Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Demon Visitor

I've posted more about sleep phenomena over at Novel Spaces. This time I'm talking about a very frightening experience I had. I hope you can stop by.

In other news, G has a review of my short story collection, Bitter Steel up over at his blog. Thanks, man!



Here's a book I'll be buying soon:



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30 comments:

Deka Black said...

Sleep paralysis. Sometimes can be very frightening.

G said...

You're more than welcome.

If I like something that I read, I will always try to let people know about it.

David Cranmer said...

That was a nice review G did. Now that I'm back in the States I plan on getting that and a few other releases I missed.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, I wonder a lot about why it's so often frightening. Why not more "happy?" I don't know.

G., thanks. I just love talking about books anyway.

David Cranmer, thanks, man. I appreciate that. And thank you for taking one of the Talera books with you to Europe. It's traveled more than I have. :)

Rick said...

Hey, Charles. I've been a little out of the loop with what's going on, but I'll buy a copy of your new collection and post a review of it as well. Your work is always a pleasure to read. When I read your last western work, I really thought I was reading from Louis L'Amour!

Charles Gramlich said...

Rick, thanks, man. That's high praise indeed.

Deka Black said...

maybe is the paralysis itself, the helpless feeling of not be able to move.

jennifer said...

It was a fascinating article Charles. I'm glad I read it.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, that could well be.

Jennifer, thankee.

Cloudia said...

Hawaii has "pressing ghosts" or "choking ghosts."

When I wake short of breath, I wonder if I have just scared one off



Thanks VERY much for your ultra-kind comments at my post today. I almost didn't post it, but your response (and a few others) let me know that I did right. You are a treasure.




Aloha from Waikiki :)

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Charles Gramlich said...

cloudia, there are many similar stories around the world, which suggests some clear phenomenon that is not very well understood. No prob on the comment.

ivan said...

Unique review style of G's.

Sort of,
I woke up this morning felt good, thought about all the reading I'ved been doing, felt even better, walked to the mountain and felt elated!; and, by the way, Charles' Gramlich's book really rocks. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Ivan, I'm sure it was my book that lifted his mood. Yep, pretty sure.

Heff said...

Hopping over !

Erik Donald France said...

Congrats on the review~~

Man, wild stuff on dream paralysis. Every once in a while, dreams are intense enough for me to shiver or rise like a wraith in the night . . .

p.s. I wonder if it's like a flair to wake us up, make us do something to shake us from slumber? This would be why not a happy signal?

Charles Gramlich said...

Heff, Popeyes in hand no doubt.

Erik, I mostly suspect a glitch in the software. Rem sleep is relatively new software compared with regular sleep. More glitches. WE need REM 7.0

X. Dell said...

(1) If you'd just stop writing for a second, I could catch up on all of your books.

(2) G's comment about this book reminded me of my own posted comments about Swords of Talera. In both cases, you have a format/genre that the reader tends to avoid, but nevertheless enjoys the story.

Makes you kinda wonder about the wisdom of marketing stories to target audiences, while at the same time ignoring a more general audience.

Charles Gramlich said...

X-Dell, I think a lot about that "target audience" thing for my own "reading." I bet there are numerous books and stories that I'd love but will not likely pick up because of how they are marketed. being in a 'genre' is definitely a two-edged sword, methinks.

jodi said...

Charles, C ya at Novel Spaces!

Charles Gramlich said...

Jodi, thanks so much, my friend.

Deka Black said...

The "genre" tag sometimes is necessary to, well, indicate the people what kind of story could read in the book.

But for example, i'm reading now a knight errantry book from 1508, Amadis de gaula (Amadis of gaul i english). But, if we use modern standards is sword and Sorcery. I think is a weird explanation,but the poit is ithe end, sometimes, the genre is a mental thing.

Richard Prosch said...

Charles, I have experienced this on and off since age 16 or so. I've had most of the usual symptoms --inability to move and feelings of dread/horror. Two things always constant for me are: it only happens if I am laying flat on my back and there is always a loud roaring or wind-rushing in the ears.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, I've heard of that book and have long intended to read it. Be interested to hear your take on it.

Richard, I've noticed for me it only happens when I'm on my back too. I've heard others say the same thing. I wonder why that is. Interesting, though.

Deka Black said...

¿My take? I am reading it in a edition in the old castilian used to write it. Is not hard to understand the castilian from 16th century. Well, sometimes it is. But most of the time is funny.

The hardest part to some readers is the religious references used sometimes. The age in which was wrote the book ... Only 16 years after the fall, in 1492 of the muslim kingdom of Granada, the last muslim kingdom of Europe.

But don't fear. Is atale of heroes above all. Oh, two things: sex and violence. Some of you will be surprised about hoew explicit and clear are this kind of scenes in the book.

I mean, if two lovers are making love, is pretty, pretty clear what are they doing.

For the violence... Some of the bloodiest fighst i've ever read.

¿My opinion? A fun book. A very good one, and worth the effort of reading without modernize the language.

Leigh Russell said...

There is so much we don't understand. I'm off to read the post on sleep phenomena.
Well done on the great review.

ivan said...

In the l9th century they used to call those monstros incubi and succubi.
Name the incubus, and you shall have power over it, the authors then said...I guess that's what you did.
I think you were visited by a succubus, usually lies under the bed and sucks the spirit out of you.
Well, well well. Hoo dat callin'!

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka Black, I will definitely seek it out. Sounds like it's right down my alley.

Leigh Russell, thanks, I appreciate it.

ivan, I do know a bit about the incubi and succubi. This one was definitely more female than anything. But it probably recognized I was in love with my wife. :)

Deka Black said...

Glad to hear it, but i must warn you: There is also translations in Italian, French and i believe english done in the same century. And this works change things to adjust the book to the tastes of the readers in the country.

i said it because i believe you want to read the original.

Charles Gramlich said...

Deka, I actually think I may have a copy of one translation around here. It got packed up during a recent move. I'm gonna have to do soem digging

Deka Black said...

if you have, enjoy!