Official Statement on Web of Make Believe, My Political Views, and the Future of Terror House Press

Recently, I was featured in an episode of the Netflix documentary Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies, and the Internet, a clip from a 2015-2016-era YouTube video from when I was affiliated with the alt-right. I disassociated from the alt-right many years ago and no longer hold the political views I did when that video was recorded, which I’ve written about numerous times in various mediums. However, at the suggestion of a friend, I’m writing this statement to clarify things for individuals who may have seen the documentary but are unaware of the shift in my worldview. I had intended to talk about this anyway when my book Sex Pest was released, since my writing process has involved reflecting on my past.

I should make it clear that not only did I not give my consent to appear in Web of Make Believe (since the clip is from my YouTube video, I own the copyright on it), I was never contacted by the filmmakers at all. Given that I ended my involvement with the alt-right five years ago and my primary activity online since then has been related to Terror House, why I was included in the documentary is a mystery.

My Political Views

Prior to starting Terror House in 2018, I was primarily known for being a writer/blogger/journalist associated with the alt-right. I’ve never hidden or denied this; my bio on both Terror House websites references my past work and links to my website (the most complete collection of my writing), and I’ve discussed my past on Twitter and in various podcasts and livestreams. During this period, I was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s presidency and wrote inflammatory comments on racial minorities, women, gays, Jews, and other groups, and I was good enough at it that I was able to make my living as a self-published writer from mid-2014 to early 2017. In fact, I had worked out a formula for writing articles that would go viral, based on my observations on how narcissists get under peoples’ skin. A Google search of my name will turn up all kinds of awful things I’ve said in the past.

I’ve always had an oppositional element to my personality, where I enjoy doing or saying things that will annoy or irritate what I think is the majority. I suspect this goes back to when I was a kid; my Catholic high school had a decidedly left-wing atmosphere (it had a chapter of Amnesty International), so I wrote neocon-ish editorials for the school paper. A decade ago, when the Tea Party was a big deal, I was a big supporter of Occupy Wall Street because I was sick of hearing about how bad “socialism” was when big banks were robbing everyone blind. In that context, GamerGate and the alt-right were a natural fit for my personality.

I won’t deny that it was fun to piss people off. My inbox is still full of thousands of hate mail messages from articles I wrote circa 2013-2014. One memorable moment from that period was when a friend of mine was at a college campus and came across a group of students angrily discussing my article “The Case Against Female Self-Esteem” (an article that got so many views it caused my site to be pulled offline multiple times); he told them that he was friends with me, which shocked them. Sending a nasty comment to an anti-Trump “cuckservative” during the 2016 presidential campaign and then watching him erupt in paroxysms about how “disgusting” it was made my day.

I began distancing myself from the alt-right in 2017. My initial motivation was being publicly backstabbed by Richard Spencer, the media-appointed “leader” of the alt-right, as well as having to find a real job after my ability to make a living online dried up due to a collapse in my site’s search traffic. I was also disgusted by the Unite the Right rally, specifically the death of Heather Heyer and the psychopathic lack of regard Spencer and the rally’s other leaders had for the attendees, many of whom ended up being doxed and having their lives ruined due to poor planning and OpSec. The aftermath of Unite the Right saw many of the alt-right’s major figures show their lack of character, turning on each other, getting each other fired from their jobs, and even reporting each other to the police and FBI over petty disputes. I had no desire to be associated with a group of people who would betray each other over something as minor as being made fun of on a podcast, and I spent a good deal of time over the next few years warning others away from the alt-right in part because of this.

More importantly, over time, I found myself increasingly uncomfortable with and/or repulsed by many alt-right political beliefs. Some of this came from the nonstop drama, infighting, and backstabbing that the “movement” devolved into; it was difficult to reconcile the alt-right’s supposed principles with the loathsome behavior of many of the people involved in it. I also realized that a lot of alt-right beliefs, such as the “white ethnostate” or Holocaust revisionism, didn’t hold up to scrutiny when I actually thought about them in depth. I’ve spent much of the past five years living in Europe, largely in countries such as Bosnia and Ukraine recently ravaged by war and/or genocide; it’s laughable for alt-righters to claim a pan-racial white identity when “white brothers” are busy killing each other over tribal grievances.

