Welcome to The Occult Detective

Posted in Magick, Occult Detectives, Paranormal on November 14, 2022 by Occult Detective

Welcome, sleuths. Pull up a chair and pour yourself a drink. We’ve got plenty to talk about…

Fire Walk With Me

Posted in Magick on April 8, 2023 by Occult Detective

“When two separate events occur simultaneously pertaining to the same object in inquiry we must always pay strict attention.” — Dale Cooper

On this date, April 8, 1904, Aleister Crowley received the first chapter of the Book of the Law.

On April 8, 1990, the pilot episode of Twin Peaks debuted on ABC.

Last Writes Link Tree

Posted in Last Writes with... on April 1, 2023 by Occult Detective

William Meikle

Alethea Kontis

Josh Reynolds

Greg Mitchell

Mary SanGiovanni

Michael M. Hughes

Kelli Owen

Maurice Broaddus

Bob Freeman

Brian Keene


Tim Prasil

John Linwood Grant

Shanna Germain

Cullen Bunn

Charles R. Rutledge

Tracy DeVore

Steven Shrewsbury

Jim McLeod

Michael West

Amanda DeWees

Sèphera Girón

Julian Vayne

Stephen Zimmer

Fiona Horne

Madame Pamita

BethSheba Ashe

Charming Disaster

Anthony Boyd

Richard Kaczynski

Steven Savile

Michelle Belanger

Sara Frazetta

Woelf Dietrich

Shawn Hebert

Amber Petty

Bob Ford

Paul Hodson

Matt Cowan

David J. West

Lee Thomas

Edward M. Erdelac

Freeman & Lilith Presson

Maevius Lynn

Paul Leone


Cara Hamilton

Katie Webb

Jessica Knapik

Marco Visconti

The Ghost Maidens

Peter Bebergal

Heather Taddy

Who’s Next?

Last Writes Season Finale with… Heather Taddy (@ClassicTad)

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 29, 2023 by Occult Detective

The premise of LAST WRITES is simple. Our guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few parting earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown. What makes these questions appealing and insightful for me is that these are not necessarily our guests favorite things, but those they most want to experience one last time before they shuffle off this mortal coil.



If you’re a purveyor of the Strange and Unusual, then you are more than aware of Heather Taddy. We have seen her investigate on numerous programs, such as Paranormal State, Alien Highway, Portals to Hell, and, most recently, her and best friend Katrina Weidman’s Travel the Dead on YouTube. In her own words, “When she isn’t sitting alone in a creepy basement talking to herself or looking to the skies for the unknown, Taddy is a musician, roller-skater, lover of vintage clothing, creating costumes, photography, and horror films.

When I decided to launch this new season of Last Writes, Taddy was the first person I reached out to. Fitting that I chose her to close the season out. I have always appreciated her style of investigation and the way she tries to connect with the spirits she interacts with. It’s rare to find someone as honest and open as Taddy in this field.

Which leads us to pay our final respects here in the Occult Detective Mortuary. We have everything prepared to give her a proper sendoff into the great hereafter. Let us gather together as her Last Writes are offered up.


Over the past few years I’ve become a huge fan of Thai food so I’d have to say Pad Thai. But wait! If it were my last meal ever why would I eat real food? I’d have a platter of the finest desserts around! I’m quite a dessert aficionado so a variety of treats would be ideal. A mountain of tiramisu, chocolate chip cookie dough- not that edible kind either. I’m talking the kind with the raw eggs that my mom always yelled at me for eating growing up. I’d request an enormous banana split with a tower of Reese’s PB cups on top and then some key lime cheesecake somewhere in the mix.


I’d probably say a photo album book of all my memories so that I could have one last reminder at the wild life I’ve lived. Then I’d silently cry into my bowl of ice cream. I love reading about the music scene in Seattle during the 1980’s/early 90’s. If we had the power to reincarnate ourselves to a particular period of time I’d choose to be in that scene just to see all of those amazing bands before the scene blew up. I would have started a band, organized shows or worked at Sub Pop. I also would have been the only person not doing drugs haha. Everybody Loves our Town is an interesting read about how a lot of my favorite bands formed and how the city inspired the music.


