I'm floored. I can't believe I missed this...trainwreck
back when I was all up in the LOTR fandom. lunar_wolf
will find this interesting as it is very much in the vein of the chronicles of Ms. Scribe regarding the Harry Potter fandom
, but one that conned not only internet communities and fans, but the fucking actors from LOTR, mainly Sean Austin.
Finding this has gotten me racking my brains, thinking back to spring 2002. I was in 11th grade, and Fellowship of the Ring had just been released that December. As is my way, I was hooked, and through the brilliant ploy of my fellow school journalist niftykracker
, we managed to con for ourselves free press passes to ICON, in order that we might actually get to meet Billy Boyd. But, drunk on fandom, I went further than that.
Through Billyboyd.net, I meet a group of fellow fans that would likewise be attending ICON, including one particular girl that for the life of me I can't remember her name (but I can swear that "Amy" rings far to close a bell in regards to my dealings with the LOTR fandom, and if Nifty will step forward and either shot this down or support it, I would be most grateful)
As is my way, I meet new folk and then I disappear from their lives never to speak to them again. But niftykracker
kept in contact with this particular girl. This was much to the chagrin of his friends, as it came to light that the girl and another of her friends were completely off their rockers: she believed in astral projection, but on top of that, once while she was driving with Nifty she was "possessed" by Billy Boyd, who was engaged in an astral war against psychic giants. As a result, her and her friend took it upon themselves to help Billy Boyd in this epic astral battle!
Some of the parallels between what I remember of the crazy shit these two came up with, compared with what is detailed at the livejournal of turimel
hits a little close to home, and makes one sit back and shiver a bit.
The book is called When a Fan Hits the Shit
: the livejournal of the author can be found here
, and the book site is here
Creepy ass shit yo.