“SEX AND THE SINGLE SUCCUBUS” True Stories of Real Succubus Encounters! #WeirdDarkness

SEX AND THE SINGLE SUCCUBUS” True Stories of Real Succubus Encounters! #WeirdDarkness

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Going back through the centuries and embedded within the folklore of a wide range of regions is the idea of a species of demon in female form, which appear to seduce men and steal their life energy. Most commonly called the succubus, which comes from the Latin word succuba, meaning “paramour,” these demons take on various appearances and are endowed with different powers depending on the tradition, but most generally follow the idea that they use sexual activity to target their prey, often in the realm of dreams, enticing and pulling their victims in to hold close and feed off of. Sex demons of this variety are represented in one form or another across geographical boundaries and religions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the legends of myriad far-flung cultures. Considering that it is men we are talking about here, many of the legends describe the experience as rather enjoyable – in the heat of the moment that is – but the aftermath often is said to bring exhaustion, stupor, hallucinations, insanity, and even death, but this must surely be just myths, right? Surely there can’t be anything to the idea of sex-starved demons preying on men? Well, you might be surprised to know that there are numerous accounts throughout the centuries of supposed encounters with these demonic vixens.

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You’ve crawled into bed ready for a good night’s sleep. You begin to nod off, but haven’t completely fallen asleep yet. That’s when you sense something in the room near your bed. Despite your fright, you can’t cry out, run, or scream. The thing then climbs on top of you and suddenly you realize it’s grotesque, but also alluring – female, seductive, and while you can’t move, your body still responds to her intimate advances. You’ve just become the next victim of the succubus.

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STORY: SEX AND THE SINGLE SUCCUBUS==========

Supposed encounters with real succubi go way back in time. A very early supposedly real account comes from the 11th century, when Gerbert of Aurillac, who became Pope Sylvester II (999-1003), one day met a mysterious woman as a young man. The woman called herself Meridiana, and offered him all of the sins of the flesh and lust-filled sex that he could ever want beyond his wildest dreams, as well as wealth, good fortune, and knowledge of the mystical arts, if he would only stay faithful to her and her alone. Gerbert would purportedly agree to these terms, and subsequently rose quickly up the ranks of the church, all while satisfying his every carnal desire with Meridiana, quite against his vows and all kept secret, of course. This went on until one day the woman predicted that Gerbert, who was by that time Pope, would die for his sins. He would repent and die just as predicted, and to this day it is said that his grave “sweats” just before the death of a Pope. Legend or not? Whatever it was, it is widely said that this mysterious woman was a succubus.

In the 17th century we have the tale of a man named Johannes Junius, who was the Burgomeister of Bamberg and convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake in 1628. Before his execution, he had confessed that in 1624 he had been seduced by a woman who revealed herself to be a succubus and demanded that he renounce God. The frightened man had then taken the name “Krix,” a warlock name, and had even been provided with his own familiar, and from then on he became further and further hopelessly involved with the world of witches and their sabbats, attending black masses and often reported as riding about on a horrific flying black dog. Through all of this he adamantly insisted that he had refused to sacrifice humans, despite being implored by his succubus lover to do so, but he paid for his ways nevertheless. It seems that the era was rife with accused witches blaming succubi for their actions, because this account is similar to a 16th century account recorded by author Nicholas Remy, who said that there had once been a sheep herder who had been accused of witchcraft and sentenced to die. Before he was burned he too claimed that he had been seduced and corrupted by a succubus disguised as a milkmaid, who had come to him in a dark time for him and twisted his mind and soul with her charms.

In later centuries there is an account from the 19th century, when a popular French author named J.K. Huysmans claimed that he had fallen under the spell of a succubus. At the time he had purportedly been on a pilgrimage to a monastery. One night during his retreat he apparently was visited in his dream by the foul demon, who pleasured him right to the point of intense climax before he woke up to see her fading away right before his eyes. Thinking it all to be a dream, he was soon convinced it was real when he discovered the form of the woman indented into his bed next to him and could smell her scent int the air. He believed at the time that the succubus had spirited away his semen in order to use to fertilize human women by the male form of the demon, the incubus. Reports like this have gone on all the way into much more modern times, such as one in 2007, with a commenter on Unexplained Mysteries, who says he was kept awake for 3 days straight by some seductive demonic force, after which things escalated quickly. He says:

