Conversation with Dan Mitchell on high-weirdnesses, family patterns, social engineerings, alien abductions, Whitley Strieber’s many confabulations, the baseline of trauma throughout paranormal encounters.
Part One: Enter the Harlequin (0 – 35 mins)
Where did Dan Mitchell go, the Stanley Kubrick effect, the end of Luminosity, a life of high weirdness, Jasun Offut, black-eyed kids, enter the Harlequin, the fascination of archetypes, invisible dimensions, deep into the occult, a developed bullshit detector, Strieber’s influence on abductees, dealing with true believers, keeping it liminal, End Times Christians, early abuse & sense of shame, researching demons in the shadows, trauma-based childhood, the quest for understanding, consulting with father, legally blind.
Part Two: Hijacked Minds (35 mins – 1 hr 7 mins)
A weird neighborhood, screen memories and dark objects, the Harlequin’s hands, a night visitation, an irrational fear of aliens, immersion in Strieber, strange people on the edges of reality, unfathomable infant memories, the secret guardian, in fear of the father, an imaginal protector, manipulated memories, Strieber’s crucial fiction, autonomous psychic fragments, a murderous transvestite, smiley-face killers, hijacked minds, New Age contagions.
Part Three: A Beautiful Mind Full of Bullshit(1 hr 7 mins – 1 hr 42 min)
Process Church, the disappearance of Kayelyn Louder, Ledger and Killing Joke, the 11th path of the harlequin, the dark side of New Age spirituality, Mother Strangled, Strieber’s lack of humility, Algernon Blackwood’s “The Willows,” Strieber’s early interview, a false wholeness, a fragmented childhood, family introjections, more APFs, shared hallucinations, Ed Conroy’s Report on Communion, Strieber’s implant, a beautiful mind filled with bullshit, Jeffrey Kripal, a green light to trauma, initiation rituals, Crowley in the desert, missing people, broken by one’s own prose.
Part Four: A Procrustean Path (1 hr 42 min – end)
Strieber’s implant, the reality of entities, a cult following, reading Communion, an imagined telepathic link-up, a martyr syndrome, the spat with Pinchbeck, contact with Ed Conroy, Strieber’s powerful family, changes in The Key, policy of ignorance, South Park attacks, inflated ego reactions, the threat of disbelief, Prisoner of Infinity vs. The Super Natural, a new religion, evolutionary disembodiment, disguising escapism as transcendence, a procrustean path, opening an unwholesome portal, weaponized anomalies, hits from Raytheon, Strieber’s Catholicism, Pasulka’s American Cosmic.