We’re producing our first original on high strangeness. In it we explore the psyche of “strange” through the stories of three people in highly strange situations. Season One – “Information … Continue reading Coming Soon: Highly Strange
It’s refreshing to see someone make an attempt to understand what I was trying to do with Ong’s Hat and it’s encouraging to see them get it mostly right. Too … Continue reading Ong’s Hat and the construction of a suspicious model reader
Conspiracy theorizing as alternate-reality game “Many quotes from a long and enjoyable conversation I had with the author made it into this article. I hope you find it as enlightening … Continue reading This Is Not a Game
*This episode became one of the top ten most downloaded episodes of Parallax Views. On this edition of Parallax Views, a special, previously unpublished conversation with Joseph Matheny, a pivotal … Continue reading ARG Pioneer Joseph Matheny on the Counterculture’s Hijacking from Corporatization to QAnon
The first thing one learns upon becoming a subject of press interest is that there’s actually very little one can generally do in the face of inaccurate or even malicious … Continue reading Corrections to Brian Dunning’s Skeptoid Podcast About Ong’s Hat
Here’s a show with Grimerica that I recently did with my old friend Denny Unger along with the hosts of Grimerica, D-Ron, and Grahambo. There’s one more interview I did … Continue reading Grimerica: Denny Unger and Joseph Matheny – Alternative Reality Games and Conspiracies
LINK TO Gizmodo piece on Ong’s Hat, from 2/21/19 Chosen one of The Best Long Reads Of The Month, picked by Digg’s editors Chosen as a “WEEKEND READING PLEASURE” editor’s … Continue reading Gizmodo-Ong’s Hat: The Early Internet Conspiracy Game That Got Too Real
What lies at the heart of Ong’s Hat? Listen to this episode of Decoder Ring: LINK TO DECODER RING PAGE Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Every … Continue reading Slate-Decoder Ring: The Incunabula Papers
Topics include: Crimbus gifts, planning our funerals, Scary German Lady, Philly Legends: The Bubble Fairy, Josh is home alone, Alien Alloys, BFS Road Trip, Corrections and Josh’s Chaos Dimension: Ong’s Hat, … Continue reading Best Friend Simulator Episode 16: Those Mummy Flippin’ Flintknappers/ Ong’s Hat
If you enjoy STEAL THIS SHOW, think about becoming a patron. Our Patreon campaign keeps us free and independent – and keeps shows coming your way! This episode is part two … Continue reading Special Episode: ‘Fake Lore, Dark Memes’, with Joseph Matheny
The Grey Lodge was an underground private torrent tracker used by millions of people per month in their quest to uncover the esoteric, strange and the downright weird. In this … Continue reading The Digital Underground: with The Grey Lodge’s Joseph Matheny
Story from the Asbury Park Press, a New Jersey newspaper on the legend(s) of Ong’s Hat. Some excerpts: “Two weeks ago there were these young kids, like 19 or 20, … Continue reading Life in the Pines: Ong’s Hat
Matheny himself was there at the beginning of the ARG, when the increasing prominence of online media got him thinking about new forms of storytelling. “I’ve been a tech person since the Eighties,” he reminisces. “I was an IT expert and moved up into software, and I used to play the Steve Jackson games a lot. I also played the Flying Buffalo play-by-mail games, which were kind of like a LARP but done through mail, phone and faxes. You would send your mailing address and your phone number and you would start getting stuff in the mail.
The Chromos Kids: DNA Wars! Christopher Hyatt interviewed by Joseph Matheny from the Black Book Volume III Galts Ark Vol 01- Joseph Matheny talks to Christopher Hyatt and Hyatt opens … Continue reading The Chromos Kids: DNA Wars! Christopher Hyatt interviewed by Joseph Matheny from the Black Book Volume III…
My interview with legendary beat writer, Diane DiPrima is included in Beats In Time: A Literary Generation’s Legacy. See info on Goodreads or Amazon
The Silk Road website uses an anonymous browser, untraceable currency, shifting servers and an encrypted Web address to allow for a thriving illegal drug trade on the Internet.
Joseph Matheny in conversation with old friend and mentor Ralph Abraham.
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Joseph Matheny in conversation with the diversely creative spirit, Mark Mallman.
Joseph Matheny in conversation with Richard Nash about publishing/e-publishing past-present-future.
Joseph Matheny in conversation with Richard Metzger about publishing and the future of media. Also, a new In Your Ear, reviewing the Sex is Fun podcast.
Joseph Matheny in conversation with old friend Steve Peters. Steve is a founding member of No Mimes Media, who produced the Why So Serious for The Dark Knight and on Year Zero for Nine Inch Nails ARG/Transmedia Experiences and a host of others. Also, In Your Ear reviews John Hummel Blogs the Religions.
Joseph Matheny in conversation withstand-up comedian and podcaster Marc Maron,. Also, an In Your Ear review of Marc’s podcast, WTF. It’s a WTF kinda day here at the GSpot!
Cup of TNB host Joseph Matheny talks to TNB editor and author Jonathan Evison.
JONATHAN EVISON is the author of All About Lulu, which won the 2009 Washington State Book Award, as well as the forthcoming novels, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. In 2009, he received a fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He is the Executive Editor of The Nervous Breakdown, and an advisory editor at Knock. He blogs at Three Guys, One Book. He especially likes rabbits and beer.
Joseph Matheny in conversation with Rachel Haywire about the good old BBS days, music, art and all sorts of goodies. Since this is a special holiday show, they just talked … Continue reading The GSpot: Rachel Haywire
In anticipation of the upcoming performance of The Abattoir Pages, Joseph Matheny in conversation with John Harrigan about anything and everything that comes to their mind. All music provided by … Continue reading The Gspot: John Harrigan