If a ghost who inhabits a theater gets pissed off over
an autographed poster, dedicated to his presumed name being moved
to an inconspicuous place and then retaliates –
Then as an investigator of cult pop culture folklore, I will dial
the number written in graffiti on an album cover and
talk to the usher of a drive-in theater, during the 50’s, and
determine that he has a coded message from the Soniklyke system
who think that “War of the Worlds” was an actual event.
If autographs are bought and sold as commodities
Then I’ll have to figure out how much the sci-fi
magazine will pay for my expose.
If they pass
or tell me they’ll sit on it while they try verify it
then they’ll end up becoming defunct just like Starlog
but that’s not my problem.
If a ghost values memorabilia
Then there’s most likely a market
for a radio broadcast.
If ghosts don’t get invited to galas
for artistic landmarks
Then they can contribute in
other, more meaningful ways.
Such as being voice actors for my retcon
of Orson Welles.
Just one thing.
If you’re the trendy type
who likes your Pins and tags
And your newsfeed
Then don’t be making any
revelations about this.
I don’t need any extras
from the director’s cut
of some Scandinavian music video
to be all
“I came up with the storyboard for Beowulf” –
I’m not in the claims business.
Unless you’re offering exclusive rights, that is…