Hi! I’m Jan Olandese, and my page is about ghosts and the paranormal, as well as funny, very irreverent haiku, stories and verse. (“Well, I Thought They Were Funny” :). I have written two collections of short stories, both about ghosts/horror:
*Death Be Not Loud: Ghosts Haunts & Tall Tales for Restless Nights
*Rest In Fleece Ghosts Tall Tales & Horror Stories
*A nonfiction, illustrated book on the subject of ghosts called, aptly: About Ghosts: A Useful Handbook
*Two collections of funny haiku: It’s Your Funeral: Dead Funny Haiku, and Pasta La Vista, Baby: Mob Haiku to Die For.
*Infectious Ghosts: Contagious Magic in F. G. Cottam’s Dark Echo and The House of Lost Souls
* Love in Bosch’s Garden: Profane and Sacred Love in the Medieval Imagination
These are available at amazon: Jan’s Amazon Page
I occasionally teach classes (online seminars at oates.org) about the spirituality of ghost stories, and the paranormal and spirituality. My blog here is devoted to discussion around these topics and the questions they pose: about justice, life after death, the unknown and our attitudes to it, what ghosts mean, and more.
I’m a retired Episcopal priest and Board Certified Chaplain. (MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific at UC Berkeley, CA and Ripon College-Cuddesdon at the University of Oxford, UK; MA in History from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, BA in History from California State University at Northridge.
As a former columnist, I addressed the paranormal: I interviewed people who had had inexplicable experiences and found that many readers responded with stories of their own. It seemed the paranormal was more “normal” than “para.” 🙂
Ghosts have intrigued me since childhood, but I got more curious about such manifestations after my own brushes with the supernatural. I wanted to better understand what I’d seen or heard.
Ghosts have been with us always. Every culture, every era, every place: they’re in there! And almost everyone has a story to tell (or a story from their family or friends).
I welcome hearing from you about your own stories of the unknown.
And if that’s too serious, you’ll get a laugh out of my stories and haiku. Thanks so much for visiting!