Simpkins: The D’Amato Twins?
Wallace: Yep, Jalenne and Janelle D’Amato. They both had paranormal abilities giving them the ability to locate and communicate with the dead.
Simpkins: Locate and communicate with the dead? And could they?
Wallace: Turns out, they could. Brecklin needed me to witness their abilities to bring me on board with his work. The first leg of the trip was to Bathley Moor in England. We went there to retrieve the body of a man who was murdered there in October 1961. The man’s name was Hamilton Tharpe and he was a Priest of Cthulhu. You ever heard of Cthulhu?
Simpkins: Yes, I have. He, or it, is a mythological deity that supposedly came to Earth from a far off dimension or another planet and was trapped beneath the ocean in a sunken city like Atlantis or something.
Wallace: Hmmm, close, but you get the idea. Anyway, the story that was related to Brecklin was that Hamilton and his brother Anderson ran this carnival that was really a front for Hamilton’s occult activities. He collected occult antiquities and hid them amongst the other strange oddities of the carnival freak show. A pretty clever tactic, I must say. The carnival was in Bathley Moor in ’61 when their little operation became jeopardized. Apparently, Anderson was largely unaware of Hamilton’s activities in the cult and once he found out there was a confrontation that cost Hamilton his life. Anderson buried the body in Bathley and the carnival skedaddled right on out of town. Yeah, so I find myself out in the middle of some cold moor, soaking wet from the rain, watching these two pale, freaky girls find the grave. Janelle, the one who can locate the dead goes into this trance and begins to walk in these jerky steps back and forth. Occasionally she’d take several rapid steps then begin to pace around again and, bam, she’d be off again. Finally, she comes to an abrupt halt and snaps out of her trance and says, “he’s here”. Here I am again wondering what the hell I’d gotten myself into, but a part of me was curious to see what was buried there. So I began to dig. Brecklin didn’t prepare me at all for what I found. I don’t even think he knew what condition Hamilton Tharpe would be in.
Simpkins: So he was there? You found the body?
Wallace: Oh, yeah. We found him alright. He was mostly just a skeleton with a few places where there was tissue left. His head was mostly decayed with large blotches of mummified skin still present. The skull shown through most of the head, but where his hair should’ve been, there were snakes. That’s right, just like Medusa. I started to inspect them to see if my eyes were playing tricks on me and the damn things started to move. The friggin’ snakes were still alive! Well, needless to say, I flipped out. So while Jalenne went into her trance and began to ask the body of Hamilton Tharpe a whole bunch of questions that Brecklin had prepared for her, Janelle led me away and talked to me to calm me down.
Simpkins: What was Brecklin trying to find out?
Wallace: I don’t know. I was too busy trying to come to grips with the crazy shit I had just seen.
Simpkins: Did the corpse actually talk to the girl?
Wallace: No, not like we’re talking. Whatever it said was all in the mind of Janelle. I wasn’t too concerned given my state at the time.
Simpkins: I see. So, what did you do with the corpse?
Wallace: We doused it with kerosene and burned it. Once the snakes were dead, we reburied the body.
Simpkins: So, that made you a believer, huh?
Wallace: Well, it sure made me start questioning things real hard. I realized that Brecklin wasn’t just interested in safaris and mountain hikes. But that was only the tip of the iceberg for that trip. We had one more place to visit in England before going to Saudi Arabia – that’s where the real trip was to. Before we flew out of London, we went to the Highgate area of London to the former residence of Henri-Laurent de Marigny. He passed away many years before but in the early 50’s he had gained possession of an object.
Simpkins: What kind of object?
Wallace: It was a mirror that once belonged to an Egyptian Queen named Nitocris. It was believed to have special, occult properties. Apparently, Marigny had a close call with it and decided to destroy it. He shattered the glass and melted the metal of the frame down. I don’t know how Brecklin knew it, but he found out that Marigny buried the metal in his garden, so we went to find it.
Simpkins: And did you?
Wallace: Oh, yes. It wasn’t really that hard.
Simpkins: Why was Brecklin so interested in the metal?
Wallace: He wanted to conduct certain tests on it.
Wallace: Yeah, he was investigating the property of different metals trying to determine if they had commonalities. He had come to the belief that extraterrestrial metals were acting as a cancer to the planet.
Simpkins: What prompted him to think this?
Wallace: I can’t say when he first came across the idea, but it was the basis of everything he was researching. As a matter of fact, it was the reason we were going to Saudi Arabia. After we discovered the lump of metal that used to be the Mirror of Nitocris and before we left England, Brecklin had an extensive conversation with me. After seeing the thing in the ground that used to be Hamilton Tharpe he felt sure I was receptive to an even crazier sounding idea, so he told me about the plague of vampires that was currently infecting Riyadh. It was a tough pill to swallow, but he explained that these weren’t the typical vampires of myth and pop culture. Vampires have been portrayed as creatures that anyone would love to be – immortal, supernatural powers, mysterious charm. In reality, he said, vampires are a despicable and degenerate lot. They are virulent creatures forced to shun the light of day and live off of blood. That’s about where the similarities end. In pop culture, vampires have been portrayed as possessing traits of the bat, but they really are closer to the rat.
Simpkins: He wanted to see if this plague of vampires was caused by an alien metal?
Wallace: That’s right. Actually, to see if a meteor had impacted the desert somewhere near Riyadh and was affecting or mutating people.
Wallace: Dead serious. Look, I know this all sounds crazy. I mean, in your line of work, haven’t you seen things that defy rational explanation?
Simpkins: Would I be here if I hadn’t?
Wallace: No, I suppose not.
Simpkins: So, did you find it? Did you find the meteor?
Wallace: Let’s just say that after that experience, there was no going back to a normal life. Brecklin wanted to be sure that I had the meddle for the trip. I convinced him I was all in and so it was off to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to visit the Ain Hith.