The crisis over a downed Malaysian airliner in Ukraine took on a strikingly Gothic hue as one rebel leader offered a fascinatingly gory conspiracy theory. Igor Strelkov thinks the corpses are not what they seem.
According to the information received from the people who collected the corpses, a large number of the corpses are “not fresh” – these are people who died a few days ago.
Oh yes. Strelkov develops this in detail.
Second, a large quantity of medication, including blood serum and so forth, was found in the airplane, which is not characteristic of a regular airliner. It looks like there was some kind of special medical cargo on board.
It's a combination of classic Gothic horror (suspicious dead bodies) with Gothic-themed mad science.
Strelkov adds some forensic, sensual detail:
[two individuals who personally gathered the corpses after the crash] emphasized that a large number of the corpses were “completely bloodless” – it’s as if their blood clotted long before the catastrophe. They also remarked that there was an overwhelming putrid corpse stench, which was also noted by many locals...
Infocult readers might ask, how could a plane full of dead people fly? Strelkov anticipates your objections:
The pilots were, of course, perfectly alive – the entire cabin (and the front part is well preserved) was literally bathed in their blood.
This raises a different kind of story beyond the Gothic and sf. It's really an espionage tale now, some kind of Grand Guignol false flag operation, perhaps.
Infocult readers may also think of prior art alone these lines. Several of chairman Bruce's commentators, for example, mention the first season of Fringe (2009), where a plane of the dead landed. Others might recall John Varley's short story "Air Raid" (1977), later the novel Millenium (1983), which also features a complement of dead air travelers. TV scanners might be reminded of The Strain, originally a 2009 novel.
Infocult offers this hypothesis: all intense politics ultimately tend to the Gothic.