Note – Potential Spoilers Below: This is a blog post diving into parts of the research for my new thriller, Crash Alive. I’ve done my best to avoid spoilers, but if you haven’t read the book and want to go in fresh, you might want to bookmark this one.
If you want to fall into a wormhole of conspiracy theory, just type “The Bohemian Grove” into Google and start clicking on links. You’ll get lost for hours.
While there are a lot of theories floating around about the Grove, the undisputed facts around this forest camp north of San Francisco were crazy enough to base some great fiction off of in Crash Alive.
The Bohemian Grove is a 2,700 acre camp deep in the redwoods and owned by the Bohemian Club, and exclusive, all-male private organization founded in San Francisco in 1872. The Bohemian Club, whose slogan “Weaving Spiders Come Not Here” refers to encouraging members to leave business at the door, continues to operate today and reportedly includes a $25,000 initiation fee.
According to a great Vanity Fair article from 2009, the Grove has long been a gathering place for many of the most rich and powerful people in the United States, including every Republican president since Coolidge, William F. Buckley, Dick Cheney, Walter Cronkite, Clint Eastwood, Merv Griffin, Alexander Haig, Colin Powell, David Rockefeller, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, and Mark Twain. Really.
The Grove features over 100 camps, with names like Cave Man, Green Mask, Hideaway, Hill Billies, Stowaway, Owl’s Nest and Utukulu where leaders huddle up in small cabins to drink and socialize.
At the center of the camp is a man-made lake, with a giant Owl Shrine hovering above.
Here are a few other photos from the Bohemian Grove that, if you’ve read Crash Alive, may look somewhat familiar.
Here are a few links and articles on the Bohemian Grove for more information:
- Wikipedia entry for The Bohemian Grove
- Bohemian Grove: Where the rich and powerful go to misbehave (The Washington Post)
- A Guide to the Bohemian Grove (Vanity Fair)
- A new one from Gawker that came out after I wrote Crash Alive
Most recently, The Washington Post reported that Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at a retreat for members of a society called the International Order of St. Hubertus, which according to the Post, was somehow affiliated with the Bohemian Grove. (You can read the article here.)
To see this and other real-world hacks in action, check out the page-turning books in the Haylie Black series, now available on Amazon.
Haylie Black: Book One
The award-winning tech thriller that introduces Haylie Black, a 17-year-old hacker with a chip on her shoulder. When her brother vanishes trying to solve a legendary Internet puzzle, Haylie knows that she’s the only one who can track him down. As she begins to reveal the mysteries behind each clue, she’s pulled deeper and deeper into a secret world she never could have imagined.
Crash Into Pieces
Haylie Black: Book Two
Haylie Black, a now-infamous teenage hacker, is struggling to live a normal life. When a mysterious hacker known as the Endling emerges, she must use her skills to solve the enigma behind the man. As the hunt unfolds, she discovers secrets bigger than she ever imagined, and will be forced to make a choice that will change her life forever.