I Am Reverend Loveshade


I Am Reverend Loveshade. Isn’t everyone? (Image is from the music video for “Black Hole Sun” performed by Soundgarden.  No threat to its copyright is intended.)

If you don’t know, there’s a paranoid conspiracy theory that everyone who mentions Reverend Loveshade without grossly insulting him must be Reverend Loveshade.

And if you don’t know, almost nobody who doesn’t know me IRL believes my name. Is my name really Miley Spears? Yes. Is that the name I was born with? No.

I had to show my driver’s license to stay on Facebook when they had the “fake name purge.” I’ve posted my SCA membership card, PETA membership card, ASPCA membership card, ACLU membership card, and more online (see here). When they accepted my SCA name (Ariel Lovechild) and device (with a pentacle and a mermaid), it threw out a precedent and set a new one here. I’m an admin at Discordia Wiki and SubGenius WIki and Peta Wiki and wrote featured articles at Uncyclopedia and Uncyclopedia (two different ones), and a Wikipedia editor.

I was accepted by Order of the Pineapple (so was Reverend Loveshade) and the Knights of Buh. There’s an article about a protest I did in Minnesota, my college career, and more online. See also this.

Who’s been accused of being Reverend Loveshade? Miley Spears, Pope Hilde, Adam Gorightly, Gypsie Skripto, Brenton Clutterbuck, Dr. Howland Owll, Dr. Howl, Alan Moore, Robert Anton Wilson, Alden Loveshade, Greg Hill, Kerry Thornley, Sheered Völva, S. John Ross, Richard Nixon. (Feel free to add to the list here if you think of someone else). I know three of these who really did write as Reverend Loveshade at one time or another, but I don’t think all of them did! And some of them were accused after they were dead!

One of the people on that list got served a certified legal notice from my family, then posted online that he was wrong about me being an prostitute and I was not Reverend Loveshade.

But if they want me to be Reverend Loveshade, fine. I Am Reverend Loveshade. Isn’t everyone?

So spread the word! Post that you’re Reverend Loveshade, or that somebody else is Reverend Loveshade. Make a list!

An opinion of a friend of associate of The Loveshade Family does not necessarily reflect that of the family.

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This post was edited to include links, one to a later blog entry, and a disclaimer.

127 thoughts on “I Am Reverend Loveshade

  1. I am Reverend Loveshade and you’re not. You’re Chevy Chase.

    Actually, I’m one of the few on the list who actually did write under that name. I wrote the piece “Stripping Away American Freedom: A Call to Action” first published on Dec. 1, 2001 that (ahem) has been quoted several places. At the time, a few of us casually shared the “Reverend Loveshade” moniker. As far as I can remember, that’s the only piece I published under that name. It’s at http://alden.loveshade.org/whatever/stripfreedom.html

  2. I am glad to be Reverend Loveshade. We had so much fun in the mud together at Taking Woodstock.

  3. Reverend Loveshade striking a pose.Rev. Loveshade, his ArseWholleyness, The Great Asshat Himself, None Orthandox Neo-Centric Erisian Partisan Existential Artistic Dualistic Osama himself, Striking a pose.

  4. I am Reverend Loveshade too. And so are my guinea pigs. And my roommate’s old cat.

  5. I am so happy to know I am Reverend Loveshade. It is an honor to be him even if I am not built that way.


    This jake been going on for five years, and it’s time to peek at the man behind the curtain. Let’s look at The Good Reverend Roger (Hamish Howl) vs. Reverend Loveshade (Bruce), shall we?


    Loveshade emphasizes love (even in his name)
    Roger emphasizes violence (even in his name which means “spearman,” and his pieces often end with “Or Kill Me.”)

    Loveshade’s group are called Hippie Love Discordians.
    Roger’s group are called Hate Rant Discordians.

    Loveshade only writes nice things about Roger.
    Roger only writes nasty things about Loveshade.

    “Bruce” is Old French.
    “Roger” is Old German. (If you don’t understand how French and German are opposites, study the first half of the 20th century)

    Loveshade is know for his boastful, hamish ego, and his (alledgedly inappropriate) love of children.
    Roger’s alternate name “Hamish” means a boastful ego, and is known for his alledged hate of people who inappropriately love children.

    The most famous “Hamish” (Roger’s nickname) is Sherlock Holmes’ companion Dr. John Hamish Watson. Their most famous case is The Hound of the Baskervilles where Hamish hears the howl of the hound.
    Nigel Bruce (Loveshade’s nickname) is the actor most famously known for playing Dr. John Hamish Watson, especially in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    Loveshade edited issue 7 of Intermittens Magazine under an anagramatic pen name (and listed “The Good Reverend Roger Fan Club” as supposedly coming in a later issue).
    Roger refused to submit anything to issue 7 even when he supposedly didn’t know Loveshade was editing it.

