Prisoner of Infinity

Ufos, Social Engineering, & the Psychology of Fragmentation

Horsley’s exceedingly important book . . . delves very deeply into the Communion enigma and its implications. It’s as if Horsley is picking up where the late John Keel failed to go. ~Andrew W. Griffith, Red Dirt Report   One of the best books I’ve read this decade, and easily one of the best books in all of UFOlogy, this intensive investigation into Strieber’s literary landscape is probably the best specific antidote to the neomainstream ‘hardware’ saucer cult of Tom DeLonge & friends, exposing the subtle psychological software which has enabled ‘alien abduction’ to become the modernist archetype of religious experience. ~ Linus Minimax    

Prisoner of Infinity examines modern-day accounts of UFOs, alien abductions, and psychism to uncover a century-long program of psychological fragmentation, collective indoctrination, and covert cultural, social, and mythic engineering.

Whether it is the forces of God, government, aliens from outer (or inner) space, or the incalculable effects of childhood sexual trauma on the human psyche, premature contact with these forces compels us to create “crucial fictions.” Such semi-coherent mythic narratives make partial sense out of our experience, but in the process turn us into the unreliable narrators of our own lives.

Taking UFOS and the work of “experiencer” Whitley Strieber as its departure point, Prisoner of Infinity explores how beliefs are created and perceptions are managed in the face of the inexplicably complex forces of our existence. While keeping the question of a non-human and/or paranormal element open, the book maps how all-too-human agendas (such as the CIA’s MK Ultra program) have co-opted the ancient psychological process of myth-making, giving rise to dissociative, dumbed-down Hollywood versions of reality. The New Age movement, UFOs, alien abductions, psychism, psychedelic mind expansion, Transhumanism, the Space Program – what if they are all productions devised by committee in dark rooms to serve social, political, and economic goals that are largely devoid of true substance or meaning?

Through an exacting and enlivening process of social, cultural and psychological examination and excavation, Prisoner of Infinity uncovers the most deeply buried treasure of all. The original, uncredited author of all mystery and meaning: the human soul.

‘Easily the most important study extant of social/mythological engineering/UFOs/Strieber’s continuum. . . An incredible–literally mind-blowing–exploration.’
~ William Grabowski, contrib. ed. Library Journal; author of Black Light: Perspectives On Mysterious Phenomena

Prisoner of Infinity unravels the influential new age movement and investigates its back-end. It postulates a critical materialist return to the real, to physical and carnal forces as structural determinants for culture and its foundation in individual experiences and the spirituality that they produce. It is here that Prisoner of Infinity also becomes a personal investigation of and reflection on Horsley’s own life, for which both the esoteric and the occult, along with the stew of internet conspiracy culture, are a sort of home terrain. The author knows these domains intimately, while at the same time taking a critical distance from the material and investigating it in a lucid, level-headed and often humorous fashion. . . . Prisoner of Infinity reads like a twentieth-century psychohistory of the US, and because of that becomes a fierce critique of American science mysticism and its prominent representatives. . . . Prisoner of Infinity stands out as an exceptional work of art in its own right, weaving connections between an intimate and moving personal narrative, and the wild auto-didactic medley of references drawn from the domains of pop culture, psychology, and history. It is a truly boundless cognitive mapping enterprise . . . one senses that Horsley can go places that most academics simply will not. It is not often the case that writers create something that is truly contemporary – in the best possible meaning of the term. A captivating archaeology of contemporary culture from a true underground artist who remains widely underappreciated, Prisoner of Infinity is surely one of the most interesting and challenging books to appear in recent years.                                                             ~ Nicolas Hausdorf, Hong Kong Review of Books

Jasun Horsley is making a habit of writing books everyone should read. Prisoner of Infinity is an engrossing autobiographical/journalistic expedition into the murky frontiers of alien abductions, space exploration, New Age spirituality, cult worship, psi phenomena, near-death-experiences, channeling the dead, etc.–oh, and childhood trauma. Somehow Horsley emerges from his own close encounters with such terrors and seductions sufficiently intact to write an extraordinarily coherent and grounded guidebook for others who may be wandering along these frontiers or about to embark into them. He is “Mistah Kurtz”–come back to tell us all, and he does so masterfully. You have to read this book to feel its power and to fully understand the heart and the depth of its voice, its call, and its challenge to every other soul in evaluating these alternate reality phenomena. Horsley takes readers on a personal journey they should not miss.
~Gregory Desilet, author of Cult of the Kill: Traditional Metaphysics of Rhetoric, Truth, and Violence in a Postmodern World

‘Possibly the most complex problem in the social sciences is what may be called be the “micro-macro transition phase,” i.e., accounting theoretically for that mechanism by which individual psyches are made receptive to external waves, or outside suggestions, and turned into instruments for fashioning so-called “history.” Jasun Horsley’s Prisoner of Infinity is an erudite and trenchant testimony, which, by taking Whitley Strieber’s intriguing literary output as its point of departure, delves obstinately into the darker recesses of psychic spaces torn asunder by (child) abuse with a view to reveal the ulterior purposes of these practices. As the investigation proceeds, it unmasks the aesthetic cover-ups that have been created in pop iconography in order to smuggle a sinister contraband into conventional reality. Prisoner of Infinity appears to reveal this baleful drive of greater forces, bent on making our world ever more spiritually flattened, which is to say, animated by a diffuse principle of hierarchized and mechanized violence. A book such as this, which weaves seamlessly literary criticism, autobiographical reminiscence, a reinterpretation of pop counter-culture, and a personal mapping of esotericism’s strange maze, represents indeed an important advance in unlocking the mysteries of the  “micro-macro transition phase.”‘
~ Guido Giacomo Preparata, author of The Ideology of Tyranny and Conjuring Hitler

