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  • Writer's pictureGavin Kelly

Ugh, The D- Word

Okay, let's talk about the D-word, the one that gets thrown around in paranormal circles like confetti at a bachelorette party: demons. Now, I'm not here to deny their existence; there's too much evidence, too many chilling whispers on the wind, to say they're purely figments of overactive imaginations. But here's the thing: throwing "demon" at every unexplained bump in the night is about as accurate as trying to nail Jell-O to the wall. You've probably seen it. You're scrolling through YouTube, stumbling upon some "ghostbusting" live stream, and suddenly, every creak of the floorboard, every flicker of an old lightbulb, is declared the unholy work of Satan's minions. The camera zooms in on a dusty corner, the host's voice trembling with barely-concealed terror, and there it is, the dreaded word: "demon." It's enough to make your eyeballs roll right out of your head. Look, I get it. It's easy, dramatic, and receives those views rolling in. But here's the problem: it's lazy. It's like labeling every unknown sound on your car radio as aliens just because it doesn't fit your playlist.

Have you ever considered, just for a second, that maybe not everything spooky is demonic? Maybe that thump in the attic was just a curious raccoon, not a gateway to hell. Perhaps that cold spot on the stairs is faulty wiring, not the chilling touch of an infernal beast. And maybe that blurry blob in the photo isn't a tormented soul; it's a dust particle caught in the flash. Don't get me wrong, there are genuinely creepy encounters out there, situations that send shivers down even the most seasoned investigator's spine. But those experiences demand respect, a careful analysis of the evidence, not a shotgun blast of "demon" for every unexplained twitch. Here's the thing about fear: it thrives on the unknown. The more vague and undefined we keep things, the easier it is for our imaginations to run wild, conjuring up demons in every shadow. But that's not an investigation, that's fear-mongering. So, if you're starting in the paranormal field or even a seasoned pro, keep this in mind: slow down on the demon trigger. Before prepping for an exorcism, take a deep breath, assess the situation, and do some research. Was there a history of tragedy in the place? Could there be a logical explanation for what you're experiencing? And if, after all that, you still feel a chilling presence, a darkness that can't be explained away, then, and only then, consider the D-word. Remember, proper investigation isn't about sensationalizing fear. It's about peeling back the layers of the unknown, understanding the whispers in the darkness, and sometimes, facing down the things that go bump in the night—but doing it with respect, open minds, and a healthy dose of skepticism. Because, in the end, the truth is always more fascinating than any made-up monster.

So, when you hear a creak or see a shadow, resist the urge to whip out your EMF meter and start chanting exorcisms. Take a step back, breathe, and remember: it's not always demons. It might just be the wind, a curious critter, or maybe, just maybe, something even more amazing waiting to be discovered. Keep your eyes peeled, your minds open, and your imaginations running wild, but keep the demon label on a tight leash. The field of the unknown is vast and wondrous, and there's so much more to explore than just the fiery depths of hell. With all that out of the way, let's begin the story.

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