    Loveshade was interviewed for Chasing Eris by Brenton Clutterbuck.
    Roger refused to be interviewed for Chasing Eris even before it was publicly known Loveshade was being interviewed by Clutterbuck.

    Loveshade’s groupies posted Roger as a contributor to Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia even though nothing in the book has anything to do with Roger.
    Roger’s groupies threatened a lawsuit for plagiarizing his work in Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia even though nothing in the book has anything to do with Roger.

    Loveshade’s group has three people (not Loveshade) who rated Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia as five stars, the highest possible rating.
    Roger’s group has three people (not Roger) who rated Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia as one star, the lowest possible rating.

    “Bruce” (Loveshade’s supposed real name) most famous historical namesake is Roger the Bruce.
    “Roger” (Roger’s supposed real name) most famous historical namesake is Roger the Bruce.

    Bruce never posts his photo (we don’t know what he looks like).
    Roger often posts his photo (we do know what he looks like).

    Loveshade uses a painting of Leonarda da Vinci to represent himself with long hair, a mustache and a beard.
    Roger posts a photo of himself with no hair, no mustache and no beard.


    Reverend Loveshade has a small but dedicated group of groupies
    The Good Reverend Roger has a small but dedicated group of groupies.

    Loveshade often writes tongue-in-cheek, but gets serious about current political issues.
    Roger often writes tongue-in-cheek, but gets serious about current political issues.

    Loveshade is the prime encourager of controversy about Loveshade.
    Roger is the prime creator of controversy about Loveshade.

    The Good Reverend Roger completely spells out “Reverend,” which is quite unusual.
    Reverend Loveshade completely spells out “Reverend,” which is quite unusual.

    According to common parlance, God is Love (as in Reverend Loveshade).
    According to common parlance, God is Good (as in The Good Reverend Roger).

    Loveshade’s publisher lives in the area of Tucson, Arizona.
    Roger lives in the area of Tucson, Arizona.

    Do I have to spell it out for you?

      Reverend Loveshade = The Good Reverend Roger.
    • We can’t prove whether or not that is the well-known pop singer, composer, and actress Miley Ray Cyrus. But we can say the email address, which we will not reveal, is of a site associated with Miley Cyrus.

    • But Reverend Loveshade cares about you.

      For Goddess so loved the world that E gave es only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Em should not perish but have everlasting Discord.

  6. Hey mates. You forgot Christina Pearson, daughter of Robert Anton Wilson who acknowledged the connection between the two. People said that meant she was a fake. And she doesn’t pull punches. About a fake RAW, she wrote, “So. My name is Christina Pearson and I am Robert Anton Wilson’s daughter, and Trustee of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust. You are NOT my father, so I suggest you contact me asap about this facebook page… Call me at 831-xxx-xxxx. Thank you very much! Be assured I will be contacting Facebook’s legal department if I do not hear from you soon!”
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    Phone number xed out in case the number has changed or the poster no longer wants it posted publicly.

  7. In another display of shameless self-indulgence, some of the comments at http://www.loveshade.org/blog1/2007/01/goodbye_raw_robert_anton_wilso.html would fit here rather well. Note that Robert Anton Wilson was not Reverend Loveshade’s biological or legal grandfather. The Rev’s mother was childhood friends with RAW’s daughter Luna Wilson, and chose her Ek-sen-triks Cluborguild name Moondancer partially in honor of her then departed friend (the ECG was a real California college club and was a precursor to R.L.’s Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild). It has been reported in several places that RAW used the Reverend Loveshade handle in correspondence, and that Wilson was the first to use it, but we have no incontrovertible proof of the latter. At least two prominent Discordians claim the Loveshade name appears in some of RAW’s published writings, but so far we haven’t seen it. We do know that a published quote by Alden Loveshade has been attributed online to both Reverend Loveshade and Robert Anton Wilson. We don’t know if Bob did quote Alden or if that’s an error. Below are a number of comments (some condensed or edited as indicated) from that discussion that are related to I Am Reverend Loveshade.

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      ….I know I kid and say Reverend Loveshade is Robert Anton Wilson. RAW used that penname for a little then passed it on to his grandson. We lost a great writer, but you lost your Grandpa….

