As humans, we seem to have a complicated affinity for ghosts and spirits which have apparently found their way from the Occult into our lives, taking unpredictable forms and playing a variety of intervening roles. Maybe this is because some of us believe that we are eternal souls and there is no reason to stop communicating with other ethereal beings just because we exist, for a few years, on a physical dimension. Or, maybe, it is because, at any point in our history, we sense that there is something we still do not know, and we prefer to give to this “unknown element” a face and a name that are familiar to us – even if, occasionally, frightening.
According to the general belief, such spirits prefer the mysterious obscurity of the northern countries, where the sky is grey, the land is painted in foggy hues, and the sea is ashen and impenetrable. Hence, we observe a high concentration of ghosts in areas like the Old Albion where personal friends have seen with their own eyes specters using specific beaches as their haunt, phantoms refusing to get evicted from a house because the owner has given them permission to continue using the facilities, or demons oozing through the cracks of the earth and clutching, like tar, on the walls. In the southern countries where the abundant light dissolves any apparition, we usually enjoy the presence of nymphs, theological hallucinations, or guardian animals, but no haunting spirits. And, yet, there are ghost stories under the sun. [Read more…]