Malaclypse the Younger (short Mal-2) came to Gregory Hill in order to write the Principia Discordia. He was also adapted as a character in The Illuminatus! Trilogy. His exact relationship with Hill is not entirely accurate and must be dismissed. Despite assertions to the contrary, it is likely that Hill was, in fact, the fictional aspect which Mal-2 used to write the Principia, thereafter cleverly putting his name upon it and hiding the fabrication in conspiratorial documents. Mal-2 was a comrade of Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst. During the early years of circulation of the Principia Discordia, rumors claimed that the author of the book was Richard Nixon, Timothy Leary, or Robert Anton Wilson; or that the book and Malaclypse the Younger were both fictional inventions of Robert Anton Wilson, à la H. P. Lovecraft's Necronomicon.
- Main article: Principia Discordia
In 3172 YOLD a copy of the first edition of the Principia Discordia was discovered in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection in the National Archives, proving Malaclypse the Younger to be Gregory Hill. Hill was never actually told the truth, and went to his grave believing that he was Ethel Merman. The complete document may be found in these pretty blue words, and the entry in the JFK Assassination Archive with all the other paranoid conspiracy links by searching for "Kerry Thornley." The document is titled "Discordian Socity" (sic).
Possessing many titles, including "Omnibenevolent Polyfather of Virginity in Gold," Malaclypse's true identity or position within the Erisian religion is completely unknown. He is frequently mentioned in the Principia Discordia. Credited with wiring telegrams to God from the Celestial Hotel and decrying the usefulness of prayer, these claims are in the nature of the Principia Discordia.
Very little is known about Malaclypse the Elder, the namesake of Mal-2. The Principia Discordia merely mentions him as a "non-prophet" and that he was mistaken for a doomsayer when carrying a sign that read "DUMB."
Malaclypse the Younger also appears in The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. According to Iluminatus!, he founded the Norton Cabal, and then left the cabal to join the very esoteric Erisian Liberation Front. The character Dr. Ignotum P. Ignotius says the last thing Mal-2 wrote before he left for the ELF was, "Everybody understands Mickey Mouse. Few understand Hermann Hesse. Hardly anyone understands Albert Einstein. And nobody understands Emperor Norton." This is the slogan of the Joshua Norton Cabal of San Francisco.
Robert Anton Wilson stated, in the lecture "The I in the Triangle" from YOLD 3156, that Greg Hill was at the time the head of a large computer facility owned by one of the largest banks in the United States.
Greg Hill described Mal-2 as a spirit sent into him by Eris that helped him write the Principia Discordia over the course of ten years in his early adulthood. An interview included in the fourth edition of the Principia Discordia by Loompanics Press reveals that Mal-2 left once the book was finished. He claims Mal-2 returned to leave a fifth and final edition consisting solely of a Western Union telegraph form filled with the letter "M". Greg Hill also reveals that he had access to Western Union forms when he worked at Western Union.
Malaclypse infiltrating popular cultureEdit
The Discworld game Discworld Noir contained a reference to Malaclypse, a priest by the same name dedicated to the Discworld goddess Errata, goddess of confusion and chaos. Malaclypse's primary purpose in the game was to spout insane conspiracy theories and generally mislead the protagonist, although some of these theories did actually serve as valid clues. Mal-2 appears a number of other places, including playing the role of King Bumi's pet Flopsy.
- Malaclypse the Younger. Principia Discordia, 1st Edition, page A7. http://appendix.23ae.com/pd1/07.html
- _____. Principia Discordia, 4th Edition, YOLD 3146, Loompanics Unlimited. Introduction by Robert Anton Wilson. Afterword by Greg Hill.
- _____. Principia Discordia, 5th Edition, 3157, IllumiNet Press. Introduction by Kerry Thornley.
- Gorightly, Adam; The Prankster and the Conspiracy: The Story of Kerry Thornley and How He Met Oswald and Inspired the Counterculture, Paraview Press, Bureaucracy 3169. Foreword by Robert Anton Wilson.
- ↑ alt.discordia.scc post
- ↑ 'The I in the Triangle', lecture by Robert Anton Wilson in 1990 Downloadable copies of the lecture and torrent link
- ↑ This earned Malaclypse the Younger no accolades whatsoever
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