Additionally, as I mentioned above, much of the writing I put out in my twenties was motivated by a desire to shock and troll people and not out of deeply-held belief. One particularly cruel and depraved example of this was a 2017 article titled “The Orlando Nightclub Shooting and the Moral Sickness of Whites” where I stated that the victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting deserved to die. Many people attacked me for this article during the early days of Terror House’s operation, and while I made fun of them at the time, in retrospect, they were right to do so. While I’m not a fan of wokeness or cancel culture, I don’t have a problem with LGBT people and don’t wish any harm on them. Trolling people and taking unpopular stances was fun in my twenties, but the fact that that’s what I did for a large portion of my writing career increasingly bothered me as I got older. When I expressed regret recently for the sick things I’d written about LGBT people in the past, I was dogpiled by many right-wingers who didn’t understand the context of what I was talking about.

Finally, I gradually stopped caring about politics in general over time. Some of this might be because I’ve been an expat for so long; I left the U.S. in January 2017 and I’ve only been back three times since then, so many of the problems that my friends and family back home are concerned with are several steps removed from me personally. But I’ve stopped following most news because it’s either white noise or it annoys me. I’ve also minimized my use of social media because my temptation to troll people is too strong. As I’ve joked to a few friends of mine, I’m fighting for the freedom to not care.

At the end of 2020, I deleted most of my blog posts, YouTube videos (including the video that was featured in Web of Make Believe), and podcasts in part because I expressed views in them that I no longer believed or didn’t believe in the first place but just said to troll people. I also unpublished all of my self-published books. While I mentioned this in a blog post in early 2021, I didn’t otherwise make a big deal out of it since I prefer to let my actions speak for me, and because making a huge deal out of it would have come off as self-serving and narcissistic.

I do not want to be a political pundit or figure of any kind. I want to be a writer and publisher and that’s it. I’ve said and done many things that I now regret, but they’re in the past and I’ve moved on. If some individuals would prefer to judge me based on what I was doing in 2015 as opposed to what I’m doing now, I can’t stop them, but I intend to continue writing and publishing regardless of what the media or people on social media say about me, and I genuinely appreciate everyone who’s had my back in the face of all of this.

The Purpose and Future of Terror House Press

Terror House Press is and will always remain an apolitical publisher. I have no desire to “disavow” anyone or police their political views or personal life. I am a free speech absolutist and founded Terror House with the intent of creating a book publisher and magazine that promoted the best work regardless of writers’ political beliefs or personal identity. In the four years since we’ve launched, we’ve published 38 books and thousands of submissions from writers and artists from all walks of life.

While I cut ties with the alt-right a long time ago, I will always remain loyal to my friends, writers, and colleagues. The “dissident right” has produced some of the finest artists, writers, and musicians of my generation and I’m proud to have published many of them on Terror House, even if I don’t see eye to eye with them on some issues. We also don’t do “content warnings” and publish material that some may find “triggering.” My own work is decidedly un-PC and some of it draws on my experience with the alt-right. For example, my poem “Ingmar,” published in the first issue of The Peach earlier this year, is a riff on a popular right-wing meme.

Some individuals may find this uncomfortable. That’s fine. Terror House isn’t for everyone, but our sales numbers, website traffic, and longevity suggest that a lot of people like what we’re doing. I’m extremely grateful for that, and I’m also grateful that so many writers have chosen to entrust Terror House with their work. I hope that we’re able to continue publishing great writers for many years to come.

Cross-posted at Terror House Press.

Unsqualified Preservations Out Now: Buy it for 50% Off This Weekend Only

Terror House Press is pleased to announce the release of its 38th book: Unsqualified Preservations by Mencius Moldbugman, a humor and horror-themed short story collection examining topics such as Internet addiction, workplace culture, sexual dysfunction, and more. Longtime Terror House readers will remember Moldbugman from his short story “Many Such Cases,” published as part of the anthology Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, which we released last year. For more information about Unsqualified Preservations, you can peruse the excerpts we’ve published here or read my interview with Moldbugman here.

To celebrate the release, both the paperback and e-book editions of Unsqualified Preservations are on sale this weekend only. The paperback edition is on sale for 20 percent off (regular price: $21.95), while the e-book edition is on sale for 50 percent off (regular price: $9.99). These deals are only available if you purchase the book directly from Terror House Press.

  • Click here to purchase the paperback edition of Unsqualified Preservations (use coupon code “MOLDBUGMAN” for 20 percent off).
  • Click here to purchase the e-book edition.

This sale ends on Sunday, July 3.

Due to logistical issues, we were unable to provide pre-orders for Unsqualified Preservations. Terror House newsletter subscribers ordinarily receive a coupon code offering 25 percent off if they pre-order paperback editions of our books. For future sales as well as Terror House news, sign up for the official Terror House newsletter by clicking here.

In addition, you can purchase the paperback and e-book editions of Unsqualified Preservations from the following retailers:

U.S.

Canada

U.K.

