Fantasy Book Cover
As a fine artist, I am
occasionally commissioned to paint pictures for CDs, books and
brochures. When an ex-pat Brit approached me to create a complex
painting for his debut fantasy novel, I carefully listened to his
requirements and drew up a large painting to meet them. He wanted the
painting to include both the front and back covers. The front
cover was to have a roughed-up lad with a white wolf, set in front of
rolling flames. Also in the picture was needed the sword Excalibur
rising from water, and the visage of a villainous creature. The back
cover needed a dark castle set into rocks with several dark riders
crossing a bridge towards it.
With the exception of
the villainous baddie, whose inclusion unduly cluttered the painting, I
included all the required aspects of the work in great detail
(opposite). Unfortunately, upon seeing an image of the finished
the author was not impressed. And that was that. Because I'm
not keen to provide 'free' work to the author, I have not provided a
good quality image of the painting, and subsequently will not be placing such an
image onto the Internet. I'm disappointed by this outcome, as a
great deal of work went into the work, and the deposit I took doesn't
really compensate for this (I'll require larger deposits in future).
Anyway, I still have a rather striking and
unusual fantasy painting to exhibit, and there's an opportunity to do so
locally in the run-up to Christmas. Even so, due to the amount of
time that went into this, the amount to time I had to devote to the Dark
Star Theory this month has been rather low. So, apologies.
I'll try to catch up as the month proceeds.
New Review of 'Dark Star'
An independent, professional
book reviewer has published a very positive review of my 2005 book 'Dark Star'.
There aren't that many reviews of the book around, so I wanted to highlight this
to readers who... well, have yet to read it!
There are always interesting
discussions on the lively Dark Star Planet X forum on Google Groups, which I
moderate. We discussed the writings of Immanuel Velikovsky recently, and how he
picked Venus as the rogue planet which dealt out much catastrophic activity.
If he had been aware of the hunt for Planet X when he was first trying to solve
problems of myth using astronomy, then he might have framed his theories in a
different way. Sitchin's ideas came along a little while later, with the
concept of an undiscovered rogue planet acting like a comet with a 3600 year
Sitchin was not absolutely tied to this number, and indicated to me in
correspondence that it might fluctuate depending upon the way Nibiru was
affected by other planets during its perihelion transit. I've wondered whether
the number 3600 is only a stab at the orbital period of Nibiru anyhow - an
educated guess based upon the Sumerian 'Sar'. I tend to think that it's a
lot more than this, but if Nibiru is really a terrestrial planet then it might
still be around this figure. But it wouldn't work for a 'sub-brown dwarf'.
It was certainly in my mind
originally that Sitchin's orbital period of 3600 years would fit fine with a
sub-brown dwarf as a solution to the Nibiru enigma. But as the sky searches in
infra-red have come back blank, then it seems most likely that such a nearby
sub-brown dwarf should really have been imaged by WISE by now.
there are a number of reasons why there's the possibility that it's been
missed, but I've become convinced over time that 3600 years is simply too
short a period. A 'Dark Star' would need to be much further out than this to
have evaded the most straightforward IR detection in recent years.
However, bearing in
mind that the word 'Nibiru' means 'ferry', then it seems probable that
Sitchin's world is a go-between in some way- either as a
planet/comet/comet swarm in its own right, or even a rather remarkable
artificially-created mode of transport for the Anunnaki. Nibiru's
appearance in the heavens might be this colossal structure going into
orbit around the Earth, and reflecting reddish light to observers down
below. This would be similar to the arriving Nommo craft described by
The Anunnaki system,
then, might be far more distant- rather more like the classic Nemesis
object, deep in the Oort Cloud. This is all just further speculation on
my part as I try to juggle all the various constituents of this great
Andy Lloyd, 11th October 2013
More weird goings on in
the DarkStar household. We had some friends over for a meal and were
just sitting down in our dining room amid dim lighting, great
conversation and a happy atmosphere. Suddenly Mrs DarkStar became
visibly unsettled and asked us if we could see the bright light on the
carpet to her immediate right. No, we said. Was she having a
migraine? No, she said. She kept looking at the same spot
peripherally, and then became really agitated. She fled the room
Greatly concerned, I
followed her out to the hall, wondering if she's spotted something
spectral instead (not something we would necessarily share with our
visitors that evening, but not entirely unknown to us here!). Mrs
DarkStar had composed herself already, put it down to her migraine
headaches from earlier that day and we returned to a pleasant meal,
happy that she was now okay. A glass of wine later and everything
was back to normal.
Later, I asked her whether
she'd seen a ghost/spirit? Oh yes. Not only that but she'd
felt its presence - a male stranger giving off bad vibes.
Fortunately, he hadn't stayed about once she reacted emotionally to his
presence, and has, fortunately, not returned since.
Nibiru on Scooby Doo
More on the inclusion of
Nibiru on Scooby Doo:
I wondered what the evidence
was in that briefcase in the clip, which seemed familiar. Researcher Damon
Elkins indicated to me that it was similar to a copy of a clay artifact housed
in the British Museum, which is described in Zecharia Sitchin's book 'The
Twelfth Planet'. This disc, sketched out in the shape of a trivial pursuit
board, was an Assyrian artifact originally found in the Royal Library in
Nineveh, and seems to include "arrows,
triangles, intersecting lines, and even an ellipse - a geometric-mathematical
curve previously assumed to have been unknown in ancient times"
Early speculation in the
astronomical community was that this disc was, in fact, a planisphere, although
some of the accompanying text seemed to point to magical incantations.
Sitchin evaluated much of what is known about the sphere and concluded that it
provided evidence for the existence of the planet Nibiru, and the journeys to
and from that world by the Nephilim. More recent speculation has
considered the possibility that the disc points to a catastrophic event that may
have been connected to the destruction of the Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah (2).
More on this Planisphere in
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1) Zecharia Sitchin "The
Twelfth Planet" Avon Books, 1976, p273
2) Lester Haines
"Assyrian clay tablet points to 'Sodom and Gomorrah' asteroid: 29 June 3123 BC
starts with a bang" 31st March 2008