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
AUTHORS NOTE: At one time in human history, the overwhelming
consensus of science was that the earth was flat and the sun
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
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 grandmas
iPhone. Just one of the countless examples I can cite of amazing
changes from impossible to prevalent.