The Verne Club

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The Verne Club
Active since 2021-07-13
Uncovering the mystery of the Verne Club.
Type Official
Creator The Cabrera Brothers Company
Discovered 2021-07-13

Main Page > List of Investigations > The Verne Club

Most of the information on this wiki page was taken from the official timeline, written by the creators.

The Verne Club (also known as The Society of Extraordinary Readers ARG), is an ARG made by The Cabrera Brothers Company for their Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Free Bundle Magazine. The ARG is centered around lore from several writers of the weird and fantastic genre, including H.P. Lovecraft, Jules Verne, and Robert E. Howard. The official home page for the ARG can be found here.

Currently, the primary solving hub for this ARG is the Free Bundle Magazine community, who have a Discord server here.


Discussions about the Verne Club began with a series of Reddit posts by a user named "Wepemnofret," later revealed to be a hacker named Bishop. The hacker posted mainly in the Occult and History subs on Reddit, as he tried to find information about a picture he allegedly encountered during a job in someone's server depicting a human sacrifice of some sort. Many people began speculating in the comments section about Bishop's story's veracity since there was no proof of the photo, other than Bishop's accounts and paranoid ramblings about being followed ever since he saw it.

At one point, the hacker briefly mentioned a Reddit user told him about The Verne Club, a secret society of librarians, writers, and people in the publishing business who might help. Suggestions were made that the community may have an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) on its hands until some people in the comments area began providing actual proof that the Verne Club was real. After all the speculation, /r/Hannacrash (CrashOverride) decided to create a post on the /r/ARG sub on Reddit to ask if The Verne Club was an actual Secret Society or an Alternate Reality Game.

Community members started combing for clues on all the subs Bishop had posted in and concluded that The Verne Club was an ARG by Free Bundle Magazine. Once players confirmed it was a game, the magazine launched its official website and agreed to let HannCrash create and maintain the official Discord server.

Human Sacrifice Photo

On July 13th, 2021, wepemnofret shared a post to the "Paranormal Encounters" and the "Supernatural Encounters" subs on Reddit claiming to have come across a photograph depicting a ritualistic human sacrifice dating from 50 years ago during a "system intrusion."

Anyone came across something like this?

I know posting here might be a stretch, but... what the hell. My line of work involves breaking into different types of systems. I don't want to get too much into that. Here's the thing: I recently found this weird photo of what can only be described as an odd satanic ceremonial of some sort, with torches and all that crap. Naked people eating at a nice formal dining table inside a large cave. I will try to describe all this from memory since I can't access the photo for the time being.

The cave was pretty large. I don't know a thing about caves, so to me, it was just a cave. A man and a woman are at the center of the picture. The man is your average Joe, but the woman was not all that bad. Around them is a group of six women, all naked too. There are shadows from people not in the photograph, so there might be more crazy nude women behind the camera too. Some of these women were in their sixties, others in their twenties and forties. Some were fat, others were slim, but they were all evidentially not in their best shape. I only mention this because if I simply say "naked people," one tends to picture instagram models, which was not the case here. They were all regular people. Besides dancing around the dining table, the women were doing "things" to each other. I will leave that to your imagination.

There were like a dozen people or so, all wearing black robes and playing funny looking musical instruments in the background. Some had goat masks, others were just looking down, so their faces didn't show. Two were wearing a jester costume. Now, that was weird, but here's the really screwed up part. There was this thing sitting? crouching? next to the central two figures of the photo (the man and the woman). Picture a 200-pound slug the size of a man. That's what it looked like. Maybe it was a statue. Maybe it was a costume. I don't know what it was. It was this thing, this freaking ugly giant slug, sitting there with them.

The photo was black and white, not the best quality but, checked authentic. It dated from around 30, 40 years ago or so, according to a guy I know. He's no expert, but he's a camera freak and the only other person who had a peek at the photo while I had it. Next to the dining table, there was a stone altar. Same height as the table, maybe a little taller. There was something on the altar, but I don't want to even hint at what was there. I've been doing this for a long time, seen many things people pay good money to keep hidden and trust me: I've seen weird, I know weird. But this? It gave me the creeps.

If someone here knows about what type of ceremony this might be, DM me.

The next day, Bishop posted on the History sub on Reddit, asking for information about "magic and rituals in pre-Columbian civilizations in South America."

