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The Art of Haunting Contents
Journey to another World
Introduction (1) Motivation for the Choice of the Theme. Main Objectives (1)
• • • Ghost Poltergeist Moroi Pricolici
What Are We Dealing With?
Terminology (3) The Birth of the Unseen – Definitions of the Terms(4)
Manifestation (7) My Name is Paranormal. May I Check Your ID, Please? (8) Protection against the Unseen (8) The Ghostly Hour (9)
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Concrete Examples Suspected Of Being Haunted (10)
Ghostly Presences Poltergeist Cases Haunted By Pricolici
Talking To the Spirits (14) All Eyes on the Ghost (16)
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Ghost Haunting – The Latest Most
Fashionable Hobby Scientists “Converted” To Believers (18)
Nostradamus Sir Arthur Canon Doyle Joseph Banks Rhine Sir William Crookes
Famous Ghosts (19)
Bonnie and Clyde
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Al Capone Montgomery Clift James Dean Benjamin Franklin Clark Gable Iulia Haşdeu
English Speaking Ghosts Talk in Photographs (20)
"The Brown Lady" of Raynham Hall His Favorite Chair Freddy Jackson's Comeback Stair Case Ghost of National Museum, Greenwich, England Darn Backseat Drivers! What Do You Want On Your Tombstone? The Transparent Woman in the Auatralian Forest Ghost of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, Chicago The Newby Church Monk Ghost Child at Cemetery London's St. Botolph's Chruch Ghost Church Minister Ghost Railroad Crossing Ghost in San Antonio, Texas
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The Artistic Landscape of Paranormal Apparitions
Photography – Art or Evidence (24)
English Ghostly Portrait Photographic Evidence in Romania
Ghosts and Drama (26) Telegenic Spooks (27)
The Phantom of the Opera The Ghost and Mrs. Muir The Haunting Ghost Strigoi
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Ghosts Make Music While They Haunt(29) Haunted Canvases (30) The Ghostly Dance (31) Writers Inspired by the Unseen Creatures of Humanity (32)
Conclusions Conclusions (36)
Bibliography (39) Annexes
since ancient times. kind of spirits are allegedly seen in Romanian rural areas. People. to clarify the confusion between the practice of challenging ghosts. the only details. The immediate consequence is the lack of certified information or expertly conformed proves. who have invented. Although. We have a genuine. when asked they will agree that. while ghosts are said to be one of the greatest interest for American and for English people. the evolution of technology. as the theme has been a sort of taboo. art etc. Firstly. Journey to another World Introduction: Is there an experience more frightening or more exciting than seeing the unseen? Is there a bigger question than that of where we go after our lives end? Is there some other feeling. reveals itself to be a very troubling study for contemporary scientists. is much easier to debate. enabling people to develop as fast as possible. not very numerous. uncontrollable fear of the unknown. We are trying to discover the reasons behind this answer. Many of these myths. which might compare to the enormous thrill one experiences when meeting a ghost? Of course. how to understand and how to protect ourselves from lost souls? The most common issue is related to the fact that “no one can provide us with a perfect answer”. we would like to take into consideration an unconventional provider. As art’s most lucrative factor is imagination or. hoping to arouse your curiosity. we will present to you our modest research on this matter. named poltergeists experience and the creature called poltergeist (strigoi). there are those who are very keen on seeing lost spirits.). so we are reluctant to interact with the main object of our scare. the question is who can tell us how to react. that could define the identity of a country and its people. we would like to introduce you to this small investigation. which are meant to survive through time should be the informative ones (important historical facts and discoveries. In the present paper. mention the fact that they have firstly experienced a tremendous fear. the famous ghost hunters. It is manly based on various information fountains. who have had this sort of encounters. how to behaved. Logically. these “creatures” should be feared. which have no obvious explanation should have disappeared centuries ago. Even in the case of relatives this instinctual feeling is impossible to repress. yet they still . Motivation For the Choice Of the Theme. even an unfair comparison.The Art of Haunting I. there is…meeting a poltergeist. may be a difficult and to a certain point. why not fantasy. through the means of the previously mentioned domain. reactions should vary. These. their passion refers to filming or catching them in action. we have to mention that the general beliefs within a certain area date from ancient times. art. grief and lamentations come last. Therefore. Although a parallel between the different beliefs related to the matter. The expansion of knowledge leaves its mark on popular believes. the purpose of this work being to make a clear distinction between ghosts and poltergeists. Trying to discover the main sources of knowledge about the unseen world. because of its association with the occult. Main Objectives When it comes to a nation’s cultural life. confessing they do. whose origins are in Romania. there is nothing better then traditions and mythology. tightly related to proving their existence and to receiving credits and recognition for doing so. In order to support or to contradict the above-mentioned answer. expressed through artistic means. so to say. and also. Thus. we would like to make a parallel between the different beliefs related to this matter. this uncommon and perhaps forbidden theme. The aspect related to their preservation is quite interesting to “investigate”. The path followed by each myth.
mythology regarding earthbound spirits. questions regarding it are various and widely spread. but it might be actually flattered by the gradual increase of artistic interest in mystical happenings and objects. Most certainly. as they encourage meditation on life and death. has become of major interest for the modern man.remain. The main target is not to convert readers into believers. can be analyzed from many perspectives. Question is how such a process can be possible. although great controversy has been aroused by this matter. because of its lack of consideration for ghostly creatures. but to show the contribution of this myth to Romanian and English national culture. discussing this matter implies assuming the existence of ghosts in order for the discussion to evolve. surrounding all of us. the world we would like to present induces various feelings to the readers. Secondly. Lastly. Thirdly. empathy or sympathy. continuing with remorse and ending with grief. supposedly. . nor to criticize the paranormal enthusiast. we have decided to follow the artistic vision of the unseen world. Despite the general increase of planetary knowledge and cultural expansion. focusing on its artistic side. even in the form of hypothesis. The matter is a subjective one and so are the reactions… Starting with scare. We believe they are worth taking into consideration. the paranormal world has a grievance against humans. Most of the time they are willing to take the risk of being rejected or becoming the joke of their colleagues as they sustain their belief in paranormal activity and assume the “fatal” and possibly unfair consequences. As we intend to expose the theme from a special angle. despite the continuous evolution of human society? The explanation seems to refer once again to our old and “hereditary” fright of ghostly spirits. The paranormal theory has many admires. This work does not intend to take sides. these sensations inspired by spirituality. numerous scientists include themselves into the numbers of supporters of this issue.
might be of great help. the seat of feeling. R. and acquired the more general or figurative sense of "portent." In 18th. anger" reflected in Old Norse geisa "to rage. and the "haint tale" is a common feature of southern oral and literary tradition. or to reconstruct a definition. Alternative words in modern usage include spectre (from Latin spectrum). and appears in Scottish poet John Mayne's Hallowe'en in 1780. apparently from a root denoting "fury. Bogie is an Ulster Scots term for a ghost.to 19th-century Scottish literature. What Are We Dealing With? In order to star a fair comparison between these mythical apparitions. the word could denote the spirit of God. which vanishes as fast as it showed itself. derives from the Greek phàinesthai. from a hypothetical common Germanic gaistaz. an animal or object. coming from the French fantôme. while in popular belief it refers only to the spirit of a deceased person. thought and moral judgement. compare fantasy) and apparition. photography and cinematography especially a flare." and the later Odin. retain a wider field of application. R. The Romanian word fantomă. The synonym stafie comes from the Dutch loanword spook. may refer to any spirit or demon (evil presence) which manifests itself in a certain way. Tolkien's use of the word in the naming of the creatures known as the Ring wraiths has influenced later usage in fantasy literature. Following the steps of the paranormal terminology. extending on one hand to soul." The original meaning of the Germanic word would thus have been an animating principle of the mind. on the other hand used figuratively of any shadowy outline. fuzzy or unsubstantial image. "Germanic Mercury. spoken of as appearing in a visible form" only emerges in Middle English (14th century). Also from the Old English period. The modern noun does. related to a sudden appearance of a person. Terminology The English word ghost continues Old English gást. mind or psyche. The word fantasmă. An association with the verb writhe was the etymology favoured by J. it was also applied to aquatic spirits. in reference to the notion of spirits in the Greek underworld. was at the same time the conductor of the dead and the "lord of fury" leading the Wild Hunt. it entered the English language via the United States in the 19th century. the Scottish wraith (of obscure origin). Therefore. akin to Low German spôk (of uncertain etymology). In Germanic paganism. omen. in optics.The pre-Germanic form was ghoisdo-s. These are said to be unreal or imaginary beings. which some think or claim to be able to see. The term shade in classical mythology translates Greek σκιά. in particular capable of excitation and fury (compare óðr). phantom (via French ultimately from Greek phantasma. we will start this presentation by “defining” these creatures and by guessing how far backwards in time. spectre. . spirit." It came to be used in Scottish Romanticist literature. The synonym spook is a Dutch loanword. in the following pages we will try to construct. their existence was notices. how they appeared and how they got their names. It is common to West Germanic. Tolkien. however. the "Holy Ghost. OED notes "of obscure origin" only. it is compulsory to explain what they are. or Latin umbra.II. secondary image or spurious signal. "Haint" is a synonym for ghost used in regional English of the southern United States. but lacking in North and East Germanic (the equivalent word in Gothic is ahma)." The now prevailing sense of "the soul of a deceased person. meaning “to appear”. usually representing the soul of a dead person. so in order to know exactly what we are talking about. The word has no commonly accepted etymology. or apparition." vital principle. Wraith is a Scottish dialectal word for "ghost. who is still attached to earth.
a ghost is the soul or spirit of a deceased person or animal that can appear. with the help of a medium. many ghosts show themselves as entities dressed in old-fashioned clothes or in the form of vapours. cold winds. One of the most popular theories about ghosts is that the traumatic events can emotionally influence persons and stimulate them to believe that they can see paranormal entities. which sometimes may also have arms and legs. ghost. violent deaths. poltergeist. A similar point of view consists of the belief that related mental factors and personal knowledge about relatives who have passed away lead to dreams and telepathy. as it was used for the first time by the Daco-Romans (as demonstrated by the folklorist Tudor Pamfilie) before the migration of the Slavs in the Southern part of the Balkans. because of unknown causes. as a result of the thirst for vengeance or because the lost soul has not had a proper burial ceremony. ending with the apparition of ghosts. meaning witch. The word. to the living. meaning "ghost" or "spirit". having the ability to change into different animals. The concept of moroi is typical to Romanians. All of these theories might finally make real sense to everybody. spheres of light etc. the English equivalent. Ghosts do not have a body. we have some other terms such as moroi or pricolici that cannot be completely associated to vampires and werewolves. so it has not been offered the eternal rest.Poltergeists: The word strigoi derives from the Romanian verb a striga. lost souls are “memories” of those who have lived a long time ago. They are said to be made of ectoplasm. classification of poltergeist varies. also related to the Italian strega. where people name the dead children from their own folklore mora (the suffix mor-moramore does not have the meaning of death). are often dead relatives of those present at the session. As this is not . which during night eats the baby’s blood) As well as the previously discussed term. they often appear in the form of steam. meaning "to sing". which represents the trespassing between our world and numerous other dimensions. In Romanian mythology. pricolici is an evil spirit. in visible form or other manifestation. You should not think of the “classic” spooks wearing sheets or headless knights anr horse riders. or Strix. or transparent faces. a form which the soul of certain people transforms itself after they die. ghostly spirits are a very old presence. Another interesting theory about why spook “exist” is that some of them are atheists. not being able to “cross over” or “trespass”. having the same vertical line-shape. a spiritual substance. whereas in the English culture they can also be nothing else than peaceful. In Romanian and English mythology. comes from German poltern. who did not believe in the after life and got confused when confronted with it. although its “components” do not have an English equivalent. If the existence of spooks were to be proved. the Romanian. The Birth of the Unseen – Definitions of the Terms Ghost: In traditional belief. meaning “to yell”. Therefore. as we rather use spells and witches to communicate with beloved dead persons. By repeating the same actions. vindictive and badly intended.a supernatural owl. Another possible origin might be the Latin Strigosuswithout flash. they have remained “instilled” on a sort of magnetic ribbon. and Geist. Ghosts born in séances. docile souls that can sometimes be seen. Psychics are more popular in English countries than in Romania. however in our tradition they are seen as evil creatures. They are earthbound spirits due to brutal. Allegedly. silent. "to make a noise". which psychics claim to radiate during sessions. The continuation of the word can also be found in Serbia. we might also have the answer to what comes after death.
