The Worst Ghosts Of 2012

It’s that time of the year again, where I trawl through my endless list of ghost related web bookmarks to find the 5 Worst Ghosts of 2012. I did the same at the end of 2010 and the end of 2011 too. So, sit back, relax, and be prepared to groan. Not in horror, but in despair, at the 5 Worst Ghosts of 2012! Continue reading The Worst Ghosts Of 2012

Four Lessons From 2012

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster year, but then, when are years anything else?

The one lesson that I am constantly reminded of year after year is that us humans are so damned… human – with our limited experience being all we have, our ability to be so irrational a lot of the time, and our stubbornness and our reluctance to hold our hands up and say ‘I’m wrong’. So, here are four lessons that I learnt from 2012 – some came about from mistakes I made, and some were things I had known all along that had just become static noise in an endless sea of noisy ideas. Continue reading Four Lessons From 2012

Of Apparitions And Imaginations

I adore a good ghost story, but more so, I’ve come to realise, when the ghost is never seen.

I love The Woman in Black for the many times it has made me reconsider turning my bedside lamp off, and A Christmas Carol just wouldn’t be the same if the ghosts didn’t actually turn up to serve Ebeneezer with his warning, yet there’s something terrifying about The turn of the Screw where you’re never sure if the apparitions are physical or imaginary. In The Woman in Black I always found the rocking noise on the floor above, the door that would not open, and the dog growling at something unknown, to deliver more fear than the sightings of the woman in the graveyards.

Henry James, author of The Turn of the Screw once said he preferred ghosts that were extensions of reality – “the strange and sinister embroidered on the very type of the normal and easy,” as he put it in the New York Edition preface to his final ghost story, The Jolly Corner. Continue reading Of Apparitions And Imaginations