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Ephemeral Rift is a YouTube channel and the nickname of its host (sometimes shortened to E.R. or Uncle E, real name Paul). Paul is a YouTuber and podcast host, specializing in ASMR videos and audio.

Having stated on several occasions that he is a fan of, and largely inspired by, horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, Paul's videos are often surreal, confusing, and sometimes even downright creepy. Using a wide variety of characters (all played by himself) such as Professor Clemmons and his brother, Corvus, and wife, Margaret, Deep One Dave, Charlie (Carl), Iggy M. Manley, and many more, Paul has created a deep and confusing narrative of multiple universes and dimensions, often leading to self-contradictions in the timeline.

Please note however that several videos on the channel such as the board games, video games, eating, personal chats or random sound effects are not part of the story canon.


Ephemeral Rift can be found on a YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Tropes in Ephemeral Rift videos include:

  • After the End: This video says that World War 3 will eventually leave Earth uninhabitable, though Corvus Clemmons will be one of the few survivors in the future, living on another planet.
  • Cult Defector: Deep One Dave is revealed to be this in The Innsmouth Barber Shop, having left the Order of Dagon because of its use of Human Sacrifices.
  • Face of a Thug: Deep One Dave, who has a face only a very aquatic mother could love but is easily one of the nicest characters in the mythos.
  • Food as Bribe: The Candyman prefers to get past security this way, apparently Turkish delights are the easiest way past capitol guards.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Rather than Arkham Asylum, it's the Arkham Sanitarium for Mental Relaxation (A.S.M.R.). Corvus has confirmed that it is not Arkham Asylum, but a separate facility.
  • Herr Doktor: Corvus, who calls himself this verbatim on a few occasions. He's a Mad Scientist, albeit a fairly benevolent and understated one, and he has the required accent and occasionally drops German words into his speech.
  • Historical Domain Character: "Rob Ross" is Bob Ross having been reanimated by Professor Clemmons, mostly intact and suffering no particular future shock due to his revival.
  • Idiot Ball: Happened in hindsight in this video when Paul admits in the video description that using rubbing alcohol to clean action figures was not a good idea- as seen with a few toys in the video, isopropyl alcohol can dissolve paints as some figures lose chest decals instantly.
    • Seemingly the point of The ASMR Cone of Silence, as leaving the titular cone in the room silenced the audio for an hour-long recording.
  • The Illuminati: Frequently mentioned as one of the "nefarious organizations" the Tin Foil Hat Society is up against.
  • Madness Mantra: Many characters have these, but one of the most notable is Professor Clemmons and his cutting mat:
    My name is Mister Clemmons. Would you like to see my cutting mat?
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Iggy M. Manley, who is, in fact, quite manly. His initials also spell out "I. M. Manley."
    • "Corvus" happens to be the name for the genus of birds ravens, crows, rooks, and jackdaws come from. Very fitting for plague doctor Corvus. His initials are CDC, as well.
  • Oh, My Gods!: Deep One Dave proclaims "Oh My Cthulu" upon tasting some fudge in "Innsmouth Boardwalk Fudge Tasting"
  • One World Order: Part of the backstory for the Merchants of Rift World series. The governments of the world gradually banded together as part of a plot to create an authoritarian dystopia that bans everything from comic books, video games, and snacks, to nothing.
  • Split Personality:
    • Professor Clemmons appears to be split between 3 or 4 personalities in Professor Clemmons Cutting Mat.
    • Played With in the case of the Tin Foil Hat Society. Paul wears a different hat and tinfoil outfit in each TFHS video, and it's left ambiguous as to whether each outfit is a separate person, or if one man is playing the part of an entire society of conspiracy theorists.


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