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Paranormal Fact Versus Fiction

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As you all know, I’m a bestselling, award-winning author. Most of my work thus far has landed in the fantasy, horror, and paranormal genres. Due to both work, and personal interest, I pay attention to stories of hauntings, and other supernatural activity. As such, I often watch paranormal-themed programs on television. A lot of those have sprung up during the past few years!

On such shows, though, the networks are, of course, interested only in ratings. So, they tend to showcase very active, and often disturbing – if not outright horrifying – cases. My wife, who you know as Desirée Lee, and I have both lived in haunted houses before. The house we now live in also has some activity. Both of us can tell you, based on firsthand experience, that most such haunted places are typically quiet. When the entity, or being, in question does get active, most of the time the happenings are low-key, barely noticed. Even the more noticeable things tend to be more amusing, surprising, or annoying than anything dangerous. For instance, the house I grew up in had a ghost who loved to swipe small things from the house – such as scissors, the stapler, and other such things – and place them in the little-used basement. No one would have been in the basement for months, yet something that went missing weeks ago would be found down there. It also liked to turn radios on; presumably it liked music! Desirée grew up in a house with the ghost of a kindly elderly woman who liked to make sure that everyone in the family was home safe, and tucked warmly into bed each night.

Television shows dealing with paranormal happenings don’t like to cover cases such as those. They’re not frightening, or attention-getting. They want to shock audiences with stories of violent, scary beings who attack people, throw things, cause strange substances to appear from nowhere, etc. The more demonic, and the less truly ghostly, the better the networks, and producers of those programs like it.

Again, most hauntings aren’t like that at all. Most are subdued, quiet happenings. Yes, violent ghosts do exist. Not all ghosts are content to share a house with the living. Some will go to great lengths to drive out what they see as intruders into their domain. Such cases need to be dealt with very carefully. Demonic obsession, and demonic possession also happen. These things, especially true demonic possession, are very rare, though – luckily.

I just wanted to point out to my fans and readers that there is a line that divides fact and fiction. When dealing with the supernatural, its easy to blur that line – or to loose sight of it altogether. Odds are that if you think you’re dealing with a haunting, you aren’t. There’s probably a different cause for whatever you’ve experienced that’s leading you to believe that your house if haunted. Even if you are truly dealing with something otherworldly, its probably nothing to be afraid of. Most entities responsible for hauntings are very benign.

However, if you do find yourself dealing with something, and would like advice from someone who has deal with such phenomena first-hand for years, feel free to contact me. Even if you simply want to talk about what’s happened, or is happening, to you with someone who has an open mind about such topics, please get in touch. A lot of people don’t want to discuss such situations with anyone for fear of ridicule. If anyone reading this post is in such a predicament, feel free to write to me. Maybe I can give you some advice. At the very least, I can listen.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

1st Article

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A while back I posted here saying that I was going to be doing some writing for the website All About Occult. Well, my first article for them is on-line. Apparently it went up on the 4th of this month. I just now found that out. You can read that article here.

It might sound like an odd choice of topic for me, but I wanted to do something attention-grabbing for my first article for All About Occult. Hopefully that’s what it’s done. And, hopefully, it will help build awareness for this type of ghost sighting. If people witness this sort of event, hopefully they’ll know they’re not the first or only, and be more willing to report it.

Now that I know this first piece is up and on-line, I’ll begin working on my next article for All About Occult. I have a topic in mind, I just need to write the article for them. When it’s on-line, I’ll post a link here to it.

To continue these articles, I need topics. If there is a paranormal topic you’d like for me to cover for All About Occult, please write to me via the “Contact” page of my website, and let me know. If it’s something that hasn’t been done on the site already, or even if it’s a new angle, or information on a topic that’s already been covered, then we’re golden, and I can write the article.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Tulpa

Recently, I read an article on the topic of Tulpas. I’d heard of these beings, or creatures before. However, my knowledge of them is very limited – something I’m loathe to admit as I’m a bestselling, award-winning paranormal author. My very limited awareness of Tulpas is of them as a threat. For those who are 100% unfamiliar with them, the word is Tibetan. A Tulpa itself is a creature created, and brought into being, by sheer mental effort. Apparently, these beings can take on whatever form their creator gives them.

I’m somewhat familiar with the concept of thought-forms. I use a variation of thought-form energy construction to explain werewolf transformations in my Wendy Markland books (those are currently unavailable; hopefully that will be remedied soon) and my “Shadow Castes” trilogy (Book 1 of which has been published, but is also currently unavailable). I’d imagine that Tulpas are a great deal like the thought-forms I’ve read about several times in the past.

The article I referred to earlier made me realize how big of an interest there is in Tulpas right now. You can read that article here. I had no idea there were so many people interested in the subject. I find the mental health aspects discussed in that article fascinating. Yet, given my own past paranormal experiences, I’m unable to write off the whole concept of Tulpas – even the more outlandish ones talked about in that article – as fiction, fantasy, or folly. I grew up in a haunted house. I’ve seen other ghosts. Desirée Lee and I recently bought a haunted house. Over the years I’d witnessed a variety of other supernatural beings and events that I’m not going to go into detail about here in this post. But, based on my own first-hand experiences, I can’t simply dismiss the concept of Tulpas as easily as most people might.

