At Mysterious Universe, Nick Redfern alleges that writing about the supernatural induces supernatural experiences in both author and reader. “We’re talking about occult backlash, synchronicities of the jaw-dropping kind, weird phone-calls, and ominous runs of bizarre bad luck that appear to have been orchestrated by things that are foul and malignant.” He also said he had bad dreams. This isn’t really much by way of supernatural power. It sounds more like scaring yourself silly and then interpreting your everyday experiences through a paranormal lens. He cites, however, the case of Buffy Clary, who was twice by lightning just for reading about the Djinn. Imagine if she had watched the Netflix series. Of course, there is no evidence given to support the claim, nor any connection to the Djinn. “Yes, some books really can be dangerous,” Redfern writes. Well, I’ve read, written about, and even translated some of the most “dangerous” books, including those that explicitly have curses written in them for anyone who dares read or share them. I even translated the real-life inspiration for the forbidden Necronomicon, the Akhbar al-zaman, which is also a book about Djinn, Nephilim, giants, etc. So far, the paranormal entities haven’t much cared.
Speaking of paranormal attacks, there is a new interview with an employee of the Skinwalker Ranch during the time when Robert Bigelow owned the place and used it for supernatural investigation. His testimony is… underwhelming.
Keith Basterfield summarizes the radio interview with former security guard Christopher Bartel from a few weeks ago. In it, Bartel describes … nothing much. He was asked, for example, what equipment the billionaire Bigelow gave him to use. “Bartel replied that it was night vision equipment; thermal imaging gear; EMF detectors, and cameras. However, that the cameras were in such poor condition, especially dusty, that when photographs were taken with a flash, dust particles would show up in the pictures, as ‘orbs.’” Bigelow’s company is still promoting dust and bug pictures as supernatural orbs, as their recent tweet of a blurry bug confirms.
He describes seeing evidence of a wolf on the ranch, which led to nothing. He says he heard some weird sounds, which could be anything. And one time at home he thought he saw a ghost, but he admitted that he was on the couch after a tiring day of work, dozing with his sleeping son, so it was most likely just a waking dream. He conceded that a neighboring property owner admitted that the so-called cattle mutilations said to have occurred at or near the ranch were done by local people for food. Somewhat hilariously, he offered the typical New Age claim that “arrogant” people who visit the ranch are punished in some undefined way by the spirits, while the open-minded, who lack ego, remain unmolested. Who knew that space demons are such fine judges of human character?
This comes a few days after another Skinwalker employee, Chris J. Marx, gave a similar interview in which he detailed “supernatural” events that were about on par with your average cable TV ghost-hunting show. He claimed to see strange lights and to have photos of splotches and globs that he believed couldn’t be explained by dust—though he didn’t think about bugs, which would account for the “human-like” shape of some blotches. The funniest of his observations involves Dr. Eric Davis entering Marx’s bedroom, complaining of strange smell, and then the men agreeing to blame the odor on a paranormal entity. You mean there wasn’t a dog around to blame it on?
All told, the accounts paint a portrait, as I have noted in the past, of a group of paranormal believers who managed to scare themselves silly telling each other ghost stories and therefore interpreted any random event, accident, or natural phenomenon in light of the supernatural.
Bartelby the Scribbler
10/10/2019 10:40:37 am
Maybe Redfern's linguistic skills are much better than the average fringe author but I always cringe when one of them claims to have translated anything, especially an entire book.
Roger the Schrubber
10/10/2019 11:13:57 am
I take exception to your comment about Nick Redfern's linguistic skills. Sure, they may be close to zero, but he probably has some. After all, he can wander around the streets with the ability to translate walk- don't walk signs which keeps his silly ass from being run over by beer trucks.
10/10/2019 11:14:17 am
Most of these paranormal scribblers lack the basic skills to correctly write a simple declarative sentence in English, let alone translate a foreign or archaic language. One of the major reasons that so many of the idiot fringe detest Jason Colavito, is not because of his ability to puncture their egos, but because he has linguistic skills and proven track record in the field of accurately translating ancient and/or historic tomes. It's a case of philologic envy.
10/10/2019 11:25:53 am
Just as bad are the ones who acknowledge that they have no skills in a language other than English but still claim to be experts on what an inscription in another language means. Cough, cough, Kensington, cough, cough.
10/10/2019 11:01:44 am
Jason, your curse for having been in contact with those evil and dangerous books is this blog itself where you are forced to deal with a group of insecure, deranged weirdos who seem to have no other interests or responsibilities in their lives outside of posting jumbled and mostly unreadable comments here.
10/10/2019 12:14:58 pm
Oh my goodness! You're an animal! It sounds like someone has had multiple martinis and gone into full on bitchy mode, and I don't mean Bette Davis or Joan Crawford!
No one cares
10/10/2019 02:53:41 pm
Mr. Storch: That's no way to talk about, Sir Knight Anthony Warren, Lord High Protector of the Gays and Five Time State Champion in Theater.
10/10/2019 09:48:11 pm
His testimony is… underwhelming.
10/11/2019 03:39:01 pm
Skinwalker Ranch is the biggest faux scary nothing burger in a huge buffet of faux scary nothing burgers. They should bring in Count Floyd from SCTV to hype the faux scariness of it in advance of any televised or broadcasted discussion of the Skinwalker Ranch.
10/11/2019 03:48:09 pm
For those under 50 who don't get the reference.
10/11/2019 07:08:03 pm
10/11/2019 09:05:25 pm
I can only hope he's had similar results from all his talk about punching people in the mouth.
10/12/2019 12:54:22 pm
"I can only hope he's had similar results from all his talk about punching people in the mouth."
10/12/2019 12:57:00 pm
"Via", not 'va'.
10/12/2019 07:27:52 pm
"vs." also works.
10/12/2019 07:49:02 pm
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