Oh, no! The dreaded ‘Gun Show Loophole’!

8:28 am February 2nd, 2016


(A version of this column appears in the Feb. 10 edition of “Firearms News,” formerly “Shotgun News.”)

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Another hour with Ernie

9:44 pm January 24th, 2016


Vin spent another 90 minutes on the air with Ernest Hancock in Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday (Jan. 20.) The subject of The Miskatonic Manuscript came up, along with the Drug War (of course); the unfounded claim that the federal government “owns” 53 percent of the state of Oregon; the mandatory government youth propaganda camps (“public schools”) and a few other topics. Download the RSS audio feed . . . here.

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A journey that challenges our sensibilities

4:48 pm January 19th, 2016


Doug French, former president of the Mises Institute, posts a new review of The Miskatonic Manuscript at https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/01/doug-french/taking-drug-war/ .

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Miskatonic Manuscript, Q&A part 4

11:53 am January 4th, 2016


(This is the fourth part of a week-long Q&A with Vin about his new novel, “The Miskatonic Manuscript,” continuing the adventures of rare books sleuths Matthew Hunter and Chantal Stevens, this time carrying them far beyond peaceful Providence, Rhode Island. The Q&A series begins here.)

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Cherry-picking their data

8:44 pm January 1st, 2016


(A version of this column appears in the Jan. 10 edition of Firearms News (previously “Shotgun News.”)

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The Miskatonic Manuscript, reviews part 3

1:28 pm December 31st, 2015


Following a slow Christmas week, when most folks presumably had other things to do, additional reviews of The Miskatonic Manuscript are starting to flow in.

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Miskatonic Manuscript, Q&A part 3

7:15 pm December 29th, 2015



(This follows part two in our week-long Q&A with Vin about his new novel, “The Miskatonic Manuscript.” Part two is here.)

Q: It’s interesting how many people seem to judge a book by its cover. Many people, looking at the Testament of James cover art, assume it’s a religious tract. Others, reacting to the Miskatonic Manuscript cover art, have assumed it’s pornographic — although in my opinion, it’s an artistic nude, beautifully done by a highly skilled artist, and it also fits the theme nicely — though there’s really not a lot of sex. Will those presumptions influence your choice of cover art in the future?

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Miskatonic Manuscript, Q&A part 2

5:46 pm December 26th, 2015

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Q: Some readers may object to the role played by psychedelic drugs in this series. It seems to me that you strike a middle ground somewhere between “recreational” use and “therapeutic” use, where the drugs serve a purpose in enabling the characters to navigate among various dimensions, or to ascertain hidden truth, vision-quest style. How do you see the entheogens potentially benefiting mankind? In what ways might they be harmful or prone to misuse?
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Miskatonic Manuscript, Q&A part 1

5:31 pm December 24th, 2015


Inevitably, some few readers of The Miskatonic Manuscript have objected to certain themes in the book. It seems only right to give Vin the opportunity to respond to them, to expand on his thinking — and to remind readers that, in Vin’s words (below), “Miskatonic Manuscript is science fiction, and science fiction traditionally has been more cautionary than prescriptive.”

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Merry WHITE Christmas, updated :-)

1:23 am December 24th, 2015

Wow! A surprise Christmas present from Mother Nature! This morning we woke up to snow — melting quickly, of course — but enough that I was able to snap a few shots, so at least we’ll have photos to remember the occasion.


A snow covered Cholla cactus — quite the sight!

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