Moroi: In Romanian mythology. restless hunt. goats. might also become poltergeists. Allegedly. Such a child is the son of a woman who allegedly drank impure water. flies. While haunting the living. those meant to be poltergeists are normal children carrying certain signs. owls. The soul of the deceased child comes out of the grave in the shape of a column of light and begins its eternal. they are not able to bring their life to a close. as old people call it. In the first category are included the living persons who possess infernal. but they can reach this condition when they are still alive. They are also reputed to generate unexplained noises. they can once again become poltergeists. Romanian tells speak about two types of poltergeists: those who are alive and those who are dead. legs with horseshoes. They are sad spirits carrying a purse. evil forces enter the mother’s womb and put the red beanie on the child’s head to resemble them. In the purse they put aliments received as alms from living children. dogs. . This is why the midwife should take the beanie and throw it in the oven before the baby can put it into his mouth. we add certain relations with evil resulting to be one of the causes of the appearance of poltergeists. which are not guarded before their funeral. When they are born. beetles. but this is far to be true. in order to avoid his incurable transformation into a poltergeist. having a “shirt” on their body. Because they were not liberated from their ancestral sin. they fill the cauldron with water also from alms. a cauldron and a stick received as alms from their mothers. wolves. stained by devilish creatures. While English people still associate the two terms. If an animal jumps over them or a cock passes over their tomb. and they use the stick to protect themselves from other moroi. Poltergeists have long hairy tails. are restless souls with an unstoppable hunting activity. Poltergeists belonging to the second category are “classic” poltergeists. English people believe that poltergeists are ghostly spirits that can move domestic items and generally terrorize people (and sometimes pets. Their bodies move into the tombs. They can be men as well as women. Occasionally. they are lost between worlds and they seek vengeance for being brutally taken out of the living world. including loud bangs on walls or roofs and as opposed to the Romanian version. (or were murdered) without being baptized. who want to steal these gifts from them. known only by the initiated. hairy hands and a bigger mouth than a normal man does. calling for baptism. demonic or hex’s powers. they are associated in the popular imagination with demonic possession. The corpses. Customs say that from that moment. such as cats. Due to an occult ritual. they take the shape of so-called “impure” animals. At first sight. those whose shadow is stolen with a cane to be inbuilt into a wall are also destined to the same cruel transformation. change into these entities after seven years from their death. the ghostly spirits remain a myth and their existence a hypothesis. who are killed or much worse. they closely resemble spooks and not vampires. rams. as well) inside their own houses. rats. nor certainly impossible. moroi are the souls of the children who died at birth. because their mothers have forgotten them and they haven not given them any alms. they seem to be similar to the shadowy vampires in the occidental legends. The children (girls and boys) of an unmarried girl. there are people who have a predisposition to becoming poltergeists. They are born with a beanie on their heads. To the above-mentioned reasons why a soul becomes a ghost.yet possible. Poltergeist: Poltergeists are traditionally described as troublesome spirits. they are buried alive to hide the shame from the villagers and family.
. They are bad people (of an uncertain gender) who continue to torment and harm the other person even after they die. They have the ability to communicate to animals. They might also be the sons of couples where the man and woman are close relatives. Pricolici are also claimed to have a tail. walking fast and mostly at night and being the servants of demons. While poltergeists resemble to the face they had in real life. they are the evil souls of dead people whose sole purpose is to harm the living. a fragile body and a small height. These babies are born with one or two bumps on their heads. symbolizing devilish horns. these spirits become wolves or large dogs. They can turn into wolves (more often. large white wolves) and dogs (huge black dogs with red eyes) by turning a somersault three times. They grow into children with a never-ending energy. which they use to cause trouble.Pricolici: Pricolici are entities with the appearance of certain animals. naughty and mean to people.
overturned or otherwise agitated. we will next present some general knowledge about how these two apparently unrelated worlds “communicate” and leave their personal print on each other. Personal assaults such as blows. Objects. the rains will start immediately. Manifestation Generally. which they practice at night. As the most common perceptions on paranormal activity are scepticism or unexplainable fear. phenomena that are more typical may include numerous other discomforts fore those haunted by these beings. in particular. Other times they make their presence felt by sounds or signs. In his extensive bibliography on poltergeists.III. stop the celestial weir of the rain they steal the dew from the grass. shells and occasionally more bizarre material such as bank-notes. etc. These women are a sort of courtesan and the reaches they are interested in are the souls of living men. Pools or jets of water (and/or liquids) may be emitted from normally dry surfaces.. slowly dieing. Interactions Now that we have a much clearer picture of these supernatural beings. may be inflicted on householders and their guests. Poltergeists are known for not eating garlic or onions and for being afraid of frankincense. they leave young boys and girls unmarried by changing faith. garments and curtains may be crumpled. slaps. If she puts it in a place with high levels of humidity. In some rare cases. like a white smoke. seeds of hemp and egg to produce a muffin. small animals. sometimes scaring the present owners of the homes. Poltergeists women do not drown. The previous definitions would certainly have no utility if there had not been a prolonged interaction between the world of phantoms and the world of living people. may torment one or all of the members of a haunted family by attacking them out of the bloom. stigmata in the form of wheels. They have a great power of seduction. Poltergeists women are also said be good and respected women during the day. by moving objects from their original place. may be rolled. linen. Small objects may disappear from their appointed places. fruit. Bedclothes. teeth-marks or scratches. she brings drought. mud. they absorb the life and vital energy of their relatives and former friends. dance together or fight other poltergeists. such as furniture. or may be swept across the room in flights of complicated and sustained trajectory from which they descend either gradually and gently in hovering motion or very abruptly. Even though the poltergeist has been named after its auditory effects. namely the supposed "agent" or "focus" of the disturbances. plugs are removed and light bulbs smashed or wrenched from their sockets. The English believes surrounding poltergeists’ activity are quite different from Romanian tradition. earth. caused to simulate a rocking or "dancing" motion. Manipulations suggesting internal malfunction may affect electrical equipment later found to be working normal. Consequently. Michael Goss describes the following common phenomena associated with the poltergeist. Telephones may ring or register calls when none has been made. as walls or ceilings. possibly making subsequent reappearances in highly unexpected situations… others fail to reappear at all. The women. while the poltergeist steals their souls. are likely to be confined to one particular person. linen has been found to have been deliberately arranged in the form of a "tableau" reminiscent of human figures at worship. detailing reactions to these manifestations is a much too subjective matter. They can be seen as an immaterial presence. Showers of stones. levitated. they fall into madness. stealing the cows’ milk and the fruits of the soil. shoves. sticks. "Spontaneous" fires may break out. torn. they mix grains. for example. . moved. we believe our interest is going to focus on how they influence human life. etc. The men who fall in love with them become obsessive and hallucinate. slashed or otherwise damaged. Then they chase each other. but during the night they put their husbands to sleep with herbs. spooks manifest by haunting the places where they used to live. who have become poltergeists. small items are likely to be thrown. they are devoted to malefic acts such us scaring the living. However. In Romanian customs. If the poltergeist leaves the muffin on the oven.
in which those who have the don to sense spirits lend their voice or their entire body to the lost souls who speak their mind through them. the only factor that might indicate their magic. animal or indeterminate). and they will try to communicate with them by going to the local witches. giving them terrible nightmares. It is in the early morning when they finish their affairs for the night and return to their eternal beds. they can see the real form of the poltergeists. The children. As these grotesque human forms manifest under the form of ferocious animals. Pricolici are said to be capable to eat cows and kids and to spread illness and diseases. As they most often appear in dreams. as being unusual lights or clouds of phosphorescence. They haunt their mother in their sleep and they sit on their chest to steal their breath. They say that if these persons stay in guard at night. they eat the vegetable. Pricolici are creatures ever harder to find.Witnesses sometimes describe apparitions (human. My Name is Paranormal. Romanian mythology recommends special incantations. causing them various problems and inducing them strong and unpleasant feelings of remorse and deep shame. at the same time. Against poltergeists . holly bread. In folkloric tells people grease the gates and doors of their homes with garlic. They can overcome any obstacle. holly water . who are moroi. moroi children are very hard to chase. In a few instances. Please? There are those who claim to have the ability not only to see ghostly spirits but also to communicate with them. while slipping. special Masses as well as using the magic properties of garlic. they put . The gatherings represent spiritualistic sessions. diabolic abilities is their huge dimensions and perhaps. people more often move to another houses. faces and silhouettes that come out of their braves and go back only after the last singing of the cocks. yet illegal way to identify them. When chasing them away. villagers (men who are very attached to their homes) believe that offering alms and prays for the deceit’s eternal peace is also a way of calming an angry spirit. a form of psychic invasion characterized as "possession" or entrancement with associated psych abilities and the poltergeist agent has been reported. Because they are able to communicate with animals. Protection against the Unseen Protection against ghosts includes blessings. as they act under the effect of demonic forces. so they will rarely agree to leave their houses in order to get rid of the ghost. Psychics gather along with persons who want to speak to their beloved friends and family. enter the houses of villagers and sit on their chests. However. locals believe that the spirits haunting their homes are related to their family or village. In addition. the evil spirits become very dangerous. they will stop cows from giving milk. they are over energetic creatures with tremendous power that leave their tombs at night to scare and harm people. as their corpses allegedly stay untouched under ground. they are mortal. Exhumation might be a certain. Only the persons born on Saturdays can identify poltergeists. invocations in order to “cross over” the spirit with the help of a psychic. the force they have during their transformation. who have passed away. who very often are nothing but frauds. hens from laying eggs and dogs from barking. get out of their tombs every night to torment their mothers. May I Check Your ID. But in Romania. Despite their unlimited power since life.
thus there have been cases on people who have experienced spirits in full day. The Ghostly Hour Ghosts allegedly haunt after midnight and go to rest in the morning. but also during the day. the powers of the poltergeists increase considerably on the night of 30th November when Saint Andrew is celebrated. during the solstice in winter and the equinox in spring. as they are very much alike ghosts. The body must be exhumed at night and in some extreme cases. or hot iron. protection from pricolici. With the same purpose. on 23rd. while people sleep. According to old stories. again includes garlic.holly pictures above their children’s heads and they make them wear a necklace made from cloves. before they are buried. They might also sleep with a clove on their tongs. In English countries. poltergeists show themselves mostly at night. the children who turned into moroi should be blessed with holly water. the day of Saint Gheorghe. Poltergeists are particularly dangerous during two days of the year. requiem masses are held for Romanian families who have lost their children. As for English tradition. their powers augment on November 30th at the same time with their poltergeists brother and sisters. at the fest called “Moşii Duminicii Mari”. interfering with their dreams or attacking by surprise humans and animals lost at night. as they are considered tomb profanations. on 12 July. Getting read of a poltergeist is a dangerous process consisting of stabbing the living-dead men’s hart with a sharp piece of wild-rose-wood. when they are much more furious. As they are a sort of poltergeists taking the shape of animals. the remedy against poltergeists consists of house blessings and prays. harmful and malefic ghosts. . April. which are suppose to bring peace to the spirit and stop it from moving items in an angry manner. The other types of Romanian poltergeists only appear at night. Law however forbids these rituals. For their eternal peace. which people put under their pillow in the night on Saint Andew. as well as on the night of Santoader. the heart is burnt until it turns into ashes. According to the folklore.
the site supervisor corroborated these claims. proving the existence of devilish or heavenly spirits is not (yet) possible. the building is still haunted by a disapproving former landlord. Previously known as 'Ye Olde Vaults'. half-goat creature called a Urisk. we find it necessarily to point out a few examples. who was murdered by her lover in a jealous rage. we have gathered some stories of alleged haunting. we close this chapter with the answer to an over asked question: is it possible for humans to call out spirits and initiate their haunting activities. Ghostly Presences England is considered to be one on the top of the list with haunted countries in Europe. and few of the changes were for the better. Therefore. consequently this assumption implies the inclusion of some type of demonstration. groans and wails emanate by his disgusted spirit. from English speaking countries. In addition. well hidden to the naked human eye is the premises of our work. First the Ghost of Annie Frazer at the Aultsigh Inn. the pub was later named after William Barlow. His sole purpose in life seemed to be maintaining the excellence of his pub and its beer. pricolici or phantasms. Then the Tower of London which is inhabited by several headless apparitions. built up on tells of envy. Martin Jeffrey a fan on this hardly understood happenings has made a list of 101 British ghosts and haunting on his blog. death and ruthless betrayals. Concrete Examples Far from us the idea of making the reader of this work a believer. It had two bars: one on the street and the other off the Row above . the devoted landlord in 1898. During the recent renovations. Suspected Of Being Haunted Assuming the existence of a ghostly community. For many decades. From this impressively long list I have chosen three cases that caught my eye. some other stories collected from Romanian villages are laid out for you to “witness” the manifestation of folkloric demons.but with no interconnecting doors or stairs between the two! Now converted into a soulless. Chester's unusual Barlow's pub occupied two-storeys at 30 Bridge Street. all over the word. . With its numerous old castles. This didn’t go down well with old Mr Barlow. fed with the blood on may solders during extremely violent confrontations. 1. its numerous battlefields. Here are some of the most popular stories told by the villagers. Explaining the science of séance is the means to offer this answer. Moreover. this status was not so hard for it to gain. From all of Britain’s haunted towns Chester is definitely a very prolific one. Speaking for all of his employees. however bringing into your attention a few places where mysterious. Until 2002. moroi. Prepare for launching into our own paranormal investigation. such as strigoi. which might help us to better comprehend these uncommon happenings. strange phenomena happen regularly.a place nearby the famous Loch Ness. But the pub was refurbished in 1900 and other landlords came and went. he said that they felt they were constantly watched and that the bar is one of the creepiest places they have ever worked in. and dating from 1789.IV. including Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey and the Scottish mountain Ben Doran haunted by a half-man. regulars claimed to hear loud bangs. upmarket shop. is. Unfortunately.
