, from the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Dracula Blogged
How does a petty bureaucrat deal with "The Unnamable Unimaginable Thing In My Basement"? Lovecraftian horror meets British estate housing in South Burnistoun: (via MetaFilter) Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
The former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner, turned Gothic for a moment in calling Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh". The Daily Show took this idea and added to it some strange... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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A group of Russian scientists has successful brought back to life amoebas last seen millennia before recorded history began, echoing all kinds of horror story plots. Mad scientists worldwide cackled, no doubt, as they read of the project's materials: Under... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
This video of a Crosss song is very nicely done. "Golden Hearth" tells a short story about ritual killings (most likely) using elaborate costumes, rapid cutting, and a recursive media narrative. NPR (!) adds Fair warning: Wicker Man-inspired costumes, grisly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Canada, the home to so many severed human body parts stories, provided another case of real-life Gothic horror with this story. It's about the discovery of the wrong kind of meat at a butcher shop. The remains, which police said... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Katherine Dey makes some splendid Gothic cakes: She doesn't neglect humans: (thanks to Thomas Burkdall) Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Inevitably, someone compared US presidential candidate Donald Trump to a zombie. Republicans who once worried that Mr. Trump might gain overwhelming momentum in the primaries are now becoming preoccupied with a different grim prospect: that Mr. Trump might become a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Strange faces are appearing on city walls. Specifically baby doll faces, popping up in Denver. From South Broadway to Cherry Creek and many places in between, the hard, 3-D faces have been posted on curbs, medians and buildings. Many of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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During World War I the United States built a large wooden fleet in a hurry. Not fast enough, though, because the war ended before the ships could see service. So they were left over, then docked off the eastern Maryland... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
"Dollhouse" is a very short (circa 7 minutes) documentary about the creator of reborn dolls. It's quite warm, even sympathetic. Even with lines like "Nothing worse than a rattly head". On YouTube: (thanks to Thomas Burkdall) Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
A human skull turned up adjacent to the Hollywood sign. Police say hikers have found a human skull in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. Lt. Ryan Schatz said the two hikers stumbled on the skull Saturday afternoon about 400 feet... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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The Catacomb Saints is the name not of a great rock band but a group of massively bedecked skeletons found under Rome. each skeleton was then clothed and adorned into a variety of precious jewels, expensive cloth, crowns, armour and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Six years ago a crack suddenly opened in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Consider it an early skirmish in Earth's war against the human race: Early in the morning, folks just north of Menominee, Michigan, heard a loud noise and felt a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Here's a fine gallery of doll production from the early and mid-20th-century. Consider it a tour of historical creepy doll factories. (thanks to Todd Bryant and scaramin) Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
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Here's a birthday cake to delight the humid interior of every Infocult reader. They are made from texas-muffin tin sized chocolate cakes- fluffy, dark and studded with chocolate chunks. You then shape pairs of the cakes into a roughly oval... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
Once again a severed human body part has washed up on the western shore of Canada. A hiker exploring Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew Sunday afternoon came across a running shoe containing a human foot in a sock. Because Canada... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics
There's a new video version of Lovecraft's classic story "The Shadow Out Of Time" (1936). Watch on YouTube, or below: Here's a nice explanation of the fx: puppets and stop-motion. (thanks to Dennis Moser) Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Infocult: Uncanny Informatics