It is paranormal,it is occult and it is shiver down the spine.
Welcome to the world of Inhuman Interest (Story By Tess Cooper) (Volume 1) Paperback –
by Eric Turowsk….
Here is a guest post by the author on the influence of occult and paranormal on his book…
After all there are many things on heaven and earth that levee aside the philosophy,even the most modern scientific theory fails to explain
I’ve been into the paranormal for a while. Long enough to remember people looking at me askance when mentioning it. It’s the same look you get when you ask your boss for Friday off because you’ve got passes to Wondercon. Never tell your boss you have passes to Wondercon.
The involvement has given me some perspective with the paranormal. First, it’s mostly boring. Second, no two paranormal “experts” can agree on anything. Third, paranormal hobbyists will buy just about any gewgaw they think might be useful in their pursuits (including Geiger counters and stuff).
During those hours sitting in the dark, I began thinking. Why are we sitting in the dark? Cameras work better in the light. EMF detectors are easier to read in the light. I am less likely to trip over stuff in the light. Human beings are diurnal. Why would dying make you become nocturnal? If there’s an intelligent presence in here, and a bunch of odd people came in with dorky gewgaws, wouldn’t they hide? I would. And so on. Of course, one swinging chandelier or clear EVP, and you stop logicking and step back inside the Skinner box.
It had been my philosophy during all this that a part of the human brain needs ghosts (and Yetis and UFOs and lake monsters and whatever), maybe on a subconscious level, or in the Jungian sense, the collective unconscious needs it (and actually produces it). I no longer subscribe to this.
In our culture, a “real” thing needs to be measured, as the dictates of science go. Paranormal stuff cleverly dances around this, leaving tiny pieces of evidence that add up to nothing. There’s a footprint! Where’s the foot? Here’s a picture! Looks like a blob of light. My EMF detector is spiking! Crossing a conductive wire over itself creates an electromagnetic field—so your ghost is conductive or what? But I saw it! Yeah, but you were sitting in the dark for hours. Why don’t you investigate in the light?
And so on.
Conversely, given those tiny bits of reality, paranormal stuff cannot be explained by faith, at least not in the Western world. Faith is a product of true belief and shuns the idea of evidence. The big bruiser of Western faith, the Catholic Church, expounds the idea that (very rarely seen) unexplainable manifestations are of one of two natures—the first, miraculous and therefore under the auspices of God and the blessed; the second, demonic, and presumably under the influence of Satan.
So are UFOs Satanic, or angelic? How about Bigfoot, or the Loch Ness monster?
It called into question just exactly what we were seeking in the dark. Were we looking for apparitions, saintly or evil, or a glimpse into a corner of Purgatory to view a lost soul (via a dark structure)? Boy, that certainly didn’t seem right. Were we looking for the remnants of human energy? Well, on the one hand, science says that nothing is created or destroyed by ordinary means, and perhaps consciousness might follow suit. Science also, however, doesn’t purport any system of human-shaped energy clouds that walk around visibly, audibly or in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Given that we had nothing to fall back on other than pseudoscience and anecdotal data from like-minded seekers (read: morons), I yearned for some organized thought on the matter. But there is none.
I came to two conclusions personally. The first is that nobody knows anything about the paranormal, the unknown, call it what you will. They don’t, you don’t, I don’t understand it; we can only deny it or be fascinated. The other thing is the underlying theme of the Tess Cooper books. That if someone actually did understand the unknown, what I named the occult, then that person would offer incomprehensible explanations, appear amoral, anachronistic and likely insane. I give you Davin Egypt, occult researcher, an oddball character and hopefully fun to read, in Inhuman Interest (Story by Tess Cooper #1).