The other day I was at a friend's house and we began talking about books. I have several thousand books on various occult topics. Some are very old. Others are quite new. My friend and I both knew of people who had well over ten thousand books, although most were fiction, especially fantasy or science fiction.
I started wondering about why people keep large quantities of books. For me, it is so I can do research. Why people keep vast quantities of fiction, since I don't do that, I can't say.
But when you go into someone's home and there are shelves that make the place look like a bookstore or library it's, I don't know, impressive? weird? It certainly tells you a great deal about the
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A few years ago I saw an article on the internet that discussed "the best colleges." From that time on it has seemed like every few months I've seen articles on the same subject.
Most colleges require some effort by prospective students to get accepted for enrollment. It makes sense to me that articles such as these should appear many months before the new college year begins. However, almost inevitably, there is a crush of articles like this just as colleges open for classes and the new freshman enter a world of new friends, new self-understanding, new responsibilities, dorm life, living away from home, and of course, psych 101 and "dumbbell" English.
Happy Samhain (Halloween), everyone! This is the new year celebration for Pagans all over the world. In honor of this I'd like to share a short story.
Years ago, while a student at UCLA, I was drawn to the strange worlds created by H.P. Lovecraft and by those who wrote stories focused on his Cthulhu Mythos. Most of my writing, for long years, had been non-fiction. But my fascination with Lovecraftiana drew me to write a couple of stories. One, called “The Thing on the Desert,” is lost. It was the story of a young man, driving alone across the desert between a mythical spot similar to the Parker Dam area of Arizona and Los Angeles. On the way he has a horrifying encounter with strange