Tribal men posing with their costumes

Magic and rituals in Pre-Columbian civilizations in South America

Disclosure: I'm not a historian. I'm not even an aficionado. So keep in mind that I'm as layman as they come with this stuff.

What books or papers would you guys recommend when it comes to South American pre-Columbian civilizations and their relation with ritualistic magic? There is plenty about Mayans, but I'm having trouble finding anything about the rituals of the South American cultures.

My interest comes after seeing a photograph of a magic ritual being performed. Two participants wore a costume very similar to what the "onas" (aka the Selk'nam, or the Onawo) used for their initiation rituals.

Again, I am not a history buff. I was only able to find the similarity after googling "jester costume" for a few hours. I have already tried Amazon and there's not much about the Onas being translated to our language.

The Spaniard

Bishop updated his post on July 16, 2021, mentioning he planned to meet a retired Spanish historian. The man had contacted him through a private message, claiming to have a book with an illustration depicting a ritual similar to the one he mentioned in his posts.


Confirmed, the photo I came across had little to do with the Selk'nam people. Despite using a similar "jester" there's nothing connecting it with what I saw. I've met with the book owner I mentioned, the one who contacted me thanks to this post. He showed me some scans of the pages that reference a "magic" ritual similar to the one I saw, cannibalism and all. Interesting guy, this Spaniard, he's a retired historian. Actually, you guys are all very interesting people. I've no idea why school teachers don't do a better job at teaching this stuff because I can really tell it is something anyone can be drawn into. Even tech guys like me. The woodblock drawing and the description on his book reference a cannibalistic ritual a french occultist described in one of his journals. He didn't allow me to take the scans back with me to the hotel, though.

On July 19, Bishop makes a post on the OccultConspiracy sub on Reddit, searching information about the lost journals of Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, a french writer and occultist. In the post, he mentions he is **traveling abroad** (presumably, to meet the Spanish historian.)

Need help asap: Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre lost journals

Did anyone ever hear about a manuscript called The Lost journals of Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre? Someone recently mentioned it to me as a sort of "very exclusive collector's item." Is it mentioned or documented somewhere in the french occultist literature? I've done a little digging, and the guy supposedly came up with the whole hollow earth theory and a bunch of other occultists and esoteric things, but I'm traveling abroad right now, and my Internet is crap.

The Verne Club

Only days after posting about Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, Bishop asks information about "The Verne Club" on the OccultConspiracy sub on Reddit.

The Verne Club?

A year and a half ago, I screwed up and run into something I shouldn't. I began asking questions around to see if there might be someone who knew something about it and was told about a "social club" where a bunch of librarians, scholars, and writers get together to sweep things under the rug (mostly esoteric books). Like everyone with an Internet connection, I know about freemasons, the Illuminati, the skull and bones, the Rosicrucians, etc. But until recently, I had never heard about the Verne club. I did a little google Dorking, and nothing came up. Since there are as many cults as crazy people in this world, I assumed it was either something small or another Internet rumor. A few hours ago, someone mentioned the Verne Club to me, yet again. This time it was a person I met through another subreddit. I've done some more digging on it, and it looks like they are heavily paper-based. I breathe digital, and since you guys know your books...


The same day, someone discovers discovered the web Verne Club's website:

Seems like this is what you're looking for. Their motto "Quidam libri aperuit ne sit impune lacessit" means "Some books may not be opened with impunity." Among the books the Society holds in its Index Librorum Prohibitorum are authentic copies of the Necronomicon, The handwritten manuscript of The Codex Gigas, with its two-part addendum, a complete translation of The Voynich Manuscript, and the unabridged version of La Poule Noire (The Black Pullet).

The website mentions that all books the society owns are "kept under strict surveillance" and that their mission is "not to suppress or withhold knowledge, but to contain it from disruptive individuals."


Going to the address reveals a secret section accessible only to members of the secret society, or "keepers," as they call themselves. The login prompt can only be found when clicking on a hidden link at the bottom of the website's homepage.

