Myth Busted

Everyone knows the film franchise that inspired these shirts. But few realize that said film franchise itself was inspired by a 19th-century novel called Professor Pierre Ventiman and the Gentlemen Pursuit of Assorted Poltergeists by Lord Alec DuHamm.

Or, so goes the theory posed by a number of literary scholars. Luckily, given its publication date, Lord DuHamm’s book is in the public domain. That means we can post excerpts from it here on our site.

So please, read these, and look for similarities to the movies so many of us grew up with.


“Have you been prone to drinking at the tavern or using questionable elixirs of any kind?” questioned Professor Ventiman.

“Nary a one,” spoke the woman.

“Couldst it be the time of month whence your feminine blood refreshes itself?” questioned Professor Ventiman.

“But professor,” cried the man, stepping forward, “how couldst that be of any pertinence?”

“Sir, I must ask that you vanquish yourself from such proximity to me, for I am a learned man of science,” hissed Professor Ventiman.


“The skies alight with flames and boulders!” shouted Reginald Stanley. “Our very rivers and oceans being brought to a roiling hot froth!”

“A world enveloped by darkness for two score years!” expounded Elgin Spencer. “The land itself giving way to its molten underbelly!”

“The graveyard evacuating, its long-deceased residents finding sudden use of their legs!” called Winnington Zeldaform.

“The giving of innocent life in a hideous ceremony! Canines and felines finding peaceable living arrangements!” ejaculated Pierre Vetiman. “T’would be as though a colossal hysteria had befallen us!”


At that moment, a collective gasp emitted from those gathered in the village square. There, rising above the tavern roof, stood a diabolical creature with skin that appeared as though constructed from a soft meringue.


So what do you think? Were the scholars onto something? Let us know in the comments. Or, conversely, make up… err… share your own passage from Lord DuHamm’s forgotten masterpiece.

Busting Out by pahblowe

[Imagine a synth backing track]
If you need some art,
that is real good,
who you gonna call?
pahblowe!

But seriously, pahblowe is quite the up-and-comer! Born in Argentina, raised in the foothills of the Andes, and now living in the States, he is, in his own words, still finding his way around digital art. Which makes you wonder, how much better is he gonna get if this is his early stuff? There’s only one way to find out! Follow him on social media (he’s pahblowe on everything: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, even Xbox and Playstation) and bookmark his website. Okay, maybe that’s two ways, but they’re related.

Myth Busted

Everyone knows the film franchise that inspired these shirts. But few realize that said film franchise itself was inspired by a 19th-century novel called Professor Pierre Ventiman and the Gentlemen Pursuit of Assorted Poltergeists by Lord Alec DuHamm.

Or, so goes the theory posed by a number of literary scholars. Luckily, given its publication date, Lord DuHamm’s book is in the public domain. That means we can post excerpts from it here on our site.

So please, read these, and look for similarities to the movies so many of us grew up with.


“Have you been prone to drinking at the tavern or using questionable elixirs of any kind?” questioned Professor Ventiman.

“Nary a one,” spoke the woman.

“Couldst it be the time of month whence your feminine blood refreshes itself?” questioned Professor Ventiman.

“But professor,” cried the man, stepping forward, “how couldst that be of any pertinence?”

“Sir, I must ask that you vanquish yourself from such proximity to me, for I am a learned man of science,” hissed Professor Ventiman.


“The skies alight with flames and boulders!” shouted Reginald Stanley. “Our very rivers and oceans being brought to a roiling hot froth!”

“A world enveloped by darkness for two score years!” expounded Elgin Spencer. “The land itself giving way to its molten underbelly!”

“The graveyard evacuating, its long-deceased residents finding sudden use of their legs!” called Winnington Zeldaform.

“The giving of innocent life in a hideous ceremony! Canines and felines finding peaceable living arrangements!” ejaculated Pierre Vetiman. “T’would be as though a colossal hysteria had befallen us!”


At that moment, a collective gasp emitted from those gathered in the village square. There, rising above the tavern roof, stood a diabolical creature with skin that appeared as though constructed from a soft meringue.


So what do you think? Were the scholars onto something? Let us know in the comments. Or, conversely, make up… err… share your own passage from Lord DuHamm’s forgotten masterpiece.

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