This week on The Malliard Report Jim brings back experienced guest and author Nick Redfern to discuss the topics of his latest book The Black Diary: M.I.B, Women in Black, Black-Eyed Children, and Dangerous Books.
In this book Nick reveals the very latest information on the sinister Men in Black, the chilling
Women in Black, and one of the “newer” topics to arise in the paranormal and strange, and the Black- Eyed Children.
Black-Eyed Children (or Black Eyed Kids – B.E.K.) are one of the newer phenomena to crop up in the realm of paranormal and unusual. While the mainstream genesis of the topic is often associated with Texas reporter Brian Bethel on a ghost related mailing list. Several stories surrounding the topic filled thepages of the mailer back in 1996, however, there were stories of the black-eyed children cropping up in the 1950s. Bethel’s first encounters were alleged in 1996 in Abilene, Texas while claiming to know of someone that has had similar experiences in Portland, Oregon around the same time. Bethel’s stories have become so popular that they are regarded as classic examples of creepypasta and that he has put out a FAQ “just to keep up with demand for more info about the new urban legend.” Bethel also was able to share his story on the television series Monsters and Mysteries in America.
The question that surrounds the Black-Eyed Children is what they exactly are. Often when encountered these “children” are found in remote locations along roads or homes asking to be let in by the “victim.”
They are described as very pale, with black eyes, and typically wearing oversized and outdated clothes, usually asking for a favor (food, use of a phone, etc.) from the individual experiencing the encounter. It is also often reported that following an encounter with the Black-Eyed Children people will feel ill, drained of energy, and often report nightmares involving the “child” they met. With this, there are many different theories as to what they are. Some believe them to be demonic in nature (the persistent asking to be “let in”), others say that they are vampiric in nature due to the often energy draining side effects after an encounter, and even stories of being similar to the Jinn in Arabic religions.
While there are many theories to what the Black-Eyed Children are, one thing is for certain, the idea of demonic children trying to force themselves into your home is a bit unsettling.
Nick Redfern is a familiar and welcomed voice to The Malliard Report and it is always a pleasure to have him as a guest. You can order any of Nick’s books on online retailers and follow him though his website www.nickredfernfortean.blogspot.com
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