Paranoia magazine in Washington Post

Today's Washington Post has a profile of Paranoia magazine, a terrific print magazine about wild conspiracies, Forteana, and the paranormal. I remember when Paranoia first launched in 1992 during the print 'zine heyday. I haven't read Paranoia in a while but I'm going out later to find a copy at my local independent newsagent. From the Washington Post:
P47Cover Med-1 I decided to ask the co-editors, Joan D'Arc and Al Hidell. I called and Joan D'Arc answered. Well, I wasn't born yesterday so I knew that name was fake -- a subtle reference to Joan of Arc. So I asked her: "What's your real name?" She refused to tell me.

"You must surely realize that there are people out there who hate us and would want to harm us."

She told me that editing Paranoia was not a full-time job so I asked her what she did for a living.

"I'm not at liberty to discuss that," she said.

Apparently, when you're exposing the secret government you can't be too careful. D'Arc told me that Paranoia was born in 1992 in Providence, R.I., where she ran an alternative bookstore called Newspeak, which hosted weekly meetings of the Providence Conspiracy League. The league started collecting conspiracy information and storing it in a big loose-leaf binder with a picture of Lee Harvey Oswald on the cover. And the binder led to the magazine.
Link to the Washington Post article, Link to Paranoia (via The Anomalist)

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  1. I hope I’m not a big nerd for recognizing Al Hidell as a reference to Oswald’s alias, Alex Hidell. Surely that’s only moderately nerdy, right?

  2. @PHINEAS (#1), I didn’t get that reference but I love it now that you’ve shared it with me. Nice!

  3. I used to do illustrations for the cover of Paranoia. Once they tried to get me to illustrate a story that used the word “genocide” to describe what has supposedly happened to the world’s faerie population. I balked — just couldn’t go there, and I haven’t done anything for them since.

  4. Glad to see we’re being talked about!
    Hughe! You misunderstood the context of the article. It was not ridiculing the holocaust or in anyway revisionist. It was an article, that some may have thought silly, that said there was a war against the faeries that killed them off! However, the illustrations for it were great! Your refusal gave a another artist a job.
    Devin LaRue
    Paranoia Magazine
    Advertising Director

  5. Don’t be silly, Hugh. That story “Elves and Fairies: Slaughtered Race” was by Nicholas DeVere (issue 38) about the ethnic cleansing of the “dragon/elven” race who are the Druids, which ran for a thousand years from 751 AD until the Witchcraft laws were abolished in 1736. This group of real people, the Scythians (modern day Iranians) who came from the Carpathian mountains (Ukraine) were chased across Europe and into Scotland and massacred by the Catholic church. It actually happened. One of our specialties is alternative history and pre-history. A witch means a “fairy” or a “pict”. Perhaps if you had read the article instead of skimming it …

    And you did work for us after that. You illustrated the cover of issue 42 to my specs perfectly, illustrating me and Al doing the Illuminati secret dance, and you added a beautiful touch: a little Alien Elvis in a white leisure suit pointing in the air like John Travolta. As always, it’s perfectly alright if you take offense to anything, and we tried to explain, but I think you misunderstood the gist of the article. It is OK to use the word “holocaust” in relation to a tribe other than the Jews.

  6. Here’s a chain for the paranoid:

    Tuesday Weld starred with Martin Mull in “Serial” circa 1980. Martin Mull is the brother of Anodea Judith, who is(or was) a High Priestess in the “Church of All Worlds”, a neo Pagan group based on the writings of Robert A. Heinlein, specifically “Stranger in a Strange Land”. Robert A. Heinlein derived much of the plot for “Stranger” from his interactions with Jack Parsons and the Pasadena Ordo Templi Orientis, which does claim to distill the wisdom of the Illuminati in it’s teachings.

    How do I know this stuff?

  7. Here’s a chain for the paranoid:

    Tuesday Weld starred with Martin Mull in “Serial” circa 1980. Martin Mull is the brother of Anodea Judith, who is(or was) a High Priestess in the “Church of All Worlds”, a neo Pagan group based on the writings of Robert A. Heinlein, specifically “Stranger in a Strange Land”. Robert A. Heinlein derived much of the plot for “Stranger” from his interactions with Jack Parsons and the Pasadena Ordo Templi Orientis, which does claim to distill the wisdom of the Illuminati in it’s teachings.

    How do I know this stuff?

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