Friday, December 25, 2009

Cattle Mutilations and Occult Weirdness

A recent "cattle mutilation" report had the gang at Querencia turning to me, because evidently I am their go-to guy on weirdness.

After a couple of weeks had passed, I cranked out a four-part blog post series at my other blog:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

But I left something out: what I called my "Berlitz full-immersion summer course in occult weirdness."

I did write about that aspect of the experience for Fate magazine back in 1988. But I seem to have outsmarted myself and "filed" that issue in some very special place. It is not in the Box of Magazines in Which I Published Articles.

Naturally it is not available online, being from 1988. Too bad, because I had thought of scanning the pages and putting them on the web site.

Perhaps I could find a copy somewhere if there was sufficient demand.

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Anonymous Karen A. Scofield said...


Gross, but excellent.

I've been interested in the topic of people blaming the occult for supposed animal mutilation deaths ever since a fellow artist "informed" me that Satanists/Pagans torture and kill cats around Halloween.

I felt snopes dot come really let people down on this one.

I started my own page on the topic and would like to refer to your entry.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Chas S. Clifton said...

Karen, you are welcome to link to my posts.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Karen A. Scofield said...

Thank you!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Pitch313 said...

I hadn't thought of this distinction until I read your blog posts about cattle mutilation, but it might be useful.

Cattle mutilation (and a host of other odd topics) do form part of popular occulture. But they are not really a part of occultism (except for us being willing to toss everything into the same pop cultural pot and hope for resolution into soup we can eat with our runcible spoons).

10:24 PM  

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