Fear is the Mind Killer
Fear is the Mind Killer
Bryan White
This is a podcast about fear and the foundations on which that fear is built. Listen in on a conversation with writers, artists, occultists, paranormal investigators, and anyone else whose job or interests direct them to gleefully stare into the darkness when their brain is sending them clear signals to get away.
Episode 9: Nonsense Bazaar on Conspiracy, Death, and Crustaceans
My guests in this episode are Willow Truman and Sequoya Kennedy of the outstanding podcast, Nonsense Bazaar, a digest of conspiracy and strangeness. We talk about our relationship to conspiracy theory, the madness of trying to keep your distance as you turn up more soil to explore as well as obsessively ruminating on death and Willow's terror in the face of crustaceans. You can find more of The Nonsense Bazaar at the following links: Twitter Instagram
Mar 31, 2022
1 hr 7 min
Episode 8: Liminal Earth on being haunted by religion, a loss of agency, and dying before your time
My guests in this episode are Jeremy Puma, Bex Atwood, and Garret Kelly of the Liminal Map project at liminal.earth. In this episode we talk about that little voice in your head that insists that everything they told you at church might be right, the unbearable fright of losing personal agency, and the ceaseless drone of anxiety that characterizes an early death. We also talk about the liminal map and how consciousness shapes reality by merely interacting with it. You can find all you need to know about Liminal Earth at the following links: Liminal.Earth Twitter Instagram TikTok
Mar 2, 2022
1 hr 21 min
Episode 7: Marco Visconti on mortality and The Magnum Opus
Marco Visconti is a busy guy and precisely the person that I wanted to get on the show to take a deep dive with into the more advanced depths of occult study and practice and the fascinating history of magic in the west. He is a leader in the world of Thelema and is doing his best to help the tradition shed its vicious past and move properly into the new aeon. In this episode we talk about magic, The Great Work and the lurking anxiety that at the end of our lives we may not have made the best of it all. Keep up with Marco on Twitter, become a patron and join his outstanding community of magicians, or catch up with his casual and informative live streams on youtube.
Feb 15, 2022
1 hr 1 min
Episode 6: AP Strange on the unbearable awfulness of boredom and living with high strangeness
AP Strange is a bottomless well of fascinating facts and weird business. His twitter feed is endless anecdotes of the incredibly bizarre and links to articles that you're better off for having read. He's also Liminal.Earth's ambassador of high strangeness for the state of Massachusetts, host of the on-again-off-again podcast, The Eternal Void, But With Jazz, and an enthusiast of Discordianism. We talk about the awful burden of being addicted to novelty, the experience of encountering "luminous beings" as a child, and being followed by poltergeist activity.
Dec 13, 2021
1 hr 12 min
Episode 5: Larry Clow on sleep walking and waking up in strange places
Larry Clow is a tight bro from way back when that shares my love of fear and horror media and also happens to experience a range of parasomnias. From sleep walking to sleep paralysis, Larry's night time experience is one that he could not always trust to deliver him safely to the next day. We talk about the things that happen to us in those times, the oddly consistent geography of our landscapes, and confusing fabricated memories experienced in dreams with those of our waking life.
Nov 16, 2021
1 hr 8 min
Episode 4: Sean Dempsey on war, trauma, and burning houses
Sean Dempsey is a friend of mine who spent six years serving in the United States Army. Two of those years were spent on the ground in both Afghanistan and Iraq. In this episode we talk about the ceaseless terror of being at war, what happens when you bring what's leftover home with you, and how being constantly on alert for disaster adapts to regular life. Also, here's the scene from Threads that we talk about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrHoMSRZOS4
Nov 1, 2021
49 min
Episode 3: Allen Greenfield and the uncanny
Allen Greenfield is a professional weirdo whose contributions to UFOlogy, parapsychology, and the occult cannot possibly be overstated. He is the author of Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts, which found itself at the center of the paranormal obsession, Hellier, as well as The Roots of Modern Magick, The Compleat Rite of Memphis, and The Grail Within. In this episode we talk about the necessity of fear on the path of enlightenment and what sort of spooky business puts a person on a path where they deliberately surround themself with all manner of high strangeness
Oct 18, 2021
58 min
Episode 2: Peter Bebergal and the power of signs and symbols
Peter Bebergal is the author of Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural and is the editor of the short fiction collection Appendix N: The Eldritch Roots of Dungeons and Dragons. In this episode we discuss a fear of heights so acute that it interferes with his life, the presence of symbols and superstitions in his childhood and the all-time classic horror movie, The Exorcist.
Oct 5, 2021
55 min
Episode 1: Sarah Elizabeth and Scopophobia
Sarah Elizabeth is an introvert and an author. Her book, The Art of the Occult: A Visual Sourcebook for the Modern Mystic put her squarely in nightmare territory as its examination of esoteric symbolism and occult nature of many works or art was ripe for criticism from academics and art historians. We also discuss finding horror in the mundane and whether its right to use Dracula as a noun or proper noun.
Sep 20, 2021
57 min
Fear is the Mind Killer (trailer)
Coming soon! Fear is the Mind Killer is a podcast about the things that frighten us and the foundations on which that fear is built. Listen in on a candid conversation that seeks to sort out the tangled nest of psychology to get to the core of the amygdala and understand why we react the way we do to things that are scary. Your host, Bryan White, will talk to people whose jobs or whose interests direct them to stare into the darkness and why they do it when their brain is sending them clear signals to get away from there.
Sep 8, 2021
4 min