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Monday, June 11, 2012

Vote or Die 7: Uninvited Guests

by Scott Heffernan (bio)

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I have always been intrigued, and simultaneously terrified by the supernatural. I love watching scary movies, but then slightly regret it when I'm trying to get to sleep at night.

I posed this question on my old blog and some interesting points came up. Ghosts don't seem to be able to do much more than actually scare you. They move furniture, make your dogs bark, and breathe down your neck. Creepy. While aliens are associated with abductions, probing, and genocide. Messed up. However, it seems that one is more likely to encounter a ghost than an alien (if you believe in either one). Also, you could, in theory, physically fight an alien. (I'm keeping a baseball bat under my bed from now on.) So perhaps that evens out the overall score. I guess what it comes down to is where your thoughts turn when you're all alone and hear a bump in the night.

Did anyone else do “Bloody Mary” growing up? Is anyone else still a little bit scared of mirrors. Why would we do that? Canadian and professional storyteller Gail de Vos sheds some light: “So why do children continue to summon Bloody Mary, flirting with danger and possible tragedy? The ages between 9 and 12 are labeled “the Robinson age” by psychologists. This is the period when children need to satisfy their craving for excitement by participating in ritual games and playing in the dark. They are constantly looking for a safe way to extract pleasure and release anxiety and fears.” Ah, now I get it.

Feel free to share opinions, fears, and scary stories.

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