Germany

France

Spain

Italy

Netherlands

Australia

Japan

Brazil

Mexico

If you’d like a review copy of the book, email me at admin [at] terrorhousepress [dot] com using the subject line “Unsqualified Preservations Review Copy.” All reviewers will receive e-book copies in ePub, MOBI, and PDF format. If you would like a physical review copy, please provide your mailing address. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.

Cross-posted at Terror House Press.

New Article at Terror House Press: “Beyond Your Imagination — An Interview with Mencius Moldbugman”

I interview Mencius Moldbugman, the author of Unsqualified Preservations, over at Terror House Press:

There should be no limitations on how stories are presented. Writers should seek out as many different mediums as possible to present their work. To this day, I remain impressed by the work of the mysterious _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9, who wrote a bizarre science fiction story that took place across the comment section of random Reddit posts. If you have never read this intriguing piece of literature, then you should check it out. The usage of the medium adds to the substance of the story. I want to see more of this. I want epic literature pieced together from graffiti smeared on the walls of Harvard. I want a tale that has to be put together from OnlyFans comments. The possibilities are endless.

Click here to read the rest.

LibertyCon Book Sale: All Terror House Books and Merch on Sale Through June 21

Terror House Press is teaming up with Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump contributor Hans G. Schantz for another gargantuan book sale, this time framed around this year’s LibertyCon! Dozens of e-books from every genre imaginable are on sale this week for only $0.99, with many more available for free! You can see a full list of books for sale on Hans’ blog here.

As part of the sale, all of Terror House’s e-books are on sale for $0.99 each. These deals are only available if you purchase the books directly from Terror House Press. In addition to this, you can purchase from Terror House Press using a credit card or cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dash).

  • Click here to purchase Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert by Richard Power.
  • Click here to purchase The Columbine Pilgrim by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase The Chronicles of Bronan the Barbarian by Matt Lawrence.
  • Click here to purchase Into the Vortex by Brian Eckert.
  • Click here to purchase With Light and Dust by Xi Nan and Fish Lu.
  • Click here to purchase Sick Inside the Citadel by Benjamin Welton.
  • Click here to purchase Under the Nihil by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Masculinity Amidst Madness by Ryan Landry.
  • Click here to purchase PANIC by Benjamin Welton.
  • Click here to purchase Bluff City by David Lohrey.
  • Click here to purchase My Mentor, Death by Leslie D. Soule.
  • Click here to purchase 6 to 6 by Mather Schneider.
  • Click here to purchase Lost Violent Souls by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Everything Fun is Illegal or Immoral by Charlie Chitty.
  • Click here to purchase The White Swan by Faisal Marzipan.
  • Click here to purchase The Pilgrim’s Digress by T.J. Martinell.
  • Click here to purchase Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, edited by Bill Marchant.
  • Click here to purchase Broken Uterus by Cai Gentan (translated by Xi Nan).
  • Click here to purchase Spectres of Saturn by Patrick Kilgore.
  • Click here to purchase Heart Killer by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Bergman’s Island and Other Poems by Ralph Monday.
  • Click here to purchase Guttersnipe by Jay Black.
  • Click here to purchase Freedom by Wang Yin (translated by Xi Nan).
  • Click here to purchase Scattered Scenes of Sex and Violence by Benjamin Welton.
  • Click here to purchase Dragon Day by Matthew Pegas.
  • Click here to purchase Welcome to Hell by “Bad” Billy Pratt.
  • Click here to purchase The Insurrectionist by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Rhythm & Mucous by Mather Schneder.
  • Click here to purchase Luminaria by K.H. Mezek.
  • Click here to purchase Psyche and Specter by Chris Moran.
  • Click here to purchase The Legend of Forenia: The Twilight Kingdom by T.J. Martinell.
  • Click here to purchase Full Moon Reaction by Justin Geoffrey.
  • Click here to purchase Blood Poppy by Jay Black.
  • Click here to purchase Falling Through the World by Leslie D. Soule.
  • Click here to purchase Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau, edited by Bill Marchant.
  • Click here to purchase Muze by Andy Nowicki.

In addition to this, all Terror House paperbacks and audiobooks are 25 percent off. Use coupon code “LIBERTYCON” at checkout to get the paperback discount.