I find a lot of joy in watching old, really cheesy horror movies, especially ones where you can see the boom mic in the shot and the acting is real bad. I’d say I’d watch a DVD compilation of experimental cinema of the 1920’s and 30’s. Having that imagery in my mind as the last would be a trip!


This is a very tough one for I am a huge fan of music. I have music playing all day everyday through speakers or in my headphones. I guess I’d have to figure out if I wanted my last song played to be a happy one or a sad one considering the circumstances. Let’s do sad first…. I’d definitely pick “Long Gone Day” by Mad Season with Mark Lanegan singing because I love the combination of his vocals with Layne Stayley’s. It’s very haunting. Happy song-I’d pick Deee-Lite’s “Groove is in the Heart” so I’ll be grooving my way to the other side with style and grace. I’d also hope that during my last moments on earth I’d be wearing roller skates.


Harry Price so that I could share the developments around “ghost hunting” and how it’s all progressed since he’s been around. Not sure if he’d be happy to hear all of this. Since he was such a formative figure in ghost research but it’d be neat to hear his reactions. It’d be nice to reconnect with Lorraine Warren again. She was the best storyteller and I’d love to have the chance to hear about her adventures again. I’d love to meet anyone who was witness to the aftermath of the Roswell/Corona crash in 1947. Especially those who kept their secrets for decades. Imagine their reaction at how prominent UFO’s are in the news these days?! They would be in total disbelief.

“All fled—all done, so lift me on the pyre—The Feast is over, and the lamps expire.”

I can’t think of a better way to close out this season of Last Writes. My most heartfelt thanks to our “Final Girl”, Heather Taddy, for delivering a terrific endcap to these necromantic festivities. And thank yous to all who participated this season — Maevius Lynn, Paul Leone, Vayse’s Stephen J. Buckley and Peter C. Hine, Cara Hamilton, Katie Webb, Jessica Knapik, Marco Visconti, The Ghost Maidens’ Sybil and Rose, and Peter Bebergal. You were all bloody terrific.

Will Last Writes return for another season? Well, how could it not? The Occult Detective Mortuary is always open. Tell me, who would you like to see make a final appearance? We’re dying to know…

Last Writes with… Peter Bebergal

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 22, 2023 by Occult Detective

The premise of LAST WRITES is simple. Our guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few parting earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown. What makes these questions appealing and insightful for me is that these are not necessarily our guests favorite things, but those they most want to experience one last time before they shuffle off this mortal coil.



Goodness. I’ve known Peter Bebergal a while now, it seems. He first entered my radar with his 2013 book How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll and I reviewed Strange Frequencies back in 2018. Which doesn’t seem terribly long ago, but hell, somehow it’s 2023 and we’re all just trying to make it to the next sunrise.

Peter helps with that immensely. His books are phenomenal stuff, whether is the aforementioned books on the occult, rock and roll, and the paranormal, or his memoirs, religious discussions, or the glorious Appendix N which dropped during the pandemic. Let’s face it, Peter’s a positive force for good, a lover of comic books and roleplaying games and the pop culture of a certain era that strikes me right in the proverbial feels. And he’s always a good chat.

Which brings his visit with us in the Occult Detective Mortuary to the fore. As he settles in, in anticipation of those inevitable Last Writes to be performed, he has an admonition before the ritual begins…

Disclaimer: These are the things that I would want today if they were my last, with the caveat that tomorrow, or hopefully many many years from now, they might be completely different. — Peter


Fresh baked bread, softened butter. A plate of perfectly al dente spaghetti with meatballs, marinara sauce heavy on the crushed red pepper. A simple salad of bitter greens, oil and vinegar dressing, lots of pepper. Dessert is banana-cream pie, strong black coffee, and a cigar. Might even have that this weekend, come to think of it.


The Book of Job, various translations. If and when I am reading what I know will be my last book, I hope by then I have come to have some modicum of acceptance. More importantly, I don’t want to take my own death personally, and yet I want it to be personal. Let the leviathan swallow me, let the behemoth crush me.  Nevertheless, “He may well slay me, I may have no hope/ Yet I will argue my case before Him.” Wrestling with the divine until the end, but knowing full well I was pinned and tapped out from the start.

