July 25, 2004

Heroes of Hyperstition: No. 1

Crabbe, Maximillian. (1940-1999?).

Max Crabbe was born in Lewes, West Sussex, UK, on Mar 22nd 1940 during Britain’s most critical war-time year. His mother Caroline was the daughter of Vladimir Vysparov, White Russian immigrant and reluctant inheritor of the notorious Vysparov Library. His father Edward was a minor aristocrat whose stable of businesses in the financial and technological fields contributed significantly to British military intelligence in WWII and the Cold War, supporting innovations in mechanical cryptography that stretched from a special unit at Bletchley Park to Axsys-related research in the US.

Max’s rebellious tendencies were evident from an early age. These culminated in Autumn 1957 with his expulsion from elite Sandwich College (Wiltshire), after an incident that apparently involved mescaline “pagan rituals” and a small-calibre handgun. The following spring, Max was sent to New York to stay with his uncle, Peter Vysparov.

In New York Crabbe seems to have fallen under the sway of Vysparov’s circle, developing a passionate interest in Nma ethnography. In June 1960 Crabbe traveled to Java to search for the remnants of the Dibboma (Dib-N’ma) people. Exactly what happened to him in the pestilential swamps and jungles of Indonesia remains a matter of dark conjecture, but it seems certain that the “icthyophidian” influences encountered on this expedition wormed their way deeply into his fate. Crabbe returned from this sojourn shortly before year’s end, triumphantly bearing his own translation of a previously unknown sacred incantation to the polymorphic sea-beast deity of the Nma - the Nomo Chant.

Although throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s Crabbe surfed the edge of the counterculture, involving himself in a variety of ‘projects’ with figures such as Gregory Bateson, John Lilly and Katy Shaw, his inherited business-sense was unmistakably emerging. By the late 1970’s his interest in dolphin communication, cybernetic oceanography and hydro-acoustics had been leveraged into corporate assets (Crabbe Holdings) amounting to an estimated US$2.7 billion.

Crabbe’s growing reclusiveness took ever more extreme forms. By the mid-70’s public appearances were almost nonexistent. The last verifiable photograph, taken in 1982, shows Crabbe floating in his technologically-enhanced private ‘swimming-pool’, his image little more than a malformed shadowy blur.

In January 1980 Crabbe founded the Institute for the Study of Binomics, appointing Katy Shaw as executive director. (The Crabbe Institute’s 1996 Report on Calendric Reform contributed significantly to a number of discourses surrounding the Y2K ‘time-bomb’.)

By the late 1980’s Crabbe Holdings was almost entirely dedicated to ocean-floor activities, especially work on Bubble Pod One (BP-1) – a deep-submersion habitat, aquaculture production and research station, whose economic rationale is still not fully understood. Unconfirmed reports suggest that by 1990 Crabbe himself had become a permanent resident of BP-1, even though he was by this time suffering from a very serious medical condition of an unspecified ‘radically unprecedented’ nature.

By the late 1990’s many assumed Crabbe was dead, with some even doubting whether he had ever existed. However, on the night of July 13 1997 an Indonesian coast-guard radio-monitoring post picked up a mysterious transmission, consisting of barely comprehensible subhuman mutterings and croaks. Attempts to locate the exact origins of this signal were unsuccessful, but the most plausiable estimates place it in the depths of the Java Trench, reputed site of Max Crabbe's BP-1 ‘Aquapolis’. The content of this message has never been publicly released, but international security and health officials have described it as “profoundly disturbing”.


In March 2003 freelance reporter Iris Carver conducted an in-depth interview with one-time Crabbe-associate and AOE-informant Dr Oskar Sarkon, then working as a semi-mechanical croupier at Wendigo’s Decadence Den. During this conversation Sarkon relayed his own understanding of Crabbe’s last days.

