In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

About

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G.B. Marian

I was born during a blizzard on Monday, December 13, 1982 at approximately 5:37 p.m. EST in Abington, Pennsylvania. There was also an earthquake happening in Dhamar, northern Yemen, which ended up killing at least 1,507 people. Earlier that same year, Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for urinating on the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas; Randy Rhodes died in a tragic helicopter accident; Ronnie James Dio left Black Sabbath; and Van Halen’s Diver Down became the best-selling heavy metal album of the year. The highest grossing horror film was Poltergeist, and earlier in March, all the planets in our solar system went into syzygy and were aligned on the same side of the Sun. At the end of the year, Time Magazine chose the computer as its first non-human “Man of the Year.”

My memory only goes back as far as 1986; my earliest memories are of sharing a bedroom with my little sister, who was born in 1985; of visiting my relatives in Jacksonville, Florida; of waiting in a McDonald’s drive-thru with my aunt and my grandmother; of being sick and eating chicken noodle soup while watching E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) on home video; of eating at Denny’s after church on Sunday mornings; of watching Godzilla and kung-fu movies with my Dad on Sunday afternoons; of seeing Amish families in their buggies in Lancaster; of trick-or-treating in my old neighborhood in Norristown; of waiting to pick up my grandmother at the 30th Street railroad station in Philadelphia (i.e., the one in the 1985 movie Witness); and of helping my grandfather in his car shop and watching him drive a race car at a racing track in Florida.

I’ve loved monster movies for as long as I can remember; I spent my childhood screaming at evil creatures like The Thing From Another World (1951) and rooting for more benign beasts like Godzilla (1954). I wasn’t allowed to see any R-rated movies, however, until sometime around 1993 or 1994, when I was a 5th grader. At that time, boys my age were customarily obsessed with franchises like the Alien, Predator, Robocop and Terminator films. I was no exception in this regard, but my life changed forever when I first saw John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) in October 1994. Seeing that film transformed my psyche so radically that I consider it to be the point where I officially ceased to be a child and became an adolescent. It was only a matter of time before I tracked down all the Amityville Horror, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre films that existed at the time. I’ve been a hardcore horror movie buff ever since.

Over the course of my childhood and my adolescence, my family and I lived in Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Tennessee and Texas. We’ve lived in Pennsylvania – specifically in the Philadelphia area – on three separate occasions (i.e., from 1982-1985, from 1986-1990, and from 1992-1999). The majority of my primary and secondary school years were spent in Pennsylvania, and my college years were spent in Texas. We first moved there in May 1999 and I didn’t leave until June 2009. That entire decade was one hell of a culture shock for a Philadelphia boy like myself, and I never completely adapted to it. But the best thing to have come out of those years was meeting Tony, my best friend and brother in Seth-Typhon. In 2003, Tony and I co-founded our own unique faith, which we later decided to call the LV-426 Tradition.

I was a drama major in college; I spent several years acting and constructing sets for theatrical stage productions. I dreamed of making it big in the entertainment industry, but I eventually decided I didn’t want to be a part of that world after all. I’m more comfortable being a person in the audience, I guess. I still like to entertain, but methinks I’m better suited to doing so with a word processor than with anything else. (Lucky for me, I’ve always gotten straight A’s in English.) Aside from writing prolifically, I’m also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church Monastery, and I live in a nice cozy house with my beautiful wife Jessica and our grumpy little cat.

In terms of my political beliefs, I’m hesitant to label myself with any term that ends with “-ist.” I’m situated somewhere in the lower left-hand quadrant of the political compass, and I support things like same-sex marriage and socialized health care. While I don’t exactly enjoy paying taxes, I recognize their necessity; I support using them to pay for better social programs, and I think that tax cuts are generally a bad idea. I also think our nation’s representatives should be prohibited by law from discussing religion in their public statements, and that their private religious beliefs should not be a factor in our elections whatsoever. Finally, I loathe our bi-partisan system. I’m not loyal to any particular political party, but I’ve never voted Republican (and unless something changes pretty drastically, I sincerely doubt that I ever will).

Aside from the things I’ve already discussed, I love pitching a tent in the great outdoors and roasting hot dogs over a campfire beneath the stars. I also love going on long drives on the back roads of small country towns, especially when there’s lots of old barns and cornfields to see. I have a healthy respect for rustic things, including old farm equipment like pitchforks and scythes. When I’m not listening to heavy metal, I prefer classic country music like Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Sr. Westerns are my second-favorite film genre, especially movies like Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Pale Rider (1985). I don’t drink often, but when I do, I prefer either a hard apple cider, an extremely dry Martini or perhaps a Manhattan (and don’t skip on the cherries). My favorite writers include Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Neil Gaiman, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King and Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Donkeys and snakes are my favorite animals, black and red are my favorite colors, and chicken is my favorite food (no matter how it’s prepared).

