EASTER SUNDAY, 1973: Just before dawn in Kingsburg, California, six-year-old Gordon Swannson, asthmatic boy genius, gets his ass kicked by a spectral Easter Bunny—an event that sends his already hyperactive imagination spiraling toward paranoia. Gordon becomes convinced that ghosts and other weird entities inhabit a daimonic reality that can interact with our everyday world. He starts seeing mystery and danger everywhere in his isolated farming community. He even thinks his best friend, Jimmy, might be possessed by demons….
JUNE 7th, 1979: Reality catches up with Gordon’s worst imaginings on the day after his thirteenth birthday, when his father dies by crashing a Cessna into the living room of their house. Gordon sets out to discover whether the plane crash was an accident or something far more sinister. Before he finds the answer, he’ll experience puberty, Pink Floyd, trout fishing, lesbian vampire movies, and midnight cliff-diving with the Hell’s Angels—all while learning to cope with the trauma-induced narcolepsy that inspires his nickname, Crash Gordon….
HALLOWEEN, 1982: Gordon meets Jimmy’s Uncle Lloyd, an obscenely rich insurance broker to the rocket industry who makes Woodward and Bernstein’s Deep Throat look like a low-level bureaucrat. With Lloyd acting as their demented mentor, Gordon and his friends embark on a road trip to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur. Along the way, Lloyd lectures them about such diverse topics as hypnotism, assassination theories, MKULTRA, COINTELPRO, and the kidnapping of Patty Hearst; serial killers, satanic sacrifices, interdimensional energy portals, and the remote viewing program at the Stanford Research Institute; shamanism, ayahuasca, Francis Crick’s directed panspermia theory of DNA, Terence McKenna’s tryptamine-fueled encounters with the Logos, and the role “future causality” plays in the world’s current fate. And that’s only a prelude to Lloyd’s startling explanation of how Gordon and Jimmy have become unwitting participants in a CIA mind control experiment known as Project MONARCH….
“If you like smart, literate, and humorous Conspiracy Theories about secret societies, alien manipulation, Freemasonry, narcolepsy, Templars, and the occasional psychedelic acid trip (and who doesn’t?) then this book is for you!”
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CRASH GORDON and the Mysteries of Kingsburg is a work of fiction. When the names of “real” places, corporations, institutions, secret societies, and public figures are projected onto Crash Gordon’s fictional landscape, they are used fictitiously. All other names, characters, locales, and events are products of the author’s imagination or, at best, scribbled missives from the collective unconscious. Any apparent similarity to actual persons, living or dead or otherwise occupied (including any and all transhuman, interdimensional entities), is not intended by the author and is purely a matter of the intricate workings of chance and synchronicity, or—as some might call it—fate. (Besides…what harm can come from a little fiction, when the facts are so much more appalling?)
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“They”, copyright © 1945 and renewed 1973 by W.H. Auden, from Collected Poems by W.H. Auden. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.
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AUTHOR’S NOTE: The latter part of this book could not have been written without inspiration from the many unflinching chroniclers of deep politics and high weirdness who’ve shared their findings in books and on the internet—especially Jim Marrs, Ingo Swann, James Wasserman, David Icke, Laura Knight-Jadczyk, Peter Levenda, Daniel Pinchbeck, Patrick Harpur, Michael Talbot, Paul H. Smith, Lynn Picknett, Clive Prince, William Bramley, David McGowan, Tim Boucher, Grant Morrison, Jeremy Narby, Richard M. Dolan, Steven M. Greer, the late Jim Keith, and perhaps most significantly, Jeff Wells, author of the book and blog, Rigorous Intuition. Now that I’ve read their words, I’ll never be able to go back to Kingsburg (my analogue for Kansas), but Kingsburg kind of blew, anyway… so thanks, one and all.
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