On the night of December 31, 1999, Crabbe attended a millennial ritual held in London under the auspices of the AOE by way of a ‘carrier’ or ‘meta-puppet’ bearing him as a parasitic intelligence. This drastic measure was necessary because, at this time, Crabbe’s own ‘body’ was distributed between 72 cybernetically-regulated bio-hazard pressure vats, scattered throughout BP-1. His ‘meta-amoebic regression’ had reached such a nadir of disorganization that the only motive power remaining to him was slow “sloshing”.

For reasons that remain obscure, it had been considered essential that Crabbe attend this ritual, conducted by consumate AOE-insider Sir Christopher Stephens (now Lord Finsbury). In order to do so he had participated in an elaborate ‘body-swapping’ experiment with chosen ‘vessel’ captured Hyper C aquassassin ‘Cargo 27’.

Sarkon seemed unable or unwilling to comment further on the purpose or outcome of this extraordinary (and almost certainly illegal) event, but he left little doubt that the result was far from satisfactory for Crabbe, at least from a mammalian standpoint, since “another entity” seems to have repossessed the Cargo 27 meat-puppet, casting Crabbe back into his tanks of slithering fish slime, with time only to bubble one last cryptic utterance: “No more life …”

Posted by Anna Greenspan at July 25, 2004 07:02 AM




Crabbe Street in Aldeburgh, Suffolk suggests an historical association with the East Coast, also home to a rich vein of military/nuclear research :- Is it possible Edward Crabbe may have been involved in the work (development of radar, bomb testing and various secret MOD projects) that went on nearby at Orford Ness (near Dunwich)? - see http://www.century20war.co.uk/page10.html, http://www.century20war.co.uk/page11.html.

Orford (later used as a location in witchsploitation flick 'Witchfinder General') is the only placein the UK to be the site of legends relating to ichthyoid-becomings as far back as the C12/3 (see http://hidden-england.netfirms.com/orford_merman.htm). According to local sources Orford Castle may also have been one of the 'sacred locations' utilised by the Dunwich TCD (who, of course, made ritual use of Crabbe's 'translation' of the Nommo chant).

Many of these connections are explored in the notoriously 'unfinished' documentary 'By The North Sea' only one copy of which, it is rumoured, still exists in a vault somewhere in London's Soho after the production company was approached by and 'reached a settlement with' parties later inconclusively linked with the Crabbe estate.

Posted by: historikal LurCur at July 25, 2004 11:12 AM



seems as you suggest almost certain that E Crabbe was involved in research projects at Orford Ness (further investigation clearly required)

Any chance of accessing 'By The North Sea'? sounds extremely intriguing

Posted by: ccru shanghai at July 25, 2004 12:49 PM



well I was in contact with someone who said they had access to some production stills, I'll see if I can dig up anything...

Posted by: historikal LurCUr at July 25, 2004 11:01 PM



While Dunwich Cathedral is rumoured to be the home of the TCD Nomo worshipers it is also said to be sacred to the AOE (architecturally mapping the Atlantean Cross). Any ideas about the interlinkages between Nomo, the AOE and the Dunwich Cathedral? (No doubt Crabbe plays a role in all this)...

Posted by: anna at July 26, 2004 07:22 AM



Unfortunately this is a matter of interpretation, at least until more evidence comes to light. It depends somewhat whether we believe the story about the attempted 'reconstruction' of the cathedral and if so, who was behind the scheme. Unlike the other supposed 'gathering places' of the TCD (Dunwich Beach, Orford Harbour ('innsmouth'), the Leper Chapel, etc.) most historians treat the existence of a cathedral at Dunwich with a degree of scepticism regardless of Dunwich's importance in the promulgation of christianity in the UK after renegade monarch Sighebert's installation of Felix as Bishop around the middle of the 7th Century.

Posted by: hLurCur at July 26, 2004 03:15 PM



Excuse our ignorance, but is this THE Sighebert, and Felix the Excruciator (Hammer of the Frog-spawn)?

Posted by: Ccru Shanghai at July 27, 2004 02:17 PM



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