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?