(And if allowed, a final poem: “The Windhover” by Gerard Manly Hopkins: “In his ecstasy! then off, off forth on swing…”)


Despite the disclaimer, it is unlikely this will change. I would want to leave this sad and beautiful world in a state of sheer joy, and so Singin’ In the Rain is always the right choice. There is an ineffable quality to almost every song and dance number, even the most iconic; that of Gene Kelly dancing in a downpour, kicking puddles, using his umbrella as an extension of his body. The friendship between the three leads is a comfort, and even the surreal overwrought dream sequence is as charming as the whole. I would be blessed to close my eyes having these images and sounds echoing with me into the ether.


“Mr. Rabbit” by Burl Ives sums up the entirety of our delightful frail lives in just about one minute, thirty seconds. 


It would be hoot to be greeted by any number of my favorite artists and thinkers; TH White, David Bowie, Ursula Le Guin, Alan Watts, Isaac Bashevis Singer, but I am going to go soft on this one. I would like to come to cosmic consciousness surrounded by my departed loved ones, along the seraphim and the other mighty hosts.

That was terrific. I am lucky to call Peter a friend and really loved his responses to these morbid inquiries. You can track down Peter’s books via Amazon. And be sure to follow him on social media, such as twitter or instagram.

Please remember to tune in next Wednesday as we raise up another departed guest for our soul-shattering season finale. Who is we lift up on our proverbial funeral pyre? None other than one of my favorite Paranormal Adventurers — Heather Taddy. See you then!

Last Writes with… The Ghost Maidens

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 15, 2023 by Occult Detective

The premise of LAST WRITES is simple. Our guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few parting earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown. What makes these questions appealing and insightful for me is that these are not necessarily our guests favorite things, but those they most want to experience one last time before they shuffle off this mortal coil.



How best to describe the Ghost Maidens, Rose and Sybil? They are two campy and wacky e-girls who are hilariously entertaining. Hailing from the Netherlands, I stumbled upon these would be Mistresses of the Dark when they were guests of paranormalist Aaron Sager and thought they were a breath of fresh air. They are all over social media — twitch, twitter, instagram, and the like. Visit their website, theghostmaidens.com (naturally) for all the appropriate links. You can thank me later.

These ladies are no strangers to what awaits them in the hereafter and so we need not tarry as we prepare them for their finale rest… but first, their Last Writes.



Knowing that it will be the last meal I will ever eat, I probably won’t have much of an appetite, so I will have to go for the thing that I am always able to eat, which are salty potato chips. I would want to eat a full bag of potato chips. For this very last time I don’t have to worry about the crumbs so I will just let them land on me or around me without trying to keep it clean––and maybe I never even have kept it clean, ask Sybil.


To be completely honest, I am not going to waste my last moments on Earth reading a book. Why fill the suitcase of my mind with more weight on a journey where I can’t take anything with me? The only books I have truly enjoyed reading are steamy novels full of romantic cliches, but these books are not worth reading twice; they were just to pass the time or feed to some primal longing (I highly recommend Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts). What I would much rather do is write a book, that’s a literary direction I have always been more comfortable with. 


What does it say about me that I would probably choose to watch some contemporary reality dating show? Not only because it would make it easier to leave this world behind, but also because, for me, reality shows and dating shows in particular are the most accurate artifact of the contemporary human state and are a perfect sample of the culture I had been a part of all my life. It would be the most endearing “hate watch” of a lifetime. I would cringe, shed a tear and just like the show I am watching, vanish into oblivion. 


It’ll most likely be a sad country song. Something sad with chords I know how to play on my guitar. Maybe even Townes van Zandt. I will sing along with it and I will try to look for the harmonies and sing the second voice. I haven’t found a thing in this world more soothing than singing and it is very possible that my last words will be in song. 


That one is easy: John Dee. I need him to tell me about his collaboration with Edward Kelly and the angels that came through in the Enochian language during their scrying sessions. Were they scary? Did they become friends? Did he like Edward Kelly or was he just a crazy person he had to work with? How old were these angels? How did they make sense of the messages? Where can I find these angels myself? Were they interdimensional? What was his relationship with Queen Elizabeth? I have often fantasized about writing a play or a movie about the workroom of John Dee and Edward Kelly where they communicated with angels about the order of reality. Maybe I will before I die. If not, after. Then I can write it in Enochian and cast actual angels for the human roles. 



