Talking time travel, Charlie Chaplin and Donald Trump with filmmaker George Clarke

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George Clarke is an award-winning film director, screenwriter, producer and founder of independent film company Yellow Fever Productions. Best known for his micro-budget zombie horror flicks, his sixth feature film, The Blood Harvest, won two awards at the 2015 Freak Show Horror Film Festival in Florida.

But back in 2010, George shot to worldwide attention for an entirely different reason. He found what he believed to be a time traveller in a Charlie Chaplin DVD extra and posted his discovery on YouTube, sparking a 21st-century urban legend.

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Today I’m interviewing George in order to get to the bottom of his thoughts on the time travel conspiracy happening all around us…

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Hi George. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. How have you been and what are you working on right now?

Thanks for the interest and support! The past 6 months have been pretty crazy on a personal level, which in turn has scuppered the latter half of 2016 for me. We’ve had some major delays in the production of my 7th feature film, Mindy Has To Die, which is based on the novella by US horror comedy writer Jeff Strand. It began shooting in June but with so much having happened in between I’ve still got 3 days to schedule for completion. This meant that at the 7th Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in November, it was the first time in all these years I didn’t have a premiere of my new film. But we’ll get there! I’ve had worse thrown at me over the years and I’m still going…

One of the things you’re known for is the ‘Chaplin’s Time Traveller’ YouTube video, which is approaching 7 million views. In it you talk about how you’d spotted a possible time traveller in an extra on the DVD of Charlie Chaplin film The Circus. Can you talk me through what was going through your head when you first saw this clip?

It’s almost 7 million on my YouTube channel, yes, but I still can’t get over the fact that it was shown on most (if not all) major news channels, breakfast shows and media websites around the world. Crazy! I had noticed the video about a year before I made my discovery public. In fact, a few months earlier, I did a live reveal at our 2nd film festival to an audience and left most people speechless by what they saw. It led to some amazing debates of course!

When I first found it, I remember sitting on the couch just casually watching the premiere footage of The Circus. I’ve always loved old footage so I was watching intently at what was happening on screen. And as you become comfortable watching things in 1928, something as odd as someone talking on a handset really stands out. I jumped up off the couch and rewound the footage to double check, then started calling people to take a look.

Why did you conclude that this woman was a time traveller?

It was 1928 and the woman seemed to be having a fun chat on a mobile phone! What else could I think? Plus, I love the romance of it being a time traveller. Perhaps Chaplin himself went back in time to attend a personal event that made him very happy, but of course, had to be in disguise.

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My interview on Spaced Out Radio looks at Princess Diana’s crash, Flat Earth, time travel and if Paul McCartney’s really dead

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My interview on Spaced Out Radio is now available for listening! It aired live at 9pm Pacific time, 12am Eastern time and 5am UK time.

We ended up going for three whole hours, but seriously, they were the fastest three hours ever! Host Dave Scott was a lovely, friendly chap and we discussed a ton of interesting stuff.

The major topics we looked at were the uncomfortable questions surrounding Princess Diana’s deathFlat Earth Theory; the NASA moon landing hoax theories; the Royal Family being lizards; a conspiracy to cover up the existence of time travel; and whether Paul McCartney died long ago and was replaced by a duplicate (plus whether Heather Mills was at one stage trying to reveal the truth). We also touched on Roswell.

Please bear in mind that this was my first time ever on the radio! I’ve listened to some of it back and there’s a few too many “erms” for my liking, but it’s an interesting discussion and hopefully I’ve got some tongues wagging about these highly controversial conspiracy theories! I’ve also got some great ideas for future blogs, thanks to Dave and the audience members who asked questions. 😀

Best of all, I’m told that the audience “loved me” and Dave is mighty keen to have me back on the show in the future! Whoop!

You can listen on YouTube and you can download the show for free from iTunes. Right now it can also be listened to on Spaced Out Radio’s website, until the next show airs.

Time travel in Times Square? The strange case of Rudolph Fentz

An alleged photo of the mysterious Rudolph Fentz

An alleged photo of the mysterious Rudolph Fentz

When people go missing, does anyone ever think that they might’ve fallen through time? Of course not, because time travel’s impossible… isn’t it?

In 1950, a man in Victorian-era clothes was spotted in Times Square, New York City. Witnesses who saw him said he looked startled and disoriented, like he didn’t know where he was. Then he ran out in front of a taxi and was killed.

When his body was searched, a number of 19th century items were discovered in his pockets: old, obsolete banknotes, a copper token bearing the name of a saloon, a bill from a stable for washing a carriage and feeding a horse. None of these items showed any sign of aging.

Also found were some business cards with the name “Rudolph Fentz” on them, plus a letter to Fentz that was postmarked June 1876.

