These intriguing sculptures are called “Ghosts” and you can find them at Vezio’s Castle, located nearby the comunes of Varenna and Perledo, Lombardy, Italy. In the background you can see the Como’s Lake. To create these hauntingly beautiful characteristic ghosts of Vezio, you can become a model for a day: made from white chalk they are re-made each summer by tourists who agree to be put in a particular position, then covered with gauze and white chalk staying like that for 20 mins until the chalk is dry. The sculptures remain until destroyed by snow. Experience avoid to claustrophobic😉
everybody talks about how off-putting danny must seem to humans for being so ghostly, but few people talk about how off-putting he must seem to ghosts for being so humanly.
he looks too solid to be a ghost. his touch is too firm, too warm, too alive. the glow he sheds looks less like it comes from him and more like it’s being filtered through a thick curtain. his human-colored skin does not make things any better. it makes him look less like a spirit and more like a moving corpse imbued with ectoplasm. when he bleeds, his ectoplasm isn’t thick like everyone else–it’s liquid and flowy, like he’s melted on the inside. one time, a ghost made the mistake of hitting him too hard and was horrified to see a bone stick out. the idea that he still has bones and organs even as a ghost was sickening enough to get the ghost to surrender. every time danny enters the ghost zone, he exudes a strange presence because this place knows that humans don’t belong in it, yet danny is only half of that. when you look into his eyes, they seem normal at first, but a closer look informs you that they aren’t made of ectoplasm–they’re physical eyeballs stuffed with ectoplasm.
danny phantom is a ghost who is still stuck in his own flesh; everyone is waiting for him to break free, yet he continues to survive.
When she stood still in the middle of the room the pressing silence of Hill House came back all around her. I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
This haunting is architectural. It is not about you. It is about where you are. There are bones in the foundation. This house is a graveyard. This house is a corpse. You are inside the corpse. That makes you the maggot.
Some places are born, not built. Such a strange thought to have. And I don’t know what came next, but I was still muttering the words to myself when they stopped my car and broke the glass and dragged me out. Born, not built. Born, not built.
Have you not been paying attention? Did it not occur to you that as an organism existing within a greater organism, your intrusion would be felt? And still you harass. And now, like the wayward spider who witlessly settled on a sleeper’s tongue, you will be swallowed. Because the truth is this: When a house is both hungry and awake, every room becomes a mouth.
Despite all their efforts to the contrary—their impossible architecture, their threats of betrayal, their lesions in the walls—we keep coming back. We keep exploring them and charting them and trying to bend their distinctively un-human design to our will. These houses are haunted—they’re haunted by us.
Ik it sucks being stuck inside but just imagine you are a vampire residing in a gorgeous gothic castle on the edge of a cliff, isolated from the rest of society, spending your days dramatically draped over expensive antique furniture whilst listening to the sound of waltz music fading into the thunder outside.
A shadow person (also known as a shadow figure, shadow being or black mass) is the perception of a patch of shadow as a living, humanoid figure, and, interpreted as the presence of a spirit or other entity by believers in the paranormal or supernatural.
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Shadow people are dark figures associated with nighttime visitations and some haunted places. Shadow people appear as solid black figures who are darker than darkness. Most appear to be male; some wear coats and hats.
They are usually six-and-a-half feet in height. They have substance and form and can interrupt light and block objects from view. Shadow people rarely communicate, but many seem intensely interested in human beings.
Shadow people fall into several categories :
These figures are discovered standing by a bedside or in a corner of the room when a person awakens in the night. They seem to stare at people in bed, even though they have no visible eyes or facial features. Most do not behave in a threatening manner, though their presence is often terrifying.
They can remain for long periods of time and when observed, disappear suddenly or melt through walls and ceilings. Some act aggressively toward people, causing choking sensations similar to the Old Hag.
Shadows On Walls
These figures appear suddenly as dark human outlines on walls, which detach from walls and move about rooms.
These figures appear abruptly and move quickly through a room, as though on a mission. They come through walls and melt into walls. They may seem to pay no attention to people present or else watch them intensely. They may be seen out of the corners of the eyes or in full view.
