Now on Patreon: HUBRIS Issue 4

The fourth issue of HUBRIS: The Journal of Cultural Horror is now available to Patreon patrons! Download in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle formats! This monthly zine about the horrors of the modern world made possible thanks to my wonderful sponsors!

In this issue:

  • The Elephant in the Room is about gun control and mass shootings. Sitting here in February 2018, with all of the activism going on around the Parkland, Florida shooting and those amazing teenagers fighting back, how can I ignore this topic?
  • I used to think conspiracy theories were funny, but in Can You See the Fnords? I explain when and why I stopped laughing. People who peddle these outlandish ideas now scare me, rather than inspiring me to play interesting alternate-reality tabletop roleplaying games.
  • There are times when I feel I should issue content warnings for this zine, even though I never get especially graphic. Roy Moore Should Move to Missouri is about the failure to do much of anything to stop child marriage in the state of Missouri. The swipe at Moore was a cheap shot, but I couldn’t just let it go by.
  • Random Thought: The Border Wall is exactly that, a random thought about the proposed border wall that Mexico is never going to agree to pay for.
  • One of my ongoing frustrations with American culture and government right now is the subject of The Rule of Law. In short, we want to hold immigrants to the precise letter of the law, while allowing politicians — especially that one with the grubby fun-sized hands and candy-floss hair — to run with scissors and eat paste in terms of following even the spirit of the law.
  • I had to write Finland is Better By Comparison, But… to keep myself intellectually honest and ethically fair. While I absolutely love living here in the Nordics and would gladly stay for the rest of my life, this little nation has its own deeply troubling issues regarding asylum seekers.
  • Chain Immigration is something that I think most people understand, but I needed to say it out loud. It’s another case of taking something that used to be hailed as a strength and a virtue and turning it into an Orwellian dirty word.
  • If I had to choose between so-called “Millennials” and social media, I’ll take the people. The Ants and the Grasshopper is about how young people are basically being peer pressured into toxic consumerist behavior.
  • Random Though: When You’ve Seen One Dudebro… is about how one shitshow nightmare reminds me of another shitshow nightmare from almost 20 years ago. It’s an unfair comparison, but I’m not sure who it’s more unfair to. Decide for yourself.
  • My pipe dream is for A New Constitutional Convention, to update and clarify the United States Constitution. Blasphemy, I know, because it’s the Word of God or something and therefore perfect and unchangeable. Aside from, you know, all of the changes, and the mechanism for it being a living document baked right in. How can we keep using pull quotes to defend out divisive opinions if we put things in plain English and agree on what they mean?
  • The Compassionless Boondoggle of Drug Testing is about how using mandatory drug screening to gain access to social safety nets is really just about shaming the poor for having the audacity to be poor. Again, this is one of those “no duh” pieces that I had to write just to get it out of my system.
  • There’s an article about art and creativity in here! How did that happen? Oh, nevermind, For the Love of Money is about how people don’t get why you’d choose to make something rather than commodetizing your handiwork and monetizing your time.
  • Did you know that the American Civil War was actually about slavery? It’s true! Not that anyone wants to talk about it, or the other shitty things that made America the nation that it is today. Suppressing History is about the stuff that doesn’t fit into the narrative of American Exceptionalism, and how America will never become great again until it owns up to these little mistakes and indiscretions.
  • I had to write about the verdicts in the Slenderman murder case because it intersects with behavioral health and juvenile justice, two of my personal hot buttons. Of all the articles in this month’s issue, I think this is the one that would get my death threats, because I express sympathy for those two mentally ill girls who tried to stab another kid to death.
  • Do you suffer from CNS? In truth, it leads to suffering for all of us. What is Chicken Nugget Syndrome, and why does it threaten the very fabric of society?
  • Alt-Right Movie Review is as close as I come to pointing and laughing at anyone in this issue. I sure hope that I don’t hurt the feelings of any fascists, so that they buy a ton of copies of this zine and leave mean comments about it on Amazon. All of that attention and free publicity would sure suck for me.
  • Money is more important than anything. Unless it’s women’s reproductive rights. Or suppressing the gay agenda. We don’t want to make money off of those things. The Inconsistent Morality of Capitalism is about how some horrible things are excusable when there’s a profit to be made, but certain life-saving and beneficial things aren’t.
  • The Things I Keep From Social Media is about how the tangerine bullfrog in the ill-fitting suit (seriously, if I were that rich I’d hire the Queer Eye guys as my personal stylists, day one) has inspired me to be more mindful of what I say online.
  • [REDACTED] is about, well, I can’t tell you. You’ll have to read it.
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, then it was the best of times again, and then things got even worse. When the World is Running Down is about the emotional roller coaster that is life in the 21st century.
  • We end as always on A Hopeful Note, this time talking about how the world seems to be pulling together thanks to someone in particular putting himself first.