About Ghosts and Things that Go Bump

I’ve written three collections of ghost stories.  (“Death Be Not Loud” “Rest In Fleece,” and “Sepia Seepage,” at amazon)as well as a nonfiction book on the subject called “About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook,” and collections of funny/irreverent haiku: “It’s Your Funeral: Dead Funny Haiku, and Pasta La Vista, Baby:  Mob Haiku to Die For,”  and “More Pasta: A Second Helping of Mob Haiku to Die For.” In addition, there’s “Infectious Ghosts: Contagious Magic in F. G. Cottam’s Dark Echo and House of Lost Souls, and Love in Bosch’s Garden:  Profane and Sacred Love in the Medieval Imagination.

I teach seminars occasionally about the spirituality of the ghost story, and about the paranormal in literature.  The subject matter is intriguing in many ways:

  1. We speculate about the Other Side, and there are countless theories about it.
  2. Our fear of the unknown.
  3. So much is written off as “wives tales” or legend, but actually,  running up against ghosts, hauntings, ESP, voodoo, the Bermuda Triangle, and more, happens to people quite often. Working as a priest and as a chaplain I heard countless stories from so many individuals: and prior to that, as a columnist, I interviewed those who had had supernatural, inexplicable experiences.
  4. In literature, one can play with the concepts:  what about life after death?  Is there anything to do or is it boring?  What about justice, is retribution from beyond the grave possible?  Do the boring, banal and obnoxious ever get the karma they deserve? If so, how can ghosts help out with that?
  5. Ghost stories have been told round the campfire as far back as, well, there have been campfires!  Legends continue to intrigue us.
  6. There are common elements in ghost stories that cross cultural and geographic lines:  does this reflect some universal observations made by mankind over the eons?
  7. What are some of the themes in ghost stories?  There are a few standard ones:  retributive justice as mentioned above is one.  Then there’s the unwary and somewhat careless person who pokes at something he shouldn’t and what happens as a result.  There is the curse theme:  someone curses someone else – personally, I like it when the curse bounces back on its maker, who usually is quite deserving!  Ghost stories also play out ideas of magical thinking:  if I do this, then that will happen.  Or, if I imitate this I can get it to happen over there, to them.   Of course there is the twilight zone between death and life.  And of course, monstrous beings of different kinds.  Ghost stories, too, often reflect cultural, social, psychological and spiritual ideas of a time and place.  But it’s still fascinating how universal some of those ideas are.

The above categories offer food for thought about the ghost story and why it’s more than just entertainment (although we who write them do hope they entertain!).  I was led to explore this subject partially because of my own strange stories;  and  when I realised so many others had stories, too.

Have you ever seen a ghost?  Or experienced other paranormal “inexplicables?”  Sit down, make yourself at home, feel free to share!

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Ghosts: Some Truly Scary Cursed Objects! A Must Read!

Readers, I have found a mother lode of accursed objects, including an evil brooch (misspelled in the story, but it’s too good for me to act the grammar police here), a clock that speaks (but says bad things), a vile mirror, a scary painting, and yet another possessed doll (forgive me but this one’s so scary I couldn’t pass it up – be sure to have a look!).  These stories are first-and and each tale is high on chill factor, so sit down when you have a few moments to read them all. Brought to you by Letterpile, via Cursed Objects!

To learn more about real ghosts, please see About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook.  For some great ghost stories, please see Death Be Not Loud, Rest In Fleece, and Sepia Seepage.  To learn about ghosts in modern fiction, please see Infectious Ghosts. And so much more, at: Jan’s Amazon Page
 
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Mob Haiku: Sweet Shots

We put weapons in
the dessert for Joe in jail:
called it gunnoli.

For more Mob Haiku, please see Pasta La Vista, Baby: Mob Haiku to Die For, and More Pasta: A Second Helping of Mob Haiku to Die For, and other fun books at Jan’s Amazon Page

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Ghosts: Haunted Alabama

Readers, here are some true accounts of ghosts from Alabama – almost makes you want to take a trip there!  Have a look!  From Paranormal Love To Know at Alabama Ghosts!

To learn more about real ghosts, please see About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook.  For some great ghost stories, please see Death Be Not Loud, Rest In Fleece, and Sepia Seepage.  To learn about ghosts in modern fiction, please see Infectious Ghosts. And so much more, at: Jan’s Amazon Page
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Mob Haiku: Taps

Guido dreamed there would
be danger at the dance. He
had intoeition.

For more Mob Haiku, please see Pasta La Vista, Baby: Mob Haiku to Die For, and More Pasta: A Second Helping of Mob Haiku to Die For.  For more witty and irreverent haiku, please see It’s Your Funeral: Dead Funny Haiku.  Please have a look at these and more at Jan’s Amazon Page

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Ghosts: Haunted Tinseltown!

Thanks to the excellent blogger GP Cox of Pacific Paratrooper blog, (which I know is read by many of my readers – I never miss a post!) – he brought this link to my attention – it’s too good not to share with you!  Here’s the scoop about some famous Hollywood names – a great, fun  article!  Enjoy!  Via Parade, at Haunted Hollywood!

To learn more about real ghosts, please see About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook.  For some great ghost stories, please see Death Be Not Loud, Rest In Fleece, and Sepia Seepage.  To learn about ghosts in modern fiction, please see Infectious Ghosts. And so much more, at: Jan’s Amazon Page
 
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Mob Haiku: Heartburn

Kiki’s psychic said
Ray cheated. Kiki served him
pasta: al deadte.

For more Mob Haiku, please see Pasta La Vista, Baby: Mob Haiku to Die For, and More Pasta: A Second Helping of Mob Haiku to Die For, and other fun books aJan’s Amazon Page

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Ghosts: Haunted Home in Norwich CT

Readers, I found this interesting article for you – a haunting that made a believer out of a total skeptic!  Read more, from the Bulletin, via Haunted Home in CT!

To learn more about real ghosts, please see About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook.  For some great ghost stories, please see Death Be Not Loud, Rest In Fleece, and Sepia Seepage.  To learn about ghosts in modern fiction, please see Infectious Ghosts. And so much more, at: Jan’s Amazon Page
 
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Mob Haiku: Wall Paper

Joe sold fake docs to
the Cartel at the border:
’twas sheer Mextortion. 

For more Mob Haiku, please see Pasta La Vista, Baby: Mob Haiku to Die For, and More Pasta: A Second Helping of Mob Haiku to Die For.  For more witty and irreverent haiku, please see It’s Your Funeral: Dead Funny Haiku.  Please have a look at these and more at Jan’s Amazon Page

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Ghosts: The Curse of Valentino’s Ring

Readers, I’m not talking designers here, but the famous star of silent film, Rudolph Valentino.  Have a look at this chilling story of his ring, which evidently carried a strong and deadly curse!  From Ripley’s, via Valentino’s Cursed Ring!

Photo:By Orange County Archives from Orange County, California, United States of America – Rudolph Valentino and his dog, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24619252

To learn more about real ghosts, please see About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook.  For some great ghost stories, please see Death Be Not Loud, Rest In Fleece, and Sepia Seepage.  To learn about ghosts in modern fiction, please see Infectious Ghosts. And so much more, at: Jan’s Amazon Page
 
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Mob Haiku: Corn Meal

When the Crew dines out,
they get sausage, peppers, bread
also brolenta.

For more Mob Haiku, please see Pasta La Vista, Baby: Mob Haiku to Die For, and More Pasta: A Second Helping of Mob Haiku to Die For.  For more witty and irreverent haiku, please see It’s Your Funeral: Dead Funny Haiku.  Please have a look at these and more at Jan’s Amazon Page

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