      Posted by: Rev. Bootie | January 14, 2007 04:07 PM
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      I posted about Bob on another entry too. I don’t know if Bob invented Reverend Loveshade or if Rev. L just lent him his–I mean es–penname as a joke….I wonder if Bob was really Gamemaster Loveshade, who started the whole thing. But no one will say….

      Posted by: Binky The WonderSkull | January 17, 2007 02:09 AM
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      RAW had a profound effect on our time, more than most people know. I’m sure that Reverend Loveshade and the rest of you will work hard to carry on the tradition he began.

      Posted by: Del Timmons | January 18, 2007 10:06 PM
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      ….I cannot say much about your grandfather, except i found his books when it was time for. And they helped me to realise what we are, could be and become….

      Posted by: Askar | January 24, 2007 05:08 PM
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      ….Reverend Loveshade ain’t Bob’s grandson. Loveshade is Bob’s grandaughter! You can’t fool me with a phallus.

      Posted by: Bob Dobbs Evil Twin | January 24, 2007 07:42 PM
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      I’m working on keeping a compendium of memorials to Bob Wilson in the coming weeks, as well as organizing my own wake in Toronto.

      I would be very interested in knowing if there’s a charity which your family would appreciate any proceeds sent….

      Posted by: Deni | January 25, 2007 12:24 AM
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      Reverend Loveshade NEVER said hes Robert Anton Wilson’s grandson! He says he didn’t even know who he was in his biography until Brother Goose gave him a book! http://discordia.loveshade.org/xtra/revbio.html

      They were just friends and Reverend Loveshade called him Grandbob as a handle like he was his Discordian grandpa. His Grandbob used Reverend Loveshade as a Discordian name but then gave it to him. They are NOT the same person!

      Posted by: Untroubled Teen | January 25, 2007 09:20 PM
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      Of course Reverend Loveshade denies he’s RAW’s grandson. The FBI is still looking for him, remember? Like hell he’s going to say who’s grandson he is!

      Fact: RAW used the Discordian name Reverend Loveshade.

      Fact: Rev. Loveshade uses the Discordian name Reverend Loveshade.

      Fact: Rev. Loveshade’s mother was born in xxxx.

      Fact: RAW’s daughter was born in xxxx.

      Fact: RAW’s daughters middle name was Luna.

      Fact: Rev. Loveshade’s mother used the handle xxxxxxxxxx in the original Eksentriks. Luna means xxxx get it?

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      (We regret censoring part of this comment. We believe in freedom of speech, but also in our right to control what’s posted on our site. As we’ve said before, that’s part of freedom of speech too.

      We do, however, ask this commentator to voluntarily stop spreading such claims, whether real or false. RAW’s daughter was reportedly murdered in 1976, while a student in high school. We know of no evidence that she had given birth to a child before that time, nor that she had ever become pregnant.

      While we know of no law against spreading rumors about the dead, and would probably be opposed to such a law if there were one, we ask our correspondents to voluntarily let her, and Robert, and his wife and Luna’s mother Arlen, rest in peace.

      –The Loveshade Family)

      Posted by: Rev. Bootie | January 28, 2007 04:48 AM
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      Hi there, I AM Bob Wilson’s daughter, and just to set the record straight, he had 4 children, one, Luna (her chosen nickname) was murdered at 15, leaving 3 of us – 2 girls and a boy. None of us, alive or dead, have had children, thus, there are no “genetic” grandchildren. But there are “memetic” grandchildren, for sure, raised on his teachings. He only had one “honorary” grandson, who is now about 3 years old and is named Boaz. Have fun, love much and deeply, and let’s keep RAW data as it really is! Christina

      Posted by: Christina Pearson | January 30, 2007 03:26 PM
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      and let’s keep RAW data as it really is!

      That’s right!!! As it really is… a confused mass of maybes, possiblies, impossiblies, and possibly some other stuff as well. 😉

      After all… how are we gonna start the next Big Religion if our Messiah actually has reliable historical documentation?

      Ratatosk, Squirrel of Discrod

      PS – Anyone up for a Grail Quest?

      Posted by: Ratatosk, Squirrel of Discord | February 1, 2007 07:33 PM
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      Grail Quest! Grail Quest!

      -Telarus, KSC, KCC, Tender to the Edible Zen Garden, Episkopos of the Amorphous Dreams Cabal

      Posted by: Telarus, KSC | February 2, 2007 12:04 AM
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      Ok I’ll try not to offend your delicate sensibilities.

      But we’re supposed to believe the post was from Bob’s daughter just because the poster says so?

      Ok, well then I say Reverend Loveshade IS Robert Anton Wilson’s grandson because I’m GOD!