11 responses to “About

  1. Michelle L Morgan February 20, 2015 at 5:57 am

    “I love pitching a tent in the great outdoors and roasting hot dogs over a campfire beneath the stars.” We share something in common, I adore sitting around a crackling bonfire whilst looking at the stars, it brings out the primal longings I have to be out in nature and connected with the big old universe. A great ‘about me’ page, I really enjoyed reading it.

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  2. CulturallyUnbalanced June 28, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    I love your writing style. You certainly sound like a cool dude.
    Glad to know you on the blogosphere ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. CulturallyUnbalanced June 28, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Given your polytheism and Egyptian based beliefs, do you enjoy watching shows like Stargate SG:1, or do you feel that they make light of your religious system?
    The show features many Egyptian Gods, but presents them as aliens instead of true Gods.

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    • G. B. Marian June 29, 2015 at 6:03 pm

      Hello there Culturally Unbalanced! That is a really excellent question you just asked me there. To tell you the truth, no, I’m wouldn’t say I’m offended by shows like Stargate SG-1. That particular show is not my particular cup of tea, but the idea of it doesn’t make me angry or anything like that, and I do think the show is much better than the original movie. I actually think it’s good that such shows exist in a way, because it shows that the tales and symbols of the Egyptian Gods (as well as other Deities from other pantheons) still resonate with people today, even if it’s only on a symbolic level for most. Besides, there are lots of people today who wouldn’t even know about the Gods if it weren’t for such shows; so it’s kind of like free advertising in a way, even if the mythology is sometimes adapted kind of strangely. I think that’s probably how the Gods think about it; I don’t think They really care if someone makes Them into space aliens for a TV show (or at least not if the show is half decent!). They’ve got much bigger things to worry about than that, so I figure it shouldn’t bother me either.

      Another thing is, I believe the Gods have actually influenced quite a bit of our popular culture, and that Their influence even shows up in things that aren’t specifically based on anything Egyptian or Pagan. I review a lot of movies on this website from this perspective, especially movies that I feel have to do with my own patron God. Mind you, I don’t claim that the filmmakers consciously intend to do this, or even that the things I see in their art are objectively real. I also don’t know if the films I review are exactly to your tastes or not; but I’d love for you to have a look at them if you ever have time. (If you don’t, no worries. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

      Thank you for your question; please let me know if you have any others.

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    • shelleylorraine July 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      Hi! thanks for following. You’re blog seems pretty interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture and religion, though it isn’t my spiritual path (as you probably know). My brother used to be crazy obsessed with Egypt and I thought of sure he’d be an Egyptologist some day – that would have been awesome! I look forwarding to reading what you have here. On a side-note, I can’t say that I’m too fond of horror movies. I love the old classics that are heavily romanticized or too cheesy to take seriously, but the modern stuff is too much for me to handle (I have way too many sensory sensitivities, too much of an empath, easily frightened, and I have mild-moderate case of mirror-touch synesthesia).

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      • G. B. Marian July 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm

        No worries, horror movies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. ๐Ÿ™‚ If it helps at all, most of the films I discuss are from before the 2000s and are pretty tame by today’s standards. I also don’t go for mean-spirited horror, like the Rob Zombie flicks; specifically, I try to stick to classic films that I think can actually be interpreted in a spiritual context. (There’s actually quite a few.)

        Anyhoo, it’s a shame your brother didn’t become an Egyptologist! Oh well, as long as he’s happy doing whatever he may do! Thank you for visiting my site, I am very glad that you like what you see so far. I am very fascinated by your blog, as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • shelleylorraine July 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      oops, i didnt mean to put my reply under CulturallyUnbalanced’s comment. Oh well. But, as a token of my apology, I’ll respond to their comment too :p

      Stargate SG1 is my FAVORITE sci-fi show ever. I’ve never been offended by its portrayal of the gods. Although my own Norse gods were portrayed more amicably than the Egyptian – so maybe I’m biased ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. edmooneyphotography October 2, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Hi there,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. Perhaps you might like to join in the fun on my weekly โ€˜Capturing History Challengeโ€™ or the Spooktacular 2015 for Halloween. Looking forward to seeing more from you and your blog,
    Have a great Weekend,
    Eddie

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