Exploring the Unknown Province: #1, The Peregrine Phantoms

Dear Reader. What follows is, almost certainly, fiction. MG

TO BE A PEREGRINE WITHIN THE UNKNOWN PROVINCE is to be a restless phantom. These spirits – for lack of a better term – are wanderers through the time and the space of the earth’s Province. I’ll describe how time works in another message. For now, it’s enough to know that peregrine phantoms exist.

We can envision these beings by reflecting upon the living peregrine falcon: the world’s most widespread raptor. This beautiful bird is found almost everywhere on earth. It covers great distances in its travels…its peregrinations. And it is swift, as are the peregrine phantoms of the Province. Both are fast, very fast. The peregrine falcon is, in fact, the fastest animal on earth. Observers have measured the raptor’s high speed dive; it can descend upon its prey at over two hundred miles an hour!

And as the falcon wants its prey, so do the peregrine phantoms want theirs. They want to come back and they don’t particularly care whom they possess to gain a physical form. However, cases histories suggest that there is a caveat to their return. The key to their postmortem earthly existence lies in some ancestral linkage. They seem most prone to seek out the bodies of descendants of their historic enemies. Thus, they can inflict pain on the descendant. At the same time, they can use their new “mortal husk” as a vehicle for evil.

How do spirits, souls, ghosts, or phantoms become peregrines? Through both the desire to return to the living plane, and through a contract: an agreement with evil. To become a peregrine phantom requires giving one’s eternal soul to the Evil One. It is the first step in the return to earth; it partially opens the portal. Second is the takeover of a person weakened: disabled by fear, and ultimately overcome by that most common of human necessities: sleep. Fear weakens the prey, instills doubt in survival, and causes denial of reality: what is actually happening. Once these defenses are down…sleep is the doorway. And what happens may appear to be a dream, but it is, in reality…the ultimate nightmare! Once the peregrine phantom gains entrance, the human prey remains in a coma-like state. Sometimes, phantoms leave their prey of their own free will; they sometimes desire a more suitable body. Envy is no stranger to a peregrine phantom. Even phantoms want to improve their mortal state. Why occupy the body of a poor girl, when one could worm its way into a powerful politician?

Paranormal research has indicated that there are two types of peregrine phantoms. The first is a soul that has been grievously wronged in the past. The second is an entity that has done great wrong. Both want to come back to the physical earth. The former seeks revenge upon the descendants of those who caused their injury. The latter simply has a dark desire to continue the evil it so greatly enjoyed in a former life.

Take, for example, the documented contemporary profile of convicted murderer, Liesel Brotz, a caring school teacher who lived in Weis Baden, Germany. For twenty years she taught at a private school situated at the outskirts of the city. She won the adulations of her peers and her institution. Liesel was unmarried, but had many friends. She was active within her community and attended church regularly.

However, in the spring of 1999, her students began to complain of a lack of attention by their teacher. She seemed distant, distracted. She would often snatch around her face as if to capture some annoying insect. Then she began to miss her classes. At first, just one a day, toward the end of the day. Faculty members would find her aimlessly wandering around the grounds, staring at the rock walls or even the bark of a tree. When reminded about where she should be, she became suddenly attentive, apologetic, and would race off to her classroom.

As the weeks slipped by, she began muttering and then talking out loud, to a person – a Mr. Mancriver – who did not exist.

But it was on the morning of June eleventh, the day after the spring sessions had concluded, that she entered a garden supply store and purchased a herbicide. Then, at a family reunion, she provided a case of wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine flowed freely and her family members dropped like flies. It was later discovered that the first half dozen bottles were perfect; the second half dozen, as the toasts were raised among rollicking relatives, was heavily laced with parquet. A suddenly devious and determined school teacher, she slaughtered her entire family and a host of friends.

And finally, miraculously, she became her former self at her trial, without a trace of memory about the family reunion. She is, today, incarcerated within a psychiatric holding facility in Romania. Her care costs are being provided by a generous, while anonymous, donor.

Scientists and some interested psychiatrists have not ruled out a paranormal component, which for a brief period of thirty-nine days, completed shifted the behavior of an otherwise caring school teacher. Liesel has maintained that everything is but a nightmare, and nothing is real…except for Mr. Mancriver, whom she loathes.

Peregrine phantoms do exist. For another, detailed case history, I invite you to download the story below. It’s my documentation of Annie P. Parker and her encounter with “The Peregrine Man.”

It’s a short story available as an Amazon e-book.

Best wishes, Michael Goldcraft

 

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About michaelgoldcraft

Michael Goldcraft is a senior marine ecologist, writer, and owner of a small, independent publishing company, BrimBooks; Brothersons Press. His first novel, Ascent of Evil, won First Place for the Horror/Dark Fanstasy category of published work at the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards of the Florida Writers Association, Orlando, Florida. His Darke Lyfe Trilogy includes his second published novel, Inherited Evil. Mr. Goldcraft is at work completing the final book of the trilogy, Arcanum of Evil, to be released on the Spring Equinox, 2011. His book of short stories, Thirteen Tales of Eclectic Evil, was released the summer of 2010. His books are available in trade paperback or ebook editions via www.brimbooks.com. The ebooks are also distributed via Amazon.com. Michael Goldcraft lives with his wife and their pets in Panama City, Florida.
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