Ari Berk (ariberk) wrote,
Ari Berk
ariberk

No rest for the living or the dead..

So, I was planning on posting something earlier in the week about the new trilogy I am writing, THE UNDERTAKEN, due to begin appearing year after next. BUT, I suddenly remembered (because I was reminded) I needed to finish up this little outline on the third book in The Secret Histories, Hobgoblins. As as the sun sets, I can begin to see the structure of it, how all the little hobs will take their places within the pages. At least, I think I can see them, well enough to put it aside for the evening anyway.

The Undertaken Trilogy is a sort of ghost story, with each volume going deeper and deeper into the lore of death and the Otherworld/Afterlife. Naturally, I am up to my chin in some of the most fascinating reading about spirits and ghostly lore. Though I am reading widely, things from ancient accounts to modern literary tales, I am especially interested in the personal, intimate stories of ghosts and ancestral appearances...how people, real people, experience loss, revelation, release, etc. through visions and ghostly visitations.

In the medieval world, most of the accounts speak of the living being visited by the dead in dreams. More recent lore emphasizes haunted places where one experiences shadows of the past. So this brings me to today's question, gentle reader: Have you seen 'em? Heard the whisper from beyond the closed door? Seen a ghost? Dreamt of one? Was it all panic (as we see on television too often now, all panting and sweating and freaking out in the basements of abandoned asylums?) or was it something more meaningful? Was a message given? Did the appearance of the ghost necessitate the finishing of unfinished business? How do the living help the dead?

Oh, most learned friends, what can you tell me of your strange meetings at eventide?
Tags: dreams, folklore, ghosts, visions
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 69 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →