Ghosts and Vampires!

Even though my series, Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist, is primarily about bloodsuckers, it also features psychics, wizards, witches and… ghosts!

In fact, in the new second book in the series, Blood Therapy, Kismet deals with many incorporeal apparitions. Talking about that book recently made me think about my own experiences with the specters.

Communicating with the dead is a tradition among my female relatives and ancestors. During my childhood, I remember hearing my mother chat with people who weren’t there as she washed the family laundry. Of course, I would have written that off as crazy if I hadn’t had my own experiences from an early age. Unlike my mother, who attracted no-longer-living siblings, grandparents, etc., I seemed to be a magnet for strangers – my “imaginary friends.”

The longest ghostly visitation I experienced was from a beloved aunt (eventually I shared my mother’s tendency to draw relatives along with anybody else who wanted to drop in!), who stayed with me for years. She was as frisky in death as she’d been in life. Her favorite activities were throwing books off my many shelves, turning the lights on and off to let me know she was present, and calling my name in her sweet, southern accent.

A different memorable spooky incident took place in a large, psychically active house I lived in many years ago with all the members of the rock and roll band I performed with, including my first husband, the drummer. One night, shortly after we moved in, I woke to see an oddly familiar strange man standing at the foot of the bed. Since the old house was located on a busy street in Detroit, light shone through the windows, making it easy to see in the dark. The man moved his lips, but no sound came out. Or, at least no sound I could hear with my physical ears. He pointed to my sleeping husband and mouthed a message for him, which I somehow understood. Suddenly I remembered where I’d seen the man: in photos of my husband’s dead father. I shook my bedmate to wake him, but, of course, he couldn’t see anything. And he never believed that I’d seen his father! So much for sharing information with non-believers!

Along a similar line, my second husband (there were only two – so far) had lost his mother just a year or so before we met. He’d inherited some of the paintings she’d displayed in her home. From the moment we hung those paintings in our place, his mother was a constant presence in both rooms where we’d arranged the art. I worked at home during those years (seeing clients and writing) and got used to talking to her every day. When my now-ex and I split and he took the paintings, I never saw her again. I missed her!

A long-anticipated trip to Britain provided me with yet another type of supernatural experience. I’d expected to be contacted by the dead in all the historical buildings and castles I visited, and was prepared for strange companions and traumatized voices. I’m happy to say I had my share of those. After all, tracking ghosts and energy echoes was one reason I traveled abroad to begin with, that and exploring my ancestry. In both regards it was a very successful journey. But what I hadn’t prepared for was the overwhelming physical/mental/emotional/psychic feeling of dread, terror and intense sadness that followed me through parts of London. I couldn’t shake the extreme anxiety. At certain points, I was barely able to breathe. It was as if an oppressive weight pressed against my chest and my skull, causing constant headaches, which didn’t end until I got on the Tube to head back to the airport. Feeling the inhabitants, memories and tragedies of the past turned out to be even more challenging than seeing or hearing them. It goes without saying that next time I’ll do a much better job of centering and grounding myself!

I’ve come to believe that my non-ordinary experiences are more intense when there is a strong emotional connection involved.

What ghostly encounters have you had?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lynda Hilburn writes paranormal fiction. More specifically, she writes vampire books. After a childhood filled with invisible friends, sightings of dead relatives and a fascination with the occult, turning to the paranormal was a no-brainer. In her other reality, she makes her living as a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, professional psychic/tarot reader, university instructor and workshop presenter.

Her series, Kismet Knight, Vampire Psychologist is published by Quercus Books in the UK and Europe, and by Sterling Publishing/Silver Oak in North America. The UK version of the first book in the series, The Vampire Shrink was published September, 2011. The North American version a few months later. Book #2, Blood Therapy, was published 2012, and book #3 will be 2013. She also has a short story in the anthology, Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, called Blood Song.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Blood Therapy (Kismet Knight, Ph.D., Vampire Psychologist #2) is a dark contemporary fantasy with humor, mystery, romance and adult situations. Kismet Knight knows exactly how to handle her clients, but when it comes to her love-life, she’s on less steady ground. That was until she met master vampire Devereux, an 800-year-old hunk, who not only managed to convince the entirely rational shrink that vampires really do exist – he also persuaded her to start dating him.

Kismet’s still having nightmares after being kidnapped by Lucifer, a psychotic vampire. From a therapeutic perspective she finds his split personalities fascinating – but she’s constantly terrified. And Dev’s become obsessed with finding Lucifer – before he comes after Kismet again. So much for her nice, ordinary life…

LYNDA HILBURN ONLINE: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

GIVEAWAY!

Linda is giving away TWO (2) print copies of Blood Therapy

For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: What ghostly encounters have you had?

This giveaway is UK Only and ends 31st October 2012

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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

29 Comments


erinf1 October 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

thanks for a fun post and giveaway! I can honestly say that I’ve never had a “ghostly” experience

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Hollie Marsh October 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Fortunately i’ve never had a ghostly encounter! Watching films about ghosts and evil spirits are freaky enough for me! :)

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Maritza Robinson October 16, 2012 at 10:48 pm

At my old house I used to live with my family we would here footsteps doors open and closed, see dark and white shadow people. One of my many experiences was being in my room and hearing someone walk up and down the hall. My door was open and the way my bed was set up when I was laying down I would be facing the hallway. So I could see if it was actually someone walking. But there would be no one. Thanks for this great giveaway!

