6. What is your favorite ghost/folk/scary story?
It’s been weeks—months, actually—since I took up Jubilare’s challenge, and I just have to concede defeat:
I can’t come up with a favorite ghost story.
I don’t like begin scared, especially with things that are really creepy. I mean, I can think of several times in my childhood, adolescence, and yes, even adulthood, where I’ve slept with the lights on because of some story or movie.
At the same time, there is something so interesting about the supernatural and life after death.
I can’t take a walk on an autumn day without thinking about ghosts.
The ghosts of people who walked this path before me.
I look at old houses, and I wonder who lived there. Who died there. What was life like when this house was new and full of dreams?
I find cemeteries beautiful. They are full of stories.
I think the pull, for me at least, towards ghosts and haunted houses, is not to be scared or tempted by evil, but to marvel at how precious life is. How important it is to live, to be a part of community.
The ghost stories that I do like? They tend to have one unifying theme: no one wants to be alone.
They are about people who long to be set free from loneliness. Who struggle to end a period of waiting for whatever is on the other side for them.
And I think everyone can relate to that.