Book Ghost Haven by BF Oswald

PUBLISHED MARCH 2019

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Synopsis:

Deep in the desolate scrub bordering the Levy County, Florida Gulf Coast is the abandoned remains of a once luxurious hotel. The former owner and his wife, now ghosts, host several untethered revenants who come to the Haven from different lives and deaths, stories of which they share with their fellow ghostly guests. How these phantoms relate to each other and their primeval environment form the warp and weft of this novel. Framing the narrative are the lives and deaths of two star-crossed lovers whom seem destined to spend eternity together; but do they? In almost every respect, Ghost Haven is unique in the panoply of ghost lore.

A few words about ghosts:

What is a ghost?

In folklore, ghosts, also known as apparitions, haunts, phantoms, poltergeists, shades, specters, spirits, spooks, and wraiths (not a complete list) are the souls or essences of deceased persons or animals. In ghost lore, descriptions of ghosts vary widely from invisible but discernable presences to translucent or visible wispy shapes to life-like human forms.
The deliberate attempt to contact these spirits of deceased persons is known as necromancy, or in Spiritualism a séance.
Belief in the existence of an afterlife, as well as in manifestations of essences of the dead, is universal and dates back to animism and ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious liturgies, funeral rites, exorcisms, and practices of spiritualism and ritual magic, are specifically intended to bring eternal rest to these restless spirits.
Ghosts are generally described as solitary, human-like essences, though stories of ghostly armies and the ghosts of animals have also been recorded.
Ghosts are believed to haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life.

The overwhelming consensus of science is that ghosts do not exist because so far the existence of ghosts has been impossible to verify, and ghost hunting is classified as pseudoscience. Despite centuries of investigation, there is no scientific evidence that spirits of the dead exist.
~ Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

AUTHOR’S NOTE: At one time in human history, the overwhelming consensus of science was that the earth was flat and the sun orbited it.

There is one insuperable obstacle to a belief in ghosts: a ghost never comes naked; he or she appears either in a winding-sheet or “in his habit as he lived.” To believe in him, then, is to accept that not only have the dead the power to make themselves visible after there is nothing left of them but that the same power inheres in textile fabrics.
~ Ambrose Bierce

In his book The Haunted Mind: A Psychoanalyst Looks at the Supernatural, Nandor Fodor theorizes that ghosts materialize (can be seen in whole or in part) in proximity to persons who are experiencing a great deal of mental stress. In other words, ghosts feed and grow stronger on this psychic disturbance. He also writes at length about poltergeists, incorporeal bursts of malignant energy capable of physical acts of mischief, that are especially prevalent in the presence of young women entering puberty.

“All things are possible.” The Judeo-Christian bible states this several times relative to God, and human history bears this out. It is the worldview I hold.

In my lifetime, I have experienced telephone service through copper wires connected to a local switchboard operator evolve to seeing and talking to my grandchildren wirelessly on grandma’s iPhone. Just one of the countless examples I can cite of amazing changes from impossible to prevalent.

From the Book:

DAILY LIFE AT GHOST HAVEN

Ghosts have been credited with many abilities the most common of these being materialization and physical acts. Materialization can be partial or almost total, and their physical endeavors are numerous, examples of which are used fictionally in the following chapters. These behaviors depend on telekinesis, the ability to move objects by mental power, which all ghosts appear to have to varying degrees.
Ghosts are spared many of the mundane tasks that required actions-in-time when they were mortal. They do not have to eat, drink, take potty breaks, brush their teeth, or sleep – or have sex. (Sex is in the domain of incubi and succubae, both are demons, not ghosts.) They are spared working for a living, managing property, balancing their checkbooks, worrying about job security, taking sick leave, planning vacations. Doctors’ appointments have come and gone.
Also, they are not slaves of the clock. Time and seasons are measured in terms of day and night, verdancy and bareness in the scrub. Ghosts seem to be able to hear, see and smell; they do not appear to be able to taste or experience tactile sensations.
The residents of Ghost Haven have three forms: completely invisible, pillars of mist, and partial or total materialization. When they materialize, they are fully or partially clothed. They come to the Haven in the clothes they were wearing when they died but soon create their own outfits or adopt items of clothing left behind by the guests of the former hotel when it closed.
Individually, the residents of the Haven have different telekinetic abilities, some more complex than others. With these abilities, a few read books or magazines left behind by former guests, others enjoy board games. Often they spend time in conversation or disputation or exploring the scrub, which is a significant attraction especially because they can talk with the wildlife and enjoy seasonal change, the weather not being a factor.
On rare occasions, they loan out their abilities or travel when a situation requires it.


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