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    ECTOPLASMOSIS is the brainchild blog of writers John Brownlee and E. G. Gauger, described as a "wondercloset of culture, art and ephemera". We've been at it since July 2007, and have enough articles, pictures, and commentary on our favorite subjects to fill a shire horse.

    But Ectomo is undergoing a slight change of format. I’m the defacto ruler of the site these days, as Brownlee has been doing excellent work elsewhere and is interested more in being an occasional contributor than the full-time manager he was before. As for our writers, Ross will probably peek in once in a while, but Fulton scored a bad batch of bleach a few weeks ago and is missing, presumed dead. The problem with bleaching incidents is that they tend to happen in bathrooms, around drains, and will eradicate all evidence of their having ever occurred in the first place, unless you find the body in a matter of hours.

    I’m looking for new writers.
    Comment here, or contact me via my profile information, if you think you have what it takes. I want people versed in sciences, literature, art, fashion, music, antiquities, and pop culture. If you have a master’s or doctorate in any of these genres, and a willingness to write it up, let me know. I need to see writing samples, preferably nonfiction and blog-related, but anything will do.

    Am I going to pay you? Hell no. Ectomo doesn't make any money, and while advertising revenue may explode if our content skyrockets (pffft), I wouldn't count on your career in its noodly halls as being anything other than solid job experience. Two of our writers, blog virgins (blirgins) until we hired them, turned their Ectomo work into writing careers on other blogs, and in more professional venues. I've been blogging professionally for five years, and I'll be putting all new writers through a boot camp to make sure they've got the right formatting, rhythm, and delivery. That's the sort of training you can take to a real gig.

    Join Ectomo. See the World. Ridicule It Ruthlessly.
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2010
    I would love to write for Ectomo, I'm a big fan of your site. I am a UK blogger / writer /editor based in the UK. I have some good contacts in the UK music industry, especially in the realms of hip-hop and underground dance music, and I'm building up contacts in the independent comics and film industries.

    I was a section editor here for three years, I now run two of my own sites: Weaponizer, which publishes fiction and nonfiction, and Black Lantern Music, a netlabel.

    Here are a few example interviews I have done over the last five years:

    Hudson Mohawke

    Thavius Beck

    Anti-Pop Consortium

    Credo (Horror Movie)


    Black Cherry Bombshells (webcomic)

    Faith Erin Hicks (comics writer /artist)

    Also: My LiveJournal / My blog

    My email is texturemusick[at] I'll drop you an email later when I'm at home. Look forward to hearing from you!
    • CommentTimeMar 17th 2010
    I will faithfully continue to send tips and other interesting things I find on the wubs!
    Alas, my writing skills amount to 140 character bursts and some horrific scrawlings on rather questionable surfaces.

    I'm eager for the return of Moustache Monday.
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    One more thing. If I don't get back to you, it's because I filled up my writer slots, or because your writing style would be better for a blog that isn't Ectomo. Just like in acting, not every role is right for every player. I haven't seen a single submission that wasn't good, but not everyone is going to be comfortable writing for us.

    I have received a ton of applications already, and they're wonderful. I'm reading your samples and making decisions, and a couple people have been picked up already. Thanks very much for throwing your hats in the ring, and I look forward to receiving more emails and sample links. Keep 'em coming.
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    Well, I'm certainly not in any way qualified, but not having known that before clicking into the interesting-sounding thread, I was still shocked to see that horrendous picture of Spider-Man at the top. Oh, God, MY EYES!!! (This is what happens when Parker never gets married and ends up a 35 year old bachelor: he becomes what
    Chris Rock calls "the old guy in the club.")
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    That dude is maybe 25. Maybe. What you are seeing is a "hipster". They are timeless, and horrible.
    • CommentAuthormosborne
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2010
    I'll throw my hat into the ring. My current blog is over here, and an archive of my work at the now defunct Binary Culture (Mark Osborne being me) is available here.
    • CommentTimeMar 19th 2010 edited
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    Gotten about 25 submissions so far and they're all good, guys. And no, I didn't literally demand that you had a degree, sheesh.

    Keep 'em coming. Ectomo front page looks better than ever with just the very first batch of new writers.
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd 2010 edited
    Hey there! Would love to get in on this sweet ectomo action!

    Here's some of the work I did on a music blog here in Toronto:


    And my e-mail is wornoldhat [at] gmail [dot] com
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    Ectomo has been down for the past few days due to unspecified hosting issues. If you have any leads on cheap/free hosting solutions for us, please let me know here or via email.
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    Ectomo is finally back up, thanks to Christopher Halcrow and Phil Nelson. Many thanks to everyone who offered help.

    Meantime, some news:

    1. We've got a new writer and he's going to serialize a fairly scandalous true story about a roommate with nerd-celeb status. STAY TUNED

    2. Dad stories on the way. Oh yeah.

    3. I'm getting back in the new-writer saddle and everyone will be receiving replies over the next few weeks. If you hadn't submitted an application but still wanted to write, go ahead and get in touch.