Episode 4: Dollop: Ghosts

Sorry, that’s just Neil, he’s the tickle ghost.

–Gareth

First, what brought us to this place: Ghosts accused of tickling guests’ feet in historic New Jersey hotel, New York Daily News

Paranormal Diagnostic Group’s Facebook page

Ghost Hunters

The Blair Witch Project, Curse Of The Blair Witch, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows I love this series, love love love. The mockumentary Blair Witch Curse greatly added to the enjoyment, explaining the role of time in what happened to the students, and what has happened all along, and it’s also a great parody of documentaries in its own right.

MTV’s Fear

Celebrity Paranormal Project: this show is a lot of fun, and I have explored one of the locations. Yes, I am an adjunct member of CPRI, The Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation. No hunting. My health doesn’t allow me to participate any longer. CPRI folks  base all investigations on scientific research, and approach everything from a skeptical viewpoint, i.e., what natural phenomena could be at play here is always the first question, rather than yay where are the ghosts and demons? No running to the press, no stunts. So, the location I was able to visit and investigate was Waverly Hills (shown in the first episode), the tuberculosis sanitarium. I experienced one event: my hair was stroked in front of a witness. Why do I mention the witness? Because my hair was lifted away from my head and stroked, as if someone were playing with it. How? I don’t know. But it did. Twice. My husband (LARRY) experienced something caught on camera during the episode. When Hal Sparks is doing automatic writing (I love that I have been put in a position to write that), look at the floor in the hallway. You’ll see a line of twinkly lights, almost like Christmas lights, and then they are gone. Larry saw the same lights. Cause? I don’t know, he doesn’t know.

I have a better personal ghost story, much better, but that is for another time, another entry.

The awesome Poltergeist (original, thank you) closet scene, for your edification and enjoyment:

https://youtu.be/csE4aeFrmJY
It is my firm opinion that this movie and It are the reasons so many members of my generation have coulrophobia, fear of clowns. Think about the timing: Poltergeist came out in 1982 (I was ten), It the novel was published in 1986 (I was 14), and It the miniseries came on TV in 1990 (I was 18). Prime maturation points there, people. A clown doll, one King, and toss on some spicy Curry. Boom.

But I digress. As usual. What? I’m good at it.

Popobawa seems to be repulsed by the Koran, rather than the Bible, and some claim he (it?) appears more often during election seasons. It was investigated in the Destination Truth episode “Bat Demon”.

Gina Lanier: main site, “Sex with Real Ghosts“: includes spectrophilia (not a thing), and acarophilia (she actually meant knismolagnia)

Anna Nicole Smith’s supernatural sex

Kesha on having sex with a ghost

National Geographic: Sicily Crypts: Where the Dead Don’t Sleep: Get your mummy dust right here! Fresh hot mummy dust!

Now, you know you ain’t getting away from your librarian without a reading suggestion, right? No whining, I’ll make it quick.

Lilith : The First Eve: Historical and Psychological Aspects of the Dark Feminine * Siegmund Hurwitz

Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief

Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond * Hans Holzer (Alexandra Holzer’s father)

Band names from this episode:

  • Ghost Bonezone
  • Safeword Buick (if I ever drive a big Grandpa-style car like a Buick or an Impala, my personalized license plate will be SAFEWORD)
  • Popobawa Night
  • Necromancy Codpiece

Cultural references from this episode:

  • Dancing Queen
  • The Wiggles and joy of joys, I love full circle serendipity shit. The Wiggles have a ghost number! I present The Wiggles: Scary Ghost! Is it possible to have the vapors from silly joy? I need a lie-down.

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About Carla

This Bluestocking bookworm is your friendly Dollop web-wrangler and digital library curator. In other words, pay no attention to that woman behind the curtain.
I’m just here to John Nash all this stuff together. It’s all about connections. IT’S ALL CONNECTED.
I live atop a mountain, geographically isolated for the protection of others. Yes, an American mountain.

17 Comments

  1. Great followup!

    The Popobawa sounds like an X-files episode. Makes me think of the chupacabra: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra

    Coulrophobia, fear of clowns: I have thought a lot about this. When I was a kid, clowns were funny, they made people happy, but now they are scarey.

    One early experience; I was at a parade, and a clown was passing out coloring books. He finally got to me and pushed the top book on the stack forward so I could take it. When I put my hands on it, he clamped down so tight I could not get it. I wish I could confront that asshole to this day.

    Once you have experienced Steven King’s It, you understand how spooky clowns are. Too bad really. They used to be fun and now they are feared.

  2. Great followup!

    The Popobawa sounds like an X-files episode. Makes me think of the chupacabra: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra

    Coulrophobia, fear of clowns: I have thought a lot about this. When I was a kid, clowns were funny, they made people happy, but now they are scarey.

    One early experience; I was at a parade, and a clown was passing out coloring books. He finally got to me and pushed the top book on the stack forward so I could take it. When I put my hands on it, he clamped down so tight I could not get it. I wish I could confront that asshole to this day.

    Once you have experienced Steven King’s It, you understand how spooky clowns are. Too bad really. They used to be fun and now they are feared.

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