The Primal Need for Ghost Stories
(Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area online tour stop)
Ghost stories bring out the primal in us. We want to be scared. It goes back to the days when we huddled in caves. The caveman kept a fire going all night, not just against the real threat of the wolf and cave bear, but also against the spirits and monsters the tribal shaman warned to beware as he or she told tales of the spirits and gods around the fire. Today, that tradition is kept up by someone telling legends and urban legends to us as we sit around a warm campfire with friends or family, or in a building locked tight against intruders. Which being the logical people we are in today’s modern world, kept safe from the living who might do harm to us. But ghosts can walk through walls and locked doors, and forget the outdoors, the unseen hover all around us more than we think.
Yet, we crave these ghostly tales, whether myths and legends, or what paranormal investigators or other people experience for real. The titillation of experiencing second hand what others have gone through is a safe way of almost being there. Reading a good ghost book or a c=scary horror novel or story also fulfills that need.
Still there are those who suddenly realized that second hand is not good enough. They need to experience it for themselves. They need to see if there is life after death, proof to back up what they suspect, or if a skeptic, to maybe have their disbeliefs proven there is nothing in the shadows. Most of all, it’s the thrill of actually coming face-to-face with an actual spirit or paranormal phenomenon, where the shackles of safe second hand hearing and viewing no longer are there as a safe-guard. The titillation has gone up several notches in the hair rising at the back of the neck.
I admit after researching in person for my five nonfiction ghost books, especially leading investigations at night with paranormal groups or by myself or with an owner of the haunted spot for this new one, Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area, I was not ready to go back to the safety of my couch and read about ghosts or watch them on paranormal shows on television. Not to say that I still don’t enjoy reading ghost stories or watching them on shows like Paranormal Witness or Ghost Hunters. But I am pass being the couch potato. First hand experience makes me appreciate that sometimes we need to get out of that building or away from that campfire, and really test the boundaries and learn something. Sometimes, we need to be a part of those ghost stories.
Don’t you agree?
Pamela K. Kinney
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Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area Book Blurb:
Travel to Petersburg, and the rest of the Tri-Cities area of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George, Dinwiddie, and the nearby areas of Ettrick-Matoaca and Chester to discover what spirits, monsters, UFOs, and legends await the unwary. Find out why the War Between the States is still being fought at Petersburg Battlefield. Why the lady in blue might be still haunting the rooms at Westover Plantation. What the phantoms at Peter Jones Trading Post will do to keep from being photographed. Learn about runaway slaves still hiding on the top floor above the Blue Willow Tea Room. Figure out why the ghostly soldiers enter Centre Hill Mansion January 24th, only to leave again. What phantoms share the Hiram Haines Coffee Shop and Ale House with the living? Is the Goatman still stalking young lovers? Meet the ghosts of Violet Bank Museum that are still greeting guests at the house. All this and many more, haunt these cities and counties. The dead refuse to give up their undead residency.
Pamela K. Kinney’s Bio:
Author of Haunted Richmond, Haunted Richmond II, Haunted Virginia: Legends, Myths, and True Tales, and Virginia’s Haunted Historic Triangle: Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, & Other Haunted Locations, Pamela K. Kinney has written fiction that enables her readers to journey to worlds of fantasy, go beyond the stars, and dive into the vortex of terror. One of her stories proved heart-stopping enough to be runner up for 2013 WSFA Small Press Award. As Sapphire Phelan, she also writes bestselling paranormal romance with dark heroes and heroines with bite!
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