Friday, October 23, 2015

Things That Go Bump n the Night – What Do You Believe?

What a cool topic Rhobin has come up with for this month. Do you believe in angels, spirits, ghosts, demons or other ethereal beings or locations? What do you think when they appear in stories? Have you used them in your own stories?
Yes, I believe in angels, spirits, and ghosts. I’d never actually thought about demons, but I do believe in poltergeists.

I’ve had a few experiences with spirits or ghosts. New Orleans is famous for ghosts and spirits. I was staying in an old hotel off Decatur Street with friends. The ghost was friendly, but in the middle of the night it rattled the paper bag on the nightstand where I‘d left the praline I had bought early. I thought it might be mice or something, but nothing was touched or eaten. It just woke me up with the rattling.

Two nights late my roommate saw a woman in eighteen century dress with a hoop skirt passing through the room.
As for locations, I believe New Orleans is haunted by ghosts, spirits and maybe even demons. Victoria, BC, Canada is also haunted. And I’m sure there are others.

In a couple of other situations I’ve suddenly become very cold. I’ve been told this is a spirit close by. It only lasts for a shot period and then it moves on.

When they appear in stories I love them, as long as they are done well and appropriate to the story. Often they can be quite fun in stories.
Yes, I’ve used them in my stories. In my latest, Targeted, the third in the Hawkins Ranch Series which will be released November 6th, I have a spirit grove where past chiefs of the Blackfeet tribe appear and give advice, and protect the heroine. In another book I haven’t published yet, the spirit of a woman who was murdered returns in the form of a little dog.

I’d love to hear if you believe in spirits, ghosts, etc.

Now I’m looking forward to hearing what the rest of our authors have to say. Please check them out.
Marci Baun
Margaret Fieland
Diane Bator
A.J. Maguire
Fiona McGier
Heather Haven
Bob Rich
Anne Stenhouse
Helena Fairfax
Hollie Glover
Rachael Kosinski
Connie Vines
Skye Taylor
Rhobin Courtright


  1. Well, I'd want to shake that praline bag, too, Beverley. I once stayed in an inn in Georgia and they left nibbles with a glass of something very nice for us as a nightcap. Great! anne stenhouse

    1. Ah, but if you'd rattled it I would have seen you. :)

  2. Your upcoming stories sound interesting! Enjoyed reading about your experiences.

  3. San Antonio is very haunted as well. While staying in the Menger for EPICon, I had a couple of experiences. One was in a hallway and the other in my room with my daughter. I also grew up in a rather haunted house. :)

    Great post!


    1. I've heard about the Menger but didn't know it was haunted. Cool! You've had a lot of experiences with spirits.

  4. I do believe in ghosts and spirits and angels. I even think I've experienced one of my own. My husband died young and when I was building my dream house by the sea, I tucked his cross into the stones as the mason built the chimney. A few years later, I took a photo of my son and my mom standing in front of that fireplace and afterward, when I saw the photos in print there was a bright yellow orb sitting on my son's shoulder. Nothing in the room explained it other than my husband's presence. I've also taken photos at a very old cemetery locally here in St Augustine while out on a night time ghost tour. Most of the photos which required a flash, came out pretty normal, but two of them were covered with bright little orbs, some brighter and clearer than others, but there were hundreds.

    1. Those are really interesting experience. I've never caught anything on film. Obviously St. Augustine is also haunted. Add that to our list.

  5. I love ghosts. But I grew up with a large family who loved them as well. When I was in San Antonio the first time... I stayed at the Menger Hotel. I woke up to a man sitting at the chair in my room. He would only look at me thru the mirror and I could see him if I looked out of the corner of my eye not straight on. I thanked him for watching over us and went back to sleep.

    My stay at the Menger was fun. Last year, I had someone push me over to get into bed. They put their hand on my shoulder. I told them they could have that side but I still needed my covers. I wasn't alone in my room either time. My roommate was sleeping.

    1. What fun experiences, Melissa. Although I'm not sure how I would have handled the ghost in bed with me.
      Thanks for sharing.

  6. I've never felt an actual touch from a spirit, but I've definitely felt their presence. I know it's an irrational belief, but from the things I've experienced, I've decided to keep an open mind. Life is not black and white, but rather infinite shade of gray.

  7. I'm with you, Fiona. There are things we can not explain.