Sturgis Sturdevant is a professional troll. He works for a fake news website, he can’t seem to find a decent therapist or meet a nice girl, and it looks like he’s inadvertently joined a cult. If that wasn’t bad enough, Stu might also be a hypnotically programmed assassin.

Sirhan: or, The Hallucinatory Vanguard is two-parts neo-noir and one-part satire. The reader will encounter media startup yuppies, conspiracy theorists, ravers, and political extremists of all types in a book that doesn’t comment on conspiracy culture as much as wallow in it.

Available soon wherever fine books are sold.



This is the "secret" link that I am giving out to shamelessly promote my new book. Please give it a once-over, and if you're interested, feel free to contact me for a review copy, for an interview, or to answer any questions you might have.

Sirhan: Or, the Hallucinatory Vanguard is a novel that deals with conspiracy theories and conspiracy culture. As a journalist, I've spent the last decade covering cults and strange religions, pseudoscience, deep politics, and the fringe American subcultures where this sort of thing flourishes. I've always considered "conspiracy theorists" to be the canaries in the coal mine of our society. But now it's 2017, and the birds are free from their cages. They are amok in the coal mine.

What's a reporter to do, then?

When the world becomes as absurd as a novel, perhaps the best thing for a journalist to do is become a novelist.

This is a book that only I could write, and I think that you'll enjoy reading it. I'm including links to some additional information below. When you're ready for a review copy or an interview, I can be reached via email ( or by using the contact form on this site.



This is footage that I shot in the summer of 2017, featuring The Healing Church - a radical, pro-Cannabis sect of Catholic conspiracy theorists who were visiting downtown Pittsburgh for a "Make America Great Again" march and rally. When the Pittsburgh's nascent Antifa made an appearance, things took a turn...


"Paranoid delusions in the police state."
The Outline, Feb. 2, 2017

For Targeted Individuals, what happens when reality starts to look like your nightmares?


"Laura Johnston Kohl and the Politics of Peoples Temple."
The Jonestown Report, Vol. 19, November 2017

Laura Johnston thought she was on the vanguard of the socialist revolution. Sheer luck kept her from dying at Jonestown.


"Being cynical: Julian Assange, Eric Schmidt, and the year's weirdest book." The Verge, June 7, 2013

In this brief review of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's book The New Digital Age, I ponder, among other things, the regime change ambitions of both the U.S. State Department and Google (now called Alphabet) itself.


OTHER TOPICS INCLUDE: Antifa: Color revolution, manufactured civil war? • Thomas Vallee: another Oswald? • Patty Hearst: CIA involvement in the heiress's abduction? • Sirhan Sirhan: Hypnotically programmed assassin? • Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard and the Occult