In the years following World War Two. She apparently viewed the ghostly visitors with blithe acceptance and would call out to them each night: 'Hello. Affectionately known to local people as 'Charlie' and 'Herbert'. It's an area long associated with death: almost 2. Her anguished spirit could not rest until the truth of her husband's guilt was widely known. he was buried with full honours – but in a hospital shroud instead of his uniform. Today the hospital has been demolished and replaced with luxurious houses and apartments. According to locals. Staff turnover was swift until a young woman took over the job. looking for kind people to stop and offer them some help to reach heavenly peace. of the residents can realise the dark history of the area or what lies beneath their feet. the ghosts are former solders. When the Infirmary was still standing. just off Bridge Street Row in the heart of Chester. 5. here. who prowled up from the river each night to vanish in front of the petrol pumps. Now. Many witnesses believed he marched through the wards on an eternal mission to find his missing uniform. down a narrow alleyway. They wander aimlessly the paths. during the First World War. When out-of-town competition increased. Today. that it was too late for earthly justice. He was a Scottish soldier brought there from the trenches with serious wounds during the First World War. in 1917. it is said that the village of Luncani is inhabited by ghosts. Strangely. Two ghostly monks have haunted part of Pepper Street. however.2. . As a result. a well-known Chester medium uncovered the sad secret of her ‘ghostly tenant'. Transparent silhouette walk along with the passersby. who had pushed her violently from behind. Within the north-west corner of the city walls once stood the old Chester Royal Infirmary. Yet few. while for others it's merely part of 'life's rich tapestry'! 3. the owners decided to open the petrol station 24-hours-a-day. An equally interesting case took place in Romania.000 years ago it was a Roman cemetery whose burials are still unearthed by archaeologists today. many of the staff claimed to have seen the ghost of ‘Soldier MacKenzie’. Herbert!' For some people. However. right after the night falls. without a proper blessing. wearing black-cowls. and from the Middle Ages onwards it hosted plague cabins where infected Chester people were forced to live in quarantine until they either recovered or died. Allegedly. in central Chester. if any. the ghost claimed that she had actually been murdered by her husband. she had fallen down two flights of stairs and died. they have not been seen for a while. the supernatural is a cause of fear. it seemed her ghost was doomed to haunt the house forever. however. The ones guilty for their fear turned out to be two phantom monks. she learned the ghostly woman had apparently died as a result of a fall on the steep stairs. for many years. When the medium finally made contact with the woman's upset spirit at a séance. Mrs. none of the staff seemed keen to do the night shift. She was often woken in the early hours by a disembodied wailing and the sound of feet hurrying up and down the stairs. the spectral figures achieved notoriety only in the 1960s. or should we say so many ghosts. Charlie! Hello. Although it has not such a rich history of haunting. The great resemblance with the lastly presented Chester haunting is due to the origin of the ghosts. At that time a long-established garage occupied the site next to what is now a modern Habitat shop. 4. always on the right side of the road. they can see spirits who follow them for a 3 kilometers distance into the next village called Goeşti. floating around. Dudley lived in an old house. buried here. the medium said. The focus of this ghost story is somewhere at the end of a drained small lake. When he died of his wounds.
While the lampshade began flying over longer distances through the room. closely following the English “definition” of these unfriendly spirits is the unique paranormal phenomena happening in the village Costeşti. As follows. his wife and an old woman wearing a white apron. presented above. None of the four exorcisms. Doors began opening in a raging manner. England. in Thorton Hearth. priests and journalists. the case is a fine exhibit of their force. Connecticut. he was caught up and suspended in the branches of a tree while his clothes were methodically torn to ribbons by something invisible. The numerous witnesses and tapes add substance and credibility to the story. the family decided that it was better for them to leave the house. the situation got worse on Christmas.A sensibly similar case. trapped between worlds. these spirits became violent because they felt their home had been invaded by strangers. Once he was thrown into a water tank. The family members were woken up by the overwhelming buzzing sound of the radio. after a blessing of the house was made. after checking the city hall’s achieves. In the presence of numerous witnesses. the householders’ drama increased. show themselves to good. under the influence of a mysterious invisible power. without any obvious explanation. Father Thurston’s summaries of some events described like attacks on the boy—stones would be pitched at him and a violent force would lift him off the ground to strike his head on the ceiling.The poltergeist connection was clearly established in the celebrated Phelps case in Stratford. The peculiar happening was fallowed by the fall of one of the lampshades. The householders and . A decoration flew out of thin air. The disturbances centred on Dr. Poltergeist Cases 1. wile electric bulbs turned on and of without a person actually touching the switches. Harry. somewhere after midnight. The whole story started in August. started repeating on a regular basis for a period of four years. then crushed him against the floor. associated with poltergeists activity.A concrete case of poltergeist haunting supported by a considerable amount of evidence and witnesses was claimed to have happened in 1972. A psychic was brought into the house. the terrifying happenings continued. when the family’s Christmas tree was violently shaking. which suddenly started emitting and changing the frequency to a foreign radio channel by its own. That night over the house of the Drăghici Family it started raining stones of different shapes and sizes. since the night of 20th March 1997. The similarities may support to a certain point the existence of such tormented souls. No other incidents have been reported after their departure. After Chatterton’s face appeared on the screen of their television set. Family friends felt unhelpful. Apparently. but the phenomena. and before the eyes of shocked visitors. in 1850. at that precise time. The case has been one of the most severe haunting in European history and by association to the manifestation of poltergeists. when at their suggestion. through the entire room and hit one of the family’s members. waiting and hoping that a Mass to their memory and a blessing of the place will soon be held on the Luncani Hill. a man with the same name had inhabited the same house in the eighteen century. the reasons and definitely the larger number of spirits involved in the haunting. From that day on footsteps and bizarre voices were heard in rooms of the house when. had any result. confirming the presence of three spirits: a farmer named Chatterton. although the house was sold once again. to a family of small factory owners. friendly visitors and innocent children. the differences are: the lasting of each haunting. Phelp’s twelve-year-old son. no one was even there. The ghostly face did not threaten them verbally. from the Argeş district. 3. police officers. The householders taught it to be only an odd coincidence. Objects moving through the entire house hit all the persons in it. To everybody’s surprise. surpassingly. bonded to this world for spiritual reasons. but it seemed to watch in a frightening way those in front of the television. that same year. 2. In Ghosts and Poltergeists. The chair on which one a policeman was sitting levitated him up in the air. slamming against the walls.Elderly people believe that the ghost-solders.
the bridges. during Mass (mostly on stormy weather) searching for something or someone.C. From that date onwards. However. Norfolk and Isle of Man. It suddenly stopped after the “Bunavestire” Fest. In her rage. there are those who believe in their existence and those who think they are only a lie. As they were climbing to the top of a mountain. leaving no feet-impressions. the owners solicited the help of a local priest. in Bongay. people actually believe that packs of ghostly dogs rein in the streets on stormy nights. Pynchon met a tiny black dog on one of his expeditions. he learnt he was a very pleasant companion in his journey on the mountains. On 4th October1577. haunting the streets. therefore they cannot become lost spirits by any circumstances. while other say it is the result of demonic pleasances. as animals have no conscience. but also heard yowling. The elderly woman used to fight with her neighbours quite often. on numerous occasions. The villagers described it as being pushed or carried by an invisible force. but under different names. The first time he saw the doggy. The legendary ghost of Barguest in North England can take the shape of a pig or a goat. died in cruel poverty in August 1987. During the exorcism. she would throw rocks at their house. Paranormal enthusiasts say the phenomenon is due to some sort of magnetic storm. In the early 1900. Pynchon was accompanied by a friend. these creatures. Another moment of peace followed shortly after. immediately after the preacher’s departure. announce tragedy and dead. only to reappear in August. who had also seen the little dog. but usually he would rather appear as a huge black dog. twice before. the destructions scared the Drăghici Family each and every night. Many of them resemble the creatures from Romanian mythology. they were extremely . to bless the house right in the middle of the ghostly actions. The second time he saw the little dog. when all of their windows and roofs were broken and destroyed.H. Afterwards. as many legends indicate that apparitions of decapitated dogs or animals missing a foot watch the cemeteries in the Southern part as well. a significantly large black dog entered a church and killed two people and badly injured other persons. with big eyes. In September. the phenomena seemed to stop.their neighbours experienced a terrifying situation. It is believed that these scary phantoms since early times have entered churches. the crossroads. It seems her restless spirit hated the Drăghici Family so much that it continued throwing stones at her neighbours beyond the barriers of this world. the paths and gates of the cities. there are those who blame it on a poltergeist. as demonstrated by the next examples taken from the English culture. On the other side. the furniture moved from one room to the other. it began once again. Some of these dogs’ presence in cemeteries have been certified in New England. They were not only seen. Police officers filed a report on damages and destruction with unknown perpetrator. throughout the house. much more violent than it was in spring. In Suffolk. Achilina Marciuc. Haunted By Pricolici When it comes to ghostly animals. there are numerous stories about ghosts of black dogs. In England. the geologist W. a woman who hated the family her entire life is held responsible for the damages and the haunting. Achilina Marciuc. On one hand. vanishing right after the incident. the same year. proving that such beings exist in other traditions as well. It is said that they are guardians of the tombs.
but to the phenomena itself. in occult circles. Over her son’s grave she cursed the killer’s entire family and future generation. their grandchildren began playing with him. just as if it floated above the ground and it vanishes instantaneously when who ever meets it. it was constantly groaning and nobody seemed to be able to calm him down. They say it is an evil spirit. Talking To the Spirits While some have a native fear of ghosts. That was the third encounter he had had with the mysterious dog. panthers or other large cats. as this behavior is specific to tigers. No one saw when the dog came. Of course. Short time after that. others are very keen on making contact with the underworld of ghostly beings. or become man-eaters. at the foot of the Poiana Ruscă Mountain. few years later. A friendly. But. the poltergeist is characteristically interpreted as the whole information about general beliefs about the dead and human psycho kinesis. The dead man was an only son of a widow living in Poeni. if we also consider the information about the fact that in this particular area. It barked. but after a few days at the hospital. out of the bloom. Meanwhile the dog was becoming more and more agitated. Story says that the haunting of the devilish animal dated a long time ago. when it runs. in Poeni cannot be a regular wolf. as follows in the example below. While the family was at the funeral. The geologist was found dead in the exact same place where his friend had previously fallen. standing very close to their grandfather. starts saying a pray or makes the sign of the cross in its presence. who seemingly can’t find their peace. living in the village of Poeni. he recovered his health completely. It does not leave any footmarks on the snow. a “strigon”. which can become dangerous. when a villager killed another one in order to steal from him a very valuable fire weapon. in Connecticut. Pynchon’s friend lost his balance and collapsed. The actions of spirits in general are called in most traditions. Shortly after. the dog vanished without reappearing ever again… On the other hand. for the third and last time. Surprisingly. They can often be heard wailing loudly after a person dies. or in dust. Elderly inhibitors believe that the animal attacking their neighbours. at that time. lions. but not to wolves. but all zoologists affirm that only a rabid wolf would have killed a human. They both reconsider the dog. the old man suffered a hart attack. given the wellknown ability of the spirits to assume virtually any shape and to take virtually any disguise. resembling a huge black dog. Pynchon came back to Hanging Hills. Some describe them as apparitions on common dogs. uncertain and definitely an unseen power. wolves have disappeared over one hundred years ago. as wild. The Banshees are Celtic mythological spirits that are considered harbingers of death. Suspiciously. One of this violent acts resulted in the death of Maria Srâbu. Therefore the following lines will not refer to one specific type of haunting. It is said that she was brutally attacked by a beast resembling a wolf. the geologist heard the legend of the black dog and told his story about the black puppy to a local newspaper. after going back home. as they believe them to be mostly aggressive. Such beings are best presented in Romanian mythology. from .surprised to find the puppy waiting for them there. but without making any sound and. symbolizing demonic creatures. The case includes a series of wolves’ attacks against few of the villagers. which is slightly possible in this case. The mystery grows. he had met once again the little black dog. It is said that. ferocious and violent spirits. the grandfather had another heart attack that killed him. with shaggy fur. poltergeist. In addition wolves rarely harm people. large Germaine Shepard breed dog appeared one day in the backyard garden of an elderly couple in Massachusetts. some cases indicate ghostly wolves and dogs. Those who have allegedly escaped from this beast describe it as a supernatural being. It seemed happy around them and it would not leave.
However. Another important issue arose by the séances practice is the one regarding fraud. waiting instead for Jesus to come and take them to heaven. some spirits of the dead actually refuse to believe they are really “dead” and are no longer able to live upon the earth. The communication with spirits of the other world has not been concretely proven. possession sometimes gives incredibly precise details about the dead and their families. Christians) are shocked to discover that the Bible was wrong. due to their confusion. or they may wish to seek revenge on the living relatives of those who harmed them. many of the hauntings and psychics’ claims have been proved to be at least true. According to other religious believes. They now vainly attempt to convince themselves otherwise: that they are still in their body and can somehow return to their previous existence. they wander aimlessly attempting to get their “bearings”. they instead simply found themselves in the spirit world—with no Jesus or heaven anywhere in sight”. but they also desperately seek to manifest themselves materially in order to regain “contact” with the physical world. Upon death. At poltergeist hauntings. how can any occultist be certain that poltergeists are what they think they are? Can mediums be certain the appearances of their “dead loved ones” in séances are not simply the clever tricks of demons to induce emotional trust and dependence? If not. In the meantime. yet people can never be sure when consulting a so-called “gifted” individual. while the real “gifted” persons lose credibility. mediums or channelers who permit themselves to become possessed by these spirits to allow the spirits to speak through them. these spirits have offered several reasons allegedly explaining their activities. If spirits are tricky. the shock was so great they became confused and disoriented.” While speaking through human mediums. ten to become earthbound creatures. Their deceased victims are frightened to go forward and progress spiritually. those spirits of the dead who erroneously accepted the idea of a biblical heaven (referring to us. despite the warnings. Bizarre poltergeist events are one result as they attempt to interact with living people or materialize back into this world. However. then what can we say about people? Fake psychics have existed from early ages and their number continues increasing. including most English cults. These are the claims of the poltergeist. materialists or rationalists while on earth never expected to encounter an afterlife. strong indications about manifestations and results lend credibility to the view that these spirits are really the deceiving spirits identified in the Bible as demons.angels to aliens to the human dead. grief is an overwhelming and intensively exploited feeling nowadays. . and even despite logics. “Rather than finding themselves in heaven with their Lord. they chose to remain close to the earth to continue their evil. The spirits of the dead who were once atheists. Like a lost traveler in a strange city. regardless of the spirits’ claims. Thus they do not only seek to regain contact with the living through “haunting” houses where people live. what of the poltergeists who also claim to be the spirits of the dead? The spirits of the occult in general are often contacted directly by psychics. After death. Although it is the most controversial method of interaction with ghostly spirits. The spirits of the dead who were evil people involved in violent acts such as murder or rape at a particular location while on earth. mediums or psychics may allow themselves to be possessed in order to discover the alleged reason for the “haunting” by establishing direct contact with the “troubled ghost. they make Christian souls responsible for poltergeist manifestations. There fore it is said that some refuse to accept this. but as mentioned in the previous examples. Initially. they say.
as they were called in French and now in English too. The five books Kardec wrote (The Spirits' Book. say the Spiritists. what about the practice. how do we actually communicate or see the unseen? Well Spiritism is put into practice in those séances. This is theory. The movement has only five main fundaments. Spirits are part of nature. in order to confirm the presence of the wanted spirit at their meeting. during each lifetime. the spirit is confronted to numerous situations. that he could only explain by excepting the existence of immaterial entities. He became interested in this particular subject. The first methods to contact a spirit in séance. which can facilitate the presence of the “invoked” spirits and the transmission of messages: moving tables.All Eyes on the Ghost The basis of the séances’ theory have been established by Allan Kardec (his real name is Hypolite Léon Denizard Rivail). so they can normally communicate with the living and they can also interfere in their lives. the classification and the structure of a new philosophical current. The Book on Mediums. The channeling also included the so-called “automatic writing”. Heaven and Hell. born in Lyon who studied spirits’ manifestation and wrote the first works on this theme. with a different form of intelligence. were only tools for the spirit to use. the Spiritism. The Genesis According to Spiritism. panel with an indicator (moved once again by “the spirits’ energy”) that would show different letters. 1868) constructed the fundaments. after witnessing a series of phenomena. as it no longer possessed a body of its own. The invention of the Ouija. talking slabs and other specific instruments. 1865. 1864. . published in 1857. learning how to overcome any obstacle. Due to this process. Psychics make use of special object. in which the spirit’s energy wrote allegedly messages on paper. 1861. Then is supports the idea that we are imperfect spirits (immaterial entities) and we suffer of a lack of knowledge. as parts of a message. but. Spiritism promotes the existence of a single God. hoping to sense a slight movement of the table. They usually sat around a table carrying a panel in their hands. sprits may travel to many planes and universes. “the supreme intelligence and primary cause of all things”. It is said that we can achieve a sort of “overflow” of knowledge by spiritual evolution or reincarnation. First of all. represented the evolution and the perfection of the séance method of contacting spirits. The hands and the body of the medium. because of their condition. but we also have the capacity of evolution and development. The Gospel According to Spiritism. or holding their hands to cumulate the energy. which are allegedly inhabited by other beings. in this way the psychic could compose the deceit’s message to the persons who had initiated the communication. He was a French teacher. Another claiming is that in its numerous incarnations. The panel would move on the table indicating certain written letters. during verbal or written communication. established and popularized by Kardec. this proving the old age of the believe of the existence on extraterrestrials. This generally resumes to the above mentioned channeling. consisted of the gathering of the deceit’s family and a medium.
when involuntary moves of the participators were made. séances are quite fashionable nowadays. as they were in close contact with this objects. concerning investments that the USA make annually into perfecting these dons that elected persons have. have encouraged the paranormal enthusiasts. certain rumours. The factor that contributed to the release of this new craze is the fact that USA uses psychic in official investigations. Claims are that the aggressive attitude scientist have towards them hold back the real psychics from participating to experiments. which were meant to prove their “special” abilities. demonstrated that the panels psychics used could only change from one place or position to another. Despite the numerous demonstrations. too difficult to resolve by the police (mostly the disappearance of persons). .However. A very ingenious and convincing experiments of Faraday. The popularity of this process decreased significantly after this experiment. In addition. this process is responsible for most frauds in the “spirits’ industry”. according to specialists.
The following examination refers to why this matter became so popular. this was inspiration for his work. Occult is becoming more and more fashionable and the secret world of ghosts. As he had very few patients. to find some proof of the paranormal existence. as a doctor. that he decided to travel to alleviate his loss. he became a doctor. over night. between consultations he used to write small stories. he was so disappointed with common medicine. In 1882 he opened his own cabinet and three years later he got his final degrees. upon their heads. He founded the Duke University. or just for the fame. A great enthusiast. forbidden issues. This gave him the occasion to discover he was a psychic. or from fear of being called “a lunatic” is now a discussion theme. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1858-1930) The famous novel writer. while reading Henri Bergson. after reading Frederic Meyer’s work. a short time before his death. in the 20s. The latest inventions have shore contributed to fuelling their hopes and their imaginations. he developed a series of bizarre and complicated quatrains. Ghost Haunting – The Latest Most Fashionable Hobby In nowadays society. Ever since 1918. with an astonishing precision – as shown by James Laver. he would test all of his students to see how many of them are able to give a correct answers in significant proportions . Thus. taking a photo of a person. as they would not agree with believes. With the help of 25 different packs of cards. Latest trends are capturing ghosts on film or camera. which in some lines predicted future events. Whether it is for financial reasons. My immediate answer is because it was “promoted” by famous people. dark matters stepped right into the spotlight. spice up all entertaining means. was run by skeptics and did not wish to form part of the association. may steal their soul. He “resigned” the SPR. people who wanted to profit from this matter started the ghost haunting “movement”. Following a reverse path. travelling to West Africa. Canon Doyle describes how he started believing in paranormal phenomena. studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. have tried from very early ages. During the First World War. fame is like glue. The fact that some scientist also supported the expansion and the development of this topic increased the people’s interest. Scientists “Converted” To Believers Nostradamus Michael de Nostradamus studied medicine. After his graduation. Tabloids. yet not (completely) surely we are going back to the Indian believe. in The New Revelation.V. according to which. from fear of instigating paranormal activity. Doyle taught the SPR. of which everyone was once afraid to speak about. but when a mysterious disease killed his wife and children. Joseph Banks Rhine (1895-1980) A well-known botanist with a skeptical temperament.the average number . According to the known American saying. In his state of trance. men. in the biography he wrote him. creator of Sherlock Holmes. He was attracted to studying the paranormal. realityshows and controversial talk shows are the most popular. on famous national TV-channels all over the planet. Rhine would become aware of the limitations of science. manifesting their concern. Slowly. on a small boat. he considered such phenomena an extraordinary breakthrough.
of guesses being five. Also. Ironically. Montgomery Clift was a fourtime Oscar nominated actor who is best known for his roles in A Place in the Sun. spectral banjo music has often been heard coming from inside his old cell. 1934 outside of Arcadia. Al Capone The notorious Chicago gangster who led the city's illegal activities during the Prohibition era has been rumored to haunt a couple of locations. a marker stands at the site where they died and is said to be haunted by the pair. Allegedly. After investigating D. at Alcatraz. Today. It was here that he spent a three months in 1953 where he was known to pace back and forth. it was his study on the paranormal world which led him to invent the radiometer. Home he reported him as being able to move object and play musical instruments without touching them. a young chemist and physician had recently entered the Royal Society. because in the following 45 years. and unexplainable cold spots are felt in the room. he managed to introduce his parapsychology in the academic disciplines. The enthusiasm of his fellow scientists suddenly disappeared. William Crookes. for discovering the chemical element thallium and he was proposing a investigation into paranormal phenomena with scientific technology and gear.D. that later changed forever the chemical and physical world. unexplained loud noises are often heard coming from the otherwise empty suite. where Capone was one of the first inmates. most often in Room 928. Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) In 1870. Illinois. There bullet-ridden car was then towed into town with their bodies still in the vehicle. Famous Ghosts Bonnie and Clyde This pair of notorious outlaws of the 1930’s were finally tracked down and killed on May 23. His spirit has been seen at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Today. Montgomery Clift A popular film star of the 1950’s and 60’s. From Here to Eternity and Judgment at Nuremberg. phone is continually found to be off the hook. Louisiana. when people are disrespectful while visiting his family plot at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside. he is said to appear. He gained international notoriety after publishing the monograph ExtraSensory Perception in 1934. accepted by universities. one guest felt an invisible hand patting her shoulder. His research with psychics. were the first ever made tests with technological equipment on paranormal. Photographs taken of the marker often come out with ghostly forms. memorizing his lines for From Here to Eternity. His scientific findings were astonishing. Others sense the actor’s presence and reportedly. He was considered a fool and unappreciated. . He reputed as America’s number one parapsychologist. and it made him one of the precursors of television.
however. he died in the vehicle. . After they married. some pictures have no scientific explanation and they are considered “verities”.” He paid for it with his life when he was killed in a head on collision on September 30. inventor. related to his daughter. Thus. Dean. Franklin was also known for his work as a writer. is not an easy task. telling him that she was happy and she loved him and consoling him with the affirmation that they will soon be reunited. For American people. is much more them thrill and passion. a simple photographic error or a strange reflection of the light. in Kingman. after her dieing. it is a craze. who participated to the constructions. Dean purchased the car with the intent to race it. were built by her father. In addition. Photographs of phantoms are most certainly the fastest way to celebrity. Carole Lombard are said to haunt the Oatman Hotel in Oatman. the popular fresh faced Hollywood star of the early 1950’s. Today. philosopher. He “received” a written message from his daughter. Pennsylvania. he had a channeling experience.James Dean While no actual reports have been made of Dean’s spirit. hunting ghosts. Iulia Haşdeu Her father never found any comfort. most paranormal enthusiasts reside in the USA. This is why many of the photographic evidence prove to be made on Photoshop. Benjamin Franklin Instrumental in laying the government’s foundation when the United States was first established. In his work “Sic cogito”. anyone who came in contact with the car or its parts began to suffer injuries and death until the vehicle finally mysteriously disappeared. Clark Gable One of the biggest box office stars during the 1930’s and ‘40’s. an extremely interesting legend persists of a curse on his beloved Porsche Spyder. However. English Speaking Ghosts Talk in Photographs Perhaps. Arizona. so catching a real supernatural creature on film. he never got the chance. according to the spirit’s indications. and scientist. Franklin is said to haunt the Philosophical Society’s library in Philadelphia. ghosts are quite “shy” in front of the camera. Some people have even reported that the Philosophical Society's statue of Franklin has been seen dancing along the streets. Here are some of the most expressive ghostly pictures taken in English speaking countries. Iulia’s tomb in the Bellu Cemetery and the house from Câmpina. was known to live in the "fast-lane. Haşdeu assures the readers that he recognized the calligraphy of his daughter and her signature. both Clark Gable and his wife. Afterwards. as just weeks after its purchase. 1955. Haşdeu says that after six years since his daughter’s death. as admitted by many on the poet’s friends. they spent their honeymoon at the Oatman Hotel.
Daedalus. the unussul image of what looks to be a man's head and arm sitting in the chair was immediately noticed. The ghost is thought to be that of Lady Dorothy Townshend. British Columbia. grinning behind the ear of a comrade. seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Greenwich. It was rumored that Dorothy. England. A photographer set up a camera with its shutter open for one hour in the manor's library while the entire staff was off at Lord Combermere's funeral. Freddy Jackson's squadron served onboard the H. including some from Kodak. After it was developed. Experts. people said that the funeral was a sham and that Charles had locked his wife away somewhere in their house. a retired clergyman from White Rock. It has been said that unexplained figures have been seen on some occasions in the vicinity of the staircase. 2nd Viscount of Raynham. England in the early 1700s. . until her death many years later. His face was widely recognized in this photo by members of the squadron. England Reverand Ralph Hardy. Freddy Jackson was killed in 1919 when an airplane propeller hit him. Charles suspected Dorothy of infidelity. before her marriage to Charles.M. however the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs. When the plate was developed.S. who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been modified by any means. After being ran over by a horse-drawn carriage Lord Combermere h died in 1891. and it happened to be sitting in Combermere's favorite chair in the library. Freddy Jackson showed up. Many of the staff said that the image looked very much like the late lord. Stair Case Ghost of National Museum. Although according to legal records she was buried in 1726. England. Freddy Jackson's Comeback Freddy Jackson was a mechanic in the Royal Air Force in World War I. had been the mistress of Lord Wharton. some four miles away. took this now famous photograph in 1966. wife of Charles Townshend. residents of Raynham Hall in Norfolk."The Brown Lady" of Raynham Hall This photo was taken in 1936 at Raynham Hall in Norfolk. His Favorite Chair . He intended merely to photograph the beautiful staircase in the Queen's House section of the National Museum in Greenwich. Two days later when the squadron gathered for a group photo. This portrait of "The Brown Lady" is perhaps the most famous and well-regarded ghost photograph ever taken. and strange footsteps have also been heard.
Reputed to be one of the most haunted cemeteries in the U. There's so much ghostly activity going on in the famous town that Clanton's set up a special section of his website dedicated to Tombstone's population that has already gone away. however. Ghost of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery. 1991 several memeber of the GRS were at the cemetery. the double exposure can also be dinied. She took some photos of the gravesite and then turned and took this picture of her husband sitting alone in the car's passenger seat. sitting on a tombstone. a small abandoned graveyard on the edge of the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve. Bachelor's Grove has been the subject of more than100 different reports of strange phenomena. clear as day. and even glowing balls of light. Blance took this picture. Furthermore.. If the picture were taken today we might say it was modified in Photoshop. at the Corroboree Rock (Australia). Mrs. unexplained sights and sounds.Darn Backseat Drivers! In 1959 Mable Chinnery went to the cemetery to visit the grave of her mother. near the suburb of Midlothian. Clanton said he wasn't so sure about Tombstone being haunted. Parts of her body her are partially transparent and the style of the dress seems to be out of date. Ike Clanton says that it was impossible to take such a picture and not show the person's legs. but this photo made a believer out of him. Photoshop was not yet invented in 1959. On August 10. They swear that nobody else was there when they made this picture.. A transparent woman can be observed in the forest. .S. Chicago This photo was taken during an investigation of Bachelor's Grove Cemetery near Chicago by the Ghost Research Society(GRS). some time later they tried to restage this picture with someone standing on the spot where the "mysterious man" appears in the background. in the middle of Tombstone's Boothill Graveyard. this image emerged what looks like a lonely young woman dressed in white. The film was developed and this came out: somebody sitting in the backseat (wearing glasses). in 1959. including apparitions. The Transparent Woman in the Auatralian Forest Reverend R. due to the high visibility of the areas in front and behind the woman. whose gravesite she was standing next to when she took the picture! What Do You Want On Your Tombstone? Back in 1996 Ike Clanton took this photo of a friend wearing western clothes. Chinnery swore that the "backseat driver" was none other than her own mother.. Illinois. When developed.S. as any devoted daughter would do.
to his knowledge there were only three people in the church when this photograph was taken. Andrews said there were no such children nearby when she took the photograph and moreover she did not recognize the child at all. Neither of them recalled seeing a ghost or any flesh-and-blood person standing there who could appear in this image. Mrs. Railroad Crossing Ghost in San Antonio. Andrews since he or she is looking directly into the camera. and none of them were in that loft. Andrews saw nothing unusual when she took this photo of Joyce's grave marker. She remarked that she did not believe it was the ghost of her daughter as a child. Texas A Strange legend surrounds a railroad crossing of San Antonio. there was only one other photographer in the church beside the person who took this picture.but their ghosts linger at the spot and will push cars across the tracks. Inexplicably. . Botolph's Chruch. Andy and Debi Chesney's daughter and some of her friends had recently been to the crossing to test the legend. and she took some photographs. and no one has found any record of an enormous monk ever being at Newby Church. Texas.F. When the film was developed. even though the path is uphill. Church Minister Ghost According to Brad Steiger's Real Ghosts. but never expected what would appear on the film. Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter Joyce. According to Brackley. seen in the upper right hand corner of his photograph. who died at 17 years of age.The Newby Church Monk Reverend K. Andrews was astonished to see the image of a small child sitting happily at her daughter's grave. Ghost Child at Cemetery A woman named Mrs. Because the figure is all in black. where this photo was found. England and this is what came out. Botolph's Chruch Ghost In 1982. so the story is that a tragic accidents in which several school-aged children were killed took place out here. High in the Church's loft. Lord took a picture of the altar at his church in North Yorkshire. or artificially altered. The ghost child seemed to be aware of Mrs. a strange. it has been theorized that the apparition could be that of the church’s minister. The picture and the negative are said to have been carefully examined by photographic experts and they cannot find any evidence that this was either a double exposure. Mrs. The "thing" is calculated to be nine feet tall. London's St. transparent figure turned up in one of the photos. It was no one she would have taken a photograph of. The intersection of the roadway and railroad track. photographer Chris Brackley took a photograph of the interior of London's St. is a transparent form of what looks like a woman.
old buildings. The most popular is the crying Virgin Mary Pieta a statue from Castle Designs (Orlando. Romanian writers are not very fond of this theme. . Architectural trends were not influenced by alleged hauntings.VI. painting. Although it refers mostly to ghosts. Actors tend to be quite superstitious and carrier-oriented people. Literary pieces about folkloric paranormal beings are quite difficult to find. Bizarre phenomena such as crying statues are assumed divine miracles. are mainly used as a provocation for ghost manifestations. tradition was established by a now famous visual art. from the eight known arts. from our personal findings. Thus. in the shape of a tear. which have shown some type of interest or connection to the paranormal world. Dance and music. on one of its cheeks. is that of arts. Theatres. on the other side are the most spread locations. which shows an unexplainable stain. This being the case. so hopes of enriching this type of writing still exist. with paranormal photographs. They made it appealing to the large public and they encourage people to participate to this worldwide activity of proving the existence of paranormal. spirits. has also become a support for strange phenomena. Literature. But. discussing this issue from an architectural perspective does not seem lucrative. there has not been found any haunted sculpture anywhere in the world. As opposed to other folkloric myths. Modern writers. which is in fact the main hunting-rifle for ghosts and other unseen forms of “life”. moroi and pricolici are much rarely mentioned in prose and poetry. poltergeists. Statues that roll their eyes and always keep their viewers in their sight are as haunted as the paintings that were created using the same technique. Art has many fields of activity. Perhaps their devotion to acting makes them become ghosts or it makes them believe in spooks more than ordinary peoples do. photographs and filmed evidence (as the latest technology permits it) have become important proof of hauntings. photography. houses. especially English and American literature is one of the main suppliers of ghost stories. Although. however show an increasing interest on the matter. we have exploited those. Moreover. but haunted dancing schools allegedly exist. it seems only fair to me to start this next inquiry regarding the perception that arts have of the topic with photography Photography – Art or Evidence The biggest controversy regarding the existence of paranormal creatures came with the first photographic evidence. Since we have ended the previous chapter. which we chose to follow. Florida). The classic visual art. Many writers felt the temptation of exposing ghosts and other sorts of spooks to the naked eye of their readers. we have not reserved any special place for this matter into the present work. but not all of them are related to strange phenomena. Cinematography and multimedia arts have surely the highest involvement into this fashionable “ghost busting”. There is no reported preoccupation of any architect for building a haunting-proof construction. or perhaps more superstitious. and old sites in general are famous haunted place. many of them quite unconventional (the fist example that crosses my mind is handicrafts or ceramic). as mentioned in my introduction. not hauntings. The Artistic Landscape of Paranormal Apparitions The point of view. as many modern artists appeal to ghosts and supernatural creatures as a form of aesthetic expression. More conservative. as poltergeists can be identified by exhumation. where current haunting allegations are made.
Victoria Iovan. seemingly a nun. he saw the shadow of a woman in that precise picture. has appeared in numerous photos. The youngster seemed to be approximately eight years old. dark hair. the foundation of the centre hides gold buried deep under the soil. He did not see anything out of place. It has the reputation of being haunted for some years now. The picture shows him looking straight to the camera. Bradshw heard children complaining about seeing the ghost of a child about the same age as theirs. after developing the film. is thilled to have such a clearly distinctive figure. (Based on an article from The Sun) Photographic Evidence in Romania In the Herculane Bays. a year ago. Rob Taylor . Gordon Bradshw . and he had short. Legend says. Ever since he started working in the school. Another young woman. and. all dressed in white. but he thinks the case is worth investigating. a young man. in Hull. A ghostly figure. born in the village. He thinks. Nicuşor Vasilescu. taken by her boyfriend inside the same hotel. discovered the ghostly portrait of a young boy in a photograph taken with his cellphone at his working site. as the boy in the photo. He discovered the ghostly face of the little boy. The mayor.English Ghostly Portrait John Fores. Treasure haunters invaded the centre of the city. The school’s caretaker. he was overwhelmed by fear. 54. from The Paranormal Society in Hull. Cellphone cameras have certain shades of colour. locals say a ghost is haunting Decebal Hotel. in Caraş Severin hold many stories about persons who caught the famous “gold fever” and began searching for the treasure. 47. as witnessed by him as well. pointing down the stairs of the hotel with her eyes. hoes and even metal detectors. when he took the photographs. Alexandru Bunduc. according to the villagers the phantom is the treasure’s guard. East Yorkshire in order to document the progress. (Based on an article from Gândul) Ghosts and Drama . states that the silhouette of a woman. The Herculane Bays. she is a Dac priest. They used spellings. The gold’s guardian seems to be greatly devoted to its mission. incantations. took a photograph of his girlfriend. confessed to have made a shaking discovery through some photos of her. but while loading them to his computer. with white cloths was standing right next to her. The ghostly figure shoed up in many photographic evidence. Fores had taken a few photographs of the Anlaby Primary School. Fores confesses that this episode made him unsure about the existence of spooks and spirits. a team member of the group in charged with the demolition of an old school in Great Britain. He was dressed in a old-fashioned cloths. on the stairs. says the school was built and used since 1936.
