#NetNet: Mystical dreams, clowns, true ghost stories, ghost shows, and ghost movie reviews.

ADOPT HISTORICAL SLEEP PATTERNS TO HAVE MORE MYSTICAL DREAMS 

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The Little Orphan’s Dream from Boston Public Library https://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/11454653505/

From T. M. Luhrmann at nytimes.com

To Dream in Different Cultures

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MEET ARTIST JURY THE CLOWN

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From Mitch Lavender at Life in 64 Square Feet:

A Couldrophobic Talks About Jury the Clown — Painted Dollar Art

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READ ANOTHER GOOD CREEPY TRUE GHOST STORY

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From Christy at Ghosts & Ghouls

Reader Submission: Evil At Home

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SUPPORT A DOCUMENTARY OF PARANORMAL WISCONSIN

Jessica Freeburg, children’s writer and paranormal investigator, recently contacted me about a paranormal investigation project that is currently seeking funding on INDIEGOGO.  After checking into it, and watching a 30-minute webisode, I am intrigued. In the spirit of being a good neighbor (Jessica is from Minnesota, and the film’s subject is paranormal Wisconsin) I thought I’d share some information:

Haunted State: Whispers of History Past is a unique documentary about the state of Wisconsin that has never before been told. The film focuses on the history and folklore surrounding the state, seeking to answer questions that have been asked for generations …

With a scheduled release for fall 2014, the crew is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the final phase of production.  “This money will help cover things like insurance, permits and travel expenses.  Right now, we’ve got a good movie.  We want a great movie,” said Michael Brown, the film’s Executive Producer. Take a peek at their website www.hauntedstate.com for more details and information the film, or go directly to their IndieGoGo page at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/haunted-state-whispers-from-history-past/x/7256993 to see how you can become a part of this innovative historical, paranormal film!

Here’s the short trailer for the project, to whet your appetite.

The following 30-minute webisode, however, is what really drew me in. I appreciated the enthusiastic but respectful personality of Michael, who conducts an interesting spirit box session at about the 10-minute mark. I’m also impressed with the captured EVPs.

Check out the INDIEGOGO project:

Haunted State: Whispers from History Past

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MOURN A FAD THAT WE ALL WOULD HAVE LOVED

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From Patrick Keller at The Big Séance:

Dr. Silkini’s Ghost Show: Do the Dead Return? Spooks Sit Beside You!

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READ THE REVIEW THAT INSPIRED ME TO ADD A FEATURE TO MY MOST POPULAR BLOG POST

I think you all know that I don’t often do standard reviews of books and movies here at The Paranormalist. Yes, I have my Courting Creepy Movie Lists, but in them I really only provide a teaser or snippet, my personal reason for recommending the film, and  a link to IMDb (or a similar source) so that interested readers can read plot summaries and full-length synopses if they want.

It works.

Today, though, I read a review of  The Haunting (1963) at one of your blogs that made me think, “Ayup. That’s exactly right. I couldn’t have said it better myself.”  That’s when I realized there’s no reason that I can’t link my movies recommendations to reviews written by my blogging peers. (After all, some of you specialize in that art.)

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The Haunting  happens to rank high on: The 13 most haunting films, for ghost story lovers (and another 13+ worth watching.) Because this is my most popular post, I think it’s the perfect list to host this idea.

The haunting films list is due to be updated, so I’ll start adding review links when I tackle that task. You don’t have to wait until the revamp to see what kind of review I particularly like though … go see an example now:

From Scholar* at The Angry Scholar:

Retro Review: The Haunting (1963)

*I do actually know his name, but I learned it AFTER we’d communicated a fair bit, so he will always be Scholar in my mind.

IF YOU HAPPEN TO HAVE A REVIEW (OF ONE OF THE MOVIES ON THIS LIST) HIDDEN AWAY ON YOUR BLOG, DROP A LINK BELOW!