Sybil: I’d probably also have to agree with Rose in not having much an appetite, so for me it’s just gonna have to also be a potato based choice: a very specific lumpy parmesan mashed potato from a place I used to work at many years ago that I used to covet after a work shift, drizzled with a little bit of sriracha. It’s enough to coat my stomach and keep me full and satisfied and not thinking about my uncomfortable mortal prison until the end. 


I take no comfort in books, especially reading under time pressure. If I can’t focus on reading them now, there’d be absolutely no way I’d be able to focus on words on a page knowing my eventual demise is certain and soon. The reason I read is not necessarily out of enjoyment, but out of a thirst for knowledge for the living future and how to think in more interesting ways, but that applies only to life and not to death. I think reading is something you do when you know you have a lot of time to dedicate to the things you learned from it. I’m pretty sure that in my last days I’d be more focused on creating rather than consuming. That’s my eternal need I think. Production until the last possible moment that allows it. The undying will to leave something behind that you made. For most people it’s the legacy of their genetics and children. I think for artists in whatever form; it’s themselves they leave behind. I’d make photographs, paintings, drawings, and writings, or anything I could get a hold of. That would be the thing I would be the most concerned with. 


I’m not sure. I’d either pick something reliably comedic, or I’d opt for something new and popular on Netflix or a Hallmark movie in order to rest assured that mostly everything new and produced for the masses sucks terribly “and they don’t make ’em like they used to” which would actually give me some annoyed peace in which to leave this world. Contrarily, picking something inspiring, artistic and poetic is actually more stressfully stimulating for a person like me, rather than picking something easy and bad which gives comfort and relief. It needs to be something that reminds me life is a big joke and death is the punchline.


A thousand miles from nowhere by Dwight Yoakam. Just a simple love song. Nothing too melancholic. 


I’d meet my dogs. If they are there waiting in the afterlife, then surely it is a good place that has a lot more to offer. 

Huge thanks to Sybil and Rose for joining us in the Occult Detective Mortuary. They are a lot of fun and I recommend you check out their Elvira-esque performances.

Please remember to tune in each Wednesday as we raise up another departed guest on our hypothetical funeral pyre so that they might express their Last Writes. See you next week.

These are a few of my favorite things

Posted in Horror, Magick, Occult Detectives, Paranormal, Tarot, Wyrd on March 14, 2023 by Occult Detective

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting
for our senses to grow sharper.”
― W.B. Yeats

Working on a new promotional poster, I’ve peppered it with the strange and unusual — symbols representing the broad strokes of my obsessions — spirits, praeternatural intelligences, ufology, cryptids, magick — all those stranger things that demand my attention here in the haunted hinterlands.

Last Writes with… Marco Visconti (@azrael2393)

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 8, 2023 by Occult Detective

The premise of LAST WRITES is simple. Our guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few parting earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown. What makes these questions appealing and insightful for me is that these are not necessarily our guests favorite things, but those they most want to experience one last time before they shuffle off this mortal coil.



Marco Visconti is one of the most important voices in Thelema today. He and I do not always see eye to eye, but I respect him as a magician and a scholar. I have known him primarily through our interactions on twitter, particularly regarding issues we both had with would-be Thelemite influencers Whiskey Stevens and Georgina Rose. From those conversations, I found Marco to be charming, affable, and knowledgeable. Three of the most desirable traits of any occultists looking to ply their trade in these modern times.

Marco was employed at Treadwell’s for a number of years, is a musician, and is noted for his translations of some of Michael Bertiaux’ more important works from English to Italian. He is also instrumental in the Universal Gnostic Church and manages a very successful “virtual lodge” called Magick Without Tears.

All of this culminated in the writing of The Aleister Crowley Manual, released in 2023 by Watkins Publishing.