During the beginning stages of the ARG, when speculations of whether The Verne Club actually existed or not were still happening, players discovered that the following list of Reddit users might have been in-game characters created to promote the game:

  • Randolphfish posted on the Occult sub on Reddit claiming his ex-roomate was a member of The Verne Club. He hasn’t posted or commented on Reddit since July 21, 2021.
  • Franciswhiskeyjar made one of his first comments on Reddit claiming that “My mother said her grandfather's brother (great-uncle?) was a member of the Verne Society.” And had “a booklet in a drawer somewhere with their silly handshakes.” He made a separate Reddit post on July 20, 2021 showing the following book page. He has not posted or commented on Reddit since July 20, 2021.
  • Momento358mori presented himself as a Freemason and said that The Verne Club might be an old Swedish Rite group of Masons.

Although the identity of some of these Reddit users remains in question, others were confirmed to be actual ARG players and not in-game characters (most notably, r/lemondecro_ss,who discovered the drop-off near Lovecraft's grave and is a relatively active member of the ARG's Discord server.

Writers and the Occult

A new Reddit post by Bishop titled [TIL] Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, french occultist and author, and Victor Hugo (THE Victor Hugo) might have been pals in a secret society sheds light on The Verne Club.

The following writers are mentioned in the thread:

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the father of Sherlock Holmes wrote _The History of Spiritualism (1924)_, maintained fairies were real. He was also known during his last days for frequent spiritist circles.
  • H.P. Lovecraft: his marriage to Aleister Crowley's ex-girlfriend, Sonia Greene, and his work association with Harry Houdini (a known Freemason)
  • Arthur Llewellyn Jones: Welsh author and mystic. He was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
  • Antonin Artaud: Dramatist, theatre director, and film actor. He was into the occult, alchemy, and cabala.
  • William S. Burroughs: American writer, he was into the occult. He wrote Naked Lunch, Junky, The Wild Boys, Queer, and many others. He became interested in black magic after traveling to South America.
  • Victor Hugo: French poet. During his political exile in the channel Islands, he dedicated much of his time attempting to communicate with spirits. He was friends with Alexandre Saint-Yves d'Alveydre, a French occultist and author.

Bishop's Video Messages


On July 15, 2021, Bishop began posting on Twitter under an account with the same username as his Reddit profile: @wepemnofret. The account, which also used the same avatar as the Reddit account, was created in May 2021 and is believed to have been stolen from an unknown member of the Society of Extraordinary Readers by Bishop, since the l33tscript message in the account profile reads:

k33p325 5h0u1d h123 4 wh173 h47 w17h 411 7h47 d0u9h 7h3y 937 f20m 7h312 m3m8325h1p5.

Which players translated to:

Keepers should hire a white hat with all that dough they get from their memberships.

In some of his tweets, Bishop boasted about successfully having hacked The Verne Club's website. Specifically, he said to have found thousands of "uid" (Unique Identifiers) of encrypted data he could not retrieve before the server "kicked him out." In his tweets, Bishop also mentioned that he would no longer attempt to gain access to the server's "keepers area," as remaining in one place for too long was _increasingly dangerous for him in his current situation_. While most Bishop tweets contained videos messages encoded in Base64 with directions to those playing the ARG, others were in plain English and included pictures of the so-called "creeps" that were following him anywhere he went, even abroad.

When asked for more information about Shane C. Mitchell, Bishop answered with a video message:


Players decoded the message to:

He was supposed to meet up with Jorge to make the exchange in Valencia, but Zain kept getting in the way by bidding higher through his people. I had no choice but to go back to the States to keep Zain from getting in the way. I messed up his bank accounts there and bought us some time, but now Jorge tells me Shane never arrived at the meeting, so I came back to Spain.

The King in Yellow

On August 14, 2021, Bishop twitted the following: "Here's your damn proof", along with a video message encrypted in morse code.

- .. -. -.-- ..- .-. .-.. -..-. -.- .. -. --. .--. .-. --- --- ..-.

The decoded message yielded TINYURL/KINGPROOF, leading players to a photo of a page from an unknown copy of The King in Yellow. When players examined the photo's EXIF data, they found it read ``Artist: Jorge Munoz``. Players deduced the name belonged to the ex-historian from Spain Bishop spoke about on his posts.

Photo found by decoding the morse code tweeted by "Bishop"

Players also noted that "The King in Yellow" could also be referencing Hastur (The Unspeakable One, also known as "Him Who Is Not to be Named", "Assatur", "Xastur", "H'aaztre", or "Kaiwan"), an entity from the "Cthulhu Mythos" of American writer H.P. Lovecraft.