Occupation: Works at local novelty shop
Residence: Los Angeles
Date of Performance/Collection: April 9 2016
Primary Language: English
Informant (L.P.) is an 18 year old student. I had heard her enthusiasm for telling ghost stories the week before, and set up this interview. L.P. has spent some time in NYC over the past several years. This interview is conducted at my house one Saturday evening.
After sharing several ghost stories, L.P. casually adds “one time I almost got abducted by aliens.”
L.P.: “I was in New York at aunts apartment asleep and this Alien screamed into my ear really loud, and I woke up & saw a white flash but my eyes were closed. I felt light inside of my brain but nothing was there. Then my Aunt came into the room all freaked out and told me I screamed, and I didn’t even know.”
I suggest this sounds like sleep paralysis
L.P.: “I had a mark on my arm, it was red & had dots in it.”
While the alien abduction was likely a memorate from a severe instance of sleep paralysis, L.P. firmly believes in the supernatural from ghosts to aliens, and enjoys the thrill of firsthand experience. In my findings, people who believe in, and actively search for these mysterious entities are the most likely to encounter them in one form or another.