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eBay & Random (?) Creepiness

New auctions just up on eBay:

- Plastic Jesus signed trade hardcover
- Guilty But Insane signed numbered hardcover (#316)
- Wrong Things hardcover by me and Caitlín R. Kiernan (signed by both of us)
- 5-CD audiobook of Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton, read by Bill Nighy
- 7-CD unabridged audiobook of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, read by Neil Gaiman

The Slenderman painting is still available too. And speaking of spooky shit, here's a comment I posted on a ontdcreepy Personal Experiences post last week. Stuff like this never happens to me, and if it does, I don't much like to talk about it for worry of seeming a Special Snowflake who wants to experience Special Things. I don't know about the snowflake part, but I could happily go the rest of my life without another night like this. (There was one more after the experience related below, but no more since then.) However, since I feel like I haven't been posting much interesting reading here lately, I give you this unembellished:

I'm very interested in supernatural things but not at all sensitive to them. My mom sees ghosts sometimes, but I don't (and would be scared shitless if I did). However, a couple of times over the years I've woken up with the impression that something had been bending over my bed. I never exactly saw it, but even though I got the idea it was desiccated and corpse-like, I (oddly for me) didn't feel scared or threatened by it.

Last night, though, was BAD. I couldn't get to sleep until after the sun came up because every time I'd start to drift off, it felt like something tall in a hood or cowl kept leaning over my side of the bed. It wasn't exactly scary, but it was so disconcerting that I almost went around to the other side of the bed and slept on the floor, but I didn't want to leave my boyfriend ... exposed? He said he sensed it too, but only after I told him about it, so that could be the power of suggestion.

It wasn't sleep paralysis -- rather the opposite, as I kept tossing and turning and flailing about. I don't know. Creepy but interesting.


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Aug. 20th, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Ahahaha, I'm pretty sure I know what that thing is. If it bothers you again, just tell it to leave, directly; it should go away.

ETA because lol I guess I could have given more information there eh? It sounds like the textbook definition of an energy being. They basically just hang around people, although usually only people with some sensitivity or experience with reiki and related energies can see them all the time. I also refer to them as tulpa/thoughtform seeds because they're easily molded by people's impressions or imagination...I think it's pretty likely that the thing in my closet started out as one of those. They look creepy (sometimes REALLY CREEPY, I speculate probably because whatever you're seeing is whatever the first person who 'sensed' them lurking in the dark imagined them to be) but are harmless.

Edited at 2012-08-20 12:05 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
This is interesting to me because it may explain an experience my best friend had many years ago, when she awoke to a tall figure looking over her in bed. She said it looked like a big scary thing but she was not frightened by it, and the sensation was more of a concerned or caring adult looking over and tucking in a child. It was not a very long time after her grandfather's death and she eventually decided to identify it as him. She was quite sensitive to spirits etc in her youth, not so much any more.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
That is pretty interesting. I haven't done much research on energy beings in that direction, but have always speculated that a lot of them probably end up as 'guardians'. Especially considering the number of them that are likely to end up as some child's 'invisible friend'...children are generally IME more likely to be able to see them than adults.
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
I was kinda hoping you'd weigh in when I posted on ONTDC, actually. Figured you would know something about this. If it can't hurt us and I don't have to see it too often, I don't guess I mind if it just hangs and chills ...

Edited to add that tulpas keep coming up in my conversations lately.

Edited at 2012-08-20 04:20 am (UTC)
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Haven't been on ONTDC in awhile, honestly. Still have to catch up on the last few weeks of PE posts.

It's your choice to keep it around or not - but do keep in mind that the longer you keep it around, the more...solid? it can get, which is probably why you can see it now. I kept one around for about a year intentionally once, it was kind of fun, but towards the end it started creeping me out just because it would do things like sit on the couch next to me and other people could see it just sitting there. It can get kind of eerie. And (IMPORTANT) if there's a lot of bad 'energy' in the house - talking relationship-type energy here, like bad blood, not anything you can clear out with a cleansing - it can become a catalyst for (potentially very nasty) poltergeist activity, even if nobody in the house is 'of age'. But you should be able to get rid of it any time you want...so just keep that in mind if it starts making you uncomfortable.

It would probably also be good to keep in mind that TMK most reiki practitioners advise getting rid of them as soon as you notice them, and as you know I sometimes take stupid risks, although I try not to advise others to do the same P: but the fact is that most people (almost everybody, most likely) have a few of these hanging around their whole lives, and suffer no ill-effects, except the occasional haunted house (as they can easily take the form of a 'haunting' if you believe your house to be haunted). So I don't think it's anything to be concerned about.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC)
Grey wonders if it has a message for me, though that strikes me as straying into snowflake territory. What do you think?
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:34 am (UTC)
In that case, it would either not be an energy being (which I suppose is a possibility, but seems unlikely) or it 'belongs' to someone else who has developed it especially to carry messages. Which is possible, but I think it would be doing something more to get your attention. Honestly, standing RIGHT BY YOUR BED and staring is what they do at night, it doesn't mean they want anything. They just like to be near people. (The last one that did this to me looked like a rotting minotaur corpse. It was a bit amdkslafmskl)

But yeah if it were to have a message for you basically we're getting out of energy being territory. And it's being really ineffective about it. You could ask someone you trust to do some kind of reading to be sure, in case it's having trouble communicating...I would volunteer to do a quick tarot reading but I haven't used my cards in awhiiile and I definitely won't be getting any accurate readings from them, they've been packed away in the basement. But yeah, a quick one-card reading on it should clarify that, if you're worried; or at least, that's how I would do it, I don't really recall how much you're into/trust tarot and other divining tools.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Tarot and I do NOT get along. Nuff said. (No offense to anyone who likes Tarot; the rift was mostly my fault.)