Jack is exposed. Firstly. Many of these peculiar manifestations. The failure to provide this light might not only anger the spirits an d lead to all sorts of pranks from their behalf. The plot tells the story of an opportunist. Though it is a superstition. The immediate consequences of the fraud are faced by Mrs. There are many plays. Compared to other public old-age buildings they have much more mysterious apparitions. can be found in many English-speaking countries. The drama consists of a mass murder in the last acts.the ghosts are actually people in disguise. Egor Grim. which have the supernatural worl as their main theme. which are allegedly haunted. Actors use all sorts of costumes. Christopher Sinclair. Martin Grange. especially if it happens on November 23 (the date he supposedly uttered the first lines). Eleonora into believing that the former owner of their house. he commits mistakes. Captain Jack Sinclair who drives his wife. only to save Veronica and Eleonora from the cruel destiny. it does have practical value: the backstage area of a theatre tends to be untidy. haunts her. Another popular superstition related to theaters and ghosts is to leave a burning candle or a light upstage centre in an empty theater to scare off ghosts. but it can also lead to fatal accidents for the personnel. I would like to present the play “The Ghost of Marvin Grange”. Most certain it is much more difficult than doing it on film. of the cast and of the viewers. the ghosts in the scenario are fakes. . so someone who enters such a dark space is likely to be injured while hunting for a light switch. but it is a very interesting challenge for a good director. He tries to repeat the same trick once more. plus lots of imagination. while one of his accomplices.Theaters. holds a place of privilege in theatre lore. Thespis. she is seen as a mad woman. One specific ghost. There are some flaws inherent to the play . but none like those. Coming back to the theme of the play. The Captain results wounded by a bullet. This night was conveniently chosen to be on Mondays. The Farmers Guardian starts its “Top performers” column with the following announce: “Wimple and Broadclyst – from Devon – triumphed with their performance of Ghosts of Marvin Grange. There are various ways to reproduce a spectral apparition on stage. from white robes to bed sheets. therefore it basically consists of a bunch of people talking about a haunted place and a few fake ghosts thrown in. wastes all of her money on gambling. Any unexplainable mischief that befalls a production is likely to be blamed on Thespis. or just for them to feel they are still on the spotlight. and presenting the winnings of Devon YFC’s. who had helped Jack with his plan. that in his urge. He is so willing to take possession of the wealth of his young ward. At their final confrontation. His cousin. projected by the Captain. Historians used to believe that Thespis of ancient Athens was the first person to speak lines as an individual actor on stage (hence the term "thespian" to refer to an individual actor). which lead to the failure of his plan. Veronica. a housekeeper at “The Grange”. Plays sometimes are also haunted. so that the actors can relax after their weekend performances. The play is set in 1907 so the main issue is how to “fool” people up close. Meanwhile her husband. the play is mostly played in high schools. One ghost-related superstition is that every theater should be closed at least one night a week in order for the ghosts to perform their own plays. beating Marshwood Vale’s Guess Who’s Coming to Tea?” referring to the multiple disciplines competition held on 10 March 2010. which require the vivid imagination of the director. as shown by the previous example. become superstitions. a well liked melodrama in the UK. As nobody else sees these “apparitions”.Bennell. in order to save Veronica’s life. the wicked gamekeeper of “The Star” (a public house on the edge of Marvin Moor) is killed with a knife by Christopher Sinclair. Actors invent all sorts of rituals to help them perform the best way they can. Written by English writer Richard Coleman. returns home after an absence of five years. taking advantage of her illness and of him being the administrator of Eleonara’s fortune.
In his dreams. announcing him the death of his brother.L. Surprisingly it is not a scary movie. his character falls in love with her. It is still one of the most loyal exhibitions of Gaston Leroux’s famous book. In the story. It presents the story of a young widow. Caragiale . mute. Stavrache sends him to wore. The actors are usually wearing white and as the ghost of his brother takes many forms. when Iancu actually returns home. the best example being the scraggy hero. although he hardly admits it. The tragedy of this character reaches its peak. the incredible sightings. the decorations are quite terrifying. resembling a melodrama. with the same title. remains a classic film for both the interpretation and the music. the illusion behind the ghosts is equally interesting to watch. the similarities. Iancu. this permits the actors to change into different outfits. alive. The Phantom of the Opera (1925) This is an American. I am going to present a Romanian play. disguised as a soldier. Gene Tierney. a very dear actor to film director Joseph L. the dead priest appears to be first a convict and then a captain. Telegenic Spooks The continuation of photos is of course. He takes possession of the deceit’s fortune. which include a Technicolor-sequence. Hauntings are an intensively exploited subject in the cinema industry. called “În vreme de război”. despite the different species of theatre they present. Some of the film’s most appreciated episodes are: the masked ball. played by the melancholic-beauty. He starts doubting his death and having many nightmares about his brother being alive and coming home. who rents a haunted house. The Ghost and Mrs. played by Lon Chaney. Stavrache thinks this is another one of his ordinary delusions. while his brother realizes Stavrache has gone crazy. Greed seems to be the common item of both of the plays and both of the ghosts prove to be fakes. but the suspense has some low points. she establishes an amazing and impossible romantic relationship with the spirit of the “crusty” former owner Captain Gregg (Rex Harrison). spirits have “haunted” the imagination of many English directors and producers. the film. Years after his departure he receives a letter. interpreted by Norman Kerry. Red Death. romantic ghost story. The movie consists of a bizarre combination between Rupert Julian’s theatrical directions. the terrifying exposure of the negative character. asking back for his fortune. which are shown to the public as a quite impressive combination of multicolored lights and oddly dressed “spooks”. Some of these movies have become true legends and icons for following productions and many of them are actually based on famous books. analyzing the two plays. Harrison. a violent vampire genius.Here.Secondly. Finally. However. which has inspired numerous other adaptations of the novel. when confronted with another aspirant to Lucy Muir’s love. the priest. Mankiewicz. can be encountered not only in the theme. . according to the story. the main character has a couple of nightmares about his “dead” brother. and realizes that the only person who could take away this easy money is his own brother. the fall of the chandelier at the precise moment when the Phantom confesses to his devious plans regarding the diva and surely. the main character is excellently played. From mute. built in the Universal Pictures Studios and the characters. to black and white and then to colour movies. In order to save his brother from jail. the entrance of the Phantom dressed as Edgar Allan Poe’s character. According to film experts. as it proves the director’s mastery. but also in the way they are played. The movie. ever since its beginnings. the Gull Cottage by the British seaside . Confused. plays the mentor of this young lady. black and white movie. Muir (1947) This is a black and white. made after a short story by I.
the skeptical nephew of the house owner. who after death teams up with a psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to find out the secrets behind his murder. built by Hugh Crain. He constantly follows his killer on the streets of Manhattan. The durative theme. as Carl becomes a ghost. He uses many positions for his cameras. Theodora (Claire Bloom). It presents the paranormal world of ghosts in an innovative way. Wise is a master of illusion. sonorous and visual montages. where Hugh Crain’s wife had died. Ghost (1990) Patrick Swayze plays the ghost of Sam Wheat. Robert Wise chose this novel as the theme of his film to honor the memory of his mentor. elegantly saves the movie from becoming a drama. involving paranormal. a prolific businessman. so it might occur that the viewers find some slightly vulgar expressions. filmed in England in 1963 is inspired by Shirley Jackon’s book. he makes the chores come alive. renewed by a TV-series in 1960. Markway. (Eleonor’s life) it requires. The Haunting (1963) The theme of this black and white movie. The action takes place in the Hill house. Here. but that doesn’t seem to scare Eleonor who accepts to take place to a psychiatric experiment. years ago. One day. Though. uncovered despite the high price. writers Philip Dunne (screenplay) and R. Eleonor hits a tree and dies in the exact spot. She becomes the subject of the hauntings and she ends by having a nervous brake down. Sam reveals a conspiracy. inspired by R. the barriers between fantastic and bizarre. Together with Denis Johnson. was very dear to the public.A. organized by his own friend and colleague Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn)and he finally manages to confront him at the end of the movie. The above-mentioned manner of expression used by Captain Gregg. learning how to protect his girlfriend Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) from being killed as well. invisible forces behind the steering wheel dive hel to a fatal crush. the 35 years old woman. she meets a couple of strange persons. Dick’s novel. The paranormal story. The translucent image created by Charles Lang and the fine music brought by Bernard Hermann kept a vivid public memory of the film. The Haunting of Hill House. if not the scariest horror film ever.Despite the censorship. Dick (novel) adapt the scenario to the common vocabulary of such a character. due to the odd noise and happenings in the house. because she is believed to have gone mad. augmented by Markway’s wife’s arrival. also had a major contribution. strictly.A. who are also involved in the experiment: Luke Sanderson (Russ Tamblyn). when traveling by car. Eleonor Lance (Julie Harris) arrives at the Hill to participate to an experiment. . mirrors. who falls in love with her new room mate and tries to get romantically involved with Eleonor. Director. reflections. an artist and also a psychic. organized by Professor John Markway (Richard Johnson) and held in the Hill house. The origins of the haunting remains a mystery. 80 years before. only feels attracted to Dr. managing to respect. the filmmaker Val Lewton. as a result of his accidental death. he produced one of the scariest. The other inhabitants of the Hill reject Eleonor. lenses with a 180 degrees visual field. The main character. The house was reputed to have witnessed the deaths of four women.
inspired by the Romanian mythology. with comedy and drama. sees ghosts as translucent apparitions. it lucks the self-deprecation part of all Romanian movies. . therefore at the end of the movie the small village remains with very few habitants due to his thirst of blood and fury. starring Romanian actors such as Constantin Bărbulescu. different types of spirits might make their presence known to the human world when one music gender on another is played in a specific moment and place. Ghosts Make Music While They Haunt In his book “Clairvoyance. while researching on our popular legend of Dracula. This horror cocktail received quite interesting critics. they taught it was justice. Music triggers certain memories to a phantom. his betrayal leads to a supernatural confrontation which is won by Sam. by accident. Carl is able to see his former friend. The scenes are brutal and the effects are mostly produces with professional make up. Associated to involuntary memory which evoke previous happenings in a person’s mind. adapted to the latest cinematic illusions. Strigoi (2009) English film-director and writer Faye Jackson. according to the good tradition of English directors. Ghosts and Music”. classic.Afterwards . or even certain events and persons from its previous life. unleashing a beast and an endless trail of victims. played by Constantin Bărbulescu. The director Jerry Zucker. Faye was immediately intrigued and continued asking questions on this matter. might be the fact that the actors speak a poor quality English language. An odd perspective. Other light-effects are also used in order to reproduce the transgression to heavenly places. music. Old music. for Romanian viewers. Vlad Cozma (Cătălin Paraschiv) thinks it was murder and he decides to seack revenge. this method is used by paranormal investigators. Music might give the spirit a proper peaceful or chaotic ambiance for manifestation and also for ghostly encounters. When the villagers killed Constantin Tirescu. causing their appearance or manifestation. rock music. Her new passion resulted into a folklore detective Mystery. produced in 2009 the movie “Strigoi”. Lee Prosser. can bring to a lost soul. memories from the exact age the spirit used to live on solid ground. making use of dark shadowy figures to create demonic apparitions. To this character pickles go nice with blood. Camelia Maxim and Cătălin Paraschiv (with the special participation of Rudy Rosenfeld). She discovered these stories. argues the power of music to attract ghostly spirits. Though. He says that based on their previous life experience and tastes. it is entirely produced in Piatra Nemţ. etc. after marring a Romanian and also after she paid our country a few visits. mostly because it is such a bloody film. In a recent interview. she said she became interested in our folklore. It is a film for horror fans only as the script is very violent. With the help of computer programs. although the sighting are typical to the Romanian countryside. attracting a huge number of viewers and remaining quite well appreciated over time. to lure spooks out of their invisible canners. he succeeds into making the whole story very plausible. The story is simple and well structured.
