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Story 6: Mrs. McGuffin's Corpse

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Posted by manigen, 11:23am, 30 Sep, 2005

Things in the town that are or may have been evil:

The brains in the tap
the zombies in the marsh
the entire anthropomorphic cast

and I include aunt vedalia in that last catagory. We don't know enough about the past to clear anyone of past nastiness, even the dead.

Posted by Egocentric, 2:16pm, 30 Sep, 2005

The silt being washed away by the river... could silt mean demon? Possibly Annabelle as well. The river should not be cared to much about, Barlow mentioned it becuse he had drunk to much coffee.

Posted by Egocentric, 2:17pm, 30 Sep, 2005

Just realised I posted the obvius that doesn't actually help solving this all.
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Posted by manigen, 3:44pm, 30 Sep, 2005

That's the problem with all this. We don't have enough information yet to start unravelling the mystery properly, but none of us can stop trying. It's an addiction.

Posted by don'tmilkpuppies, 8:18pm, 30 Sep, 2005

what is a memetic virus? also, Barlow's origins (parents) is a loose end that is very, very loose. His oracle abilities and the fact that he can stay alive in the swamp suggests there is something not 100% normal about him. This is subtly hinted about in several stories and must be talked about more indepth at some point (hopefully meaning now). Random, I know, but I was trying to think of loose ends and this is the best one I could think of.

Posted by don'tmilkpuppies, 8:18pm, 30 Sep, 2005

what is a memetic virus? also, Barlow's origins (parents) is a loose end that is very, very loose. His oracle abilities and the fact that he can stay alive in the swamp suggests there is something not 100% normal about him. This is subtly hinted about in several stories and must be talked about more indepth at some point (hopefully meaning now). Random, I know, but I was trying to think of loose ends and this is the best one I could think of.

Posted by manigen, 12:29pm, 2 Oct, 2005

Memes are a theory about the movement of ideas that treats those ideas as if they were the genes in an evolving species (hence the name, meme=gene). In the model the human mind is thought of as little more than a vector for these ideas to multiply in, reproducing and spreading as one person tells another about this fantastic new idea...
In the model, all ideas are a little like a virus, but a full blown memetic virus takes the process a step further. It would be an idea that was capable of completely dominating the host and compelling them to spread it simply because they were aware of it. As such, the eventual revelations in "the wednesday that wasn't" do tend to look like a memetic virus.
Oh, and I'd completely forgotten about that bit of barlow's back story, thanks for the reminder. It is intriguing, isn't it?

Posted by smjjames, 10:44am, 3 Oct, 2005

well a couple of clues here. Other than the usual symptoms of a concussion, Barlow is right, if there is significant brain damage, there could be personality changes. I think Sherriff really should be taking it easy if he has these headaches even though Rebecca is giving her form of asprin. I wonder just how bad that one close call he said had happened as he said everything that has been happening is trivial compared to that one years ago. Must have been a very dangerous force all right.

He is also right about one thing, Crystal never really wanted to be evil (though she is still aware, perhaps painfully, of her stone gaze eyes).

Other than some insight into the transformation deal, it doesn't give too many clues as to the core of the mystery. Although its possible the corpse could have been the one who almost destroyed spider cliff. We also find out that Vedalias motives behind the books were because she was trying to help him, she wasn't trying to be mean.
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Posted by manigen, 10:54am, 3 Oct, 2005

So the town was nearly destroyed once before? But by whom, and why, and how? Barlow may have been pulled off track by the sherriff's change of subject but I'm not falling for it. Definitely something to remember as part of the larger story line Jason keeps hinting at.

Posted by Egocentric, 12:43pm, 3 Oct, 2005

Wasn't the town nearly destroyed by the Circus? But it couldn't refer to that, could it?

Posted by smjjames, 12:53pm, 3 Oct, 2005

it was before his time. the circus war was around the turn of the century, Sherriff was born about 50 years later.

Posted by Egocentric, 1:03pm, 3 Oct, 2005

Oh, right. "In the years I've been Sheriff". I am a fast reader, but not a very good one.

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