The key thing to know here is that there exists a model of spiritual enlightenment in which enlightenment is a horrifying and bleak thing. The adjective I’m going to use for this sort of enlightenment - Qlippothic - is important. Basically, it suggests that there is a form of enlightenment that can be found by encountering and contemplating the darkest parts of humanity. The Qlippoth refer to the hollowed out, vacant, and rotted shells of spiritual concepts. And the whole radical idea of Kenneth Grant is that there’s not actually a difference between those, which are basically the horrible nightmares within humanity, and actual enlightenment.

TARDIS Eruditorum: “A Chrysalis Case After Its Spread Its Wings” (

This is done really well in The Black Rainbow, and I’m glad to finally have a name for this!


Reason #352 I Love The Internet

So I was just taking a break from writing my paper on monochromatic trademark protection and reading Wikipedia’s entry on Captain Britain (natch) when I stumbled upon something amusing. After scrolling through a thousand or so words on his impossibly convoluted origin story and frequently ret-conned side plots, I found the “Powers and abilities” section. “Oh boy,” I thought to myself, “we’re finally getting to the important stuff.”

“Okay … magical amulet… sure… super human strength … that’s pretty basic … replenishment of energy …   yadda yadda yadda… 



‘Citation needed’ on the amulet thing? What the hell Wikipedia? Is this amateur hour on the internet? What kind of comic book article am I browsing here? If I wanted rank speculation, I would talk to the nerds at Gaslight! I crave canon supported superhero knowledge! I trusted you Wikipedia! Thank goodness some intrepid soul called the uncertainty of this whole amulet debacle to my attention! My commendation to you Mr… SpiderSensuous69. Hm. Okay. Probably not actually going to write you to say thanks, but know that I’m thinking it.”

These kinds of things really amuse me. The thought of some Captain Britain fan wading through line after fucking line of supernatural claims, alternate history, and minute plot details, decided that this - this particular claim and no other - needs further verification. Like, what authority does he want? What will it take to satisfy this attentive limey? A specific comic book number and page? Don’t comic books contradict themselves all the time? Is there an authoritative source of knowledge for these kind of things? Further, is there a BlueBook approved format for citing that authority? So many questions!

I can’t really explain why that makes me smile but it does.

Okay back to work.


Have I posted this yet this year? I DON’T CARE

Isn’t the new Three Musketeers movie not supposed to come out until next month or later this month? Cause I’m about to watch a stream of it…  OH HO HO someone snuck a video camera into the test screening or premier methinks. XD It’s still loading but from the opening it’s a really good quality bootleg. You can still here a few people chattering though… Hopefully they will shut the fuck up during the actual movie. Inconsiderate buggers ruining a perfectly good illegal bootleg.

Reasons to love The Internet

1. I can be myself

2. I can be the person I wish I was

3. Someone always has the same opinion as me/ wants to have a discussion with me

4. There are always people with common interests I can talk to, people who really understand the things I love.
What Is Your Battle Cry?

Our names, because people wanted them and they’re hilarious.

Hark! Who is that, stalking through the candy store! It is Jaime, hands clutching a sharpened screwdriver! He howls vengefully:

“I’m going to pound you into a fine spicy powder, and plunge you into financial ruin!”

Rampaging over the cliffs, wielding a mighty sword, cometh Gabriel! And he gives a bloodthirsty bellow:

“I’m going to punch you past the point of no return!”

Zang! Who is that, rampaging across the icy wasteland! It is Astor, hands clutching a bladed baseball bat! And with a vengeful howl, his voice cometh:

“I’m going to smash you with such zeal, your blood will flow counter-clockwise!”

And the system one again:

Who is that, stalking over the tundra! It is Houseofthornes, hands clutching a bladed baseball bat! And with a booming grunt, his voice cometh:

“I’m going to spank you into your own personal hell, then bake cookies!!”