These figures usually are not seen, but are captured in photographs. They appear in backgrounds, their forms noticeable on walls, doors, and so forth.
These figures appear in places known or thought to be haunted. They move about, act with intelligence, and appear and disappear suddenly. They may follow people. In some cases, shadow people are associated with bad luck
The Hat Man appears much in the same way that Shadow People do, but unlike the phenomena that was made popular by Art Bell and Thunder Strikes, the Hat Man encounters bear a few striking differences that set it apart. When he appears, often during the night, the Hat Man is always seen wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and though most people are unable to make out any distinct facial features, he is usually described as a solid black mass. Witnesses are often unable to describe the Hat Man’s lower body, as if he seems to float silently above the ground.
The phenomena seems to center around basements and, according to the experiencers, appears to manifest in situations of intense negativity and family disfunction. In fact, many times if one person in a household has started experiencing visits by the Hat Man, it’s almost guaranteed that another family member will begin seeing the strange shadow man soon afterwards.
However, shadow people cannot be equated with the old hag syndrome. An explanation favored by some researchers is that shadow people are interdimensional beings. They find ways into the physical world and seem to have the purpose — unknown—of observing humans. They may show up as bedroom visitors because the nature of human sleeping or dreaming consciousness enables an entry for them.
Their appearance may be a form they deliberately assume, or it may be the only way they can manifest in the physical realm. Many experiencers feel shadow people are a type of nasty spirit, even a deamon, because they sense evil or trickery radiating from them. Almost all experiencers are deeply frightened of shadow people, even though they are not harmed by them.
Shadow people are sometimes associated with turbulent emotions. For example, many people who have had significant shadow people experiences can link them to states of emotional upheavals, such as anger, sadness, loneliness, and so forth.
Other people may be psychically open in such a way as to perceive shadow people more easily than others. Some haunted places where shadow people are prevalent, such as the Waverly Hills Sanitorium where thousands of people died, may be permeated with thought-forms of negative emotions.
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Several physiological and psychological conditions can account for reported experiences of shadowy shapes seeming alive. A sleep paralysis sufferer may perceive a “shadowy or indistinct shape” approaching them when they lie awake paralyzed and become increasingly alarmed. A person experiencing heightened emotion, such as while walking alone on a dark night, may incorrectly perceive a patch of shadow as an attacker.
Many methamphetamine addicts report the appearance of “shadow people” after prolonged periods of sleep deprivation. Psychiatrist Jack Potts suggests that methamphetamine usage adds a “conspiratorial component” to the sleep deprivation hallucinations.
One interviewed subject said that “You don’t see shadow dogs or shadow birds or shadow cars. You see shadow people. Standing in doorways, walking behind you, coming at you on the sidewalk."These hallucinations have been directly compared to the paranormal entities described in folklore.
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Sleep paralysis is when, during waking up or falling asleep, a person is aware but unable to move or speak. During an episode, one may hallucinate (hear, feel, or see things that are not there), which often results in fear. Episodes generally last less than a couple of minutes. It may occur as a single episode or be recurrent.
The condition may occur in those who are otherwise healthy or those with narcolepsy, or it may run in families as a result of specific genetic changes. The condition can be triggered by sleep deprivation, psychological stress, or abnormal sleep cycles. The underlying mechanism is believed to involve a dysfunction in REM sleep. Diagnosis is based on a person’s description. Other conditions that can present similarly include narcolepsy, atonic seizure, and hypokalemic periodic paralysis.
Between 8% and 50% of people experience sleep paralysis at some time. About 5% of people have regular episodes. Males and females are affected equally. Sleep paralysis has been described throughout history. It is believed to have played a role in the creation of stories about alien abduction and other paranormal events.
