I’m Ian Vincent, but most folk call me Cat.
I was born in Gravesend, Kent, UK on 2 February (Imbolc) 1964 of the Common Era to very lower-working-class – and rather confused – parents.
From the age of about 7, I was fascinated by what I usually just call ‘weird shit’ – Forteana and the occult – a sentiment which, through one of those coincidences, ended up being directly quoted in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. My interests eventually focussed on ‘combat magic’ – psychic self-defence, counterspells, curse-breaking etc – which led to my founding the paranormal security firm Athanor Consulting in 2001ce. I retired from field work in January 2009ce.
I’ve also been writing and blogging about magic, mysticism, the occult and edge philosophies for some time. Some of my work appeared on the groupblogs Weaponizer and Modern Mythology, and in that most venerable of strange phenomena journals, Fortean Times. I’m currently a regular columnist at Spiral Nature (a series called ‘The Hype’) a contributing editor to The Daily Grail, and have been published in two volumes of their Fortean journal Darklore.
In 2014, I was made a Fellow of The Institute of Atemporal Studies.
In 2015, I became a member of Anomalous Engineering.
I have also given a variety of talks and lectures on subjects such as pop-culture-based magic, the influence of Science Fiction on modern paganism, hyperreal religion and the Slenderman phenomenon. Please contact me if you are interested in having me present a talk.
My hobbies include a variety of music and movies, much SF, some comic books and far too many awful puns.
The top quote, “Distrust all systems – even this one” comes from the superb Nulapeiron Sequence of SF novels by John Meaney… and it’s the clearest single sentence I’ve ever seen that describes my point of view.
A list of my published works can be found here.