Friday’s premiere of the suspense thriller "Angels and Demons,” based on Dan Brown’s book of the same name, may spark interest in a secret society central to the movie’s plot.
So says Mark Dice of San Diego, author of the new book "Illuminati: Facts and Fiction.” Dice, 31, said historians and scholars agree that the Illuminati organization was created in Bavaria, Germany, in the late 1700s, but there continues to be a debate about whether the group completely disbanded when its sinister plans were discovered by authorities, and its members were exposed more than 200 years ago. Here, Dice discusses his book on the Illuminati, a group featured prominently in "Angels and Demons”: Q: How did you become interested in secret societies or groups such as the Illuminati? A: I was always interested in current events, politics and how the world works. There was always something missing — a piece of the puzzle. I started learning about the New World Order. I also learned that secret societies exist. For example, President George W. Bush was a member of Yale University’s Skull and Bones fraternity, and so was (Sen.) John Kerry, by the way. It’s a lifelong membership. It’s fascinating. Nobody in the mainstream media seems to ask anybody about that. Q: Why did you write this book at this particular time? A: I had written a previous book, "The Resistance Manifesto,” and the Illuminati is mentioned in one section. The Illuminati is the core of what a lot of people call the conspiracy theories. There’s so much information and speculation about it. I started to compile all of the wild allegations out there, like some authors say the Illuminati is a group of aliens who look like humans. I wanted to have a book that people could use to trace the truth and see what is documented and what is fanciful that someone just made up. Q: By several accounts, the Illuminati are given a sinister history.