Captain Hubert V. Rihm of the NYPD Missing Persons Department investigated and eventually tracked down Rudolph Fentz’s daughter-in-law. She said that one evening in 1876, her husband’s father went out for a stroll and disappeared. Rihm checked missing persons records for 1876. To his astonishment, there was an entry for a ‘Rudolph Fentz’ matching the description of the man who’d been run over in Times Square.

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Do the Nazca Lines prove that ancient humans could fly?

The Nazca Lines were discovered by a Peruvian archaeologist in 1927 and have bewildered the world ever since. Some say they reveal a shocking truth: humans were capable of manned flight 1,500 years ago…

The Nazca Lines are geoglyphs—aka drawings on the ground—spread across 168 square miles of the Nazca Desert in Peru and consisting of 13,000 lines. The drawings include depictions of a spider, hummingbird, lizard, monkey, pelican and various other creatures, as well as geometric patterns and straight lines stretching for miles. Carbon dating has estimated that they are at least 1,500 years old.

What do they mean? Scientists and archaeologists are still trying to work this out. Many believe that the ancient Nazca Indians created them to be seen by their gods from the sky, perhaps as some kind of worship or message. Others have looked for astronomical connections. To this day, nobody knows what the lines really mean or what their purpose was.

For me, though, it’s not about what or why. It’s about how. The Nazca Lines are a bit like Stonehenge. Nobody knows Stonehenge’s true purpose, but the big question is how on Earth ancient tribespeople were able to haul those enormous 50 ton stones up onto the Salisbury Plain and erect them. It’s a question that’s never been satisfactorily answered.

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“Who is Rudolph Fentz?” wins 3rd prize in Scribble Magazine

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I’m delighted to report that my short story Who is Rudolph Fentz? has won 3rd prize of the winter issue of Scribble magazine. This story was the first of the Million Eyes Short Stories to be published.

Scribble Winter 2015 CoverWho is Rudolph Fentz? was one of 19 stories published in the winter issue. The way Scribble works is that the readers vote on their top 3 stories, and the winners are announced in the following issue.

So, as announced in the spring edition that arrived yesterday through the post, my story was 3rd out of 19. I also got a lovely little cheque for £15. It’s not much, but for a writer, every little helps! 🙂

What’s also great about Scribble is that I received comments and feedback from some of the readers. Here are some of the comments I received:

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The hotel that slipped forwards in time – then back again

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We’ve all stayed in a hotel that’s in desperate need of a refurb, lacking in modern conveniences, and basically stuck in the past. Though, next time you do, you might want to stop and ask yourself if the hotel has actually become unstuck from the past….

Time slips and involuntary time travel have been reported throughout history, but no one knows how they’re caused or if they’re really time slips (or hallucinations, lies, misunderstandings and so on).

In the famous “Ghosts of Versailles” case of 1901, Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain claimed to have seen the long-dead Marie Antoinette and others mingling in the gardens at the Palace of Versailles.

There’s the case of the time travelling couple in the vicinity of Loch Ness, who disappeared in the mid-18th century and turned up a hundred years later at a local almshouse, before disappearing again.

And of course, there’s the case I’ve mentioned many times – Rudolph Fentz – the one that takes centre stage in my short story Who is Rudolph Fentz? This case (or, more aptly, urban legend) saw a man dressed in 19th century clothes turning up suddenly in the middle of Times Square, matching the description of a man who disappeared 74 years earlier.

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Sneak peek of my short story “Who is Rudolph Fentz?”

An alleged photo of the mysterious Rudolph Fentz

An alleged photo of the mysterious Rudolph Fentz

As promised yesterday, I’m back with a sneak peek of my short story Who is Rudolph Fentz? Based on the actual urban legend of time traveller Rudolph Fentz, this is the first of the Million Eyes Short Stories to be published and appears in the winter 2015 issue of Scribble magazine.

The following paragraphs are taken from near the beginning of the story, when bystander Forrest Thomson spots a strange-looking man in 19th century clothes in Times Square, New York City…

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When the traffic lights went green, the man made a run for the sidewalk, stepping straight in front of a taxi that mowed him down. Forrest ran over to where the man lay, but a crowd of people and some police officers had already surrounded him. Forrest’s gaze shifted between different members of the crowd, trying to discern what people were saying. How bad was he hurt? Forrest’s question was quickly answered by a woman who was much closer: “He’s stone-dead! Why on Earth did he run out like that?”

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My short story “Who is Rudolph Fentz?” is now available to read in Scribble Magazine

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The winter 2015 edition of award-winning short fiction magazine Scribble is now available to buy for £4.50 from their website. You can also take out an annual subscription for £15.00.

As you’ll know from my previous posts, the winter 2015 edition contains my short story, Who is Rudolph Fentz? This is a mystery story about a man called Forrest Thomson, who witnesses a disoriented man in 19th century clothes getting run over by a taxi, and then stumbles upon a strange conspiracy to cover up the incident.

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