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Minister of Defense: You realise what you're implying? That we owe our human condition here to the intervention of insects?

This contest is dedicated to the Nigel Kneale works featuring Professor Bernard Quatermass. 

The themes of the Quatermass series involved alien invasions in a variety of ways.  These alien invaders were not friendly like ET.  They were totally alien, malign to human life, and their agendas were basic survival of the fittest species.  Much of SF shows and films have borrowed from these shows.  In fact, it is argued the entire X-Files meta plot was lifted mostly from these series.  You will find mentions and tips of the hat to it in Cthulhoid offerings post 1960… Dr Who, Star Trek, and so on…

The Keeper’s favourite is Quatermass and the Pit – which combines elements of an invasion from 5 million years ago, resulting in human beings existence being brought about by genetic and other medical interventions by Martians.  It also featured themes of psychometry, living images in inanimate objects, an explanation for Psi and the Supernatural. There is also an encephalo-projector to see into people’s dreams and thoughts… Poltergeist / PK galore… hypnotic thrall trances…all sorts of interesting things that should inspire a bizarrist, mentalist and mystery performer!

Try to find the BBC 6 episode version to watch, which is superior to the Hammer Film. 

This contest is to create a presentation that involves whatever elements and themes you can pull from that Pit.

Some examples might be:

  • Demonstrating the latent Martian powers that lie dormant within us.
  • Another might be how to dowse for alien presences.
  • Perhaps communicating with an extra-terrestrial presence.
  • Peering into someone's visual nightmares
  • Summoning the arcane and ancient forces from a scrap of alien metal

Poetry, prose and art are welcome for submissions as well as routines.

The Prize:

A Martian Time Capsule with Mysterious Objects within

Deadline for Submission:

March Martian Madness – post the March Break – March 21st 2012

Send your entries to:

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Have fun!

Tome Tribute

"They say foul beings of Old Times still lurk in dark forgotten corners of the world, And Gates stll gape to loose, on certain nights, Shapes pent in Hell."

From Unaussprechlichen Kulten

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Thought of the Eon

There is a concept that is the corrupter and destroyer of all others. I speak not of Evil, whose limited empire is that of ethics; I speak of the infinite.

-Jorge Luis Borges