I like spooks. I dream about them, I write about them, and sometimes I’ve lived with them… though that one’s up for debate. Coincidence and schizophrenia have not been completely ruled out.

But what are they? Why are there so many flavors? What draws people like myself to them… or what draws the spooks to us?

I wish I had answers to any of that. But I don’t think it’s quite as simple as “hallucinations” or “spirits of dead people.” I think both of those things are possibilities, as well as “things that are not, were not, and will never be human,” “interdimensional entities,” “things that, for lack of a better term, would be called angels or demons,” “elemental beings,” “things that, for lack of better terminology, could be called beings of faerie or deities,” and “who the hell knows but it’s invisible and mad and I don’t like it so get me the hell out of here.”

Yeah, I believe just about anything’s possible. I suspect the “truth,” if one can even use such a term for this, probably lies in the middle of a messed up Venn diagram.

My current work focuses on an onryo; a vengeance-driven Japanese spirit. Or does it? (We’ll only find out if I make it to the end of the book; my protagonist might just be crazy, could be faking for an ulterior purpose, or it could be his father trying to gaslight him. I’m a pantser, and leaving my options open. I’m going to let the ghost surprise me.)

What about you? Do you believe in spooks? What do you think they are? Does anything you’re working on involve ghosts? What kind? Let us know down below!

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