The Aleister Crowley Manual is, in my eyes, a terrific introduction to the magick of Thelema. While there are many introductory books on ceremonial magick, Marco has delivered the first book that really cuts through the verbiage and the weighted baggage of centuries of magical study. It does have its problems. While the graphic design is brilliant, there are some unfortunate typographical errors, but these can be overlooked. Harder to overlook is the dated nature of the work. At times it reads more as a current blog entry than a volume that will still be relevant in a decade. This is unfortunate, for in many ways this is the book Aleister Crowley intended to write in 1929 when he released Magick in Theory and Practice — a magical guide for all people. While I champion that work and consider it an enormous influence on me personally, Marco has nearly written the 21st Century equivalent and truly accomplished something extraordinary. I emphasize nearly, because Marco has a hard time not getting out of his own way… and he holds grudges that he just can’t let go of. A sign of the times, I guess, but he has a bit of an internet troll mentality sometimes that comes through in his work. That said, I like him and I cannot recommend The Aleister Crowley Manual highly enough, but with the caveat that a tighter editorial hand could have elevated the work. And that’s why I’m a little harsh on this. Marco wrote a great book that was on the verge of being something a whole lot more.

But enough of this. Let us snuff out the candles. Marco’s studies have led him down many paths, some of light and some of darkness, but now his path has led him to the Occult Detective Mortuary and his Last Writes await.


I would definitely die (ahem!) to eat once again my Grandma’s cannelloni ripieni in besciamella. You can have a glimpse of what they are here: https://buttalapasta.it/ricette/ricetta-cannelloni-di-carne/150138/ But my Grandma’s recipe was something unique. She worked on them for days, making everything from scratch using only the best ingredients. The pasta would be thick and still perfectly cooked. The mince would have a different kinds of meats, eggs, and spices. And the bechamel they would be soaked into would never make them soggy but instead exalt the whole experience. Unfortunately, she died almost 20 years ago, and I could never capture her culinary magick again.


This is a tough one… but if I really have to choose one, I would go for Jorge Luis Borges “L’Aleph”, a book of short stories that flawlessly captures various kinds of mystical stages. My favourite is “The House of Asterion”, but I cannot say why since the narrative hinges on a major reveal at the end.


“La Leggenda del Pianista sull’Oceano”, translated as “The Legend of 1900”. The film adaptation of Alessandro Baricco’s monologue is a surreal story of a divinely inspired pianist who spends his entire life on a ship, cruising from Europe to America and back in the early 1900s. When the ship is finally condemned, he refuses to leave it and instead dies with it, because he cannot bear to experience a world of infinite possibilities. Tim Roth’s best performance.


“Disintegration” by The Cure. I feel this is self-explanatory, isn’t it?


No one, because I do not believe nor have evidence that our incarnated selves exist beyond death. I will see God, who is me, and I will decide which new adventure go for.

Marco made for a terrific guest in our little necromantic fantasy. I cannot thank him enough for taking part and I truly appreciate the work he put into The Aleister Crowley Manual. It’s an important addition into the Thelemic Lexicon.

Please remember to tune in each Wednesday as we raise up another departed guest on our hypothetical funeral pyre so that they might express their Last Writes. Next week we take a lighter look beyond the veil as we invite The Ghost Maidens into our midst. Be sure to tune in for the festivities as my favorite paranormal e-girls are prepared for their eternal slumber.

Last Writes with… @JessicaKnapik

Posted in Last Writes with... on March 1, 2023 by Occult Detective


It’s my birthday. So who did I want to invite into the Occult Detective Mortuary to help celebrate? Toad Mom, of course.

I absolutely adore everything about Jessica Knapik. Whether you know her as the co-host of What’s Up Weirdo? Podcast (with John E. L. Tenney), the witchy cosmetic tattoo goddess behind AstroFrecks, MMA fangirl, undisputed devotee of all things HORROR, paranormal adventurer, or the most awesomest dog mom on the planet, Jessica Knapik is a force to be reckoned with.

Few, if any, podcast hosts are as personable as Jess. She is as real as real gets, and I cannot imagine she would be anything other than the best friend a guy or gal could ever be lucky enough to snag hold of.

Now, as much as I hate to, it’s time to bring Jessica into the Occult Detective Mortuary and prepare her for her Last Writes.


