Do You Believe in Ghosts?

My novella Knowing (by Linda Palmer writing as Jael Gates) has been released by Uncial Press. The story is about a young realtor named Natalie Dane, who is trying to sell an old house. Based on the negative reactions of potential buyers, she seeks the help of Simon Grayson, a psychic who might be able to figure out what is wrong with the house. Simon can and does: the house is haunted.
This plot raises the question do you believe in ghosts? An even better question might be do I? I’ll admit I’m addicted to what I call paranormal TV. You may know the guilty pleasures to which I refer: Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Ghost Hunters International, Paranormal State…the list goes on and on. And generally I believe what I see, as in I don’t think the experiences of the hosts are being faked. So I definitely have an open mind when it comes to spirits. Do I want to meet one myself to prove they exist? That would be a no. Let the pros do the ghost wrangling. I’ll cheer them on from the sidelines.
Another question that comes to mind is can a house really be haunted? According to everything I’ve seen and read that’s entirely possible. There are apparently two kinds of haunting: residual and intelligent. In a residual haunt, a certain scenario plays out over and over, sort of like a recording stuck on one spot. Any spirits involved are nothing more than shadowy memories of the dead that play, rewind, and play again. An intelligent haunt involves spirits that are cognizant of their surroundings and perhaps there because they’re attached to something–a rocking chair, the bed, the building itself. Or maybe they simply want to be around someone who’s alive. At any rate, their desire to interact with the living may result in their sucking energy from wherever they can get it so they can materialize. The result is cold spots, dying batteries, and exhausted ghost hunters.
As I began writing Knowing, I naturally wondered if there were any hard and fast rules when it came to ghosts. No author wants what they write to be factually wrong. So I tried to do some research on the topic. What I found is that there are many opinions out there on what ghosts can and cannot do, as well as lots of photos and recordings to support them. And while one researcher may insist ghosts cannot talk, another can provide an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) that seems to prove they can. Bottom line: who really knows?
Are ghosts inherently good or evil? I think that they’re probably as decent as the people they once were, which is why I’d have been proud to stand beside the ghosts in Knowing, who are fictional but representative of an amazing historical effort.
I hope you’ll enjoy reading their story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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