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Dark Wilderness
By Nickolaus A. Pacione
Last edited: Friday, June 23, 2006
Posted: Wednesday, June 11, 2003



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a study of the ghost story and the horror genre. It came about while I was writing in correspondence with Debra Lauman in the recent days. Being that I would do the occasional backpacking trip, the dark ideas from the trip would come to mind and that would birth a ghost story. A thank you to Debra Lauman for giving me the inspiration for this.


"The strongest and oldest emotion of mankind is fear -- the oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of the unknown."   --- H.P. Lovecraft

There were a few nights where I had slept in a cemetery, and those nights where while I was hard up for material to write about.  It was about 1998 when I was living in Iowa,  there was a cemetery that captured my imagination on more than one occasion then remembering something that was mentioned online by another who slept within cemeteries.  Where I had the dreams that followed from those nights -- the winter nights under the stars using the snow as a bed. That  it would come in the cycle of those sleep patters and traveling around that would invoke the imagination as it would be.  In the mind as it would be there -- all that would draw from them become of the descriptions of the Gothic,  as it would be in the description of them.   It would be from the thought patterns that are from the dreams that become the subject of a written page or narratives that come within the hours of what the witching hour moon brings. 
       It would be while sleeping in the cemetery which it would be in the memories of all the ghost stories that were told from my youth, and the books of dark folklore that I read in my teen years. That it would be of my own psyche might be even a subject for a gothic short story,  perhaps the playground for someone like Sigmund Freud. Where the dreams that draw from the darkness echo the patters that are the shadows of light.  Of pages as they were kept in a journal which echo the dreams that were haunting the writers,  H.P. Lovecraft  and E.A. Poe.  Then add the factor of that I would do a lot of camping in there which I would spend two weeks out of a year living out of a backpack and sleeping bag.  That when one is in their tent for the night or under the stars, the dreams that inhabit the mind would become the fear of the unknown.
       Some would describe the outiings of a horror writer the makings of a dark documentary which three hikers disappeared in Maryland. It would be those times when I would camp that I have the most haunting of ideas,  and would have the dream of hearing the indistict laughter of children. Where it is in the mind of a misanthrope as myself,  which is is in the pages of a journal that were kept in a period of six years. The question of how a devote Christian of five years got into writing horror within the Cthulhu Mythos, or even intrigued by urban legends.  Where I had the urge to travel around and camp whenever I get a chance to -- it was when I read the stories written by Jack London as they were published in Boy's Life magazine.  
       Before I actually got to writing horror,  I actually wanted to write nature articles for different  magazines.  But when I wrote the first serious horror tale -- the rest became the written history. That it was from those years when I was with the Boy Scouts that I got a lot of inspiration from the cave exploring in Wisconsin,  then  almost  11 years later I decided to make the trip up to Ontario.  As I read around in various H.P. Lovecraft biographies,  he sometimes travelled up to Quebec.  In my recent years that it would be when I started to receive a lot of Canada based correspondence,   from that which became the inspiration for a trip that I will often write about from one time or another in works of fiction. The inspiration for Ontario Nightfall came from this.  As from what I write in the speculative journal, they would be from my various dream cycles and they would create plots within themselves.  From parts of that would echo a lot of the upbringing from when I was a born again Christian,   but using that as the starting point for something -- much more sinister.   From the various nights that I would spend sleeping under the open sky,  it would be the dreams that echo everything around them into something darker and more frightening.
       Fear.  That is what the emotion boils down to when it comes to the horror genre and to the ghost stories that are told in harmless backpacking trips to scare the friends, though what H.P. Lovecraft did -- he made the horror story more modern,  darker and more sinister.   That sometimes the horror from in the imagination would interweave with what is among the reality of the nature around the person.  An ordinary person put into a circumstance that is near horrific,  where another would die just watching is what would become of them.  Which is drawn from the pages of the various old stories within the dark nature,  and folklore of vampires and witches -- would be the creation or the making of a gothic horror tale.   Where it comes within the description as one would spend their time under the open sky,  nothing but their imagination running without a sign of control.   Where it is said to me in correspondence,  darkness holds its strongest dominion within the realm of sleep and dreams.  Where even when I was asleep within the confinds of a cemetery,  that would be the creation for the things within the mind for the horrors to come.
       It all draws down to one thing,  the fear of the unknown -- one may not know what happens to them when they are out and about. From the very thought of being which draws from this,  in the theories of time being it is there -- from the places drawn in the very minds of a sleeping person who had been sucked into their nightmares.  Between the nightfall and the thoughts inside -- it is from that which brings from the horror that is within.  Where it is in the fear of the mind as one sees it,  from observations drawn from their dreams and the nightmares that haunt time from one time or another.