“I felt something touch my hand, not physically, but something deeper, down to my soul, and it warmed me while I was lying in bed wondering what was going to happen to me. I was completely awake, but another post could describe the world I saw. I remember most of what happened so vividly. Her touch was perfect, and her master in the art beyond my imagination. I couldn’t see her – I just felt sensations on my body and talked with her in my mind. She bid me to take her to a quiet place where my parents wouldn’t hear, so I went out to the car in the dark. Things further progressed sexually, and my energies were absolutely phenomenal – she always did the perfect thing to keep me going. As things progressed, I could begin to see more of her. The one thing that caught my eyes the most were hers – when I looked into them, I saw the stars and the heavens and thought of the atoms and matter that make each one, but all of that was still not enough to justify the eyes. They pointed me to another world, and all of what I saw in them pointed to an innocent desire to make love. Her body was effervescent, it changed according to what would arouse me the most, and I could not see her breasts or private parts – they were numb to the eyes. It was her hair, body type, skin color, ethnicity that all changed. She would morph seamlessly, moment by moment. Another prominent feature of the experience was her scent. It was incredibly intoxicating, like a sort of indescribable flower with intimate features. It reminded me of everything that is good and beautiful in the world, and it described what I saw in her eyes. All of her touch – it wasn’t so much physical as it was much, much deeper. The whole nature of the experience was so innocent. I felt no guilt, no darkness, no lust whatsoever. The focus was on pleasing her, and in turn she wished to please me. She would often giggle and I felt as though we were in the Garden of Eden, making love for the first time in all creation, and that God had given her such a magnificent gift of doing so – I didn’t believe that, but that’s the closest way my mind could describe it. She brought me to a certain point where I felt I could go no further, never achieving climax yet during the experience. All of a sudden, she broke down crying, telling me that I would be going through a very hard time. Just then, I saw a vision and felt presences around me. I was reminded of Christ and his experiences leading up to his crucifixion with visual hallucinations, and I saw the spiritual side of what was happening to him. I asked her who she was, and she didn’t answer. I saw that she understood that she could not understand the pain that i had just witnessed. After 6 hours from her first touch, she worked me to an incredible climax.”

In another report from 2010, a commenter on the same site says he was accosted by a succubus as he lay down to sleep one night. The witness says:

“It was a night like any other. Before going to bed I usually meditate for 15-30 minutes, I do this to clear my mind so that I can get a good nights sleep. I had in the past tried to call a succubus, but always with questionable results. Nothing that would convince me that something really came. At this particular night in February 2010 I had made no special preparations. No spells or rituals. Just simple breath exercises and a blank mind. It happened suddenly and without forewarning. My chest tightened. I felt as if I was jolted by electricity. A sensation that started in my chest and spread out to my abdomen. The sensation was so strong that at first I thought I was fiercely hugged. But I opened my eyes and saw nothing. I decided to lay down and relax. The next thing I felt was a gentle touch on both my legs which slid upwards. Not just a breeze but a real touch. I could feel fingers below my pajamas. My legs parted and felt as if they where floating on air. The next thing I felt I can only describe as the most intense sexual feeling that I ever had. It was like a pulse vibrated throughout my own body. So strong that I actually moaned in ecstasy. And it did not stop. The feeling of hands over my body. The erotic spasms, and a pressure on my legs that felt as if someone was sitting on them. At the height of my pleasure I actually saw a very hazy shape over me. Although i could not see a distinct form, I could feel that it was female in nature. I had often asked the question in the past “What is your name”. And I would get all kinds of names in my head. But I was always pretty sure that it was just my imagination. But when I asked that night, I got a clear name, so alien to the thoughts of my own mind that it was clear that it was not my own mind playing tricks. I remember going to bed at 10pm. The next thing I knew it was almost 2am. It felt like 10 minutes for me. This was my first real encounter with a “Succubus”, and I can say that my life forever changed after this first encounter.”

