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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
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August 11, 2009
3) Freaky Sleep Paralysis: Being Awake in Your Nightmares
Tags: brain, fear,
night, nightmares, Old Hag,
phenomena, sleep paralysis,
- This is a fairly common phenomenon across the globe. The names and meanings ascribed to it
are fascinating and have enough variance given the undeniable commonalities. The name in Mexico is particularly evocative,
"a dead body climbed on top of me". A lot of the time it is described as Old Hag syndrome and that has its own particular
mythology to it and fits into a larger subset of beliefs regarding the superstitions revolving around sleep and night time.
2) Death in the Recession: More Bodies Left Unburied
Tags: cremation, coroner,
death, funeral, government,
graves, graveyard, human remains.
- This is a sad thing. The title says it all about what is going on, but the
scale, and the impact of it has to be read. It's hard to imagine the difficulty of not giving a loved one a proper burial
and leaving it up to the government. These government required burials and cremations are in addition to the numerous
transients and other unidentifiable or unclaimed bodies. Also of note are the statistics on deaths and the numbers for
1) China seals off town amid plague outbreak
Tags: government, implications,
news, plague, scepticism,
- This is a news story about a real plague in the modern world and the efforts
to bring it to a swift and safe end for as many as possible. When it came to my attention it came with an expression
of disbelief from the person quoting the article. Something has to be done to grab a plague and stomp it out saving
as many lives as possible. What kind of world is it where action to save lives is seen as too extreme if people have
to be inconvenienced for a couple days to save them? This alone is of interest to explore in fiction, let alone the
setting potential of a place locked down for safety dealing with some other threat that is only exacerbated by the
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