While browsing through my files, I came across this and thought I'd share it. It's one of the few stills available from Portland's first motion picture, "A Nugget in the Rough," released in 1917. That's a young Ruth Wieland in the middle. This was a few years before she became a cult queen, the "Warder of the Purple Robes." Her mother, May Otis (later May Blackburn) produced the film for the Starlight Film Company. Which, not surprisingly, she owned.
An excerpt from Cult of the Great Eleven, capturing Gale Banks' testimony on the witness stand when asked about the bizarre rituals of the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven:
Banks acknowledged an enigmatic concord known as “The Horse’s Hoof and the Breathing In,” that included the ceremonial pouring of hot water on a horse’s back. He said the ritual had a connection to the film, Hot Water, a Harold Lloyd comedy released in 1924. When asked about the relationship of the film to the concord, he got cagey, stating, “It would take a long time to explain. I would have to sit here a year.”
In fact, there are several peculiar connections between the Harold Lloyd classic and the rituals of the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven. Below is a scene from the film which is one such connection - a bit of an inside joke.
I'm pleased to report that the Cult of the Great Eleven audiobook is coming along nicely. The reader, Ben Granger, has a great film-noir detective voice-over talent, which suits the material perfectly. Project should be done by the end of the month. I've also just initiated the audiobook reading for The Apocalypse Script, which I have high hopes for. I'm also adding a map or so a day on the Cult Locations page.
I'm in the process of adding some scans from a 1925 map of Los Angeles I've obtained, and marking locations that played a role in the development of the Divine Order of the Royal Arms of the Great Eleven. Check out the Cult Locations link (Cult Locations). An example is below, which identifies the house at 355 South Grand Avenue, L.A., where May Blackburn (then May Otis) claimed the angel Gabriel appeared to her and her daughter, Ruth. The lower blue circle marks the location of the Rose Room, where Ruth danced for money while "dictating" the angel's apocalyptic book.
I've spent the past three weeks taking auditions from readers for Cult and Apocalypse Script. I'm surprised at how many great readers there are out there! It's not an easy decision. It's also not an inexpensive decision, with readers ranging from $50 PFH (per finished hour) to $200 PFH. The price isn't always relatable to the quality, however.
Picking a reader to work with like choosing a favorite child. But "there can be only one."
There have been several podcasts which have featured "Cult of the Great Eleven" recently, one of which includes an interview with me, which was a lot of fun. If you're interested, please check them out!