haunted

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Do you believe in ghosts? Yes, I’m talking to you. Well, do you? Do you believe in ghosts?

I’ve always been fascinated by things that go bump in the night. I remember as a child devouring the old Usborne volume on ‘Ghosts’ and being ecstatic when I stumbled upon copies of Fate magazine. My imagination was filled with stories of the restless dead that left my heart fluttering with panic. I didn’t want to imagine what would happen if I actually encountered a spirit that refused to rest in its grave despite being bound with wards and blessing. It was terrifyingly thrilling.

Halloween is much more than tricks or treats, it is also All Hallows Eve, where the souls of the dead walk among us. Richard Palmisano, author of Meeting Place of the Dead knows however that it's not just All Hallows Eve when ghosts appear amongst us...

How did you come up with the idea for this work?

Living with a haunting can be very unnerving, and investigating them can be, too…but, based on my own many experiences, I find that comic relief sometimes helps quite a bit.  And, along with respect for the living and dead, and an open mind, a sense of humour is often an important  “tool”  to bring with you into these situations, whenever possible.  Because, for me at least, things don’t always (or usually) go as expected…

The investigation into life after death is not an easy task, there are obstacles and challenges at every turn. It is expensive, often boring and a lot of tedious work. Scheduling visits can be a nightmare, finding a suitable location and securing access can be an enormous job on its own and I wouldn't give it up for anything because the rewards of each discovery easily outweigh everything else.

My interest in the paranormal began in 1975, when I was researching historical sketches of places on the Waccamaw Neck of South Carolina, United States. I became acquainted with a home called the Hermitage.

The Hermitage at the time, was a good example of an appealing combination of the historic and the mysterious. It is still a house with a benign ghost.

Dr. Allard Belin Flagg built the Hermitage in 1849, on a point of land surrounded on three sides by tidal marshes, in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Each of the places I have called home in Ontario are near and dear to my heart, filled with fond memories, and happen to be haunted -- not just with my vivid memories of them, but with spirits, ghosts and other unexplainable phenomenon.

It was during a ghost walk in Ottawa that I realized history could indeed come alive with ghostly tales. From the haunted downtown hostel on Nicholas Street that used to be the Carleton County jail to the Museum of Nature whose ghosts have a direct effect on the high turnover of security guards, Ottawa has its fair share of both ghosts and history.

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Ottawa Jail Hostel

Posted on November 1 by Terry Boyle And Mark Leslie

Today's blog post is from Laura, our Assistant Editor here at Dundurn.

 

Here at Dundurn we nurture a healthy interest in Canadian history and the paranormal (an eclectic mix, to be sure!) For those of you fortunate enough to live in Canada, many of the settings featured in books published by Dundurn authors can be visited and explored. I had just such an opportunity during a recent trip to our nation’s capital, when I attended an event at the Ottawa Jail Hostel.