Ok so I’ve read about a lot of infamous serial killers’ last meals, and they all tend to smash a bunch of cuisines together (a lot of them wanting shrimp and fried chicken) so I’m gonna be greedy too. lol So I’d say pizza, salad, garlic bread, hard shell fake meat tacos, chocolate chip ice cream, and the country fried steak from Chicago Diner


I’m going at this with the fantasy understanding that a longer book will keep me alive longer, so I’ll pick The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub


This is tough because I’m a horror freak and my favorite movie ever is Jaws, but I don’t know if that’s the vibe I wanna set as I’m drifting off into forever slumber So I’m gonna be a total cornball and say Titanic


Metallica – Fade To Black


The love of my life, my soulmate dog, Bean

I knew Jess would be a terrific guest but I wasn’t expecting her to make me tear up. Thanks a lot for taking part in this little morbid charade, Jessica Knapik. You’re aces. You can catch up with Jessica via her podcast with John Tenney, What’s Up, Weirdo? wherever you listen to such things. Plus she’s all over social media. Check her out on twitter to get the proverbial ball rolling.

Please remember to tune in each Wednesday as we raise up another departed guest on our hypothetical funeral pyre so that they might express their Last Writes. See you next week when we celebrate the Greater Feast of Marco Visconti.

Last Writes with… Katie Webb (@Gorgon_Katie)

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 22, 2023 by Occult Detective

The premise of LAST WRITES is simple. Our guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few parting earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown. What makes these questions appealing and insightful for me is that these are not necessarily our guests favorite things, but those they most want to experience one last time before they shuffle off this mortal coil.



I became aware of Katie Webb — Divinatrix, Witch, Investigator of the Strange and Unusual — via the wuwpod (What’s Up Weirdo? Podcast for the uninitiated) twitter community. Her monthly horror-themed horoscopes are to die for and I just absolutely adore the energy she brings. Delving into her history, I caught back episodes of Haunted ME where she was the resident Occultist for six seasons and acquainted myself with several interviews in which I learned even more about here magical approach to paranormal investigations. In that we were kindred spirits.

I don’t know how on earth she flew under my radar, but all that’s been rectified now.

Inviting her into the Occult Detective Mortuary was never a question and one of the first people I sought out when planning the new season. So, without further ado, let us welcome her into the impending darkness and prepare her for what is to come, but first, her Last Writes.


NGL, food doesn’t hold this ecstasy type power over me. I don’t think there’s anything I’d HAVE to have before I die. Im one of those types that eats purely to survive, not for fun. Buuuuut for the sake of the game, let’s say someone was FORCING me to choose something to eat before I die even after I told them I don’t want to die with a full stomach cuz, ew lol, and they say I have to choose or they’ll kill me in some boring way no one will even write about I would choose these fried green tomato tacos from El Corazon here in Portland, Maine. They’re dank. I’ll take the side of rice and beans with them, please and all the sauces.


This is tough because I don’t know what new books will be out when I’m dying! I don’t think I want to read a book I’ve read again before I die. Like, how long are they giving me to live here? Do I have time for Clive Barker’s Imajica or should I just blaze through Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins again (because that’s definitely an all time fav of mine)? Maybe I’ll choose Sirens of Titan by Vonnegut before I go and vibe out on whether life has any meaning or not.


Oh easy— Nohelani Cypriano’s Lihue because this song slaps so hard. No other reason honestly lol, ask me again in a month and I’ll have a different answer.


Well it would have to be a horror movie bc that genre gives me the most happiness. I would want it to have creative cinematography, some heavy synths on the soundtrack, and practical effects soooo I say Scott Spiegel’s Intruder (1989). Second place would be Argento’s Susperia (1977).


I meet people on the other side all the time . Buuuuut if I was going to choose someone to kick it with it would be Alice Coltrane. Because I imagine she’s draped in beautifully patterned dresses playing the harp, right? Shes the vibe. I hope Tim Maia is making new music too and I’d sneak in a visit with him as well. Maybe even ask him about the cult he was previously a part of because why not? Cults are fascinating.

I knew Katie was going to be a special guest and I cannot thank her enough for joining us here. Be sure to track Katie down and get a reading from her. She knows her stuff. Her linktree is HERE, so go get Gorgonized.