Were these just some randy and very naughty dreams or something more? In around the same time period was another report relayed on Reddit, by a poster who says his mental and physical health had begun to take a turn for the worse. He was experiencing delusions of worthlessness and being driven to suicidal thoughts as a result, and one evening during this dark time he says he had a rather odd encounter. He says:
“I was having a dream, semi-lucid or maybe just really vivid. An old friend was there, we or they were getting on a bus. For whatever reason I focus on this lady who was trying to get on the bus that’s when I wake up.
It’s gross even to think about but this entity, what i call the succubus, was trying to get back into my body, the dream triggered something or maybe the dream was a reflection of some subconscious action I took but the “reiki” weakened it’s grip on me and it was trying to get back in. Purely by instinct I just concentrated on keeping this thing out and it was working and I just sat up in anger and this thing is cast away. I call it a succubus only because I feel like it was attached near my genitals, influenced/drove me sexually. It wasn’t much how it’s portrayed in popular media for me though in the dream I guess It was disguised as a women. Also it was a feminine entity whatever that means. I could draw a pic but it was about the size of a big cat, it’s silly but it’s lower body is how they portray ghost I guess like Casper but its upper half was more humanoid. So a ghost like tail and a humanoid head. The humanoid part always creeps me out because this thing was sentient and fairly intelligent but still behaved like a parasite. And worse it was attached in me for a long time….a humanoid like being, ugh. So this is what I think. I was more promiscuous back then so I think I “caught it”. I’m one of those sensitive types so I think that’s why it was attracted to me. I think it was feeding on me for a long time and those leeches things were babies in a sort of way. It was all feed, reproduce, spread. I read online that these entities also “feed” on negative energies which is why it was driving me to kill myself like one of those parasites that affects ants and forces them to kill itself so it can feed, bloom and spread.”

It does seem to feed into the lore of the succubus, with her feeding on negative energies and using sexual angle to do so. Is this a tall tale or what? In 2011 we have an account from a witness on the site Your Ghost Stories, who says this happened at his home in San Rafael, California. He had just broken up with his ex, and he had been left alone in that empty apartment they had once shared. One evening he says he was visited by something not wholly of this earth, of which he says:

“I was just chilling in my room on Facebook when I felt a light tingling sensation on the back of my neck. I reached back and felt nothing there. I resumed what I was doing. About 5 minutes later, I felt a hand close gently on my shoulder. I felt secure. I closed my eyes. I heard a voice in my head saying that everything would get better. I asked it if it really meant it. As soon as the words had come out of my mouth, it kissed the back of my neck, and said that it would be there for me. I closed my computer and turned to face whoever it was. What I saw next only cannot be described with mere words. It was like a goddess and a demon in one. I was speechless. It led me to my bed and had me lie down. I did as I was told. She then proceeded to lie down next to me and curl up in my arms. I kissed her head. She ran a hand down from my cheek to my chest and slowly lifted my shirt up and off. You can probably imagine what happened next. I then woke up and she was still there next to me. She whispered in my ear that she would come back and reveal who she was when the time came. Since then, I have not had any contact with her.”

In 2012 there is also a witness named Ethan on ThoughtCo, who says this happened as he was living in Bakersfield, California. He says that this bizarre encounter happened one day after he had returned from school and tried to get ready for the homework that lie ahead. He lay down for a moment and ended up crashing out, but this was not meant to last. According to the report:

“He fell asleep instantly but did not sleep soundly. He dreamt that an evil being was in his home and it was trying to get into his room. It finally broke in, and as soon as it did, Ethan jolted awake with a ringing sound in his ears. Ethan felt the demon; it was on the wall behind his head, holding Ethan’s limbs down. It had something in his ears, and his left ear began to vibrate violently. The strange sensation spread to his right ear, as well. Ethan fought as best he could, but could not break free. He cursed at the being and tried to free his arms or legs. The demon only laughed at him, an eerie and horrific sound that was neither deep nor high-pitched. The demon cried out “soon!” and released Ethan. Ethan sat up rapidly, leaping out of the bed to turn on the lights. But when light flooded his bedroom, there was nothing out of the ordinary. However, Ethan’s dogs were acting abnormal, barking, leaping at the door and trying desperately to get to their owner. He went to the bathroom and was startled to see his reflection in the mirror. His eyes were bloodshot, with the whites of the eyes completely red. Ethan realized he had been visited by a succubus demon. Ethan remains terrified of the demon returning but has not had another incident ever since.”

