Ten Fascinating and Bizarre Creatures of the Deep

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Finally!  A list where you don’t have to hit “next” after every entry! According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, humans have only explored five percent of the world’s oceans.  Here are ten fascinating and bizarre creatures of the deep. Continue reading

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Real-Time Reading? Renowned Author Kevin J. Anderson to give unprecedented access to fans and authors to novel as it is written.

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Kevin J. Anderson at Indiana Comic Con (photo by chaospirations)

The next epic fantasy novel from the popular author of Star Wars and Dune universe novels, Kevin J. Anderson, will be his most creative endeavor to date.  Not for the story itself, but for the way that it is presented to audiences which include fans of his work as well as aspiring writers who want to see the process of writing as it happens. Continue reading

This Bizarre Rare Book worth Hundreds of Dollars found at a Thrift Store for $1

 

 

Man after Man by Dougal Dixon is a rare book.  Not quite the rarest, but it commands a hefty price online.  Readers looking to find this book should be prepared to pay around $170 as of the date of this article (March 8, 2017) on Amazon, and if you are an AbeBooks customer, you’ll shell out a hefty $299 for Man after Man.  However, on March 8, 2017, I stumbled across a hard cover of Dixon’s Man after Man at a Catholic Charities thrift store in Mattoon, IL selling for one dollar. I was instantly drawn to it because I am a hopeless lover of odd books, and indeed the book is an oddity to behold.  The imagery and illustrations of the work is beautiful and at the same time grotesque in the depiction of the evolved human form. The story is short, but thought-provoking and controversial.  So why is this book considered rare in the first place?

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Dougal Dixon can be classified as a prolific author and speculative zoologist, meaningthat his career revolves around hypothesizing how life on Earth (or other planets) will evolve according to understood properties of biology, chemistry and physics and has great success writing about those ideas.  He is known for his beautifully illustrated and thought provoking books After Man (Dixon 1981), The New Dinosaurs (Dixon 1988) and numerous others that deal with nature, evolution and speculation of the future of such. After Man was an enormous success that gave Continue reading

Is Mike Pence really Doc Savage?

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This has been eating at me for a while, actually since former Governor Pence was chosen to be the Vice Presidential candidate for Donald Trump.  I knew there was something familiar about Mike Pence, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Then one day I was eating some mushrooms I found in the yard and it hit me… MIKE PENCE IS DOC SAVAGE. Continue reading

CODICES: Two of the Strangest Books You Probably Didn’t Know Existed.

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When I was younger, I was (and still am) a fan of horror films and fiction.  One reoccurring theme that periodically arose while reading and watching the horror genre was the notion that somewhere was a powerful and macabre book of demonic spells called the Necronomicon.

Not until adulthood did I learn of its fictional basis.  In 1924 the renown writer, H.P. Lovecraft wrote a short story called The Hound, in which the Necronomicon was first mentioned.  It became a recurring theme in some of Lovecraft’s subsequent novels thereafter.  Countless horror writers and filmmakers have capitalized and expanded on the thought of a book that could unleash unspeakable horrors. Continue reading