  • Click here to purchase Letters from a Heartbroken Pervert by Richard Power.
  • Click here to purchase The Columbine Pilgrim by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase The Chronicles of Bronan the Barbarian: A Humor Compilation 2010-2013 by Matt Lawrence.
  • Click here to purchase Into the Vortex by Brian Eckert.
  • Click here to purchase With Light and Dust by Xi Nan and Fish Lu.
  • Click here to purchase Sick Inside the Citadel by Benjamin Welton.
  • Click here to purchase Under the Nihil by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Masculinity Amidst Madness by Ryan Landry.
  • Click here to purchase PANIC by Benjamin Welton.
  • Click here to purchase Bluff City by David Lohrey.
  • Click here to purchase My Mentor, Death by Leslie D. Soule.
  • Click here to purchase 6 to 6 by Mather Schneider.
  • Click here to purchase Lost Violent Souls by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Everything Fun is Illegal or Immoral by Charlie Chitty.
  • Click here to purchase The White Swan by Faisal Marzipan.
  • Click here to purchase The Pilgrim’s Digress by T.J. Martinell.
  • Click here to purchase Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, edited by Bill Marchant.
  • Click here to purchase Harv and the Big Collapse by Goddel M. Robert.
  • Click here to purchase Broken Uterus by Cai Gentan (translated by Xi Nan).
  • Click here to purchase Spectres of Saturn by Patrick Kilgore.
  • Click here to purchase Heart Killer by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Bergman’s Island and Other Poems by Ralph Monday.
  • Click here to purchase Guttersnipe by Jay Black.
  • Click here to purchase Freedom by Wang Yin (translated by Xi Nan).
  • Click here to purchase Scattered Scenes of Sex and Violence by Benjamin Welton.
  • Click here to purchase Dragon Day by Matthew Pegas.
  • Click here to purchase Welcome to Hell by “Bad” Billy Pratt.
  • Click here to purchase The Insurrectionist by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Rhythm & Mucous by Mather Schneder.
  • Click here to purchase Luminaria by K.H. Mezek.
  • Click here to purchase Psyche and Specter by Chris Moran.
  • Click here to purchase The Legend of Forenia: The Twilight Kingdom by T.J. Martinell.
  • Click here to purchase Full Moon Reaction by Justin Geoffrey.
  • Click here to purchase Blood Poppy by Jay Black.
  • Click here to purchase Falling Through the World by Leslie D. Soule.
  • Click here to purchase Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau, edited by Bill Marchant.
  • Click here to purchase Muze by Andy Nowicki.

Finally, all Terror House merch is on sale for 15 percent off as well. Use coupon code “LIBERTYCON” at checkout to get the discount.

  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Logo Unisex T-Shirt.
  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Logo Unisex Hoodie.
  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Logo Coffee Mug.
  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Logo Tote Bag.
  • Click here to purchase Terror House Logo Stickers.
  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Magazine Pulp Poster (Yellow).
  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Magazine Pulp Poster (Pink).
  • Click here to purchase the Terror House Magazine Pulp Poster (Green).

This sale ends on Tuesday, June 21.

Thank you for your support as Terror House steams forward into the summer. Terror House will be releasing its next book, Unsqualified Preservations by Mencius Moldbugman, next week, and we have a great lineup of books to follow. Stay tuned for more information on our future publications.

Cross-posted at Terror House Press.

Muze Out Now: All Andy Nowicki Books on Sale for 50% Off This Weekend Only

Terror House Press is pleased to announce the release of its 37th book: Muze by Andy Nowicki. A brand-new novella from the author of The Columbine Pilgrim, The Insurrectionist, and many other works, Muze is the story of a mystery drug that purports to give confidence to shy men, allowing them to meet the girl of their dreams. A hit among the incel community, Muze is revealed to be a front for a more sinister plot. For more information about Muze, you can peruse the excerpts we’ve published here.

To celebrate the release, both the paperback and e-book editions of Muze are on sale this weekend only. The paperback edition is on sale for 20 percent off (regular price: $12.95), while the e-book edition is on sale for 50 percent off (regular price: $5.99). These deals are only available if you purchase the book directly from Terror House Press. In addition to this, you can purchase the e-book from Terror House Press using a credit card or cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dash).

  • Click here to purchase the paperback edition of Muze (use coupon code “AMBIEN” for 20 percent off).
  • Click here to purchase the e-book edition.

This sale ends on Sunday, June 5.

In addition to this, we’re offering a special combo deal: purchase the Muze, The Insurrectionist, Heart Killer, Lost Violent Souls, Under the Nihil, and The Columbine Pilgrim e-books together from Terror House Press and save 10 percent. Use coupon code “NOWICKI” at checkout to get the discount.

Due to logistical issues, we were unable to provide pre-orders for Muze. Terror House newsletter subscribers ordinarily receive a coupon code offering 25 percent off if they pre-order paperback editions of our books. For future sales as well as Terror House news, sign up for the official Terror House newsletter by clicking here.

In addition, you can purchase the paperback and e-book editions of Muze from the following retailers:

U.S.

