I believe in Ghosts.
No, not the ghouls and spectres of Halloween or graveyard apparitions.
The Ghosts I believe in lie dormant in the labyrinthine halls of the mind and the secret chambers of the heart.
And, these Ghosts, lingering traces of people and places no longer with us, can come to visit, unbidden, in afternoon reveries or in the quiet watches of the night.
A few bars of a tune from decades ago.
A once familiar fragrance floating by.
An overheard accent in an unexpected place.
And, suddenly, a Ghost appears and asks, ‘How is it with you these days?’
Do you still remember me?
Of course, sometimes, we summon up these Ghosts ourselves as we try to come to terms with the longing for and the loss of our past loves.
‘The coat she wore still lies upon the bed’.
With , ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me…
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In my twenties, I had many different jobs.
For a long while, I was both a real estate agent and a bartender.
On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a region with a long and legend-saturated history, a real estate agent is certain to eventually encounter a home with a reputation for being haunted. Not having been a Realtor for many years now, I don’t know the legalities of such a challenge in this more complicated world we live in, but back then, my sister, who was my mentor/co-agent, and I would say something like, “Look, ha-ha, we don’t necessarily believe in ghosts, but you know, ha-ha, we feel obligated to tell you, ha-ha, somepeoplehavesaidthishousemightbehaunted.”Once we said somepeoplehavesaidthishousemightbehaunted to a married couple looking to invest in a Grasonville rental property, a late 19th century two-story simple colonial, and the lady replied, “Oh, we know! We saw her the first time we…
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From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-legged beasties
And things that go bump in the night
Good Lord, deliver us!
– Traditional Scottish Prayer
Ghosts have been part of human mythology as long as tales have been told around campfires. Maybe before campfires. I don’t know if any religion excludes the possibility of ghosts and many have a strong link to them. There seems to be an overall, yet non-specific agreement that ghosts and wraiths are spirits of the dead who linger on Earth after they’ve slipped their otherwise mortal coil. Some are malevolent, others benevolent or merely curious. Ghosts vary by mythology, religion, era, and ethnic origin.
I cannot claim to have seen a ghost, but I lived in a house where everyone could
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Directed by Robert Wise
Gunther von Fritsch
Produced by Val Lewton
Written by DeWitt Bodeen
Val Lewton (uncredited)
Starring Simone Simon
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by J.R. Whittredge
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
March 2, 1944
Country United States
The Curse of the Cat People is a 1944 film directed by Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise, and produced by Val Lewton. This film, which was then-film editor Robert Wise’s first directing credit, is the sequel to Cat People (1942) and has many of the same characters. However, the movie has a completely different story, and no visible cat people, only the ghost of a character established as a cat-person in the previous film. The screenplay was again written by DeWitt Bodeen.
Kent Smith and Simone Simon
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I LOVE horror films. The scarier and the creepier the better. But my favourite type of horror films absolutely HAS to be zombies! I love the trill of the chase, the hiding, the running, the killing…..every little girls dream!
I can secretly fantasise I’m in the film, ducking and diving from zombie bites, finding somewhere to sleep, finding food, stealing cars to drive… it’s like a crazy ride at a theme park just waiting to happen.
There are several types of zombies, some I find scarier than others to watch and some I would happily jump into the screen and take on!!!
You have your crazy fast zombies that come out at night, like in the Will Smith zombie film ‘I Am Legend’. I think these are the scariest of all zombies as they aren’t remotely human anymore. They’re like animals, climbing up buildings with super human strength and speed…
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Dougy hints broadly he wants to play See his front paws poised to rip into his favorite feather toy. Yes, he wakes up ready for Freddy, wanting to play.
Andy is more interested in getting kitty food time on the road, then he’ll come around for a royal “scritching”.