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More true stories stories of those seduced by succubi, when Weird Darkness returns.

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STORY: SCARY STORIES OF SEDUCTIVE SUCCUBI==========

Often men report that their experiences with succubi are positive and enjoyable, but just as often, they report that the pleasure had a thread of something evil running through it. According to succubus legends, sometimes these men come to bad ends after associating with demonic seductresses.

Some men are not only willing marks of a succubus, they actually research, plan, and summon the female demons. An anonymous online poster claims he prayed to Lilith to send a succubus to him. And soon, that is what happened. He describes her as slender, tall, with fair skin and flaming, long red hair. He called her Aleera, and she stayed with the man for a number of days and nights. But after a while, an evil presence also entered the man’s life, pushing Aleera out. How he interacted with her changed as well. Sometimes he could only see her in his head, or hear her in his mind. Other times he would be out and about in public and suddenly she would appear to him. He speculated that perhaps that sort of activity was under the control of the more malevolent force.

A purportedly true 16th-century succubus encounter was recorded by author Nicholas Remy. Apparently, a shepherd was hauled into court, tried, and convicted of witchcraft. When asked how he came to associate with witches, the young man claimed that some time before, he had been seduced by a succubus and she had most thoroughly corrupted him. The shepherd went on to say that at some time after his first encounter with a succubus, he fell in love with a milkmaid. He felt so tenderly toward her, but she wanted nothing to do with him. Her rejection sent him into despair. One day he thought he saw his beloved milkmaid hiding behind a shrub. He was by her side in an instant, but she became frightened and pushed him away. Then she became extremely receptive to his advances. Encouraged, the shepherd continued, and the “milkmaid” made him promise to “acknowledged her as his Mistress, and behaved to her as though she were God Himself.”

Another anonymous Internet poster was eager to tell of his own personal succubus experience. Though he was raised a Christian, he was also overcoming an addiction to explicit content. In other words, the timing and circumstances were ripe for a visit from a succubus. He says the experience began with the sensation of a gentle touch to his hand. At this point, he was fully conscious but wondering what was going on. He claims he could not see the succubus, but sensed her speaking to him. He also claimed he could smell its perfume. She continued to morph throughout the time he shared with her, transforming her hair color, her eyes, her body, even her ethnicity.

Some experts argue that what humans perceive as an experience with a sensual demon is actually part of sleep paralysis. The inability to move and the sensation of being touched often go hand in hand. More and more people, however, are claiming that their experiences with succubi and/or incubi are real. One man writing about his experience even mentions a feeling of paralysis. He attributes it to the succubus that was hovering over him. He wrote that he was completely in her grip and could not move. She hovered over him, smiling. She asked him if he knew what succubi do and what they are for. Before he could reply, he described that her face turned demonic red and her beautiful teeth became fangs. She laughingly told him that succubi take the souls of their victims and that he would perish within three days. Then she disappeared. Apparently the man survived at least long enough to write of his encounter and post it online.

Lilith is an ancient yet still thriving archetype of a fallen woman. She takes many forms – perhaps the most famous is Lilith, the Biblical Adam’s first wife. (Things didn’t work out, and she left him.) Over the ensuing centuries of Judeo-Christian culture, Lilith evolved as the ultimate symbol for succubi. Men across cultures and ages claim to have been visited by Lilith in the form of a succubus. Sometimes she is invoked or invited. Other times, she sneaks in to unsuspecting males and takes what she wants from them.

There are many more such reports, and it leaves us asking a question. Are these just legends born of men being horny and having suggestive thoughts or dreams, or is there something more to the whole succubus phenomenon? The main rational explanation for all of this is that it is legends based around a phenomenon known as “sleep paralysis,” in which we wake in a domain between sleep and wakefulness, where dreams can continue on and be perceived as being very real. Since we are kept in our paralytic sleep state we can feel as if we cannot move, and the dream figure can take on many forms depending on what we expect to see. This explanation has been used to try to explain away everything from ghost sightings to alien abductions, to of course succubi. Is that what we are dealing with here? Our sleepy mind playing tricks on us and invoking these illusions and hallucinations, perhaps in this case flavored with sexual frustration?