I’d love to hear from people involved in the Tulpa subculture. “Tulpamancer” is the term for those who create them, I learned from that article. It’s a word I don’t recall ever having heard of before. I love to learn new things. This subject has caught my interest. I’d like to know more about it. So, this is an open invite for Tulpamancers to get in touch with me via the “Contact” form on my webpage. Please do so. Please help educate me on the subject of Tulpas and Tulpa creation.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Man of Steel” Review—”Nuclear Winter Entertainment”

The day before the public release of “Man of Steel”, the latest Superman movie, Desirée and I were to attend an advance release screening for the film. Our review is now on-line as part of our writings for “Nuclear Winter Entertainment”. It can be found at http://nuclearwinterent.com/nw/2013/06/15/man-of-steel/

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Theater Etiquette

Desirée Lee and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend a pre-screening of the new Superman movie, “Man of Steel”, yesterday evening. While Desirée has been able to see several films in theaters before those movies were open to the general public, “Man of Steel” was my first time for that. While we both wanted to see the film, the real reason we were there was work. Both Desirée and myself are writers for the website “Nuclear Winter Entertainment”. We attended the advance showing of “Man of Steel” in order to have a review on the Nuclear Winter website today—the day of the film’s general release. I’ll be posting a blog announcing when the review is up. It has been written and submitted to Nuclear Winter for review. Much as I truly loved “Man of Steel”, the entire theater experience would have been so much better if the people around us would have been more courteous.

Several people whipped out cell phones around us, and started texting a few times. Older children and young teens kept getting up, walking out, and coming back in with fresh drinks and popcorn—the same few over and over and over and over and over—walking directly in front of us, blocking the screen. These same children had taken seats a few rows away from their parents, and kept getting up even more to go back and talk to them.

Another issue was with the smaller children. Yes, “Man of Steel” is a Superman film. It’s also rated PG-13, and for good reason. Read the review of the film that Desirée and I wrote for more on that. Parts of the film caused Desirée to tear up a bit. One part of the film was so intense and dramatic that I simply went into shock and cried a little. Again, the film is PG-13 for a reason! That rating means a film isn’t suitable for small children. Young children shouldn’t be in the theater for a PG-13 film. Know what happens? The same thing that happened during “Man of Steel” last night—the young children are overwhelmed by what they’re seeing on screen. They freak out. They cry. They shriek. They disturb everyone around them who is trying to enjoy the movie.

Please pay attention to theater etiquette when you go to a movie:

-Keep you cell phone OFF.

-Don’t talk.

-Be in your seat BEFORE the movie starts.

-Once the film has started, STAY IN YOUR SEAT until the film has ended if that’s at all possible.

-Don’t take children to films with ratings inappropriate to their ages.

All of these bits of etiquette were violated numerous times during “Man of Steel” last night. This is why I’m not often to be found in the theater for a film. Please use some common sense, and allow everyone else around you to enjoy the movie.

Thank you.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Tag List

Since changing the look of my blog, the list of tags forces readers to do quite a bit of scrolling from one post to the next. Is this a problem? Or does everyone like this new blog design? Please let me know.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Warder” Comic Book Project Available

Nearly a year and a half ago, Dark Horse Comics answered a query for “Warder” that I had sent to them for a comic book project titled “Warder”. I submitted the requested material to them. To date, I’ve not heard a word back from Dark Horse on the project. Just yesterday I realized how long it had been! I can only assume they decided that “Warder” didn’t fit with the company.

So…

“Warder” is officially up for grabs for comic book publishers again. I’m going to begin shopping it around. If you’re interested in seeing material from it, please get in touch via the “Contact” page on my website. To give you some information about the project…

“Warder”

The series follows the adventures of 19-year-old Kayley Enid. After paying a visit to an aged wizard by the name of Abenzio, in the hopes of talking him into accepting her as his apprentice, she is rejected by him. Seeking a way to change his mind, Kayley accidently unlocks the doorway to a nether dimension known as the Nought. Millions of Dark Faerie had been banished to the Nought centuries prior. Since then one wizard has stood guard over the doorway, protecting it, and ensuring that it does not open. This wizard is known as the Warder. Abenzio is the current Warder. As he lays dying, too injured by the escaping Dark Faerie to live, he passes his power and title on to Kayley Enid, marking her as the new Warder, leaving her to carry on in his place. Currently, there is a series bible and the first six issues of this on-going series written.

Again, anyone interested in reviewing material for “Warder”, please contact me using the information on the “Contact” page on my website. The same goes for anyone interested in doing artwork on the project, or for those of you who know someone looking for a project of this type. I look forward to hearing from you!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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