The seller. And the examples may continue. Some other famous song. It shows a young boy and a doll standing in front of a glass paneled door against which many hands are pressed. because of its great success. claimed the painting carried some form of curse. Michigan. According to the couple the pictures were taken by a motion triggered camera and they show the doll character threatened the boy character with a gun that she was holding. and passed on only orally. It was then purchased by actor John Marley. causing him to attempt to leave the painting. while the song “Haunted” by Evanescence invokes the fear of ghosts from the spirit’s perspective. depending on the type of spook he or she would like to attract. songs that have music themes are quite popular. A series of photographs that were said to be evidence of an unusual incident was attached to their auction page on eBay. He . also known as eBay Haunted Painting. Haunted Canvases “The Hands Resist Him”. displayed the painting and contacted Bill Stoneham telling him the unusual story of its auction on eBay and their acquisition of it. because of a superstition. The characters in the painting had allegedly moved during the night. The music theme of the popular movie “Ghost Busters” filmed in 1984. sang by Ray Parker. at which point it was reviewed by the art critic at the Los Angeles Times. In addition. The painting was first displayed in a Los Angeles gallery during the early 1970s. as the unseen world has become a very commercial music theme. grew very popular and is still heard on radio stations. For example. The atmosphere created by this music is very important for the ghost and for the people as well. It became the subject of an urban legend in February 2000. entering the room in which it was being displayed. The hands themselves represent alternate lives or possibilities. if the song is written down it loses all its mystical powers.In Prosser’s opinion. In our days. Katrina Burgoyne’s song "Ghost" tells the story of a haunted house from the perspective of a girl living in it. showing human fascination for the unknown. thet resemble to songs. According to oldsters. assuring a friendly encounter. Therefore a person who wants to invoke a spirit should make a careful choice of music. the time of music that attracts a ghost might also reveal some details about its temperament. After Marley's death. some paranormal investigators have allegedly heard songs sang by ghosts or some other types of noises. is a painting created by Oakland. the figure of the boy is based on a photograph of himself aged 5. The doll is a guide who will escort the boy through it. the door represents the dividing line between the waking world and the world of dreams and possibilities. The Perception Gallery in Grand Rapids. the oldest Romanian ghost-provoking music are incantations and hexes which are sang in rural areas. As opposed to foreign music (English music in particular). during EVP(Electronic voice phenomena) sessions. the painting came into the possession of a Californian couple. known for his role as Jack Woltz in “The Godfather”. Jr. related to ghost and which is also the theme a popular animation-film (“Nightmare before Christmas”) is the Boogeyman’s song. Prosser considers classic music to be the most proper to invoke peaceful spirits. which accompanied all great movies in the 20th century . when it was posted for sale on eBay along with an elaborate back-story implying that it was haunted. According to the artist. after “a picker had found it abandoned behind an old brewery”. California artist Bill Stoneham in 1972.
well-dressed old woman outside the dancing saloon. To express these tormenting feelings he was “forced” by some invisible power to paint the canvas in a violent manner.was surprised by these claims. Miss Mac. was the subject of a documentary made by Discovery in order to find out if it is possible for conscience and personality to continue after a person dies. the sound of high-hells and footsteps over the corridors. is allegedly haunting this place due to a deep attachment she had to this dancing studio. The canvas got a horrible colour of brown. mostly known as Mary Mac. Valdez. The Ghostly Dance The story of Miss Macpherson . he says he hadn’t claimed this experience before for fear of being judged as mentally ill and not being able to be appreciated as a painter and not selling his work any longer. Whether it was only a selling strategy or a real happening that remains for you to decide. and the art critic who reviewed it. She was also able to recognize the woman as Mary Mac. Without any other help. The first owner of the school. Locals say that many people have been converted to orthodoxy after visiting this holly picture and others claim the fact that they touched the icon healed their illnesses. is quite well known. He says that he found this old canvas and by first touching it he was overwhelmed with anger. told to the popular investigation team cold “Ghost Hunters” the strange happenings which date back to 1964. at the first floor of the church. died within one year of coming into contact with the painting. The activity intensified over the years. the brownish background washed away. However there are some who claim to have experienced blackouts or mind control just by seeing a photo of the picture! Watch carefully! Another interesting claim is that of artist Salvador G. The artist admits not wanting to recognize this paranormal experience “I laid false claim to this miraculous piece of art and signed my name in green paint”. the story of the Crying Icon of The Holly Virgin from Boian. fitted together like a puzzle and they also had a yellow light glowing under them. he experienced a paranormal event which has never been claimed by another artist. While trying to pain a portrait a la Norman Rockwell. All sorts of noises started being heard immediately after: sounds of heavy coinage banging on the desk. who says to have encountered in 1979 a haunted canvas. Though in our country there are no claims of haunted paintings. Dance instructor Rita Cole and her husband Denis Cole. more than 60 years old. A young woman. but the figures in the painting are colourful. which lies in the heart of the city there is a dance school. motivating Valdez to pour some turpentine over the canvas. (an American artist. in a photo (taken at the ∗ Photo taken from the actual documentary . What is intriguing is that according to Valdez. all sorts of figures started appearing out of nowhere on the canvas. He said that the object presumed by the eBay sellers to be a gun is actually nothing more than a dry cell battery and a tangle of wires. Stoneham recalls that both the owner of the gallery in which the painting was first displayed. In the city of York. The faces including the figure of a bearded man who resembled Jesus Christ. a reaction he had never before had towards an object of art. right after Mary Mac died and this British couple became the new owners of the studio. The Holly figure it is said to cry when asked or prayed with sincere faith. who was taking dace lessons told Rita she had seen a small-stature. who works with fading colors-backgrounds). from outside of York.
which in Romanian tradition are called “iele”. has not yet been exploited at its full potential. dancing schools are not so popular as in Great Britain. so much that it couldn’t leave. nowadays. her family. as well as the manner in which they manifest. as if she wished to tell Budinoiu. named “horă”. beautiful and attractive women. However.London Grosvenor House) provided by her former student Rita Cole. who on specific occasions. gather in the heart of forests and begin dancing a traditional Romanian dance. The Romanian writer offers vivid descriptions of poltergeists and ghosts. therefore literature on this theme tends to be enthusiastically quested. often associated to frisky creatures. Although in Romania. chaotic way. Prose: The book “The Crazy Ghost House” (Strigoaica şi casa nebună) by Ben Corlaciu is a collection of ghost stories. because they were already moved by the landlord’s men. who see them. she had not killed the family. fell ill. gathered from different corners of Europe. The story “Mutual Gifts” (Daruri reciproce) reveals the portrait of an old hobgoblin tormenting an unsuspecting medical assistant (Aurel Budinoiu) who came in her house with the only purpose to save her life. The old lady had been the victim of a heart attack. which gives the title of the book. because of its paranormal contents. so who knows maybe 20 years from now on we’ll have some dancing ghost on the spot light of the entire Europe. a missing pocketknife. his patient was already dead at his arrival. and sometimes they never recover their health again. the presence of this unseen community in poetry makes one think of the aesthetic value that such a creature may have. in a frantic. vampire and ghost novels are very fashionable. that the house was empty. Some children complained about their money and hairbrush flying through the air and then falling on the floor. He says Miss Mac is a friendly. The women’s intention to blame this disappearance on Horthy will then be spoiled by the finding of the allege crime toll. They are said to be immaterial spectre that give the illusion of young vivid women. Thus. Another short story. The Romanian equivalent of ghost dancing may be the dance of the mythical creatures. People. The newly discovered passion that the world shares for dark and occult. peaceful apparition who is only trying to supervise her old dancing school. he also thinks it is not a threatening spook. with their chest completely nude. Paranormal investigator and writer John Mitchell believed the couple’s story and he actually thinks that the spirit was very truly in love with this place. Nevertheless. a sort of territory invaded by the ghosts of all the lost solders describing her . had called the doctor. They are said to be young. The main female character. in order to make sure everything goes on the same way it use to. She is portrayed as having a frightened expression on her face. youngsters nowadays are getting very implicated into bark dance and other types of street dancing. Maria Stamatopol. just like the British do. more than 60 years ago. as well as the Strein family. is the one. Here are some examples followed by our impressions on some books and poems. the writers’ preoccupation for these dark creatures dates two or even three centuries ago. the Streins. Whether it’s because of the reader’s curiosity or because of his wish to be scared. that is worth discussing. The old woman apparently greeted the medic. visualizes a battlefield. which closely follow this matter. causing delirium because of their great spin. The apparition was sensed through Mary’s carnation perfume and it allegedly uses the same clothes that she had in real life. stating that they even blessed the hairbrush afterwards. Writers Inspired by the Unseen Creatures of Humanity The fact that ghosts and poltergeists are an infinite source of inspiration for Since Fiction book comes as no surprise. Unfortunately.
making him a young. receives the strange visits of the dead brother. which increases the tension. she feels the urge to run from all the ghosts. the grey. characterized by Ben Corlaciu is for sure a difficult task. however his clothes were old. The whole picture is extremely frightening: grotesque figures. Kostaki’s death begin right after his death. She feels trapped in a cemetery. angry sky. not only the strange appearance of poltergeists. Comparing Henry James’s ghosts with the previous mentioned spirits. Due to this characteristics. which divides the world of shadows and the real world. as he places his reader on the line. He brings into the readers’ attention. and his scar across the chest was visible under the shirt. but also the ways in which villagers used to protect themselves from . He is spiritually connected to Miss Malard. Like all respectable ghosts of the 19 th century. but also the mysticism of the nonhuman characters. the Symphony of Fear” (Nosferatu. The novel tell the story of a young duke Gregory (Grigoriţă). seemingly at The Dukes’ Palace(Palatul Cnejilor) in Cheahlău. who gives people cold shivers. he only prays shortly right in the of the church. Hedwiga has her first horrendous experience. His lady. He does not believe her.W. elegant man. A final confrontation between Gregory and the lifeless body of his brother takes place in the ending resulting in the death of the poltergeist according to popular believes: with his heart stabbed by Gregory’s sword. enie Symphonie des Grauens). as he was still alive. Sir Edmund Orme is a quiet character. This amplifies not only the mystery surrounding the murder. named “Sir Edmund Orme”. he dresses in an old-fashioned way and he carries a walking stick. Meanwhile. she sees the dead man’s eyes opening and piercing her sight. Kostaki (Costache). which takes place in the Romanian Carpathian area.experience as a ferocious attack of unseen forces. When the corps is found. relating the characters of this unusual story to the famous ghosts of England. that Corlaciu uses to describe and emphasize the characteristics of the restless spirits are quite impressive. but mysterious forces paralyze her. whom he seems to have killed at the end. The character shows a bizarre attitude he sits next to miss Malard in the church. because of his appearance and way of acting. Although she fears she will be mistaken for a lunatic. Hedwiga (Hedviga). he gives her little branch of myrtle. he does not listen to the combination. Henry James. wet from holly water. though he look very young. to escape her demon. One may never be sure on which of these two realms he is truly situated. which in this case is of great help into portraying the main character. The first observation is the fact that the American writer is keen on sketching postures that are more humane for his ghosts. conserves his simple and descriptive type of writing. with white skin. but he gives her. whom she was suppose to marry. who accidentally kills his brother while hunting. The strange phenomena surrounding. impeccable manners. and a strange behavior. a real gentleman. she witnesses a rain of stones and the shadows of long-gone solders adjuring their mates not to leave them to die alone. their mother makes Gregory swear on his brother’s body to revenge this death. his flash was rotted and the only thing that was still alive were his eyes. Inspired by Romanian folklore. the lady tells Gregory the great torment that his brother is putting her through. Murnau who made in 1922 one of the greatest horror movie of all times: “Nosferatu. portrays this character as being a ghost. Dumas gives an impressively detailed description of all the details of Rumanian rituals related to fighting off poltergeists. the mysterious atmosphere. telling her to pray to the Holly Virgin. the scenery resembles the ghostly battles of Cornwell. composes a fine story. Sir Edmund Orme has that same mysterious air. One of his short stories from the series “Ghost Stories of Henry James” (Povestiri cu fantome). Alexandre Duma Père. The technique. but in order to calm her down. As times goes by. Kostaki develops all the characteristics of a poltergeist: he shows himself to Hedwiga as the man he used to be. The novel “Nosferatu: the Ghost of the Carpathians” along with Barm Stoker’s novel “Dracula” were a true sores of inspiration with german director F.