STORY: IS A SUCCUBUS JUST SLEEP PARALYSIS?==========

If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night feeling as though you’re being crushed by a demonic being, you may have just experienced what’s called the “old hag” syndrome. The feeling that something ominous or evil is in the room with you – be it an old hag, a demonic entity, an unseen stranger, or whatever. One step further is the succubus or incubus phenomenon: an “attack” by a female or male demon. At least, that’s what it feels like, that’s what you believe is happening. But is it actually happening – or could it be, as what the “old hag” syndrome has also been classified as… simply a scary case of sleep paralysis?

The succubus phenomenon is, in many ways, the quintessential nightmare. For centuries, the succubus demon has been said to haunt sleepers, inspiring tales in traditional folklore as well as works of art.

Now, a new meta-analysis from the Netherlands suggests that this frightening phenomenon may be more common than previously thought — and that it should be taken more seriously by psychiatrists and psychologists who hear such accounts from their patients.

The so-called attack usually occurs during an episode of sleep paralysis, a condition that’s even more common than the incubus or succubus phenomenon, according to the meta-analysis.

Sleep paralysis is a result of the dissociation of sleep phases, said senior author Dr. Jan Dirk Blom,a professor of clinical psychopathology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.The condition happens when a person is falling asleep or waking up. During sleep paralysis, two aspects of REM sleep, or rapid eye movement sleep, occur when a person is conscious.

During REM sleep, which is the period when a person typically dreams, the body’s muscles are relaxed to the level of paralysis, presumably to prevent the sleeper from acting out his or her dreams, Blom said. But when sleep paralysis takes place, the person’s mind wakes up — however, the person is still dreaming, and the body is still paralyzed.

“Lying in bed in such a state of paralysis, the brain’s threat-activated vigilance system kicks in and helps to create a compound hallucination of a creature sitting on the chest,” Blom told Live Science.

What the afflicted person sees is a combination of their actual surroundings and a nightmare, which is projected onto the real world. The experience feels exceptionally real, Blom said.

In the meta-analysis, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, the researchers looked at 13 studies of the incubus/succubus phenomenon that included nearly 1,800 people. The different studies came from various countries, including Canada, the United States, China, Japan, Italy and Mexico.

The researchers found that over 1 in 10 people, or 11 percent of the general population, will experience the incubus/succubus phenomenon in their lifetimes, Blom said. “That means that there is an 11 percent chance for any given individual to experience this [phenomenon] at least once during their lives,” he added.

But in certain groups, the odds of “encountering” an incubus [or succubus] are higher. Among people with psychiatric disorders, as well as among refugees and — somewhat surprisingly — students, the odds of experiencing the phenomenon are as high as 41 percent, Blom said.

The analysis also found that people sleeping on their backs are more likely to experience the phenomenon. Alcohol consumption and irregular sleeping patterns also make an incubus or succubus visit more probable, Blom said.

Though the frightening experience gets frequently dismissed as “just a bad dream,” Blom noted that the incubus/succubus phenomenon can lead to additional problems, including anxiety, difficulty sleeping due to fear and even delusional disorder, a mental illness akin to schizophrenia.

In the paper, the researchers speculated about a possible link between the incubus/sucubbus phenomenon and sudden unexpected death syndrome, a situation in which a healthy person inexplicably dies in his or her sleep.

“People who have experienced the incubus/succubus phenomenon often report a level of anxiety that is ‘off the scale,'” Blom said. “Many of them have the feeling that they will actually die during an attack. Whether that ever happens is unknown, even though for a person experiencing it, it is not hard to imagine this [happening].”

The analysis also found that the form of the incubus [or succubus] figure and how people react to it can vary based on the person’s cultural background.

For example, “patients with a Muslim background often tell me that they see the phenomenon as a proof that they are being haunted by a jinn, an invisible spirit created by Allah out of smokeless fire,” Blom said.

Sometimes, however, the incubus [or succubus] may take on a much more friendly and entertaining form.