Please remember to tune in each Wednesday as we raise up another departed guest on our hypothetical funeral pyre so that they might express their Last Writes. Next week is going to be even more special. Not only is it my bloody birthday, but we see one of my favorite people shuffled off — What’s Up Weirdo’s Jessica Knapik. Be sure to tune in for the festivities.

ChatGPT and Me

Posted in Magick, Paranormal on February 17, 2023 by Occult Detective

I set up an account for ChatGPT, out of curiosity. Here are a couple of questions I asked of it, just to give it a test run:

Can you tell me what a ghost is?

A ghost is a supernatural entity that is believed to be the soul or spirit of a deceased person that has not yet moved on to the afterlife. According to various cultural beliefs and legends, ghosts are said to be able to manifest in various forms, such as apparitions, spectral images, or shadows.

The concept of ghosts is prevalent in many cultures and religions around the world. Some people believe that ghosts are spirits of the dead who have unfinished business on Earth, while others believe that they are the product of an overactive imagination or psychological phenomenon.

Many ghost stories and accounts involve unexplained events, such as objects moving on their own, unexplained sounds or voices, and eerie sensations. While there is no scientific evidence to support the existence of ghosts, they remain a popular subject of folklore, horror stories, and paranormal investigations.

Do you believe that disembodied spirits are somehow connected to quantum entanglement?

As an AI language model, I do not have beliefs or opinions, but I can provide information on the subject.

The idea that disembodied spirits may be connected to quantum entanglement is a concept that some people have proposed to explain certain paranormal phenomena. According to this idea, the consciousness or soul of a person may be connected to subatomic particles that are entangled, allowing it to exist beyond the physical body and interact with the physical world in ways that cannot be explained by conventional science.

However, there is currently no scientific evidence to support this idea, and it remains a matter of speculation and belief. While quantum entanglement is a real phenomenon in the field of physics, it is still not fully understood and is not yet known to have any direct connection to the existence or behavior of ghosts or spirits. Many scientists and skeptics are skeptical of the idea that disembodied spirits can be explained by quantum entanglement or any other scientific theory.

Does AI have the potential to have a soul?

As an AI language model, I do not have a soul, consciousness, or emotions. AI is designed to simulate human intelligence and behavior, but it is fundamentally different from biological systems.

The concept of a soul is often associated with religious or spiritual beliefs and refers to a non-physical aspect of a person that is believed to survive after death. The existence and nature of the soul are the subject of much debate and vary across different cultures and traditions.

While AI has advanced significantly in recent years, it has not yet reached a level of complexity or sophistication that would allow it to have a soul, as this concept is beyond the realm of science and technology. AI systems are still based on mathematical algorithms and logic, and they do not possess consciousness or emotions in the way that humans do.

However, the development of AI and related technologies has raised ethical and philosophical questions about the nature of consciousness, intelligence, and the meaning of life. As AI continues to advance, it is likely that these debates will continue and evolve in new ways.

What can you tell me about author and paranormal adventurer Bob Freeman?

Bob Freeman is an author and paranormal adventurer who has written numerous books and articles on the subject of the supernatural. He is best known for his works of fiction, which often incorporate elements of occultism, folklore, and horror.

Freeman’s writing is heavily influenced by his own experiences as a paranormal investigator and practitioner of various magical traditions. He has studied under several prominent occultists and is known for his expertise in areas such as ceremonial magic, shamanism, and witchcraft.

In addition to his work as an author, Freeman is also an active paranormal investigator and has led numerous investigations into haunted locations and other supernatural phenomena. He is the founder of the paranormal research group, Nightstalkers of Indiana, and has appeared on various television shows and podcasts discussing his work.

Some of Freeman’s most well-known works include the occult detective series, The Cairnwood Manor Trilogy, and the occult adventure novel, Keepers of the Dead. He has also written extensively on subjects such as the folklore of the Indiana Dunes, the paranormal aspects of Freemasonry, and the role of magic in contemporary culture.

Freeman’s work has garnered a loyal following among fans of supernatural fiction and paranormal research, and he is considered one of the leading voices in the field today.

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