      Posted by: Rev. Bootie | February 3, 2007 07:13 AM
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      Thanks very much for posting on our blog at http://loveshade.org/blog/ I was honored to know your father, although obviously not nearly as well as you did. I called Bob Grandbob as an affectionate, semi-teasing term. When the rumors began, I let it run–Bob had done something of the same with the once mysterious authorship of Principia Discordia, although I got the impression he was very truthful in person. But after Grandbob’s passing, it got out of hand. I hope your post will help let it go.

      It is true that, when Brother Goose (that was es nickname) gave me a book that Bob wrote about the Illuminati, it did lead to major changes in my life, and expanded my perspectives. I owe a great deal to your father, as do many people.

      I’m taking the liberty of including our Snooze Letter, in which we thank you and talk about your beloved father and my beloved friend. Thanks again!

      Yours in the Conspiracy,

      Reverend Loveshade

      Posted by: Reverend Loveshade | February 5, 2007 08:55 PM
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      I’m sorry you lost your Grandbob. He–e–had so many fans and explored unknown territories of the mind. I learned about sex through Illuminatus. Thanks to Bob and Bob.

      In celebration, some friends and I are setting up a stand to give away free Kool-Aid and Brownies. We plan to open some minds.

      Posted by: Paul the Quick | February 6, 2007 05:39 AM
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      Dear Reverend,

      By all means, bob is your Grandbob! What I really wanted to set straight was any rumors that my young sister luna who was murdered had children that were not known about publicly. She was still so much a child herself, although at 15 you can certainly have children, she didn’t and I just wanted that clear. I so appreciate your email, and warm words about our dad’s impact on your life. It means a lot to me. So have fun, love much and deeply, and keep the lasagna flying!

      Warmly, Christina

      Posted by: Christina Pearson | February 6, 2007 06:16 PM
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      I don’t know if Revy Love is Bob’s grandson or not. But I know there both great Discordians and Revy Love knows how to make a girl feel good! 😉

      Posted by: TawTew the Naturally Perfumed | February 7, 2007 10:06 AM
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      Reverend Loveshade is the GREATEST DISCORDIAN since his Grandbob. Carry on, Sexy Man!

      Posted by: Legs Judy | February 7, 2007 12:10 PM
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      I’m sorry now we’ll never see the project Loveshade and Wilson began. I know it would have been mind-blowing. I hope you can sneak some of it in your own writings, Loveshade. Many of us are with you all the way, even those who created the “I Hate Loveshade” campaign. We did it out of love, you know.

      Posted by: Big Daddy | February 9, 2007 09:12 PM
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      Hi, just Icarus!23 here — been busy scanning old comics for RAW’s wake. Hope you Californians enjoy the party next Sunday — I understand that my home will be the site of a gathering there next Sunday to meme-orialize from Michigan.
      Spiritual Grandson, biological daughter, miscellaneous confused folks and all, it looks like were all grieving and celebrating in our own way. Thanks, Christina (Princess Trichster) for the nice letter you sent me. I truly do feel lie a Fifth Wheel now that the Fourth Pillar of Discordianism has gone on to the Erisian Fields.
      Blessed be & Kallisti, and if there’s any reading this from the Detroit/Chicago area, email me and I’ll let you know what MIGHT be going on here.

      Posted by: Mark P. Steele | February 11, 2007 03:07 AM
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      I know this is very very late, but I realy miss your Grandbob. I was never as close as you. I never met “em” but was inspired and had my life changed.

      I’m so glad your still here to carry on the tradition, Reverend Loveshade. You can keep the spark that was RAW alive.

      Posted by: Habeas Corpus Delectable | September 19, 2007 04:29 AM
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      Want to know the true connection between Robert Anton Wilson and Reverend Loveshade?

      Luna Wilson was friends with Bonnie Xxxxxx, who was about a year older. Luna was not the mother of Bruce or Reverend Loveshade, Bonnie was. She bore him when she was 15.

      Later Bonnie was a founding member of the original Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild, and used the member name Moondancer in honor of her murdered friend (Luna means moon) and also Bonnie’s love of dancing.

      Later, Bruce founded the Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild. He used the member name Reverend Loveshade, which was a name RAW had used in letters. RAW let Bruce use it, and also let Bruce call him Grandbob.



      Sorry for the slight edit to one of the names. To protect innocent people–and some not-so-innocent–we’ll stick with first names (which might or might not be correct). R. L.

      Posted by: Pope Hilde | September 28, 2007 06:29 AM
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      It must be so cool being Robert Anton’s Wilson grandson. I love your writing I can tell you’re related! I’m Jessika. Email me if you like.