Canada

U.K.

Germany

France

Spain

Italy

Netherlands

Australia

Japan

Brazil

Mexico

If you’d like a review copy of the book, email me at admin [at] terrorhousepress [dot] com using the subject line “Muze Review Copy.” All reviewers will receive e-book copies in ePub, MOBI, and PDF format. If you would like a physical review copy, please provide your mailing address. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.

Finally, we are offering a special sale on all of Andy Nowicki’s books. All paperbacks are 20 percent off, while e-books and audiobooks are 50 percent off. These deals are only available if you purchase the books directly from Terror House Press. Use coupon code “AMBIEN” at checkout to get the paperback discount.

  • Click here to purchase The Columbine Pilgrim by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Under the Nihil by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Lost Violent Souls by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase Heart Killer by Andy Nowicki.
  • Click here to purchase The Insurrectionist by Andy Nowicki.

As with Muze, this sale ends on Sunday, June 5.

Cross-posted at Terror House Press.

Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau Out Now: Buy it for 45% Off This Weekend Only

Terror House Press is pleased to announce the release of its 36th book: Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau, edited by Bill Marchant. This literary anthology consists of over 20 short stories, poems, and essays speculating on the possible future of everyone’s favorite world leader: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Ending Bigly, Eh? is the sequel to last year’s Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, also edited by Marchant, and this book features submissions from a bevy of notable authors, including Faisal Marzipan (author of The White Swan), Jay Black (author of Guttersnipe and Blood Poppy), Justin Geoffrey (author of Full Moon Reaction), Breast Milk Enjoyer, Gio Penn, Free Northerner, stained hanes, Titus F. Dreamlands, and many more. For more information about Ending Bigly, Eh?, you can peruse the excerpts we’ve published here.

To celebrate the release, the e-book edition of Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau is on sale this weekend only for 45 percent off (regular price: $8.99). This deal is only available if you purchase the book directly from Terror House Press. In addition to this, you can purchase the e-book from Terror House Press using a credit card or cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dash).

  • Click here to purchase the paperback edition of Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau.
  • Click here to purchase the e-book edition.

This sale ends on Sunday, May 15.

In addition to this, we’re offering a special combo deal: purchase the Ending Bigly, Eh? The Many Fates of Justin Trudeau and Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump e-books together from Terror House Press and save 10 percent. Use coupon code “MARCHANT” at checkout to get the discount.

Due to logistical issues, we were unable to provide pre-orders for Ending Bigly, Eh? Terror House newsletter subscribers ordinarily receive a coupon code offering 25 percent off if they pre-order paperback editions of our books. For future sales as well as Terror House news, sign up for the official Terror House newsletter by clicking here.

In addition, you can purchase the paperback and e-book editions of Ending Bigly, Eh? from the following retailers:

U.S.

Canada

U.K.

Germany

France

Spain

Italy

Netherlands

Australia

Japan

Brazil

Mexico

If you’d like a review copy of the book, email me at admin [at] terrorhousepress [dot] com using the subject line “Ending Bigly Review Copy.” All reviewers will receive e-book copies in ePub, MOBI, and PDF format. If you would like a physical review copy, please provide your mailing address. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.

Finally, we have also placed Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, The White Swan by Faisal Marzipan, Full Moon Reaction by Justin Geoffrey, and Jay Black’s Guttersnipe and Blood Poppy on sale in recognition of their contributions to Ending Bigly, Eh? All paperback editions are on sale for 20 percent off, while the e-book editions of Ending Bigly and Blood Poppy are on sale for 50 percent off and the e-book editions of The White Swan, Full Moon Reaction, and Guttersnipe are on sale for 40 percent off. These deals are only available if you purchase the books directly through Terror House Press. Use coupon code “CANADA” at checkout to get the paperback discount.

  • Click here to purchase Ending Bigly: The Many Fates of Donald Trump, edited by Bill Marchant.
  • Click here to purchase The White Swan by Faisal Marzipan.
  • Click here to purchase Guttersnipe by Jay Black.
  • Click here to purchase Blood Poppy by Jay Black.
  • Click here to purchase Full Moon Reaction by Justin Geoffrey.

Like the Ending Bigly, Eh? sale, this sale will end on Sunday, March 15.

Cross-posted at Terror House Press.

New Poem at Terror House Magazine: “Slave Morality”

My poem “Slave Morality” has been published at Terror House Magazine:

Some people read Culture of Critique
and become Nazis
I read it and decided
to join the winning side
I’m already circumcised
so I’ll have a ceremonial bris
where James Deen
sucks me off…

Click here to read the rest.