Readers of Sinister Forces know the importance I assigned to the town of Ashland, Kentucky and how I stumbled upon Indian mounds in that town’s Central Park and wondered how a young Charles Manson (who lived in Ashland for the first few years of his life) saw them and how their secrets of death and ritual might have affected his young mind.

That went on to become a meditation on the Adena culture which built the mounds, and on America as a haunted house: populated by ghosts of a past we have forgotten or never known.

A few years ago a Brooklyn-based band known as Pinataland wrote and recorded a song based on my travel to Ashland as described in Sinister Forces and sent me the link.  It was uncanny how they managed to capture the mood and the context of that trip.  Pinataland specializes in music that describes and illustrates some of America’s more bizarre (yet nevertheless unremembered) events and personalities and they are worth a listen.

You can start with the following link which will lead you to an online recording of “Ashland.”  But don’t stop there.  Pinataland even recorded a song about the strange Coral Castle in South Florida and its enigmatic builder … The whole album is like listening to a volume of Sinister Forces, but without the footnotes!

4 thoughts on “Ashland”

  1. I really enjoyed listening to Ashland! How special to have the traveling you did for the research of Sinister Forces memorialized in song!

  2. I’ve been reading Sinister Forces; and I saw your mention of the Mothman. You usually connect many things together; which I find awesome; but I was wondering if you were aware of the connection between Mothman and the Owlman, a creature with the exact same physical description as Mothman - in reality, if you look at it, Mothman should have been described as an owl-man as well. Connecting this - there’s a famous photo of Doc Shiel’s coven showing 3 nude women, kneeling around a small fire - they were doing an invocation of the Owl Man.

    Owl man - a man owl; reminds me a lot of Andras from the Goetia -who according to the Dictionaire Infernale describes as having an Owl’s head - who can give advice on how to kill and can escalate quarrels and discord.

    The concept of a Goetic spirit; appearing to people who have no knowledge of Goetia or the Dictionaire Infernale is intriguing, especially if you consider this isn’t the only case.

    Furfur of the Goetia in relation to the creature “Snawfus” who appears in the Ozarks - exact same physical description.

  3. I learned about Mothman at the same time (about two years ago) I learned about The Nine, despite being a paranormal and JFK conspiracy buff practically my entire life. It was indeed a one two punch. The story of Woody Derenberger and Indrid Cold was also strange. The 1971 book of Derenberger’s interaction with aliens was just re-printed and it mentions the possible players behind this strange scene is, none other than, Fred Crisman. David Ferrie was also mentioned, and the possibility of mind control. I find it interesting that there were witnesses of Mothman who claimed to be not only harrassed by the classic ‘men in black’, but that there were kidnapping attempts. Then there are the rumors of Satanic groups near Point Pleasant, which again points back to occult enthusiasts like Mr. Crisman. Here again is that strange connection between UFOs and ritual magic. Thanks Mr. Levenda. The mind spins, but thanks for shining the light no matter how insane it all seems.

  4. While reading the first book in the Sinister Forces series in the sections about Ashland I remembered that now deceased Lottery Winner David Edwards came from Ashland, was an ex-convict, ex heroin addict, and says he was given the winning numbers psychically, was suppose to be at a stock broker in one of the twin towers on 9-11 but said he had a psychic glimpse telling him not to go and in tv interviews said that the stock broker called him asking where he was and then the phone went dead because of the “attack”, and was asked to open the stock market even though he was not a massive lottery winner. Edwards pissed away his money and got back on heroin. Edwards eventually ended up in a nursing home and died. His story is worth looking into. I believe that just maybe he was made to win the lottery Powerball so that he could be in the twin towers when the “attack” happened or so that he could relate this story about being on the phone with the stock broker in the twin towers when the “attack” happened.

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