5 thoughts on “Prisoner of Infinity”

  1. A journey through a variety of thought-provoking topics

    This is one of the most interesting books I’ve read in several years. Other reviewers tackled comprehensive summaries, so I won’t reproduce them here. Instead, I will add a few of my opinions:

    1. You don’t have to be well versed in UFO culture to enjoy this book (I’m not). It’s not *really* about UFOs.
    2. You don’t have to agree with the author’s conclusions to appreciate this book. He uses his conclusions to expound on a variety of interesting topics that you will become more aquainted with by reading: psychology, trauma, social engineering, religious engineering, futurism, mind-body connection, gnosticism, occultism, mysticism, the New Age movement, etc

    I consider his arguments well cited and cogent, without any significant hyperbole or rhetorical fallacy devices–more so than most other authors I’m familiar with who write/speak about topics such as social engineering, mk ultra, etc., that can understandubly become quite sensational.

    Admittedly, this book has provoked a lot of thoughts for me. It’s aim seems to be to take you on a thought journey towards broader pondering than to simply convince you of a specific POV.

  2. Prisoner of Infinity is a super important work…..I am spreading the word.

    Hope you don’t mind hearing from your readers…..this may be the first of several missives.

    There is a maverick forensic psychologist named Richard Walter who argues that the essence of sexual sadism is “intimacy without vulnerability.” He is famous for his “helix model’ which describes the descent of of the sexual sadist – from porn and voyeurism to frottage and piquerism to murder, necrophilia, and cannibilism. He describes the descent as a set of doors that slam shut behind you. Meaning that even if one stops before the final descent he can never come back. Sexuality without eros…..

    I think de-eroticization or intimacy without vulnerablility is the pathology of our time. I have worked with drug addicts for a very long time. Over the last few years I have witnessed a sea change in the presentation of young men under 30. Many of them cannot make eye contact or small talk and seem to be suffering from a generalized apathy. Some people believe that this is largely due to the effects of stimulant medication and the digital culture, especially gaming and porn.

    Gaming is an overwhelmingly male activity. Guys play with guys, whether in the same room or on the other side of the world. It reinforces a disembodied mode of interaction that uses avatars; one’s self-esteem is a function of how well one performs in the games. Needless to say, it doesn’t foster the type of skills needed to ask a woman on a date or do well in a jb interview. Digital porn is another matter entirely. Porn addiction progresses not by “volume” but by novelty. One needs increasing levels of kink to get turned on. This means we have a whole generation of young who are not even aroused by conventional sexuality (and this appears to have happened to many boys long before they are even sexually active). A thoroughly disembodied sexuality…..

    Stimulant medication (pharmaceutical speed) stimulates the production of dopamine (by as much as 400%) and renders the emotions “shallow.” This means one is not really bothered by much. Speed also has an aphrodisiacal effect…So I see all these young disembodied men, addicted to speed (often prescribed), with almost no affect. They have spent years high on speed, sitting in mom’s basement, gaming and masturbating to god knows what…..

    Enough for now.

    Thanks for blowing my mind.

  3. I have read many books over the years and very few of them have had the impact on me that POI has.  While reading this book the old Psalm, ‘deep calleth unto deep’ was running through my mind.  There was something within the pages that strongly called out to something hidden deep within me.  That is the real power of this kind of book.  It is not just a book, though.  It’s more like a mirror that reveals self to oneself.

    Going into POI I was not unfamiliar with trauma.  Having personally suffered childhood abuse and growing up to experience my own encounters with the supernatural, it was not difficult for me to understand the mechanisms at work in Strieber’s narrative.  Like Jasun, I inducted Whitley Strieber’s books into my own narrative and after many years of going over them with a fine-tooth comb, doubts began to arise in me about the truth of Striebers experiences. Even worse I began to see the narrative itself as a willful deception that was possibly much bigger than Strieber himself.

    Having read Vallee’s “Messengers of Deception”  and nearly everything I could by Jung, I understood that UFOs were powerful archetypal symbols that could easily be used to manipulate the masses. Their mystique was universal and transcended race, gender, and language.  At about the same time that I was making these discoveries, doubts began to arise regarding my own personal narrative.  I wondered if there was something hiding in me, like a Tyler Durden perhaps, that was playing a game with me, submerging me into some type of multi-dimensional ARG in order to protect some important secret it did not want me to know. 

    As early as 2011 I was referring to this “higher self” as the Seraph, which is interesting because there is a link between the word “Seraph” (burning one) and Serpent (or flying serpent), which is often a being known to deceive.  All of these things were inventoried and taken into careful consideration. Only now is everything finally coming together as I work to heal myself.

    Let me express with one word why this book is so important: Honesty.  The mark of a good and compassionate person is their honesty.  Many years ago when I was still a young boy I watched an adult family member nearly beat my beloved dog to death with a skateboard.  When this beating was finished, this man looked me in the eye and sardonically smiled. He spoke to me through his eyes. His eyes said, “you see, I can do anything I want.”  I have always abhorred this type of violence and psycopathy. The man who carried out this senseless act was not only a sadist but a pathological liar. Honesty is the mark of a person that is being made whole and natural, a man returning to his proper orientation.

    It was quite possible for this violent legacy to have been passed on to me in spirit and blood.  The only thing that stopped it from happening was the intervention of good people, some that died long ago and some that are still alive; people like Jasun Horsley who are honest and saw things that in my ignorance and immaturity I was unable to see. I have learned a lot from these folks. For that I give these men and women of honesty and good heart my utmost love, respect and appreciation.


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