[I was honoured to have First Comics News, one of the top sci-fi pop culture news sources, contact me for a feature article. It is written by Tim Chizmar, known for his work in Fangoria magazine and with World Wrestling Entertainment, as well as his collaborations with bestselling author Clive Barker. The article was later removed from their public site after they received numerous death threats and other harassment – but it also led to my upcoming feature film! Here is an excerpt.]
That WORD is best used when describing Daniel Rumanos. He is the author of the controversial science fiction series,WEIRD ADVENTURES: THE DANIEL RUMANOS FILES. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland, has a background in stage magic and carnival entertainments, and has infamously become known as an advocate for the rights of Minor Attracted Persons (MAPs).
DANIEL, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BEGIN WRITING?
I think it was really something I saw as an opportunity to join together two otherwise conflicting parts of myself.You see, I have a definite interest in parts of life that some people would consider a bit sordid: carnival sideshows, the occult, con artistry, and all kinds of things that people keep hidden for various reasons. At the same time, I always have seen myself as the scholarly type, liking classic literature, history, theology, philosophy, and of course all kinds of “nerd” things. Writing just gave me the opportunity, by bringing all of these things into my fiction, of indulging both sides of my nature at once.
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE WEIRD ADVENTURES SERIES?
WEIRD ADVENTURES: THE DANIEL RUMANOS FILES concerns an alien secret assigned to Earth, using his superior intellect and technology to defend against all manner of menace. Not the least of these is his archenemy, a member of his own race who aspires to be fascist dictator of the Cosmos. The series combines elements that should appeal to fans of Doctor Who, James Bond, X-Files, Hellblazer, HP Lovecraft, classical mythology, and medieval legends, along with a good dose of humor and a bit of social satire. It also tends to feature a lot of beautiful and very young girls, with whom our hero has a sort of special synchronicity due to an ancient DNA-based covenant known as “The Nymphet Code”.
HAS IT GOTTEN THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES?
I have no idea what it deserves, but it has gotten some attention, including some very interesting attentions because of the young girl elements. Even though my stories include no actual sexual content, i mean no actual descriptions of sexual activity, I have been accused by some members of the public of promoting pedophilia. Really, I thought a hero saving fair maidens from villains and monsters was more accurately called chivalry, but today it seems any man who admits to finding teen or preteen girls attractive is immediately suspect of being some dangerous child molester. I’ve never been officially accused of any sex crime, but numerous gossip websites and social media accounts have concocted continuously wilder and wilder stories about my supposed personal life.
Though it was not my original intention, the upshot of this is that I have become a type of activist and advocate for the cause of Minor Attracted Persons. It just seems that I’ve hit upon something powerful, really, and I do want to use it for positive purposes while at the same time it amuses me that it draws so much extra attention to the harmless entertainment of my sci-fi adventure stories.
I should also mention that it’s helping me to build a fan base in an unusual way. Parents have tried to get restraining orders against me because their daughters read my stories! Judges deny it in the long run, of course, because I haven’t been the one initiating contact with anybody. But it shows that the old blues song was right: “the little girls understand.”
As for the threats and harassment I get on a daily basis, I accept it as something that is only going to increase the more successful I become. People who do anything to move society forward always seem a bit frightening to the cowardly masses who make up the general public. Let them hate so long as they fear, as the Romans said.
Oh, and some of the things they say to me also makes for great villain dialogue!
YOU ARE A POLARIZING FIGURE SIMILAR TO A ROMAN POLANSKI… IN THIS TIME WHEN SO MANY GROUPS (LGBTQIA) ARE ABLE TO GET RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES ACCEPTED WHY DO YOU THINK “MAPS” ARE STILL DEMONIZED BY MAINSTREAM?
In old carny slang there is a word, “mitzby”, short for “Watch where your mits be” (where your hands are). It’s a reminder to always keep your hands where everyone can see them when helping children onto the rides and so forth. One thing all carnival and amusement park workers find out is that people in general are absolutely obsessed with thinking that absolutely everyone wants to touch their kids! It goes beyond normal protective care and becomes more like a sense of ownership. Now, in modern society, especially in America, parenting has become a culture in itself. Because of this, so-called “pedophiles” have become the subject matter of what George Orwell called the “Two Minutes Hate”, the thing the mainstream media daily presents as something everyone can join in despising — thereby creating a sense that there is something all citizens can be happy that Big Brother Government punishes and protects them from. Think of it. Hardly a news segment goes by where you don’t have something about a child pornography bust, or an Amber Alert, or a child-molesting clergyman or teacher or whatever. Most of these cases turn out to be total nonsense, but the media ignores that part. In reality, very few sex crimes are committed by actual Minor Attracted Persons. It is all propaganda.
Many will answer this by saying, “But the safety of our children is the most important thing!” Of course it’s important, but not if innocent people end up being negatively effected, and certainly not to the extreme of letting folks treat their own children, both little ones and teens, like property rather than like human beings. Saying that somebody can’t give consent is the same as saying they are a slave.