Strange Lands Podcast

Strange Lands Podcast Has Launched

The Strange Lands Podcast is up and running. Weird history, astonishing mysteries, and little-known tales of the unexplained. Check out a sample podcast, Episode Two: The Disappearances at…

Old Marmarth Road

How an Algorithm (and my stupid mistakes) Made Me Unemployed

This is embarrassing to write. It is confessional, and probably overly personal. In a time when there’s always someone ready to call you an idiot when you fail,…

A Haunting: Psychic Medium Weighs In

Stories about the happenings in my home have been pretty rare the last few years. We’ve learned to live with it, but a recent email from a medium…

Blackberry Smoke

Review: Blackberry Smoke “Like an Arrow”

Blackberry Smoke is a Georgia southern rock band I discovered a few years ago when I ran across their concert video “Live at the Georgia Theatre”, and I’ve…

Lasiurus

A Vampire Apocalypse?

While the the title of this short film, “Lasiurus,” leaves a little something to be desired (What does it mean? How do you pronounce it?) the film itself…

Will Smith as Neo

That Time Will Smith Almost Became Neo

Just about every movie you can think of once had someone else cast in the lead role, only to have the part go to someone else who became…

Rise

Short Film Friday: Rise of the Robots

David Karlak ran a successful Kickstarter campaign and raised $38,000 to film his proof of concept short film, Rise. The plot description reads, “In the near future, sentient…

Johnny Cab

Say Goodbye to Your Uber Driver

We are in the first days of a revolution in transportation and your Uber driver’s days are numbered. It’s no secret that Google has been developing self-driving vehicles…

Saturdays with Stephen: 58 King Adaptations Ranked

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our time, and also one of the most successful in terms of having his works adapted for the…

7 Canadian Artists Virtually Unknown in America

Growing up in North Dakota, I got a heavy dose of Canadian music in my youth. Canadian artists like Loverboy and April Wine made frequent swings through North…

Why This Back to the Future Set Looks Familiar, and Other Easter Eggs

For anyone who has taken the Universal Studios tour, it’s no secret that thousands of films and television shows have been shot on the studio lot, and many…

UFOs Reported Over Las Vegas, July 3rd, 2016

A post in my Facebook feed alerted me to this story. I’ve written about UFOs before, here and here, and this story fascinated me for about ten minutes….

How a North Dakota Meteorite Impact Helped Create an Oil Boom

Did you know North Dakota is home to an ancient impact crater? Geologists, and many in the oil industry, have known about Red Wing Crater for decades, but…

A Haunting: Unlocking the Door

The last installment of this serial, a year and a half ago, was intended to be my last. Living in a haunted house is something we’ve come to…

The Colors of Goodbye

If you know me, you know I’ve spent more than thirteen years exploring the upper midwest with my friend Terry, photographing ghost towns, abandoned places, and roadside attractions…

Found Photos: 1930s Minnesota

Found photos are a simple pleasure. I get a lot of enjoyment from looking at old postcards and photos, and trying to tease out the details from the…

Saturdays with Stephen: More Great Horror Movies

In the last entry of Saturdays with Stephen, I recounted a 1979 interview with author Stephen King in which the master of horror listed his choices for the…

Fargo Moorhead Lost and Found is Out

Our newest book, Fargo Moorhead Lost and Found is out, and heading to stores as we speak. The book, and the website, are an in-depth look at the…

Saturdays with Stephen: King Names Greatest Horror Movies

On September 8th, 1979, Stephen King appeared on the weekly radio show “Probabilities,” hosted by Richard Wolinsky and Lawrence Davidson at KPFA-FM in Berkeley, California. He was asked…

Saturdays with Stephen: “It” to Get Film Adaptation

I originally intended to cover a Stephen King list of “Greatest Horror Movies of All Time” this week in Saturdays with Stephen, but the news broke this week…