I’ve been immersed in the early 1970s for months now in order to catch the spirit of the times and seasons as I write HorrorScope. It is amazing what comes back to you. I was just a nipper, of course. Sometimes, to hear me speak of my age, I was not even born yet. But watching these old movies, remembering our visits to the city as a kid (I grew up south of there in Gilroy) when mom visited her old friend Eileen, does create a powerful impression of lost horizons.
Much has changed since then. I’m one of those who dearly misses the Embarcadero Freeway. I don’t care what some say. The area is a traffic nightmare, one that did not exist when the double decker freeway was in place.
We do not live in the wake of the counterculture movement of the late 1960s, as so many think. We live in the wake of the highly overproduced Yuppie era of the 1980s– the decadent 80s and the age of excess, where Philistines dominated and acted, as Philistines always do, according to their unlearned impressions of what its like to be responsible. Part of that attitude carries with it a misplaced cynicism. Marketing was replaced by conning. I can’t imagine that anyone would believe it would be wise to remove the Embarcadero Freeway.
But this is not a rant. This is an update on HorrorScope. I am done with Part 1– the Crimes and Times section. Now I enter the picture with my analysis and my own investigation. Wisely, this is titled Part 2. Well, I’m over my word goal. I’m at 72,000 words and still have much to write, so some editing will be necessary. As it stands, these are the chapters for Part 1.
Introduction “This is the Zodiac Speaking”
Chapter 1 The Sign of the Crimes
Chapter 2 Sadistically Gunned
Chapter 3 Silence of the Peacocks
Chapter 4 Murder Said Easy
Chapter 5 Gamester of Death
Chapter 6 Good Times in Vallejo
Chapter 7 Ceremonial Bum
Chapter 8 Zodiac
Chapter 9 Ante
Chapter 10 Boastful Player
Chapter 11 Comic Strip Crusade
Chapter 12 Quixotic
Chapter 13 Southern Exposure
Chapter 14 Billowy Wave
Chapter 15 Titwillo
It’s nice to be writing a book again. I had given up for a few years, burdened by EAR/ONS and an entire new website — The Quester Files– and by life’s gambols. Hopefully, I can get myself up to pace again. Also, I wait upon a few pieces to fall into place to make it sure the investigation into Wilcox will proceed smoothly.
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.