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The Amandala Effect

Updated: Apr 10, 2022

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love good wordplay. I like to think that my love language is puns. In fact, the name of my website itself is a play on The Mandela Effect, which is the phenomenon where multiple people think they remember something that never actually happened or didn’t happen in the way they’re sure it did.

Example: People swear Darth Vader says, “Luke, I am your father.”

He doesn’t. This line is never uttered. Seriously. Go check that shit out.

Similarly, people think they know me when they don’t. They remember having classes with me that I was never in.

I have that effect on people.

It is the Amandala Effect.

When I tell people that I write horror, they also think they know what I mean by that, are sure they’ve heard the story before.

I assure you they haven’t.

I know this because I read widely. And I make an effort to twist reality, turn things on their heads, do something different.

So why does it feel familiar?

I guess that’s the question you have to ask yourself.

There are frequencies we don’t always tune into, but when we do, we sometimes find that we’re not alone.

Maybe we’ve met there a time or two.

Maybe I remind you of yourself.

Maybe our selves are part of one larger construct.

Whatever the truth is, I’m just writing to say that I’m glad you’re here.

That I’m here.

That we’re here.

As you were.

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