Tuesday, August 13, 2013

There's Definitely A Story Possibility In This Article

Authors have been at it for centuries: stealing the news and making it into fiction.
One of the earliest novels written in  the USA was Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown.  It was based on a lurid newspaper account of an overly-religious man who believed he heard God telling him to axe-murder his own children (sort of an 18th century Andrea Yates).  But in Brown's novel, Wieland isn't the only person hearing voices that tell him what to do.  Then Robert Louis Stevenson took the stories of Deacon Brodie and twisted them into the famous fiction of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.
Well, now we have this article about Marc Gilbert of Houston, Texas.  It seems a hacker decided to get into the baby monitor of Marc's daughter Allyson and whisper creepy messages to her.  (Can we say "nightmares for life"?  I think we can.)  However, in an even more bizarre twist, it turns out that Allyson is deaf and never heard a thing.
There's a story here.  Someone's just got to use this somewhere.  Only, maybe the monitor should be in the shape of a clown. *evil laughter*
Creepy novel alert!