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Halloween Spotlight: Ghosts

ghostsBy Rick Pipito

My fourth novel, “Souls 4 Supper,” and its comic book spinoff, “Ghostly Hauntings” center around the topic of death and the afterlife.  The stakes are upped for all of the protagonists as the deal with ghostly entities.  What kind of ghosts are we talking?  All kinds.  As with my other novels, i attempted to incorporate all variations of lore and bring about something new, where it can all coexist.

My ghost and spirit world breakdown is as follows in my books…

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1) Seeing the dead: Some people with near death experiences survive only to be able to communicate with the lost souls of the dead.  They are forever tormented unless they find a way to release each lost soul into the afterlife.

2) Ghost Towns: More than just myths and urban legends, if an entire city’s residents were to die from some tragic event, and their souls are unable to find their way to the afterlife, then their ghostly remnants are left behind to wander.  Unfortunately over millennium, they begin to lose their minds, so while some ghosts have purpose, most wander aimlessly, unaware of their former existence or the need to find final rest.

3) Djinns (Genies): These are people who have done something so wrong, that their spirits are forced inside a magical object.  The longer their spirits remain, the more powerful they become.  However, their powers come at a cost, as it is unpredictable to how their final usage will appear.

4) Children: Up until the age of 5, most human children are able to see ghostly apparitions.  They often giggle, and interact with what us adults perceive as them having imaginary friends.  In reality, the children aren’t imagining anything.

5) Hoaxes: Many ghostly reports are false.  Some people thrive on scaring others by creating spectres, photographs, and tall tales to create the urban haunting legends.

6) Ghosts trying to communicate: Some spirits are trapped here with a purpose.  They will not rest until their murderer is discovered.  Often these ghosts move objects in our world to try to leave clues for us to find.  These spirits often become angered, and frustrated at our lack of perception.

7) Catching Ghosts: Ghosts can be captured by linking the four planes of existence.  There is Heaven, Hell, Earth, and the spirit realm.  By disrupting these planes with extreme emotion, it is possible to summon a spirit here or make it visible.  Then it can be contained through certain uses of EMF (Electromagnetic Frequencies).

8) Dreaming: When we dream, our souls have the ability to leave our bodies.  In this state, our spirits travel to different places, times, possible futures, and alternate realities.  The reason that we cannot often recall these dreams is because the human brain can’t fully process this type of travel.  Our souls are fully aware of what happens even though we may not.

9) Reincarnation: If you were to die, would you come back as someone else?  Depending on whether you repent for your misdeeds or are honored for your heroism, tells how those can return.  Not everyone is reincarnated.  Only a few are given this chance.

10) Famous Encounters: Traveling spirits take a look closely at events throughout history.  Veronica Beranice wiping Jesus’ face, Joan of Arc, JFK’s assassination, The Tower of Babel, The Rosetta Stone, Hua Mulan, Bonnie and Clyde, and Atlantis are some of these seen closer in Souls 4 Supper.

11) Pandora’s Box: This fabled box is in fact shaped like a pyramid.  Its contents, if opened will spew forth chaotic realms.  It acts as a gateway for souls to enter to the afterlife, or something more powerful to exit into our world.  Chaos comes in many spiritual forms.  It all depends on who opens it.

12) Book of Knowledge: This haunted book will be different for every reader.  Its spiritual essence, born of the tree of Knowledge from the Garden of Eden,   will gaze into one’s soul and biography their life.

13) Possession: Some spirits are friendly, while others are quite the opposite.  When two souls inhabit the same body, an internal struggle begins.  Only the most powerful and willing soul will become the dominant entity.

14) Ectoplasm: Ghosts powerful enough to exist in this world will leave behind a gooey residue.  This residue will evaporate however in direct sunlight or bright light, which makes analyzing it a difficult task.

15) Wraiths: Wraiths are vampires that die and are unable to pass on to the afterlife.  These immortal beings are strengthened and able to return to the real world if they consume enough powerful souls to empower them.

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Without going too far into detail, those are some of the ghostly entities in my books.  For this round, we enjoyed the bottle of wine shown above.  You’ll notice that the comic book cover is in a picture frame.  That is because at this moment of posting this, I am still awaiting my final proof copy of the issue.  It’s all the same.  Here are some of our favorite ghostly things not related to our own creations…

Rick’s favorite video game involving ghosts is Silent Hill.  His favorite ghost movie is the Sixth Sense.  His favorite ghostly character is DC comics’ Deadman.  One of his favorite ghostly books is Philadelphia Ghost Stories by Charles J Adams III.

Dan’s favorite video game involving ghosts is Soul Reaver.  His favorite movie about ghosts is Ghostbusters.  Lloyd the bartender from The Shining is Dan’s best ghost of the year.  Shakespeare’s Macbeth is Dan’s favorite ghostly book.

What are your favorites?  Are you a ghost story fan?  Grab yourself a copy of “Souls 4 Supper” the novel.  It is available at www.lulu.com in softback book and on www.amazon.com for the Kindle.  Also, the spinoff comic book “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings” is available for purchase at www.indyplanet.com.  Help support our soul sucking.

“Souls 4 Supper” and its spinoff are (C) 2012 by Rick Pipito.  Stay tuned for our demon spotlight…

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