“I recently spoke to a healthy 15-year-old girl who had experienced the phenomenon,” Blom said.  “She found four miniature penguins dining at a table on her chest, and had been thrilled and amused rather than scared.”

Cultural explanations that try to account for the terrifying experience of waking up feeling paralyzed don’t stop with sex demons, old hags, and penguins at a dinner table though.

Combine the personal stories and the research, and it shows how a single biological phenomenon can be interpreted differently by societies, the researchers, led by José F. R. de Sá of the Jungian Institute of Bahia in Brazil, wrote in their review.

The biological explanation of sleep paralysis is that two aspects of REM sleep — dreaming and paralysis — are occurring while a person is awake, said Brian Sharpless, an associate professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University in Washington, D.C., who was not involved with the review. Sleep paralysis occurs more often than most people think, and it is more likely to occur when a person is waking up than during other parts of sleep, he said.

During REM, or rapid eye movement sleep, dreaming takes place and the brainstem paralyzes the body by inhibiting motor neurons, Sharpless told Live Science.

But normally, dreaming and paralysis occur when people are unconscious, said Sharpless, who is also the author of “Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological and Medical Perspectives” (Oxford University Press, 2015). (I’ve linked to that book in the Essential Web Links section of the show notes.)

When someone experiences sleep paralysis, these two things occur while a person is conscious, with his or her eyes open, Sharpless said. This means that the dreams are technically hallucinations, and they’re just as vivid as anything you’d see when you’re awake, he said. In addition, the dreams can be “multi-sensorial,” meaning a person may not only see things, but hear and, in some cases, feel them too, he said.

The sense of touch is very often highlighted in explanations of sleep paralysis around the world. Many cultures refer to a weight on the chest, according to the review.

In certain parts of Brazil, for example, there are folkloric tales of a creature with long fingernails that lurks on people’s rooftops during the night. The creature, called “Pisadeira,” comes into a person’s house and tramples on the chests of those who sleep, according to the review.

Catalonia, a region in Spain, has the tale of the “Pesanta,” a black animal, often a dog or a cat, that invades people’s homes and sits on their chests while they are asleep, making it difficult to breathe and causing nightmares, the authors wrote.

Among an ethnic group in Vietnam and Laos, a “pressing spirit” sits on sleepers’ chests and tries to asphyxiate them, the researchers found.

The idea of a weight holding someone down is also reflected in the terminology used in Mexico to describe sleep paralysis, according to the review. Translated from Spanish, the phrase means “a dead body climbed on top of me.”

Some cultures use tales of spells cast by shamans or summoners to explain sleep paralysis.

In Inuit culture, for example, people tell of shamans who can cast a spell when a person is sleeping, causing an experience that I won’t try to pronounce (uqumangirniq) during which a person can’t move, talk or scream and is visited by a shapeless or faceless presence, according to the review.

And Japanese folklore refers to a summoner who calls upon a vengeful spirit to suffocate enemies through a phenomenon called the “kanashibari,” which is “the state of being totally bound, as if constrained by metal chains,” the review found.

In other cultures, ghosts or supernatural beings are the perpetrators.

In a study of Cambodian refugees from the 1970s, researchers found that many patients referred to something, which translated fro the original language, means “the ghost that pushes you down.” In Thailand, a ghost called “phi am” haunts people when they are half asleep and unable to move. And in some traditional Chinese cultures, it’s not sleep paralysis that causes you to see the ghost… it’s the ghost which is oppressing you, and that is what is causing your sleep paralysis.

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When Weird Darkness returns… do you smell something bad right before something terrible happens? That’s the subject of my first message in the Chamber of Comments, up next.

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CHAMBER OF COMMENTS==========

Here in the Chamber of Comments I answer your emails, comments, podcast reviews, letters I get in the mail, and more. You can find all of my contact information, postal address, and social media links on the CONTACT page at WeirdDarkness.com. While you’re there, you can join the very active “Weird Darkness Weirdos” Facebook Group, and hang out with me and the rest of our Weirdo family! And you can drop me an email anytime at: darren @ weirddarkness.com.

