Oleg Danilevski is a Russian born artist, well know for his identi-kit like profile whereby he paints portraits from eye-witness accounts. He moved to the United States in 1998, and is now a US citizen. He works with computer animation.
The word is sprinkled around in the book (for instance p. 59 of my Dell Book Edition), and it takes a while to put together what its function is.
A fnard, my word I guess, is also something that cannot be seen because we learn to un-see it (frequently as part of the process of learning concepts), but is quite different from a fnord. Examples of fnards are the little imperfections (hairs, lines, holes etc) in movie films, which are so annoying when the film has just started, but which we quickly un-see as the movie progresses. We get pulled into the movie and our mind stops seeing the fnards which violate the movie reality. Similar was the tape hiss on music tapes (in the world before CDs and DVDs) and the millions of tiny snap, crackle and pops when we played a vinyl record. After a while we just stopped hearing these imperfection. But, after the advent of CDs, we could suddenly hear the noise again whenever we tried to go back to the old technologies. There are a million zillion things a day we tune out. Some experiments have been done where an anomalous element is introduced into a scene viewed by an audience – say a clown walking through a basketball court during a game – and a large percentage of the audience has no recollection of seeing the clown when queried afterwards. Or try proofreading your own writing – often your mind sees what you know you meant to write, not what is written.
So a fnard is anything your mind actively tunes out because it doesn't fit the picture.
Vampires and werwolves, contrary to popular opinion, are not supernatural creatures. They are 'wer-animals' – the result of an animal genome being introduced into a human. ('wer' means 'man'). More information is found n the navigation bar under 'The Wer Disease', and 'The Wer-Animals: Wolf, Bat, Jaguar'.
Witches (and wizards, warlocks etc) do indeed exist as 'magickal' beings. Their magick is derived from what most people call 'ESP' or psychic phenomena. The human mind operates as an antenna to receive signals that science, so far, ignores. Something like clairvoyance is 'receptive magick', whereby a witch receives knowledge by means science cannot measure. 'Expressive magick', working a spell, simply turns this process around – instead of receiving 'vibrations', the witch sends out signals which affect both the mental and the physical world.
There are good vampires and bad vampires. Sandman is the second strongest of the good vampires. He has his own tab in the navigation bar.
Saragossa is the master vampire who leads the vampire cabal which protects humanity against Dracula and his henchmen. He has his own tab in the navigation menu.
Ethers was one of the names by which the universal medium was called, through which light and other electro-magnetic forces propagated, much as air is a medium through which sound waves propagate. This marvelous idea was slain by Michelson-Morley and Einstein. The 'redux' part simply indicates the long overdue resurrection of this idea. There is a tab in the navigation bar for this subject.
The root meaning of 'wer' is 'man', so that werwolf means manwolf or wolfman. (I know you usually see it spelled 'werewolf'. Both spellings are correct.)
'Wer' can be combined with the name of any animal to mean a human/animal combination – wer-jaguar; wer-bear; even wer-crocodile. Wer-bat is, of course, just another name for what we usually call a vampire – a human/bat combination.
The word 'wer' can be used by itself to mean a person who is a wer-animal of some sort, or it can mean the wer-animal phenomenon in general. We can write, for instance, 'a master wer' to mean a master werwolf, or a master vampire etc. Or we can write, 'It is almost impossible for wer to spread by accident. The wer virus is not very contagious. Wer must be intentionally inflicted by the sharing of blood, and then carefully nursed to fruition.'
All the wer-animals represent the same phenomenon – a human into whose chromosomes a second genome – an animal's genetic blueprint – has intruded via a viral vector The virus comes from a mutant strain of rabies called Wepwawet rabies, or simply WepRabies. The natural host for this virus is the wolf. The wolf which carries this virus is in no way special except that it carries the virus (and therefore has the usual rabies issues, including a heightened killing impulse). This wolf is called a Wepwolf (for Wepwawet wolf). This wolf is NOT a werwolf. It is only when the genes from this wolf are transferred, via the virus it hosts, into a human that the human becomes a werwolf.
The word 'wer' does not refer to the animal species which contributes its genome (wolf, bat, jaguar etc). This animal species is referred to as a totem animal (or in the case of the wolf, as a Wepwolf). Wer refers to the combination of the animal genes with human genes.