Author Jason Pargin on the 2000-era website that accidentally destroyed the world

Jason Pargin, author of the John Dies at the End series, has an interesting hot take on how our current online Upside Down came to be.

Pargin's 4th book in the John Dies… series, If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe, is out now.

Thumbnail image: Inset of the original HOT or NOT site, circa 2005. Retrieved from the Wayback Machine at