(One of our Facebook group members, Stephanie, wrote this back in early December as a post): On one of the recent episodes a Candace’s email was read, about smelling something bad or death on people before it happens, my daughter was just telling me about experiencing that. She said our puppy that was hit by a car two years ago had the smell she smells when someone is going to die, like people who have passed in her life. She literally mentioned it in the same 24 hours as the email. She thought everyone experienced it. Anyone else aware of that? This is the same daughter who when she was very young would complain of the people in her room who would be bugging her to help them. She would ask me to make the dead people go away. It last for some time and she didn’t sleep alone for years until she had finally shut down that “ability”? I have people come to me in dreams that have passed to say goodbye but I’ve never discussed it with her. I always put it down to wishful dreaming.

REPLY: And then another Facebook group member, Carol, said she has this ability – and has had it her entire life, she’s now 62. So it makes me wonder – are there any of you Weirdos listening who have this same ability. Do you get a strange smell just before something bad happens, or before a death of a loved one occurs? If so, I’d love to hear your story. Send it to darren@weirddarkness.com and in the subject line put “It Smells Bad”. If we get enough of them maybe we can put together an episode just with these stories! Again, send it to darren@weirddarkness.com and then in the subject line put “It Smells Bad”.

(YouTube comment from Rebekah S., commenting on an email I read in yesterday’s episode, “The Demon of Feces”): My hypothesis on the question – can you draw a paranormal to you by listening or reading the paranormal? I have researched for 19 years I have found studying demonology can bring them to you! “Please do NOT study demonology!!” Love & God is the key to Repel demons! I have had no problems with researching the paranormal otherwise! Love & light God bless you all!

REPLY: Thanks for the heads up, Rebekah! For me, I draw the line at involvement. I’ll read about a subject, maybe even study up on it, but I won’t step over into the area of being a part of it or playing around in it. For example, you’ll never find me on a ghost hunt or participating in a seance, despite me telling ghost stories and reading up on true ghost tales to tell in the podcast. I’ve told numerous supposedly true stories of people using Ouija or spirit boards, but you can’t pay me enough to try using one. Sounds like for you though, Rebekah, just reading and studying about demonology caused the switch to flip in your life. I guess, like many things, just like our physical bodies, our souls or spirits have different reactions to external stimuli than others’ souls or spirits.

(Podcast review from Fearlessnot): “I enjoy weird and strange stories, but particularly enjoy your podcast. You keep it interesting, weird and creepy, without lowering down to overly gruesome, crass, or rude. I am also impressed with your work with depression and mental illness, and I stick around through the end to hear you read the scripture. Many think that you can’t be religious and listen or watch these type of shows, but I know it’s possible. I glad you’ve recognized that there may be some who seek out these type of shows who find themselves in a dark state of mind. I don’t know if providing links and phone numbers for places to find help has helped anyone, but even if it’s just one person, that’s enough. Love the show. Thank you!”

REPLY: Thanks for the review, Fearlessnot! And thanks for the positive attitude – I wish everyone was as mature as you! For example…

(YouTube comment from Mentok 302 – about the actual story, “The Demon of Feces”): I am Sterculius the Roman God of FECES! You have desecrated my temple! Now you must feel the blunt of my wrath! (insert fart noises here)

REPLY: I’ve got nothing to add to that.

(Email from Robert B.): Good evening sir. I hope your Christmas was wonderful! I do not know where to begin, I do know you are a life savor to me! Your pod casts have given me focus in a world of unfocus. I am not sure of depression, however I have been deployed 5 times. Some how you reach people like me. Thank you!! You are a great man in life and in your profession! The best thing about you is your Christianity!! Just wanted to say thank you!! VA does not help at all. Thank you Mr. Marlar.

REPLY: Thank you, Robert… for your kind email, and for your service. I feel honored that a veteran finds focus from listening to the podcast. I’ve never heard that before – I love it. Maybe we can get the folks at the VA to listen so they can find a little focus, because they could definitely use some! I’ve got people I’m close to dealing with the VA – I’ve heard the nightmares stories.

(YouTube comment from Joyce Koch, commenting on the episode “Are Shadow People Demonic Entities”): It is interesting. Back in the 70’s when we were experiencing Poltergeist activity in our home We all had dreams of shadow people in our main hallway. We never saw them in waking but they were there in our dreams. During the Poltergeist event many physical activity happened in the home. The shadow people dreams were all the same – them trying to drag one into their realm. They put out a feeling of doom and extreme sadness. Back in the 70’s I had never heard of shadow people. It wasn’t till Art Bell came along I heard about them and it brought memories back of the shadow people in the hall of our home.

