A little help needed..

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A little help needed..

I'm writing a story about a widowed farmer's wife and her blind 22 year old son. They live together on a disused farm in the country with only each other (and a few horses) for company. I'm panning out the psychological basis for the tale which is coming along fine. The story centres around the mother and son forming a sexual relationship but I'd like to introduce the paranormal into the tale too. The blind son is also mildly mentally deranged and suffers the odd hallucination; he relies heavily on the help and support from his mother to survive.

How should I introduce the paranormal? Any ideas? ;)

Introductions are tricky, when in doubt it's always better to go for the formal "may I present," the first name you say is always the most important or senior person, in the case of the paranormal that may be tricky to assertain, but you are lucky in that any paranormal being is likely to be more important or senior to a farmer and his wife, so you would almost certainly say: "Paranormal being, may I present Mrs FarmersWife and her son." In other circumstanced the order of precidence could be tricky. How you would introduce, say, the king to the ghost of his predecessor is fraught with difficulty. As a rule of thumb go for seniority from date of birth when the living are involved, and from date of death when both persons are dead. Typically you would never present a woman to a man, however since the paranormal can be said to transcend gender I think you could probably get away with it in their case.


Yan - I never know when you're being serious! I'm going to continue on the basis that this is a proper question... I'm often quite suspicious of paranormal events being plonked into a story and not being questioned by any of the characters. You need a sceptic - presumably that would be the mother, as she is ostensibly in control of her faculties. I'm assuming that the blind son doesn't see just any old ghosts - he probably knows them. Personally I'd go for him being possessed by the dead farmer's spirit - this will allow the wife to make that moral leap towards incest.
Thanks alot you two. This is on hold at the mo because I'm trying to work out how the blind son can hallucinate...lol. There's nothing more mind-teasing than the incomprehensible eagerly avowed - Dennett

There's nothing more mind-teasing than the incomprehensible eagerly avowed -

One of the horses is the ghost of Catherine the Great's (alleged) equine lover (bringing the sexual theme in, albeit bestially); another of the horses is the cynic. The rest of the horses could form a sort of Greek chorus. Who do the mother and son form asexual relationship with? The ghost of the dead farmer?
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