Guest Post Topic: Colin's Top 5 Tips for Ghost Hunting
Ghost Hunting Tips
First of all, choose your ghosts wisely. It’s all very well and good for them to haunt abandoned castles, desolate moors, and other such inhospitable places: they haven’t got physical bodies to mind about the damp and cold. Those of us who have feet to bruise in the dark, not to mention perfectly good coats to ruin, might do well to be choosier about the sort of haunting we investigate. For instance, plenty of stately homes at least claim to have a wandering spirit or two. Even if the claim is false, the accommodations are likely to be comfortable.
Those of a scholarly persuasion may want to ask a few questions beforehand: who’s seen the ghost, what has it done, what story’s behind it, and so forth. Anyone should probably ask about the cook. If there’s any indecision, a French cook trumps a patchy story most of the time.
That leads into the second point: come prepared. In addition to getting a complete account from your hosts, if you can, check the local records and brace yourself for several rambling conversations with people over eighty. If you’re truly forward-thinking, not to say wealthy, you might want to bring along a camera as well. You probably won’t catch the ghost itself, unless it’s very much the lingering sort, but bleeding walls, old gravestones, and the like are phenomena that deserve lengthy examination, and lengthy examination is always better in front of a fire with a glass of whiskey.
Mostly, though, you need to be prepared for the worst. Dying in your own bed at eighty—or someone else’s at fifty—doesn’t generally lend itself to walking the earth as an unquiet revenant, if you see what I mean. Even if the ghost itself isn’t angry, the investigation can lead to some sensitive subjects. Most humans aren’t greatly thrilled to hear that their great-grandfather was a murderer, or that Auntie Gladys thinks the family silver went to the wrong niece. This can make the rest of your stay awkward—and sometimes the ghost-hunter catches the blame for what the ghost reveals.
Be ready to leave on the early-morning milk train, is what I’m getting at.
Finally, the worst doesn’t always restrict itself to harsh words or hurt feelings. It’s rare for a ghost to have a great deal of power over the physical world, but it does happen, particularly in séances and the like. As far as you can, get rid of all heavy or sharp objects in a room where you’re trying to contact a ghost. Have a doctor close at hand. If the haunting’s a particularly fierce one, you may want to go armed: you can’t hurt ghosts directly, but the things—or, God forbid, the people—they can possess might be a different story.
You could also learn magic, of course—but that subject would take much longer to go into.
Title: The Highland Dragon’s Lady
Series: Highland Dragons
Author: Isabel Cooper
Pubdate: December 2, 2014
He’s Out of the Highlands and on the Prowl...
Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She’s also aware her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn’t count on that friend being so handsome…and she certainly didn’t expect him to be a dragon.
Younger son of a family of shapeshifting dragons, Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has lived a life free of both family duty and mortal cares. Moving in and out of human society as he wishes, he takes very little seriously—until Regina drops onto his balcony one midnight, catching his attention and his interest. She’s like no mortal he’s ever met, and no matter how hard he tries, he can’t seem to get her out of his head.
Bound by circumstance, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit—and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.
The Highland Dragons Series:
Legend of the Highland Dragon
The Highland Dragon’s Lady
Night of the Highland Dragon
Isabel Cooper lives in Boston with her boyfriend and a houseplant she’s kept alive for over a year now. She maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. She only travels through time the normal way and has never fought a demon, but she can waltz. For more visit isabelcooper.wordpress.com.