If you're not familiar with the work of Francis E. Dec
, then you're missing out on one of the all-time masters of the paranoid-schizophrenic-conspiracy-rant genre.
Relatively few details are known of Dec's life, except that he was a lawyer, was disbarred in 1959, and then basically spent the remainder of his life sitting alone in his house in Hempstead, New York penning bizarre rants that he mailed off to the media, government officials, and random people. Recurring themes in his rants include "Frankenstein Radio Controls," "Computer God Parroting Puppet Gangster Slaves," and "Worldwide Mad Deadly Gangster Computer God". In Kooks: A Guide to the Outer Limits of Human Belief
Donna Kossy writes:
In most cases, those who received [the rants] were the least able to appreciate them. For example, in the mid-80s, an employee of a folding wall company in Indiana... was the unhappy recipient of a flyer from Francis E. Dec, Esquire. Dec sent back one of the company's business reply mail cards with the flyer "Master Race Frankenstein Radio Controls" stapled to the card.
The cult-like following that now surrounds Dec's work was largely a consequence of audio versions of the rants created in the 80s and broadcast on the radio by Boyd "Doc on the ROQ" Britton. Dec himself was competely unaware of these audio recordings. He was also unaware of the interest in himself.
All his known rants have been archived (and illustrated) at the Official Francis E. Dec Fan Club
. It's the audio versions that provide the best intro to his work. Warning: it's racist, anti-semitic, NSFW stuff. But it's also like a strange kind of poetry.
Two of the best rants: GANGSTER COMPUTER GOD WORLD-WIDE SECRET CONTAINMENT POLICY!!
and To All Judges