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If I agree with your assessment of the film (or if your piece provides an interesting opposing view) I may link it.

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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Paranormal day #17,061: dreams, dreams and more dreams.

DREAMS OF HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Here at my “professional blog,” I’ve been concentrating on all the good buzz-words: creating quality content, and organizing a schedule of evergreen / pillar posts, and thinking about SEO. I’m fine with all that, and it’s been paying off in terms of total hits, but sometimes I feel like I get a little lost amongst those things.

Lately I’ve been doing an awful lot of personal blogging at a secret location — daily blogging, in fact. It’s felt good to just babble, and the denizens of the secret location seem to like it when I do. I think, maybe, this blog needs a little babbling too.

Remember the definition of “paranormal”?

Para- / par-ə / Prefix. ”Alongside, near, beyond, altered, contrary to.”
norma/ nawr-muhl / Adjective. “Conforming to the standard; usual; regular; natural.”

Truth is, no matter how much I love all that is traditionally paranormal, I spend an awful lot of my life just the tiniest scootch to the left of plain-old-normal. And that means that I deal with all sorts of mundane issues and problems. It means I have the same kind of personal dreams as about 99% of the population. It means I’ve got to use this time of year — when ghosts and monsters and Jacks are far from the minds of most folks, including me — to pursue my non-paranormal dreams.

In the next few days, I’ll share a couple of tools I found to help me with my own classic (if mundane) resolutions: creating a healthier body and improving my financial situation. I’ve been using them since before January, and I think they have had amazing results. (I’m down 10 pounds & eat vegetables occasionally now, AND I have more than $500 in an actual savings account For me, these developments are nothing short of miraculous.)

Now is the time to deal with snow and cold and ice. It’s the time to get through each day in such a way that will lay a good foundation for future, more-paranormal-activity-friendly months. It’s the time to do the WORK of keeping one’s New Year’s Resolutions, and that’s what I’ve been mostly doing in these last couple of months.

DREAMS OF SPRING

Still, the light changes a little each day. In 37 days, it will be equinox, and I can feel it coming. I covered a shift at the #ParanormalHotel last week, just to help out in an emergency. As I drove over at 5:57p it was not yet dark.

QUICK, TENUOUSLY RELATED, UPDATE ON LANGSTON:

By the way, a couple of weeks into the job, Langston had an especially bad night, in an especially bad weekend, and ended up being let go. He made a questionable judgement call and the consequences were really expensive for the hotel owners. The decision came down that he’s not mature enough to handle the night shift. Since then, he’s found a new job working at the deli counter of a local grocery, so it’s all good. 

Sometimes, when the wind stops blowing and the sun shines, I can sense the promise of spring in the air. The other day, when The Boy and I driving to school with the windows rolled partially down, we heard this:

It was only one refrain, and we couldn’t see the little guy, but we both instantly smiled. Sadly, the invisible bird was a bit premature, as the weather is not actually spring like at all. I remember having winters like this as a child, but The Boy doesn’t … it’s been that long since we had this much snow and cold here.

Even in this state of hardy snowmobile-loving, ice-fishing souls, the zeitgeist is that we’re DONE with this crap:

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DREAMS OF GHOSTS AND DEMONS?

I’ve been sleeping often, long and deep for a couple of months now, but I think that’s coming to an end … thank God. I hate feeling tired all the time, and I especially hate descending so deep into unconsciousness that I don’t dream. Or at least don’t remember my dreams.

Apparently, two nights ago, I talked in my sleep. The Ogre tells me that I rolled over to tell him, “I didn’t think your horns would be so big.” He attempted to get me to expound, but that’s all I’d say.

I’m going to assume that I encountered a satyr or a talking beast of some sort in my dreams, because I don’t want to be consorting with demons, conscious or not.

