Hi all! Cynthia D’Alba here. I am so excited to have Kieran Kramer visiting use today to talk about Halloween and ghosts. I was lucky to meet Kieran when she agreed to be on a Published Author Panel for the RWA PRO Retreat this summer. She is a gracious and wonderful women…and a knock-out writer. So welcome Kieran to ENLR. Take it away, Kieran!
Everybody needs a little romance, and you know what? Around Halloween, everybody needs at least one ten-second episode of the heeby-jeebies. ‘Cuz it’s fun. And if you go back and forth between the words Halloween and romance for a long time, you start realizing that part of true romance is comforting each other through frightening times. Which is why haunted houses and scary movies are so popular with couples. They create great opportunities to hug each other and smooch away all those fears of the dark and monsters and ghosts we all have, even though most of the time we pretend we don’t.
It’s such a relief at Halloween to admit that, yes, we’re scared. Life is hard. And we’d like to have friends, family–and oh, a soulmate would be nice–to get through it all, not just on Oct. 31st but the rest of the year.
In fact, I’m going to stand up right now and make the claim that Halloween has the potential to be waaaay more romantic than Valentine’s Day. If you want to join me, just say “boo” right now. “Boo” as in ghostly boo, not a boo you’d make when your team is losing.
And on that note, I’d like to top off my Halloween thoughts with a real ghost story that happened to me. Just thinking about it gives me that ten-second heeby-jeeby ride I mentioned earlier, which means I’m going to rush into my husband’s arms later tonight and really play up this story and get all shivery and scared again on purpose. Because it’s fun, especially when you have a stoic for a husband who rolls his eyes and can see right through you but is secretly flattered that you’re trying to wring some hugs out of him with a very old story that he’s heard a thousand times.
But here goes:
Okay, I have to start out by saying I have never seen a ghost. But I’ve been in the presence of one. My sister out-and-out saw the ghost, however. He was in our apartment. We’re both very common-sensical, skeptical types who don’t seek out the occult in any way. We don’t like horror movies or books. Nor do we follow any psychics, read our horoscopes, or do tarot. It simply doesn’t interest us.
Perhaps that makes us boring. But we’re also Irish, as fey as can be. And I think part of the reason all that stuff doesn’t interest us is that we believe things can happen. And we don’t want to stir anything up.
Living inCharleston,SC, it’s hard not to sense the past at every turn in the road, down every alley, in every old building. We were living in an older house on Bull Street near The College of Charleston when one day about noon, my sister was studying in her room, looked up, and saw a young man in his twenties dressed in a puffy shirt (remember that Seinfeld episode about the puffy shirt?) Well, this was a guy in a really old-fashioned shirt. And then the next instant, he was gone.
It was odd because this weird sighting of my sister’s came at a time where we were calling the property managers constantly to come out and find whatever was dead beneath our kitchen. Something dead was making an awful smell.
Well, the property managers came out several times that week and made thorough investigations of all the appliances (especially the refrigerator), examined the belly of the house below the kitchen, did their best with the walls, and found nothing anywhere. So they brought in pest control experts who were even more thorough. But nobody ever found anything.
A few days after my sister saw the guy in the puffy shirt, we were both standing in the kitchen chatting and eating when all of a sudden, our black cat Scout, who was washing herself on the floor between us, seemed to be lifted in the air in slow motion, turned upside-down, and put back on her feet. We know cats can do amazing gymnastic feats, but this was…weird. It was like someone invisible picked her up, turned her over super slowly, and put her down. Scout was freaked, too. All four of her limbs extended out, her paws dug into the wooden floor, and she looked around the kitchen with an expression on her face that said, “What was that?”
My sister and I felt something very present in the house at that moment. It’s hard to explain what I mean by present. Nothing was there, yet something was. (Even remembering now gives me a funny feeling).
We decided it had to be the young man in the puffy shirt trying to get our attention. So we told him out loud that we sincerely felt bad for him and that we knew he was there and we were sorry he was stuck in our house but that he didn’t have to bother us anymore.
And he didn’t. The next morning, the dead smell was gone. My sister never saw the ghost again. Scout never got turned upside-down again, either. And we moved on with our lives.
But neither of us has ever forgotten.
Do you have any real-life ghost stories to tell? I hope so. And even if you don’t, I’d love to hear something Halloween-ish from you. What scares you the most? Do you like popcorn balls and caramel apples? What’s your best trick-or-treating story? What’s your favorite Halloween candy? Do you have anything both romance-y and Halloween-ish to tell us about?
Thanks for stopping by! I’m going to give away a signed copy of When Harry Met Molly and another of Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right to two commenters. And everyone, have a great Halloween!!!
Cynthia again…Thanks Kieran! Personally I got the heebie-jeebies with that story! I’ll add my ghost story to the comments.
Kieran’s next book, If You Give A Girl A Viscount, comes out 11.1.11. For more information, watch this video
You can follow any of the links below to buy Kieran’s new book…
As a Kieran Kramer fangirl, I can testify that she can tell a great story! I can’t wait to get my hands on her Viscount book. So let’s hear those ghost stories.
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