Calgary's Gideon Keys

The 200 Phenomena of the City of Calgary, Alberta


I found a 200 page composition book in MacEwan hall at the University of Calgary. Each page of the notebook has a different, numbered entry. Despite being numbered, the entries are in no particular order.
– Calganon, 2009


Behind the counter, Decae keeps a bookshelf with over a hundred notebooks, diaries, clipboards, little boxes of index cards and the like. All have been prepared by acolytes and seekers and all describe the roadside horrors and urban attractions that we who favour the night enjoy.
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Broken Stem

My mouth is a shattered window of a house engulfed in flame
I watch as the broken stem crumbles to ash
It fills my mouth
I scream until my throat is raw
There is no more sound save the sound of rending girders
"Apocalypse noise"

A broken stem, a broken key.

We acolytes continue to pick up the pieces. March 12, 2019 marked the 10 year anniversary of Calgary's Gideon Keys and their anonymous publication to the internet at large. Their existence rife with controversy and speculation, with curiosity. The ripe, passion-filled daydreams of forgotten worlds… Dismal, vacant places. Windows like eyes. Utility poles like teeth. Simple, everyday filth—a shopping bag drifting silently in tight, lilting curls above a hot parking lot. The cyclone 20% off, Big Box coupons. Casually overlooked, these artefacts are rendered transient, euphoric, otherworldly.

A Gideon Key is a tool for expanding conscious experience. Each one is a gateway.

They are also anathema. Exposure to a Key is as much a blessing as it is a curse. How fast a dream becomes a nightmare.


I apologize for the dearth of updates over the past few years. Some of you have sought membership on the site and likely been frustrated by a lack of response. This has been rectified: those of you who sought membership have been granted it, and can proceed to post as you please. Please accept my humble apologies.

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"And I swear to god (Well, maybe not to GOD) that I was being followed. By what? I dunno. But by something." -Nicholas Maharis, practitioner

"A word into the silence thrown always finds its echo somewhere where silence opens hidden lexicons." -Dejan Stojanovic

"Neue Phaenomena zu erklären, dieses macht meine Sorgen aus…//To explain new phenomena, that is my task…" -Carl Wilhelm Scheele

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