This story is based on my interpretation of a friend’s dream in which his ex-girlfriend would appear at night and suck the life from him. After doing further research, it turns out that many people experience a similar form of sleep paralysis where they wake up in the middle of the night, sense a menacing supernatural presence, and are unable to move. Oftentimes, that presence immobilizes them by sitting on their chest, making sleep paralysis a terrifying experience.
While my friend’s dream and the concept of sleep paralysis inspired this story, I wanted to make it my own. So I combined the paranormal ambience of a parasitic ghost story with the stranger elements of cosmology and quantum mechanics. To achieve this eerie effect, I experimented with mismatching verb tenses and temporal adverbs like “yesterday” and “tomorrow” to distort the reader’s conception of space and time.
I hope you find this story both chilling and thought-provoking.
Thanks for reading my story and to Stupefying Stories for publishing it.