Black-Eyed Children

Okay, guys. Super exciting day! I’m switching up the blog content a smidge to make things more interesting for both you and me. I’m going to write about some paranormal things, stuff I find weird, strange, and/or spooky, perhaps some bits on myths and various creatures. I spend a lot of time reading about that stuff anyway; might as well slap some up on the blog, right? Right.

Don’t worry, I’ll still post about my books and writing, too. I just wanted to shake it up.

So today, we have the black-eyed children. This falls under the Urban Legend category.

 

black-eyed children

Image from Wikipedia

 

Wikipedia describes these adorable, little demons thus: “Black-eyed children (or black-eyed kids) are an urban legend of supposed paranormal creatures that resemble children between the ages of 6 and 16, with pale skin and black eyes, who are reportedly seen hitchhiking or panhandling, or are encountered on doorsteps of residential homes. Tales of black-eyed children have existed since the 1950s.”

They remind me a little of that movie: The Grudge. Do you remember it? There was a creepy kid that looked like this.

 

grudge

Grudge movie pic

 

 

Anyway, the creepy black-eyed kids in these stories are different. In this case, they run around, bumming rides and begging for change and…showing up on doorsteps, asking to use the phone?

The latter is, of course, the creepiest. According to what I’ve read, they get rather demanding if you try to ignore them.

Personally, I’d love to see who the little creepos would call. I’d totally eavesdrop on that weirdness. I wouldn’t let them in, though. No, thank you.

Some theories as to what they are include: aliens, vampires, or ghosts.

Let us briefly explore the possibilities.

Aliens: hmm. Maybe. I could see it. Say you’re trapped on an alien planet. At some point, you need to find a way to function on said planet. You study a species for a while (preferably the one with the most comfortable lifestyle), figure out what motivates them to share whatever you need (such as maternal instinct), and whip up a disguise that elicits the response you want. I get it.

Vampires: Pale skin, weird eyes, these are some vampire characteristics. Plus, they really want that invitation into your house. A vampire might also require rides, money, and phone calls.

Ghosts: Again, pale skin, dark eyes, ghostly ghostness, for sure. Ghosts are souls who are supposedly stuck here because of unfinished business. I guess, ghostly unfinished business might include needing a ride, money, or a phone call. You’ve got to facilitate that, somehow, amIright?

Basically, this whole urban legend boils down to creepy kids asking for stuff. How scary is that, really? Not very. As long as you don’t let them in your house…

More info

Wikipedia

Stories of black-eyed children 

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Semi-forgotten Demon

Guess what I forgot to do. I forgot to release a thing! About 4 years ago, probably not quite 4 years, I wrote a short horror story called Iyrico.

I posted it on the blog.

I posted it on Wattpad.

I intended to post it on Amazon and other places, but apparently, I did not end up doing that.

If you read my blog on a somewhat regular basis, you probably know that I’ve been working my way toward producing audiobooks. I’ve actually recorded some chapters for other books, but I decided to take on something shorter at first, in case ACX didn’t think my equipment/quality was up to snuff.

I thought for a long time about what that thing would be. Most of my short stories are pretty short, maybe too short for audio. Then I was like duh! Iyrico would be perfect. It’s about 22 full-size pages long, so long enough to be a somewhat decent length but not long enough that I would waste too much time getting it together if it didn’t work out.

I then noticed that the story was not listed on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or Goodreads or anywhere! It’s kind of cool because I get to do a new release and not do all that much work for it. Forgetful past me sometimes gives really good presents. 🙂

It’s also cool because I get to revisit a story I really like!

If all goes as planned, that should be the first audiobook I release, the first one with my voice on it, anyway. At the average timing (according to ACX) of 150 words per minute, the recorded story should end up being about 75 minutes long.

I’ve given the story a bit of an edit/rewrite because my writing and editing has improved a bit in the last four years, thankfully. Quickie cover redesign, which is already done, and maybe another read-through to make sure I didn’t screw anything up. Then mass release next week. Record the audiobook and release that…maybe within the next 30 days as long as ACX likes it? That’s sounds pretty reasonable. 


Now, because blog posts are better with pictures,  please enjoy this unrelated and slightly blurry photo of a tortoise we rescued from the street.

movie: Oculus

I finally got to watch a movie this weekend! I should say that I finally got to watch a whole movie. We actually tried to watch one last weekend. It was the latest Transformers movie. I didn’t do a review on it because I got bored in the middle of it and got up and walked away.

This one was much better.

oculus

Description from IMDB: “A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.”

Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy) plays Kaylie Russell. She’s the one trying to exonerate her brother. Her character is smart. She comes up with all of these ways to try and outsmart the scary mirror ghost: timers, and plants, even a dog.

The brother, Tim, isn’t so sure about this plan. He has spent years in a mental institution trying to get past the trauma he suffered as a kid. Now, sister dearest is bringing it all up again.

Oculus is pretty good. There’s a lot of oh-you-thought-this-was-happening-but-it-was-really-this! HAHA! It’s pretty light on special effects. I would’ve liked to have seen more of the actual ghost.

Good times, though. Oculus gets a B+.

movie: Silent Hill Revelation, not 3D

silent hill

Description from IMDB:  “When her father disappears, Heather Mason is drawn into a strange and terrifying alternate reality that holds answers to the horrific nightmares that have plagued her since childhood.”

This movie was not the greatest. I didn’t expect it to be. I didn’t expect cinematic art, but I did hope it would be better. I was actually pretty excited to see it, despite my meh feelings about the Silent Hill franchise in general.

This installment features Heather, the same character as in the video game Silent Hill 3. The actress who plays her really looks the part. The acting was not so great. One of the other primary characters was played by Kit Harrington, who is Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. He makes up for her shortcomings a little bit. He also looks like a completely different person with no facial hair. It’s bizarre.

Anyway, the writing was okay. The Silent Hill people do a pretty good job with the story, the cult and mythology, etc. The visuals were quite creative, which is always a plus.

Not a great movie but not the worst. It’s worth a watch if you don’t have anything else to do. Silent Hill Revelation gets a C+.

So, what’s the worst movie?

She replies with no hesitation, “Hobo with a Shotgun. Worst. Movie. Ever.”