Material Basis: On The So-Called Poltergeist Movie Curse

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On February 1, 1988 actress Heather O’Rourke, of the three original Poltergeist movies, died of cardiac arrest caused by septic shock. Originally misdiagnosed in 1987 as having Crohn’s disease, O’Rourke was actually suffering from a congenital intestinal stenosis. She expired on the operating table, as surgeons worked desperately to remove an acute bowel obstruction.

She was 12. It was four months before the release of Poltergeist III, and before post-production on the film could be completed.

Was the Poltergeist franchise “cursed”? And if we can make that determination…what does “cursed” really mean?

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2.1.19: You Wouldn’t Put The Necronomicon On Your Resume

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“…you can’t think yourself out of the story you are caught in with the rules and elements of the very story in which you are caught. You can’t free yourself with the tools that the master provides you. You need a new story and new cognitive tools. You need an intervention from the outside (even if this outside turns out to be a deep inside).”
—Jeffrey J. Kripal, “Mutants And Mystics”

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The Complete Alternate History Of Jack Parsons

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“Only in the irrational and unknown direction can we come to wisdom again.”
–Jack Parsons

Note: I originally serialized this “imaginatively cogitated” version of the life of Jack Parsons in four parts…But you lucky devils, you’re gonna get the whole thing here—the head, the tail, the whole damn thing.

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Book Review: Sinister Forces By Peter Levenda

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Politics and religion both are born of documents and of blood. And both documents and blood form the primary sources of the following investigation.
—Peter Levenda, “Sinister Forces Book One: The Nine”

It took me about two years to finish the three volumes of Peter Levenda’s Sinister Forces. Not because they were that long, but because he provides an incredible amount to process. For fans of the esoteric, this book is a must-have; though when you take out the musings on synchronicity and the occult, the series is pretty much straight, sourced history.

Levenda is an author I trust. And if you are going to take the slow-dive down the 100-story secret underground rabbit hole of American history that is being offered with a book like Sinister Forces, you need somebody you can trust. Anything else is Chapel Perilous-ville.

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