      Posted by: Spellsalot | April 7, 2008 08:52 AM
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      Tell me please, where I can get autograph copy of Robert Anton Wilson books? I know he your grandfather Rev. Loveshade. Thanks in advance!

      Posted by: Fan of Wilson | May 27, 2008 11:42 PM
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      I think if Rev. Loveshade is Robert Anton Wilson’s spirital grandson, then the grandmother is Monty Python!

      Posted by: Sell Me Something Good | June 3, 2008 02:10 PM
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      I want to get in touch with Robert Anton Wilson’s estate, and know you can do that for me.

      I have a fantastic idea for marketing Wilson’s books, bigger than they are now. We’re talking major market, best-seller revivial. We’re talking The Illuminatus Movie?

      Contact me. I have backers.

      Posted by: Chuck Harlen | July 4, 2008 10:29 AM
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      Our company, Kost to Kost, is considering a project involving the work of Robert Anton Wilson. While I am not at liberty to describe the details, it’s a thrilling concept of illuminating Wilson’s work with multi-media.

      Please let us know if your family is interested by sending us an email.

      Posted by: Kost to Kost | July 9, 2008 05:10 AM
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      I saw the report about your family. I hope you get RAW’s ‘Tales of the Tribe’ published. The excellent Maybe Logic Academy gives us a clue to the work in a type of transtemporal view. The Ideogrammic Method maybe the key but for the distractors, as are the unpublished and hidden portions of James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake and Ezra Pound’s Cantos–ignore those fools at principiadiscordia.com–they know nothing, nothing! Except for Rev. Marquis Mmothra–read ALL of RMM’s posts. DisinfoCon lives! The implications of robust epistemologies have been far-reaching and pervasive. This could challenge the outmoded modern human sexuality paradigm, reforming the Babylonian-Chaldean system to what the sun God RAW intended. Hail Eris! I suspect this will be RAW’s greatest and most profound work. And that would be great indeed.


      The Mgt.

      Posted by: The Mgt | July 10, 2008 05:45 AM
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      To all those who want us to: help them promote Wilson’s books, tell them how to get autographed copies of es books, let them know how efforts to publish RAW’s unpublished work are going, give them contact information for es family, etc.

      Good luck in your efforts. But sorry, I’m not involved in any of those projects and can’t help you. And any contact info I have with any of the first generation Discordians is private. If they or their families want to make it public, that’s up to them. I would suggest checking out http://www.rawilson.com

      As to any projects Grandbob and I were doing together, sorry there too. We tossed around some ideas, and that was about it. Sadly, e wasn’t up to doing much during es declining years.

      The only possibility is we may be able to use some of Grandbob’s comments in the introduction to Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht. We had hoped e might write us a full introduction for the collection, but Grandbob is gone and the book’s still not finished. So that’s not going to happen.

      Have a Day, and Hail Eris

      Posted by: Reverend Loveshade | July 11, 2008 03:00 AM
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      I heard your getting RAW’s unpublished book. Can’t remember the name but that’s terif!

      Posted by: Exit Stage Left | September 3, 2008 03:13 AM
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      Any word on your GrandBob’s still unpublished book?

      Posted by: Jappo the Crappo | December 2, 2009 06:46 PM

  8. Charles Manson is Reverend Loveshade
    Let’s not kid around. The Real Reverend Loveshade is our friend Charles Manson.

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    Sorry, but because of our posted policy, we removed the direct link in the post. You can copy and paste it, changing hxxps to https.

  9. As you say you cannot speak for the entire Loveshade family, so I cannot speak for the entire Davis family. But it means a lot to us for the many posts you made on Troy Davis’ case and the review Alden published on “I Am Troy Davis.” So I will say I Am Reverend Loveshade.

    • I was very glad the Davis family gave me the opportunity to review the book, and we were very glad to post notices about his case. We’re about to go to the fifth anniversary of his execution; it’s critically important this and cases like it are not forgotten. The judicial system is broken, and it’s breaking people’s lives.

  10. Looks like you got some haters from the Westboro Baptist Church of Discordiansm. Ignore them; all they’ll do is post hate rants and protest your funeral.

  11. There’s no reason to hide it anymore. Those in the industry know Rev Loveshade is Rochard who ran LightSpeed Media with Steve Lightspeed. You know, Tawnee Stone, Jordan Capri, Dirty Ali, Taylor Little, all the girls. He made it fun which is why the girls would pose for him when they wouldn’t for any other company. Love you Rochard!

    Thanks for your comments which we will neither confirm nor deny. We did, unfortunately, have to remove your direct link to the company made popular by Lightspeed and Rochard.

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