I’ve been watching a bunch of ghost hunting videos and im annoyed at how they’re treating ghosts in a lot of them (shouting, ordering them around, that kinda thing) so heres a bit of spirit etiquette.
please keep in mind im not an established spirit worker, I’ve just been dealing with ghosts all my life, this is based on my experiences. don’t take this as fact, more of a guideline. and do not start spirit work if youre not ready!! don’t fuck with this stuff.
okay here we go:
stop telling them what to do. don’t say “open that door”. they’re spirits, not trained animals. stop ordering them around.
say please and thank you.
if they ask you to leave the house or whatever, unless you live there, just leave. it’s their home. you would be pissed off if a stranger came into your home filming it and refused to leave.
don’t trash their house and break stuff and start fires. don’t take things.
just treat their residence like you would treat a friend’s house.
I would advise to maybe not pray. this could upset them. pray for your own protection, but don’t pray to make them go away. some spirits don’t care for it.
treat them with respect.
giving an offering could be a good idea. they may be more open to communicating.
respect their wishes. don’t force them to work with you if they don’t want to.
if you feel the spirit might be a danger to you, or demonic, leave. protect yourself before going there. you never know what you’ll come across.
if you’re new at this, i would recommend not trying to bind a spirit. I haven’t done it, im not sure if I ever will try it. im not confident enough in my abilities. if it goes wrong, you may end up with a VERY angry spirit on your hands.
I would recommend when leaving, thank the spirit. express your gratitude for them allowing you access to their home or communicating with you. if they ask you to leave, say “thank you for responding. I’m leaving now.”
if you share a home with a spirit, address them and thank them for allowing you a space.
don’t shout at them or get angry. they might spook you but don’t rage at them. (note: I’m aware that some Asian cultures believe acting angry will scare off spirits with evil intent. this obviously does not apply to you. this is a general guide)
honestly, a lot of the time, a ghost won’t wish you any harm. ghost does not always equal malevolent. sometimes they just wanna chill. they probably won’t even notice you until you try to communicate.
it just boils down to protecting yourself and being respectful. ghosts are not inferior to us. treat their home and their existence with respect and kindness.
as I said before, this is my experience, and what works for me. i am not an expert in these things, always do your research before attempting to contact ghosts and spirits. everything to do with spirit work and ghost etiquette cannot be summed up in a single text post. this is just a general guide.
basically: protect yourself, be respectful, be careful, do your research.
imagine: someone moves into a haunted house but theyre so to-a-fault optimistic that when they see objects moving and doors slamming on their own theyre just like “wow! my new house is magic!”
and the ghost thats haunting this place is trying really hard to dislike them but, like, its kinda hard when they keep excitedly peeking around corners to see if they can catch something levitating again.
and ok maybe they start occasionally picking stuff up or doing other minor harmless things just to see them light up the way they do. they dont exactly get a lot of praise in their line of work okay? its natural that they would, every once in a while, scoot a misplaced object out of the way so they dont trip. or… or pull a blanket over them when they fall asleep on the couch. its whatever if they start… teaching themself some juggling or card tricks, just because it never fails to cheer them up when theyre having a rare moment of melancholy.
Can we talk about the fact that in Percy Jackson we have a kid who is literally the Ghost King, and can control ghosts??
I feel like that concept is grossly underutilized in the fandom and fanfictions which is a SHAME. Like, can we imagine putting Nico in a generic horror movie setting?? For example with the movie Ring, the ghost crawls out of the TV super menacingly, Will is shrieking, Nico comes out of the bedroom fresh out of shower and raises an eyebrow and the ghost crawls back into the TV hastily.
They call her the Ragpicker, but she deals in second-hand spirits.
She rattles up to me with her cart, a black veil perpetually obscuring her face. “Can I interest you in a haunted doll?” She holds up a porcelain doll, and behind its cracked face is clearly a Victorian widow. “Buy one, get one.”
“No, thanks,” I say, politely. But I take a look at her wares. In her cart, wedged between a Satanic-looking black book and a cracked mirror, is a bottle filled with honeycomb-colored light. “What’s that?”
“A benevolent spirit. It will chase away nightmares,” says the Ragpicker. “I’ve also got a poltergeist for fifty percent off.”
I consider it. “I’ll take both, then. I’ve been looking for a present for my ex.”