Hello, I am Robert G. Male. Welcome to WraithStop™. Here you will find links that I think are of interest. Furthermore these are links that I want to keep track of because they have given me either ideas or some other form of inspiration for my writing. Links are listed in order lowest to highest both in the date they are given and the order in which they appear (meaning: read them from the bottom up for a certain day's list). Some of these sites may require you to sign up for free. Without further ado, the links...

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November 2008

November 18, 2008

3) Why Write Horror in a Horrific World and Time?
  • Here is a blogger explaining just what the blog's title says. It pertains most specifically to zombie stories/plots. It's well reasoned out, and though personal to the blogger pretty insightful overall for anyone looking to point someone to an articulation of this particular why.
  • Tags: blogging, creepy, horror, monster, zombies.

  • 2) Dark Destinations - High Falls, Genesee River, Rochester, NY
    • This is a run down of the interesting history of the High Falls. Particularly of interest is the story of Sam Patch and his plunge to his death over the falls. The idea that the onlookers felt so much guilt for watching the failed stunt brings to mind a very specific kind of story. The account of the Naptha Explosion brings to mind Centralia the basis for Silent Hill. Last point of interest is the case of Marion Ira Stout who committed murder and failed to commit suicide to avoid execution by hanging. {Ref#2 - Others}
  • Tags: case, Centralia, death, disaster, ghosts, guilt, hanging, murder, Silent Hill, suicide, tragedy.

  • 1) Scholar Finds Mayans' Path Through Hell
    • Its hard to say which is more interesting, the look into the legends and afterlife beliefs of the Mayans or that they prepared their people for it through re-creations in local caves. Questions arise about which parts came first. Some parts of the path to the afterlife may have been added after finding some of the conditions (room of knives) in the caves while others obviously needed no such basis yet logically would be underground conditions (extreme heat or cold).
  • Tags: afterlife, caves, creepy, death, legend, Mayan, re-creation, sacrifices.

  • November 11, 2008

    3) Forrest J Ackerman is slipping away...
    • I usually don't like to report just the news, or bust out into first person, but on this occasion I'll make an exception. Forrest J Ackerman, the great man behind "Famous Monsters of Filmland", and obvious genre treasure may not be with us much longer. The linked site includes a mailing address to send well wishes to, and let Mr. Ackerman know exactly how much he means to his friends, fans, and even people who just admire him for his contribution to our favourite past times.
  • Tags: Forrest J. Ackerman , inspiration, news.

  • 2) 24 Tales of Ghost Towns and Abandoned Cities
    also 100+ Abandoned Buildings, Places and Property
    • Text is sketchy but somewhat evocative on these pages. The pictures themselves are great for ideas. The natures of these locations also spark ideas. Lastly the text does provide names for further research. Some of these places stand as memorials, but others could easily be graveyards. Certainly some of them are considered haunted.
  • Tags: abandoned, ghosts, graveyard, haunted, legend, memorial, mystery.

  • 1) The dead and the quick
    • The nature of the shambling dead has come not only into question but also into jeopardy in recent years. Our corpses that won't stay down any more are being asked to perform greater feats than ever before. Is it too much for their dead brains? Is their slow ambulatory culture threatened? Kidding aside, this article does ask some good questions, and more important for inspiration explains what is great about the slow living dead.
  • Tags: brain, corpses, culture, horror, killing, zombies.

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