Forgive me if I seem … not myself. I’ve been traveling in dark realms, lurking in shadows, trembling in liminal spaces where the imagination turns on itself and consciousness seems more a burden than a blessing. I have glimpsed, however briefly, the invisible, the unspeakable, the unknowable. In short, I have been reading Thomas Ligotti.
If you haven’t heard of Thomas Ligotti, you’re not alone. Despite winning three Braham Stoker Awards and amassing a devoted following among fans of supernatural horror and weird fiction, the reclusive American author remains a relatively obscure figure in the contemporary literary landscape.
Gillmor teaches digital hygiene classes where he tries to get people to think about their privacy and security. He usually starts the class by asking people if they know when their phones are communicating with cell towers. “Most people say, ‘When I use it,’ but the answer is, ‘anytime it’s on,’” he says.
Rami Malek may have recently won the Oscar for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, but in a video that is circulating on social media, he is reminding us majorly of his Mr Robot‘s secretive character Elliot Alderson, in the sense that he seems to be intimidating us by his choice of life.
Rami was recently shooting for the I am a fan series of commercial for Mandarin Oriental when he made his rather incomprehensible interests clear to us. Personal choices apart, Twiterrati are obsessively cued into the speculative theories that Rami may be “a serial killer in hiding.” It’s hard to say what makes the video so disconcerting but there’s something freaky still in the blank way that he delivers his ‘I like’ monologue. Can we blame them, after watching the video!