       Where it is drawn from the biblical beginnings, that it is in the darkness drawn from the fall of man -- it would be from the first murder that would invoke the vampire myths.   Where the stories of witches started had to be during the Biblical times as well,  but they came more to the surface in the New World.  Though the inquisition and Vlad the Impaler were the stories that all set up the inspirations for the modern gothic tale.   Where there are so many spending the night out in the woods, and cases where some of them are torn apart like rag dolls -- the work of a grizzly bear or one of the others.  Horrors of our time -- those are the ones which they are forced to look into. Ordinary people forced into unspeakable situtations.  Fear -- it draws from the echo of fear as the story of ghosts and other horrors are told around the fire during when a group of backpackers are out and about.  Horror -- it would be from the theory and fear drawn from the eyes of the person telling the tale of the unspeakable. The question I draw to the mind of the reader is that what scares them?  What would true ly scares them? Kind of the question that is asked when someone tells the ghost story or sees a horror film, and even relate  a urban legend that would play within the mind. 
       Where Illinois being the inspiration for a horror tale or a ghost story because of the history that goes behind the state. DuPage County --  I will use my home county as an example here,  the homicide of two children by their mother in 1999.  That woman who was behind the homicide -- Marylin Lemak,  almost four years from the day when a woman was slashed to death and her children were forced to watch.  She was barely concious when the attacker ripped out the fetus of the child in her womb -- then kills the child as well.   This will be the thing that would created an urban legend, and the case of what happened in Naperville of Marylin Lemak.  The stories will be there of her children haunting the place.   Where it is in the darkness that is drawn by the words of writers to come -- the ghost stories of the places like Marynoll College, the college was ripped down since I was last there. 
       Where the parents keep a story like that out of earshot of their children because it would scare them to death,  knowing that something like that happened  in Naperville.  They were expecting it more with Glendale Heights (my hometown area,) and Addison, Illinois.   I could actually see the story of the Lemak Children being the subject of ghost stories told by kids who are born during that time,  and when they get older they'll find the information about the case on the internet.    In the thought of the matter knowing it was that kind of horror even happened -- as it would be the similar case of a mother killing her five children in Texas.  Where they had no idea what was going on that day.  From the years of correspondence that a narrative like this is even written,  in theory from the works of fiction being as realistic as possible -- though this is a case where the truth is much more horrific than fiction. 
       As I would take the mountian bike on the Great Western Trail,  the kind of ghost stories that would be told of that place would relate to the cemetery that is off the side of the trail.  This cemetery is between Glendale Heights and Carol Stream.  From the varied stories and horrors of the real coming through,  the details that are there would be the blue print for something so haunting. That something is of the mind that where nightmares of the days of what happened to them become pages of a horror tale written in time. In the thoughts that are there even when one is sleeping beneath the open sky or in the cemetery, the thoughts that would be clear within the dreams become the picture of the darkness to become.  Where it is in the places as the ghost stories are created -- it would be on the trail where the life of them would begin.  Where the correspondence was drawn -- the ghost stories which are related thru them are the ones that would leave the  nightmares within the patterns of the  sleep cycle.
       In the pages which are drawn in the mind -- the echoing patterns of a ghost story described like it was drawn out  of  the pages of a Jack London  short story after August Derleth revises it.  Where the wilderness would be the setting for the various takes of ghost story,  vampire myths,  witches, serial killers, escaped mental patients,  and the Great Old Ones. In the places of time where the ghost stories have the most power -- of when the witching hour shows of what the moon brings. From the periods when H.P. Lovecraft wrote "What The Moon Brings" -- it would have the tellings of a ghost story that would be drawn in the periods of the modern time.  That which brings from the cemetery sleep,  in what draws from them -- time and what brings from time, the echo of oldest emotion of mankind.  That emotion was fear,  and the oldest fear is the fear of the unknown.  Where in our dreams, especially under the darkness from the skies -- as one's dreamscape becomes the vivid Tales From The Darkside inhabiting the cycles of sleep.
 

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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 7/17/2006
Had us shivering, kind of like standing in ever deepening darkness while one reads. (that's good of course!!!)
B&R
Reviewed by Lee Garrett 9/20/2004
Tearing up an old stump, you have shown us the tangled roots of horror, bearing little white wiggily grumbs of thought for our examination. Well done.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/15/2004
well done

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