Of that, I have no memory, but I had a dream within a dream just last night. Creepy as hell. The dog and I had fallen asleep on the sofa. At some point, he decided to move to the floor, which woke me slightly. I re-positioned myself and drifted back toward sleep. Then I “realized” someone was standing across the room, in front of the TV, (which was off) just watching me. The presence was male and not benevolent, but not terribly threatening. At least he didn’t make any move to approach — which was creepy in its own way, because it made me understand that it wasn’t just one of my menfolk. He was large, and had a sort of dark energy about him. I couldn’t make out any details. I actually tried to see him more clearly, so I could determine if he had anything that could be termed “horns.” As far as I could tell, he didn’t.

Then I “realized” I was dreaming. I got up and went to the bedroom, to cuddle in with Ogre. When I got there, I tried to wake him up a little, just so he could soothe me. But he wouldn’t wake. I grew increasingly insistent and scared. I was shaking him and shouting his name when I woke up … on the sofa.

(Yes, I had seen the latest Walking Dead episode earlier in the night.)

Once I’d actually gotten up, gone to the bedroom, and easily awakened my husband, I felt much better. The moment I knew I had just been dreaming, the events of the dream became story fodder. And that’s why I love dreaming, even when it’s frightening. It means I’m going to be able to write fiction more easily soon. In fact, it means I’m going to have to.

And that brings me full circle back to the first kind of dream in this post, doesn’t it?


‘NetNet: WWII, mortality, teacher tribute, haunted cabin, dreams and fiction, ghost pic(s), and a nativity in abstract.

LIVE THROUGH WORLD WAR II, VIA TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

Now this, THIS is a project!

“Updates from the Second World War, live from 1940. All posts from today’s date 72 years ago, at the time they happened.”

On Facebook. Or follow @RealTimeWWII

One recent tweet:

  • “More bloody shrapnel wounds than I ever saw in my life.” Nurses hurriedly give morphine, marking anesthetized with lipstick M on forehead.
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Click here to see more WWII propaganda posters.

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ARE YOU AN FSM?

Jonathan Janz, author of has a thought-provoking article up in response to the recent death of actor, Paul Walker. But this piece is about more than that. I discovered I’m not the only FSM in the world. (And now I have  a handy acronym for how I make my family crazy.) Do you think it’s a horror writer thing? Read: How Close We All Are.

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To learn more about these titles, visit Jonathan’s website.

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MEET VERNA MARIE OWEN (1895-1986) A LEXINGTON MISSOURI TEACHER

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Speaking of thought-provoking – Patrick Keller has a post up about a teacher that served through five decades. (He makes a practice of finding out more about people who history might otherwise forget … which is such a cool thing to do.) Read the piece here.

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VISIT A HAUNTED CABIN WITH A HORROR AUTHOR

Tamara Thorne, author of 8 horror novels, is slowly revealing the events that unfolded during a vacation in a reputedly haunted cabin.

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Kindle edition only $3.99.

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin: FIRST NIGHT

Five Nights in a Haunted Cabin – Second Night

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CONSIDER HOW DREAMING FEEDS FICTION

Ray Yanek has a post up about how a recent dream is connected to recent events in his life, and how that may inspire his fiction.

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Read: On Dreams and Inspiration. 

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SEE A POSSIBLE GHOST PICTURE (OR TWO)

Matthew A Bennett has a short post up called Hunting season – ghosts, that is… (an iffy ghost pic) He thinks, maybe he caught a glimpse of the Grey Lady in this shot:

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I think it’s possible. But there’s another, different photograph over at his post that gave me a little chill. Perhaps it’s just pareidolia, but if that’s the Grey Lady, she’s lovely.

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MAKE A MINIMALIST NATIVITY

I am fascinated with this:

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That’s a little strange, coming from me, because I’m not usually drawn to abstract art, but this seems so … right. I’d want more animals – but that was always my favorite part of our nativities when I was growing up.

What colors would you use?

Find the simple instructions for creating one of your own at Curbly. How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

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There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.

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