Sunday, August 19, 2012
Paranormal Witness - The Aftermath
So, a few days have gone by since the show. My initial reaction of "that was fun" has been replaced by "wish I hadn't done the show." I very much want the subject of the paranormal to be taken seriously and I'd forgotten how silly it can be treated by certain folks. I went through this when the book was first published and I should have known better. My bad. When I Google my name, instead of just coming up with people talking about the book or the paranormal in general, I get "Sheepshead Bay Woman Held Down in Bed by Angry Spirit", "Gravesend Woman's Sci-Fi Tale" and, the most offensive, - a N.Y. newspaper's headline, "Horror House." After spending more than an hour with one of their reporters, talking to him about our experience and how amazing I thought it was and how our paranormal experience even lead to compassion for whatever was in our home, 'Horror House' was the best he could come up with. I know the genre invites this sort of thing, but I wish it didn't. There are books out there, stories out there, besides my own, that take these matters seriously and wish to elevate the whole idea of ghosts/hauntings/after death communication, etc. to subjects that can be talked about with the same respect as any other legitimate experience. But that would lessen the entertainment value, and that's what TV is all about. I knew that. I kept thinking about an episode of Paranormal Witness that we'd seen last season about a deceased woman who appeared to others in order to save the life of her injured son. I cried during that show. It showed how a traditionally 'frightening' experience can be viewed in a poignant and compassionate way. I had hopes that some of those values might have ended up in our episode. The little lady in the white dress was a sad figure, not a scary one. The old couple from whom we purchased the house had lost their only son and daughter-in-law. I wish the TV show would have chosen to focus on those elements of the haunting. But again, I should have known better. My bad.