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Supernatural Sunday – Exorcism… Just in time for Halloween

deliverusfromevil3Exorcism… You hear about it in the movies. It’s a huge theme actually. You have the movies Possession, Oculus, Exorcismus, Stigmata and of course the most well known movie out there, The Exorcism.  I’m actually not a huge fan. They just creep me out something fierce. But I went on a horror movie binge when visiting my daughter a while back. One movie, though, I watched with her, I have to admit had me at the end of me seat and that was Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana. Watching it just because of Eric Bana is reason enough. He looks DARN good in this movie. His acting is darn good too.deliverusfromevil2

The movie was actually from a non-fiction book called Beware the Night and was marketed as being inspired by actual accounts.

There seems to be a lot of horror movies that are based on or inspired by actual events. The most famous one is The Exorcist, which was based on a case in Iowa.  It’s reported that it was the last sanctioned exorcism done by the Catholic Church, yet the book, American Exorcism, states their are approximately 10 exorcists in the Catholic church every given year.

The exorcism case was on Anna Ecklund, who resided a fair distance from Earling, Iowa, and was deliverusfromevilreported as being possessed. The exorcism was conducted in 1928.00Much of what is known about the possession and exorcism of Anna Ecklund is from the published pamphlet by Father Carl Vogl. Vogl was granted total access to everyone involved in the case. The title is called ‘Satan Begone’. The actually pamphlet is available on the Internet and was translated to English.

“It gradually became evident that strange preternatural powers were at play. The woman understood languages which she had never heard nor read. When the priest spoke the language of the Church and blessed her in the Latin tongue, she sensed and understood it at once, and at the same time foamed at the mouth and became enraged about it. When he continued in classical Latin, she regained her former ease. She was conscious at once when some one gave her articles sprinkled with holy water or presented her with things secretly blessed, whereas ordinary secular objects would leave her perfectly indifferent.” This is just a bit of the case. It does seem fascinating, but multiple personality disorder was unheard of at the time and mental disorders were not something freely talked about. But at the same time, it’s hard to explain away the paragraph below with mental illness…

“This ugly bellowing and howling took place every day and at times it lasted for hours. At other times it sounded as though a horde of lions and hyenas were let loose, then again as the mewing of cats, the bellowing of cattle and the barking of dogs. A complete uproar of different animal noises would also resound. This was at first so taxing on the nerves of those present that the twelve nuns were forced to take turns at assisting in order to save themselves and to have the necessary strength to continue facing the siege.”

“It was on the twenty-third day of December, 1928, in the evening about nine
o’clock that, with a sudden jerk of lightning speed the possessed woman broke from  the grip of her protectors and stood erect before them. Only her heels were touching the bed. At first sight it appeared as if she were to be hurled up to the ceiling.”

It’s a fascinating case. Rosemary Ellen Guiley wrote about the case in the book, ‘The Encyclopedia of Demons & Demonology’.  Sounds like a great research book…

I talk a little more on exorcism and entity possession on my blog. Feel free to drop by.

 

Sunday Snippet from Deadly Shades by H. D. Thomson

Deadly Shades CoverThis Sunday I thought I’d share a snippet of the first book in my Shades series. Each story is very much a stand alone. Deadly Shades is a quick read for when you don’t have time to get your teeth into a longer book.

“I thought we went through this already.” Vaguely aware of the movement of people walking around her, Kennedy sat on a bench in the mall with potted plants on either side of her. She shouldn’t have answered her cell, but then when it came to Luke, she always seemed to cave. Plus, she could only ignore his calls for so long.

“You could have at least given me the respect to break up in person.” Anger laced Luke’s voice. “Shit, Kennedy. We just passed the one year mark.”

She closed her eyes and struggled to bank the emotion wrapped around her throat. What could she say? He was right.

“We both know why you ran.” His husky voice washed over her senses. “I scare you. I make you feel. And you just can’t stand that.”

A baby started bawling ten feet away. “Luke, right now isn’t the time. There are crowds everywhere.”

“We’ll talk later.”

Luke didn’t give her a chance to argue. He’d hung up. She disconnected the phone and sat on the bench. She didn’t like hurting like this. That’s why she’d broken up. If she’d stayed any longer, the hurt would have just gotten worse, and she couldn’t handle that. She blinked back tears but they spilled over her lashes.

Where was her self-control? For God’s sake she was in a public place with people everywhere. She stuffed her phone into her purse, pulled the straps over her shoulder and wiped impatiently at her cheeks with the back of her hands.

She rose on unsteady legs and started for the exit. The idea of seeing Luke again in person made her stomach flop and her chest tighten. And her body… Her body was reacting in a very needy way. The idea of being in his arms again, to feel the weight of his body against her, to—

Enough! Luke was just a man. A man that was screwing with her head. Mentally shaking herself, Kennedy moved toward the main doors that lead to the south parking lot. She didn’t want to buy presents right now, she didn’t want to deal with all the people milling around, shopping, eating, talking.

A woman stepped in front of her. Kennedy stumbled to a stop and almost collided with her.

“Take these.” The woman with a halo of blond, chin-length hair and dressed in a black and white pant suit shoved something at her. In reflex, Kennedy caught the item in both hands.

“What’s this?” Kennedy stared down at her hands. A pair of sunglasses of all things. She glanced up.

“Just take them,” the blond insisted. A strange light—fear, maybe anger, Kennedy didn’t quite know—flared in the woman’s brown eyes.

“I don’t need sunglasses.”

“Hah, they’re not sunglasses. At least not any I’ve ever worn!” The woman backed away. “Just take them. Maybe they’ll work better for you than they did for me.”

Before Kennedy had a chance to protest further, the blond pivoted and lurched into the crowd toward the food court.

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Hope you enjoyed it! I’m currently working on the third book in the series, Killer Shades. Nothing beats getting inside a killer’s head and having them do something diabolical! 🙂

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