REPLY: Thanks for the comment, Joyce. I think you might be victim to the shadow person curse. I mentioned it in yesterday’s episode in the Chamber as well. Some paranormal beings are known to show themselves after they are spoken of or heard about for the first time. Many people have reported having encounters with shadow people, the Hat Man, or black eyed kids for the very first time only after hearing about them first on the radio, a podcast, or wherever. They had no issues before then, but once knowledge of them existed, suddenly they manifested. I have to wonder if that’s what happened to you after listening to Art Bell!

(Email from Sad Grandma in Georgia): Darren, I’ve been listening to your podcasts for about 2 years and I absolutely love them. I have suffered with depression since I was a teen and I’m in my late 40’s now. My youngest son was diagnosed as bi polar about a year ago and my grandson who is only 2 months old has already had one open heart surgery and spent more time in the hospital than he has at home. He has another open heart surgery scheduled for March.  Right now I can’t work because of all the dr appointments and therapist appointments for both my son and grandson. My mother has severe mobility issues and to be honest I’m drowning in the stress. I worked really hard for many years to come out of a dark place and I NEVER want to go back. Could you please keep my family in your prayers as this is a very hard time for us. I love the fact that you quote scripture and all the work you do for depression. Keep up the good work. Warm Regards, Sad Grandma in GA

REPLY: Goodness gracious, Grandma.  What a roller coaster ride you’ve been on.  As if it’s not bad enough we’ve got the economy and Covid to deal with, right?  I am so so sorry to hear about your grandson’s heart issues – let’s hope and pray that those are fixed early so he doesn’t even have memory of those surgeries when he grows up big and strong.  I say “let’s” because I’ve already prayed for God’s will in that, and as I read your letter in tonight’s Chamber of Comments, I am hoping the Weirdos In Christ will be praying the same upon hearing of your grandson’s heart surgeries. You say that you have suffered with depression your whole life, and I can only imagine that it feels the depression is cresting over the dam ready to spill over you right now with everything that’s going on.  I pray GOD gives you added strength to endure what you have on your plate, wisdom to make the decisions that come your way, and the patience to deal with those who are irritating the crap out of you with questions and demands. May God bring you the peace and comfort He is known for – the peace that passes all human understanding.  And may He make His presence known right there where you are that HE is in control and that NOTHING is too big or too hard for Him to handle. Matthew 11:28 is the first bible verse I ever memorized – and, quite frankly, one of the only ones I memorized.  But it fits here.  Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” God bless you, Grandma. I hope and pray your 2021 is blessed beyond measure.

(YouTube comment from Andrew Higgins): Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper were the same Person!

REPLY: Umm… seeing as Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, Andrew… ummm…. I assume that’s a joke. Or do you think Sherlock Holmes was a real person? If so, you might want to log in to Wikipedia. Just sayin’.

I have included all of the previous episodes that people mentioned in the Chamber of Comments in the Essential Web Links section of the show notes so you can find them more easily. I’ll answer more of your emails, comments, and letters next time! Again, you can find all of my social media and contact information on the CONTACT page of the website, or drop me an email at darren @ weirddarkness.com.

SHOW CLOSE, CREDITS, A LITTLE LIGHT, AND A FINAL THOUGHT==========

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All stories in Weird Darkness are purported to be true (unless stated otherwise), and you can find source links or links to the authors in the show notes.

“Sex and the Single Succubus” by Brent Swancer for Mysterious Universe
“Scary Stories of Seductive Succubi” by Cheryl Adams Richkoff for Graveyard Shift
“Is a Succubus Just Sleep Paralysis?” by Tereza Pultarova for Live Science and Stephen Wagner for Live About

WeirdDarkness™ – is a production of Marlar House Productions. Copyright ©Weird Darkness 2020.

Now that we’re coming out of the dark, I’ll leave you with a little light… “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

And a final thought… “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

I’m Darren Marlar. Thanks for joining me in the Weird Darkness.

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