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…
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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