Mysteries Unsolved #fiction #writinglife
So I've been researching my current WIP (Work in Progress), Into The Mist. Part of the plot involves cryptic messages left at two crime scenes written in glyphs. I hear you saying, "What is a glyph???" Glad you asked. It's a symbol or picture that is a readable character for the purposes of writing, a picture alphabet of sorts. Think Egyptian carvings as an example. Anyway, I came up with this idea for what the messages mean based on research involving the Voynich Manuscript, which was discovered in 1912 by Wilfrid Voynich, a Polish-American antique book dealer. He acquired a stack of old manuscripts, but this one is unique. Handwritten and drawn in the 15th century, no one has cracked the code of what the writing means. It includes strange symbols, astrological signs, and colorful drawings of plants and animals that are unidentifiable. In fact, no one has been able to figure out who wrote the manuscript. Obviously this bizarre book has given rise to some wild theories, including the idea that it describes another world or dimension. Others maintain that it's a hoax. Though the paper and ink have been carbon dated to the 1400s, it could still have been a hoax perpetrated back then.
No matter what it says or what the strange drawings mean, the Voynich Manuscript is one thing for sure - a rich source of inspiration for this paranormal fiction writer!
Another bit of research took me to a source about early religious sects. One such group claimed that the story of original sin is all wrong. In their version, Satan tried to restore order. God upset the right order of the world. However, Satan ended up being tossed out and made the villain.
Something else interesting. I found a passage about Cain and Abel that included a dog. It is said that Abel's faithful pet remained by his body after he was killed by his brother to protect it from being devoured by scavengers. This allowed Adam and Eve to bury their beloved son.
What does all this have to do with my next book? Ah, the plot thickens! All of this juicy information is woven into the twists and turns of Into The Mist.