Why You Should Be Afraid of Your Shadow

My character Allie is commenting on her biggest fear at Come in Character today. I thought I'd share her answer here.

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Like most phobia's mine has a medical term -- hypnagogia. Sleep paralysis. Long ago it was called Old Hag's syndrome. But if you've experienced what I'm talking about, then you know it's not a condition, not a syndrome. If you've stared into the glowing red eyes of a shadow being, you know the paralysis comes from without and not within.

If you're like me, you probably know all there is to know about shadows.

 A shadow is the mirror image projection of an opaque object positioned between a light source and a reflective surface.

A shadow is an area that is totally unilluminated.

Moving shadows are a personification, a misperception. A moving object causing rapid change in projected length generates the impression of a shadow moving or following an object.

A shadow is an impenetrable absence. An acoustic shadow is a place sound can’t touch. There are rain shadows. And there are shadows, voids, only love can cast.

Shadows have three parts: antumbra, pentumbra, umbra(the darkest part). Not all shadows are shadows.

Character from The Mesmerist's Tale and The Shadow's Tale (works in progress)


  1. I've never heard of this before. Interesting, but sorry you suffer from it. I'll have to learn more.

  2. Hi Ashley,

    Thanks for dropping in.


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