Oh yeah, I know all about the Black-Eyed Children! I read up on them one night and slept with the lights on they creeped me out so much. But the jury is out on whether they’re real or a story someone threw online to fool the gullible which has now turned to an urban legend. It would make sense, as it slots neatly into the idea in UFO circles that abductions were at least partially about impregnating women with hybrid alien babies. If so, Black-Eyed kids are certainly the next logical step, and if stories are to be believed, at least once they were picked up by what looked like Men In Black.
I have them slotted as a definite maybe for another story, but they may be a bit too physical for here. They’re also hard to use–their mystique and the horror surrounding them is actually wondering what they will do if you give them their way. After that tension, things like mere murder seem prosaic.
Watchers sound like a subset of shadow people, actually. I hadn’t realized that subcategory existed; I don’t recall it from my last round of research. This is actually pretty awesome, thanks! I’ll have to look them up!
That’s…well, first off, that is an awesome story idea. But I agree, I’ve never heard such a subcategory of ghost before. It sounds more like someone was riffing off “psychic vampires.” Those are people you hang around who seem to get charged even as your batteries drain, and not in the introvert/extrovert sort of dynamic. It adversely affects you, making you feel fatigued, slow, sick, plummeting your mood, etc. The idea is they’re actually unconsciously siphoning energy from you, and in some cases it’s enough to harm. They often don’t even know they’re doing it. I bet if you google that you’ll find more hits.
Actually, that’s the crux of the story–our heroes are the ghost getter-ridders. And yeah, I’m going to need a powerful ghost/human dynamic, including keeping folks alive. I don’t think that’ll be too hard, though–in most cultures with ancestor worship and deep belief in a spirit world, people weren’t exactly aching to shuffle off the mortal coil. But I am going to worldbuild in a few safeguards, as well.