is this what you’re looking for?
the above photo shows a teratoma.
in simple terms a teratoma is a tumour which can contain body matter not normally associated with the surrounding tissue. for example, a cyst found in the stomach may contain hair and teeth.
i wrote a post about this subject a month ago.
my reasons for researching teratoma was to see whether there was a medical precedent for this brainchild concept – i wanted to know whether it was feasible to have a baby actually grow inside a persons skull cavity. i was surprised by my findings! if you haven’t already done so, read it here. [link]
however, since then i have noticed a substantial traffic increase to my blog. below is a screen grab from my wordpress dashboard that shows ‘search engine referrals‘..
the teratoma post accounts for 800 of the 1700 views i’ve had since it went live. in context, all-time views to this blog are 2300. which means a third of the views to the blog come here looking for cancer.
this bothers me.
i struggle to put my finger on it fully, but i suspect i am concerned that there may be people who have genuine medical concerns about a cancerous diagnosis – and they end up on this blog.
you see, i am using this as a platform to weave a twisted narrative, in which a pregnant girl is murdered by her boyfriend. he cuts the unborn baby from her dead body, and rehouses the foetus inside the girl’s skull. the crime is then hidden in plain sight as he puts her decapitated head on display as a sideshow attraction. the carnival exhibit is explained as a tumorous foetus that grew inside the mother’s skull.
i’m not sure i want the responsibility of somebody who may be newly diagnosed/have concerns of cancer to be faced with such a story.
but then this is the internet isn’t it. surely people don’t believe everything they read, right? people can tell the difference between fact and fiction, can’t they…? plus, it’s possible that all of those searches were driven by the same kind of morbid curiosity which motivates me to create such an unpalatable tale.
clearly i cant babysit everyone on the internet. but surely i have some degree of responsibility to the people who end up reading content i have published?
but it is hard to know where to draw the line.. i had planned to push the suspension of disbelief further in the next month. my posts were going to be more fictitious in the way they talked of gathering materials and content for an upcoming exhibit that i am organising in liverpool. i need these layers of façade to help sell the story, but i am becoming quite concerned with the morality of presenting the overall theme of a murder.
although, i should also keep in perspective that my post about teratoma was entirely factual. there is no blurring of reality in that specific post. indeed, it is quite informative!
clearly i need to put more thought into this…