I would just as soon it were a basic energy thingie, no message wanted or required. ;-P

Thank you for all this!
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
No problem o u o
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
Forgot to say it happened again, somewhat less alarmingly and more annoyingly, a couple of nights later. That time I had a distinct vibe as of someone going "POKE POKE POKE! ... I'm not touching you! Am I bothering you? ..." [then after you finally relax] "POKE POKE POKE!" etc.
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
I don't think so.

You've spent most of your youth transforming your thought processes and processing what's happened with and around you into words, and some of that is very very dark territory. It can be read that Lost Souls is being in the wrong body/wrong town, combining those with the body horror of pregnancy. Exquisite Corpse is how bad relationships can consume people, literally, and Drawing Blood has the "oh my God, do I have AIDS" fear.

Lest you think I'm going into self-serving territory of saying "you know, you need to write, and soon. Preferably Lost Souls 2 (squee) (and yes, I know it's already been written ;P)" where I'm going is, you have a fuckton of creative energy and the fact that you're painting cyclones and slenderman means to me that you've got some more dark energies you're deep down wanting to work through, and they're manifesting, not necessarily as evil beings, but evil LOOKING beings.

You've always had an outlet for some really heavy shit, and when you switched to Rickey and G-Man, there wasn't anywhere for the dark stuff to go.

I hope this makes sense.
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
The Rickey and G-man stories could have ventured into some heavy shit post-2005, but I just didn't want to go there with them. I still follow some of the (increasingly implausible) storylines in my head, though.
Aug. 21st, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
*nods* oh, I remember.

Maybe your paintings will exorcise the ghosts you have now....
Aug. 20th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
Sounds like a typical Shadow Person.
Aug. 20th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
I've never seen a ghost either, even though I say to others that it'd neat to do so. I have to wonder if I actually did, I'd quickly change my mind. I have experienced sleep paralysis a number of times. I had no idea what I was experiencing. It was like I was awake, but I couldn't move my body or even open my eyes. I believed that there was a ghost in the room with me and I was terrified.
Aug. 20th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
really? come visit me. i have plenty.
Aug. 20th, 2012 08:49 am (UTC)
Really?! Are they friendly? Do they actually communicate with you?
Aug. 23rd, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
lemme heal a bit from my surgery and we'll talk. don't let me forget this. it's fun stuff. :)
Aug. 20th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
i have a similar spirit who hangs around me. tells me he's my guardian. i had to have a long, stern discussion to tell him to stop freaking me out if he was supposed to be protecting me!
Aug. 20th, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
That sounds terrifying. I'd go broke replacing my mattress and sheets.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:28 am (UTC)
If you had told me this was going to happen, I would have been INFINITELY more terrified than I was when it actually happened. Not sure what to make of that.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
I'm in the camp of "I don't believe in ghosts, except I've seen them a bunch, so Iunno." Mostly in my parents' house, which is a creepy creepy place and gets more creepy (to other family members) after either a) I've been home or (more commonly) b) they've remodeled one of the rooms.

Last month, I stayed there alone to watch the dog and woke up at 5am to music coming from down the darkened hallway. Because I'm a wimp, I decided to investigate in the morning, which is when I found out that the music came from this wind-up clown doll that had been inherited from my late grandmother's collection. It had started playing despite not having been wound in years.

But I also feel like I'm doing the "special snowflake" thing when it comes up.
Aug. 20th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
the music came from this wind-up clown doll that had been inherited from my late grandmother's collection. It had started playing despite not having been wound in years.

Aug. 20th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
I think my current apartment building is slowly sliding into a JG Ballard novel now, so there's no hope for me. I think the only place I've ever lived that wasn't a horror story waiting to happen was Finland. And even then...

I'm surprised I was able to sleep despite the creepy clown music down the hall, but I think at that point, I was like "Whatever, house. If you were going to go all horror story on me, you had eleven uninterrupted years."
Aug. 20th, 2012 09:49 am (UTC)
Well, nobody has been troubled in our haunted room for a while - maybe our uncanny tenant is visiting abroad?

While I'm here, Billy, could you just confirm you're still using the PO Box I've had for you for years? Soon I'll have a book to send you.
Aug. 21st, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
Ramsey! Yes, same PO box as ever. Looking forward to the book.

I was just thinking that my only other distinct "experience" was when I slept in your haunted room and the ghost stopped me from being scared by patting my butt. Pervy ghost.
Aug. 21st, 2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
> ghost stopped me from being scared by patting my butt. Pervy ghost.

Ghosts got taste. ;)

It couldn't have been Howard Stern's "butt bongo"-ing ghost, he ain't dead (even bigger LOL)
Aug. 21st, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
AH! Now I'M creeped out!
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