Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends … #6

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends . . . #7

A man who refused to die by hanging. A woman buried alive giving her husband nightmares. A haunted prison with eerie paranormal activity. A family stalked by a vindictive specter. Grab the nearest table for support – you’ll need it when you read the next one.

The Frozen Living

Movies and tales abound in which people frozen to death are brought to the morgue only to resurrect themselves and walk away alive. The scientific impossibility of such occurrences relegate such tales to ludicrous spin-doctoring at worst and mild, if gory, entertainment at best.

What happened to Jean Hillard, a teenager from North Dakota in the US, in 1980 is enough to revive belief in unseen forces and the unseen hand of God, if not lend a whole new connotation to the phrase “frozen stiff”.

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Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends … #7

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends . . . #8

A man who refused to die by hanging. A woman buried alive giving her husband nightmares. A haunted prison with eerie paranormal activity. The legends are getting deeper. And spookier.

Also live is a not-so-spooky snap poll at the end of this post to dictate terms to me! Now, here comes #7.

The Bell Witch

John Bell was a North Carolina farmer who arrived at Adams, Tennessee, in 1804 and settled there along with his family. In the initial years, the family lived an untroubled and Spartan life. A few years later, however, things changed dramatically for the Bells.

The family started noticing strange things happening in their house. They began to hear peculiar scratching noises on the walls. This was followed by strange noises – of people being pinched and slapped, of objects being dropped – and animals getting skittish without any apparent reason.

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Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends … #8

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends . . . #9

#10 of the Paranormal Legends countdown was about a man who refused to die by hanging. #9 was about a woman buried alive giving her husband nightmares. Could #8 get any worse?

Before we move on to the next legend, a spiffy reminder about the snap poll at the end of this post – if you want to get heard on this blog, dive right into the poll! On to #8.

Legends of Alcatraz

One of the most haunted prisons, and indeed one of the most haunted places on the earth, is the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island.

Located in the San Francisco bay, it has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “most notorious federal penitentiary this country has ever known. Its history runs far and deep, as do the stories, the rumors, and the legends.” It has been characterized by none other than Mark Twain as “being as cold as winter, even in the summer months” after he visited it.

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Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends … #9

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends . . . #10

This is the second of the Paranormal Legends countdown. The series is dedicated to readers of this blog. Also, do not forget to take the snap poll at the end of this blog. It’s an easy way to get your voice heard on this blog.

On to the post. #10 was about a man who refused to die by hanging. #9 is even creepier. Read on.

Precipitate interment

An elderly woman in the 1900s was suffering from a prolonged illness. Doctors came and doctors went, but none could cure her. Finally, after being in coma for quite some time, the woman passed away.

Her husband, the woman’s spouse of 50 years, was understandably distraught. He had lost a lover who was purportedly so close that they were rumored to have understood each other’s thoughts.

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Top 10 Creepiest Paranormal Legends … #10

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Cliches You Love To Hate In Paranormal Novels

This is my first post of 2014, so a warm welcome to the new year and hugs are in order. I thank all of you who have been supportive of this blog with your comments and readership. This post and the series is thus dedicated to you – reader and follower of this blog.

I believe in listening, so take part in a snap poll at the end of this post and let me know how it went in 2013. It’s your take on how this blog grabbed you. Or not. Tell me what rocked, what dragged, and what got your knickers in a twist. Or, what you want to read about in 2014. And I promise to get back with what you wanted!

So, let’s get on with the post. I decided to do one (in fact, an entire series) on paranormal legends and urban legends, as Aymaran Shadow itself revolves around a Bolivian urban legend. It’s a series of 10 posts – one more chilling than the next. Read on. And, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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Cliches You Love To Hate In Paranormal Novels

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Women Freak Out More Than Men?

I was reading a paranormal novel the other day when it struck me that the paranormal genre was afflicted by an odd paradox. Novels in this genre, by the very definition, deal with plots and characters that are anything but hackneyed and commonplace. Yet, if you look at paranormal novels as a whole, cliches abound, resulting in repetitive fare that can make you throw up faster than hydrogen sulphide.

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Women Freak Out More Than Men?

Read the previous post in the Behind The Scenes series: Not For The Weak-Hearted

I recently read an article which had apparently done a study on Americans’ belief in the supernatural and their likelihood of getting spooked by hauntings. It went on to claim that one in every five Americans claimed to have seen a ghost, and that more than one in four had “made contact with the dead”.

While these results were certainly intriguing, what actually caught my eye and made me sit up was another bit of information in the report: “Women more likely than men to have seen apparitions and been in touch with the afterlife.” For the record, 20% of women surveyed claimed to have seen a ghost versus 16% of men. As for being in touch with the dead, it was 33% for women versus 26% for men.

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