UFOs, Nuclear Engineering and Government Cover-Ups

Nope, I haven’t gone completely off the deep end, but the topics above were pretty heavily covered in my interview with Jan C. Harzan, the director of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Wondering what the hell a MUFON is? Well, in a way it shares a similar origin story to the fictional Men in Black, with a small group of midwesterners creating a group to study alien activity, and slowly growing into something larger. Right now, MUFON is one of the largest, if not the largest UFO monitoring network (aside from our government) in the world.

Jan was an engineer for 37 years before joining MUFON

Now, a quick note before I link you to the interview. Before you all think I’ve lost my mind, more than usual that is, I want to confirm that I am still firmly a skeptic, and not jumping on board the conspiracy train. In this interview, Jan shows a lot of distrust in what the government tells us, and a few other problematic views, but I still think it’s interesting. The whole point of Cryptids Decrypted is to hear odd stories from people on the fringe of science studying creatures that haven’t been proven to exist. Well, as of yet, aliens fit that category.

So, without further ado, here’s my interview with Jan C. Harzan. It’s available on all podcasting platforms from the link here, or you can listen below.

If you prefer video, here’s the video!

A New Home for Chadpocalypse

It’s Monday, which means time for a new chapter of Chadpocalypse, but for those who are new to the product, Doctors recommend examining the following questions before use:

What in the heck is a Chadpocalypse?
Chadpocalypse is an upcoming novel about, you guessed it, Chad. He’s your every day college dropout who never quite stopped the abusive levels of drinking introduced in fraternity pledging, and happens to be the only person who knows the apocalypse is coming. With the help of a Priest, a handful of illicit substances, and a few familiar friends, Chad must defeat the four horseman of the apocalypse, or risk missing the concert he has tickets to in a year’s time.

This Chadpocalypse sounds amazing, but how much is it going to cost me?
That’s the beauty of Chadpocalypse, given it’s work-in-progress nature, it is entirely FREE!! I will be releasing chapters every week (most of the time) until the book is finished, and until it eventually gets published, all of those chapters will be free to read. The only thing I ask in return is if you like it, please share it with others and let me know! Similarly, if you don’t like it, let me know, I can change things if needed!

I believe in the strict, to-the-letter teachings of The Bible, and Chadpocalypse sounds blasphemous
Yeah, you’re probably right there, it’s blasphemous as hell. Might I suggest one of my other books that is less focused on the hypocrisies of religion? Whiteout is just about good old fashioned monster hunting. It’s got 4.8/5 stars with 19 ratings, so I think you’ll enjoy it.

Alright, enough of the questions, where can I read it?
Well, you have options! You can either read new chapters as I post them here on the website, check out these google docs, or read it on Wattpad. If you’ve got somewhere else you think I should post it, feel free to holler at me!

I notice all of the chapters are named after songs, can I listen to this music somewhere?
So glad you asked! I have created a Spotify playlist for the official songs of Chadpocalypse and will update it as I write new chapters. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0UozdgzYvJeQxHVcwSwZ0w?si=Jz4r6W5ORmCiXx_i6a8uuQ

Update on Upcoming Projects

Hi Everyone, I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on the site, but I’ve been working on a host of projects that are all coming out soon! I wanted to take this time to provide a brief update on where everything is and how it’s coming along.

The Patreon (Yes, I have one of those now)

I know, shilling for money on a Patreon can be a turn off, but rest assured, I’m using those earnings to fund all sorts of cool projects. Not sure what a Patreon is? I made a video for that.

The latest of these projects is going to be a podcast series where I talk with experts in the field of Cryptozoology, discussing portrayals of cryptids (think bigfoot, yeti, etc.) in fiction compared to how the experts believe they exist in the real world.

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Our First Guest, David George Gordon, The Bug Chef

The first episode of the podcast is going to air next Friday and will be an interview talking all things Bigfoot with Author, David George Gordon.  While a lot of his fame stems from his ability to cook up a good insect meal, David has also written a field guide about Sasquatch, and frequently speaks about cryptids nationally. The podcast will air one week early for Patrons on July 19th, and will be available on all podcast platforms the week after. 

A Man of the Mountain

If you’ve followed my posts, you’ve probably seen me talking about this one a lot. A Man of the Mountain is a prequel Novella to Whiteout, and takes place in the fictional town of Clearwater. The story follows Jonas, a man hell bent on maintaining the legend of Bigfoot at all costs, and Shirley Codwell, the intrepid tabloid reporter hunting him down. Things escalate after real monster hunters are called in, including our favorite, Nick Ventner, and the chase begins.

Man of the Mountain will be released in two formats. Beginning this summer, we will release episodes of the story as an audio drama with full  music, sound effects, and the work of some incredible voice actors. Two trailers are up below if you want to check them out. A pre-release of Episode 1 will go out to Patrons at the end of this month.

A Man of the Mountain will also be releasing as a paperback through Aberrant Literature later this year, so keep an eye out for more news on that!

Downpour

The first draft for the sequel to Whiteout is complete and is now out for edits with the man, the myth, the legend, Jason Peters, head of Aberrant Literature. We’re planning for a release sometime next year, and for those who absolutely can’t wait, I’ll be sharing some early chapters, yes, on the Patreon (my apologies, but it really helps us with getting money for ads and events).

I had so much fun writing this book and examining a different part of Nick as he treks through the South American jungle searching for the entrance to the Land of the Dead. There are plenty of myths, legends, and old friends for Nick to encounter on his journey, and it’s shaping up to be a worthy successor to Whiteout.

Chadpocalypse

I’m now in the process of writing Book 2 of Chadpocalypse, the story of a lowly drunk who is thrust into the role of thwarting the apocalypse. The entirety of Book 1 is up for reading through the Patreon and once I’ve finished Book 2, it will be up there as well. The plan is to find a publishing home for this eventually so I can release it in paperback, but I’d say that’s a 2020 goal if I’m being honest. It’s only $2 to read the first part in its entirety right now, so if you’re interested, consider checking it out!

Wanderword

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As some of you are aware, I also spent a good part of my winter working on an interactive short story for a new platform, Wanderword. Wanderword aims to let players step into their story by offering meaningful choices in an immersive choose-your-own-adventure audio format with full sound effects and music. My first story, Sweet Dreams, deals with a company trying to monetize dreams, and puts the player in the shoes of Jackie, a woman testing this new application.

There’s no release date yet for the story, but I’ve had a chance to play through some sections and it’s going to be a lot of fun! If you want to check out an excellent story that is already out, try 63rd and Wallace, a horror-mystery about the murder castle in Chicago. The first episode is free, and very well written.

That’s all for now!

If you’re still reading, thanks for bearing with me, I’m really excited to share all these new projects with you very soon! For frequent updates, I suggest following me on Twitter as that’s where I’m most active these days. Have a great end to your week, and I’ll see you around.

–Ashton