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Maritza Robinson October 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

oops just saw this was a UK only giveaway. It was still fun sharing my ghostly experience. Good luck everyone.

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Megan McDade October 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Thank for the giveaway! I have had one encounter with a ghost. In my old house it was bulit on a field that my granny used to pick potatoes on and she said a young girl had died there. When I was in my room one day I looked out the window and I swore I saw a young victoria girl running in the field. The scary bit is the bit about a girl having died there was told to me after I had seen it!

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Anne L October 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

I was once alone in the cellar at work (it’s where we store archive files) and I am sure someone said my name. There is supposed to be a ghost in the attic but it’s the cellar that gives me the creeps.

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Natalie Lee October 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

I do not think I’ve had a ghostly encounter unfortunately just a UFO one :)

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Julie Picton October 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm

None.

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Barrie Phillips October 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I bought my house in an auction,the previous owner had died there and my mates kept telling me how brave i was because the house was probably haunted,I moved in after I finished my weeks work on a moonless rainy night only to discover the electricity and gas had not been connected.I lit candles in every room to quickly move my belongings in.Sitting in the candlelit living room with no heating I decided to remove the wood covering the boxed in fire place.I broke up the wood and used it to light the fire.Relaxing in front of the fire I heard terrible shriek like noises and what sounded like bats flying around,suddenly the room was filled with a dark cloud.Out flew two blackbirds who had obviously decided to nest in the chimney.That was the closest I’ve ever been to having a ghostly encounter

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Heidi Nicholson October 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

The morning my Dad passed away I heard him calling my name from his bedroom…but he was actually at work and had already died.

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Emma Jackson October 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I haven’t actually had a ghostly encounter but I’m easily spooked and have been scared plenty times thinking I had seen something

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andrea miles October 19, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I was at Longleat with my gran & I saw a small patch of mist on the lawn with someone walking in it – my gran couldn’t see it

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Joanne thomas October 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

the cafe that i worked in when i was a teenager was very old and haunted by a little girl, strangely i didn’t find it scary, she just did mischevious things.

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S Anirood October 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

None so far.

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Lynsey Buchanan October 19, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I’ve never had any but my mum says thats someone puts her lights on everynight so they are on when she comes home when being out in the winter. They were off when she went out!!

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steve swider October 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm

on new year’s eve i was not far over 11 and as the bells rang i seen a figure of St George in the kitchen I wouldn’t go into it I was screaming and hanging on to the sofa and then when I went to bed I woke up and he was there again and he told me he was here to look after me

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Jasmyn October 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm

I’ve seen odd figures in pictures of our old house – but no real ghost encounters

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Solange October 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Transparent woman caught in a wedding photo taken by the photographer I work for – she wasn’t there when the picture was taken, and we did the developing of the film ourselves so we know the photo wasn’t tampered with or “photo shopped”. * A man and a woman who regularly walk by the window at my friend’s house and then disappear. Upon research of the property, I found out there was a husband & wife murder-suicide on the property and I believe that caused a residual haunt (an energy imprint, like a video stuck on a loop that just keeps playing over and over.)

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Brian October 20, 2012 at 10:16 am

I wish I could say that I have had a ghostly experience but sadly I haven’t.

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Val Swift October 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

None thank goodness, i find film scary enough

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diane findlay October 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

whilst staying at a friends for the weekend , a 15th century forge and inn , i saw a free standing shadow of a guy in a tricorn hat and a long coat and breeches . i had to walk through it to get back down stairs .

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Julie Witt October 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm

I wish I’d had a ghostly encounter before, but unfortunately I haven’t! There’s still time though :D

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sand henderson October 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I once stayed in a flat where i used to come home and all my pictures on the walls would be hanging upside down and i have a photo of me standing in the living room and there is an outline of someone standing behind me.

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Samina October 21, 2012 at 9:20 pm

I’ve never personally had a ghostly encounter before but apparently a ghost has appeared in the bedroom I shared with my sister. She saw a hand trying to get inside the window in the early hours of the morning. the room was upstairs where there was noway an man could possibly have a way to climb inside. I woke up only when she screamed.

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Alison October 22, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Just the feeling of being watched

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Jennifer Kelly October 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

In an old house, a good 13 years ago now, I (naively) did the Ouija board with my older sister. My sister was very keen & I was excited about what would happen. There was a few of us there & it was absolutely terrifying, it was saying all sorts. I wasn’t sure if I believed it at the time but after doing it, for months & months, we experienced very eerie things – putting stuff down that would end up somewhere else, electrical items switching themselves on & off, doors opening & locking on there own. The worst time was when I locked up & went to bed, my friend was staying over, and we heard banging downstairs. We went to investigate (me with straighteners & my friend with a toy) & the front door was wide open! There was no-one in the house but we were absolutely terrified!!
Needless to say, I’ve never, ever done the ouija board again & advise everyone to leave it well alone!! x

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Christine F October 30, 2012 at 9:07 pm

If I said, I would never be able to sell my house!

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Paul Witney October 30, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Saw the ghost of a monk walking across the road by an old abbey

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