with the help of God himself. An example that best suits this topic is Vasile Alecsandri’s poem. myths and ballads. in view of the fact that one of their ancestors had killed a priest. four generations of Brancovens. he had with evil forces (he is able to speak another language. will have the same faith. and for the unconventional theme: the description of a ghost. We should see ghosts as persons. “Strigoiul”** (Vampire). The mostly present figures of speech are the trope (“stepped like flakes of snow”. rapid pace recommend the creature as forming part of a another age. this unfortunately. According to this curse. Emily Dickinson’s poem “The only Ghost I ever saw”* attracts one’s eye fist of all because it is so beautifully written. so to say. Dumas says the transformation of Kostaki. however there no legends about the politician . but at the same time. “His laughter like the breeze”. The description is brief. which is in fact written as a folkloric Romanian ballad. his eyes of fire. being her case as well. the visual and auditory images are dominant: “His fashions quaint. as shown in the previous extracts. his black roar covers the sky. While Kostaki reveals a pact. It is uncommonly silent. he cuts the best’s hand with his blessed sword. She pictures an odd person whom she meets in an “appalling day”. this is the question. Romanian poetry about poltergeists has its main origins in folkloric legends. A challenging issue would be that of considering the motion lyrics and expressions as being personifications. In the last pages of the book. but conclusive for the aspect of the ghost and for its behavior. replace the moon. and the divine powers in a peculiar way. Poetry: Though finding old poems about ghosts is hard. I can say that Emily Dickenson raises another important matter.these demonic ghosts. and it is so shy. “quaint”. Structured into three separate . Therefore. or maybe we are simply entitled to call them “things”. perhaps because it wears no sandals. and his supernatural scream flies into the air). the light. mosaic”. confesses that every person who is kissed by a poltergeist keeps a pale color until their final moments. commenting on such a piece of literature is even harder. He makes the sign of the cross with his left hand. was the result of a curse that his family had. shortening the whole conversation making is transient. “laughter like the breeze”) and the comparison. Gregory uses prays . ever been thought to be a poltergeist. What is even more intriguing is the analogy with the name of Brâncovenu(a well known Romanian writer and politician) that the character has. or not. Another legendary characteristic is present in this novel. but yet he is understood by everyone. The ghost responds to the character’s attempt to take him an interview in an unexpected way. “His gait was soundless”. Surprisingly. The old-fashioned manner to dress. Starting with the way it is dressed. Its whole presence is quiet. and he manages to defeat the unstoppable. besides portraying a ghost. ending with the way it walks and acts around human beings. going back to its mute appearance. one single word seems to describe this ghost better than any other word. Hedwiga.
surrounded by mysterious lights. As a man.org . as there is no grass. Comparing the two pieces. Dickenson summarizes her paranormal experience in the adjective “appalling” and Alecsandri refers to a tragic. The final description is that of the haunting spirit which leaves his grave to harm the travellers. The translation was provided by www. The lyrics show the fact that the creatures are death-related and have peculiar frightening appearances. attached to this place by his own guilt.parts. E. as the only apparent killers are the blue sparkles. 29 The text of the poem is in Annex 1 ** The text of the poem is in Annexes 2and 3. The poltergeist’s origins are according to old believes. the poltergeist phenomena is an unlikely theme for Romanian writers. the continuation of life. who comes to take its pray. ignoring her love. The ghost she presents is in fact a “secret formula” for immortality. he is describes in its human form. Tragedy strikes. that leaves his beloved girl. concentrated around a vampire. therefore the fact that Emily Dickenson . major difference is related to this topic. The writhing style is quite simple. therefore another sign of the devilish darkness held by this place. consequently amplifying the importance of the warning. The mystery continues. the one who reveal its darkest secret. the ghost that rises from the grave in the final verse. The translation of the ballad resemblance the classic English writings. incapable of feelings. making it “shy”. let alone any other plant. human. may which represent the poltergeist. The poltergeist is first described as a ghost. Alecsandri portrays a perfectly devilish character. he seems rather irresponsible. the poem presents the genesis of a poltergeist. but mostly in a figurate way. in order to chase away on his white horse. Ghosts are a quite old and popular phenomena in America. The soil is also ruined. This is in fact the ultimate proof of the true force of those “black” vibes deeply hidden behind the “ruined cross”. as he leaves his maid in pursuit of an unmentioned illusions. To this incredible story. the logical chronological sequence would be for the story to be known before the warning “Tardy traveller. as very few of them refer to creatures or mention the actual term in their work. is an anonymous creature. as a youngster. suggesting the same horrible state. To amplify this puzzlement. the poet find the matter so importantly dangerous that it starts with it: ” Close your eyes. or the lad’s tormented soul. While Dickenson humanizes her ghost. along with his horse. By contrast. but appropriate for this type of composition. regarding unpleasant memories. being of course the central pivot of the poems. Both descriptions are scary. Many works include references to ghosts.chose this theme for her poem does not come as a surprise. which is said to be the sun of the wind.-“ The place in which lays the grave of the poltergeist lacks live as much as him.lesvampires. When it comes to the actual description of these creatures. The figures of speech intensify the feeling of scare. the poet also 29 appends (exactly from the firs lines) the perception that men have of these fictional beings. strictly from the perspective of their theme. growing on this gravestone. under some other form of life. but firmly attached to the ground as no wind can move it. beware / Of that spectre gibbering there” is made. he falls over the doomed cliff. telling a slightly different story. Ignorance has a much too high price. than humans do. Although. described as the native predator and the representative of all occult forces. is the fact that no bird or animal would go near it.who also had a predilection for related themes such as death and immortality. It is common knowledge that animals have a more developed sense of danger. and urge your steed To the utmost of his speed. The cross is in ruins. cursing his own sad faith. we can state that both of them are inspired by traditional literature. her worry and tears. However it is the night. Then as the story is flows. cruel death.
but are still associated to vampires. The main causes are. Some think that vampires can influence their victim’s taught. For example as previously mentioned in the introduction. most popular character of this kind is Lilith. experts say that the distinction between apparitions and devilish forces is still a puzzling matter for most persons and even for them. The reasons why poltergeist and ghosts are believed to belong on the same class of spirits are related to their manifestation. Moreover. interested in mythology. They are afraid of garlic and their hearts must be pierced with a wooden spire in order for them to vanish. is because they (sometimes) represent versions of the same type of paranormal creature. Strigoi on the other hand. Romanian mythology is vast and if not beautiful. mixed up with ware wolves. Though they are not the subject of an intense research. This. from my perspective. and they do not turn into devilish creatures only after death. Conclusions Conclusions: Assuming the risk of this cliché. which are associated to spirits that lack heavenly tranquillity) are often taken as common ghosts by people in Romania. the American notion of “shadow persons” (apparitions of rapid shadows. Both types of entities are trouble spirits attached to persons and tombs in the case of poltergeists and . we think. They are growing popular. but they are not troublesome characters. we will start by saying that this theme inspires people numerous and diverse reactions. the moroi entities which are sometimes included in the same category as poltergeists. therefore they resemble more closely vampires. The characteristic which defines poltergeists and differences them from vampires is the fact that they are born this way. Some other connections regarding vampires and strigoi are also wrongly made. however there are no claims of the poltergeist to be able to do the same. the lack of knowledge and the poor information on this matter. some unrelated matter would be that both writers lived approximately in the same period and had a major contribution to their national poetry. even after death. therefore the fact some Hollywood productions were inspired by it supports this idea and makes us proud of our traditions. the difference between poltergeists. Pricolici are . It is true that vampires are allegedly born when a dog or a cat crosses their tombs and that they allegedly attack animals to poor the blood out of their bodies in order to feed. poltergeists have attracted the attention of some film producers and writers overboard. ghosts and strigoi is not clearly made by regular people. can enter people’s dreams.sometimes. they might appear in the people’s dreams and they haunt their relatives more than they haunt anyone else. becoming famous and continuing being well appreciated. but in different parts of the world. are said to cause lots of trouble. at least intriguing. VII. they are said to torment their relatives and those whom they met while sill alive. One of the reasons why people get confused by these entities is the fact that the allegedly protection against such beings is the same. but there are stories of devilish dogs in England and in America also. as the English or American spirits. Notions like poltergeist women and the succubi (a succubus is a female demon appearing in dreams who takes the form of a human woman in order to seduce men. Poltergeists and ghosts can allegedly move objects.In addition. in Jewish mythology) are frequently mixed up. In addition.
which torment and harm people. When it comes to painting for example. Romanian studies of the paranormal are quite poor in number. Young Romanian artists are very few. for the lack of artistic “evidence” of the paranormal in Romanian arts. here on solid ground. poetry and prose about ghosts are present in both English and Romanian cultures and the difference lays in the . As said in the notes ending this chapter. their supposed aspect or their forms of banishment. that confusions are very easily made. pricolici and the popular European vampires and ghosts. it happens because of the poor information. so many talents are lost. Most resemblances are in literature. though confusions are quite often made between Romanian mythological spooks such as strigoi. poltergeist can only communicate in dreams. A comparison between English and Romanian works on paranormal Phenomena is not an easy task. very popular and rumoured. Nevertheless. Perhaps it is related to the fact that this type of works is thought provoking and they require our imagination. which are inevitably different. What is more. Whether it is their manifestation. plus the newly discovered interest on the population in the occult creatures. the intensity of a haunting can only be diminished through prayers and blessings. poltergeists. This is why people can only suspect of being haunted by a poltergeist. The additional cause is the fact that our artistic life tend to lose its human values. they died of similar causes or because they have unfinished business. while haunted houses are in general. and theatre. plastic artists and writers do not as seem to be as interested as foreign artists are of them. there are some similarities. spooks can allegedly talk in a loud voice and make different sound while. while poltergeists are malefic spirits or bad persons. Ghost figures and salutes. Legends and stories about phantasms. Young Romanian artists say they feel inspired by ghost stories or by novels and movies showing paranormal activities. This.to persons. music. however poltergeists are unable to do so. Songs. these are separate entities. houses or former possessions in the case of ghosts. Phantoms can allegedly trigger certain memories and they can also communicate through sings of faith. Another difference consists of the previously mentioned methods of getting rid of unwanted ghostly presences. Ghosts are said to be presences or vapours or steam in the shape of human heads or bodies. titles related to them and to poltergeists are a common toll of artistic expression. moroi. It is said that ghosts refuse to leave earth because they participated to tragic events. However. Moroi and strigoi are said to invade people’s dreams in order to make them ill. for artistic and informative reasons as well. while ghosts pierce dreams in order to send messages. the common explanation is that they were atheists or bad human beings in their previous lives. Without referring to the style. these reasons are not enough to completely identify one myth to another. the lack of knowledge is the main contributor. the thirst for thrilling ghost-stories is so big. Taking into consideration the fact that some civilisations. are very many in our culture. Art works are too. we believe. While garlic is an inhibitor for poltergeist activity. Summarizing. However the difference between these creatures are numerous. locations. as their only purpose is to cause discomfort. which resemble one another from one ore more perspectives. and. related to the increasing preoccupation of newly artists for this matter. the existing work is of great value. like the African ones do not have any mentions at all about demons and ghosts. many plastic artists from Romania and from the English speaking countries have “flirted” with this theme. locally. From another point of view. and devilish wolves. The artistic life is not very prosperous nor very profitable.
news and television shows about haunted areas all over the continent. they might turn against them. scientific researches on the world of spirits and all sorts of gadgets that can allegedly. Meanwhile European and American specialists insist they are the same. but overwhelming. Moreover. and specialists in haunting quite numerous. in our country. poltergeist activity or some other references to occult practices are a major hit nowadays. There are paranormal investigation teams. inexplicable activity. as well as the fact that this method has had to very satisfying results. The don of seeing or tacking to spooks has become a certified job in the states and professionals of this kind are still famous.way they are described. though our country is famous because of the legend of Dracula. these countries have people who know how to identify a staged haunting. there are many English scientific works about paranormal beings. vampire tells. will be known by foreign scientists. By comparison. ghost enthusiasts are quite fond of England. while other locations with great potential such as the HoiaBaciu forest. from the areas where poltergeist phenomena has been reported. our main paranormal tourist attraction will continue to The Bran Castle. Art is much more interested in the fantasy of these happenings than in the story in itself. These are connected to the previously mentioned differences in folkloric belief. growing popular very rapidly. The biggest beneficiary of the paranormal muse is. As previously mentioned. poltergeists and not to mention ghosts. Romanian experts in paranormal are not that numerous and technologies for the identification of spirits are mostly imported. that these countries hold is not only rich. as this type of writing is inspired mostly by folklore. England. this subject is used in our press as well. The theme has been intensively exploited. It is now common knowledge that the American police uses the abilities of psychics in their investigations. but not by all paranormal enthusiasts. Summing up. To what modern Romanian cinematography is concerned. unbelievable stories captured people’s attention dividing them into believers and non-believers. Stories about haunted theatres and salons are popular in English countries. Notes: The first observation we would like to note is regarding the low quantity of information about mythic beings unrelated to ghosts. The information on restless spirits. villagers. the villages of Sinca Veche. but it does not generate the same amount of controversy. in the absence of an accredited authority on this domain. but no longer heckled by the media. detect ghostly presence and even enable then to speck with humans. the vague information. America and Canada are now facing different danger. There fore. by launching it in the media. Luncani or Poeni. It works with creativity and imagination and it is well contempt because this field stimulates exactly these two capacities of the human mind. the main differences in art’s perception and opinions of paranormal phenomena in Romania and the English speaking countries are generated by the differences that this supernatural creatures hold in traditional believes. . would not even mention paranormal creatures. while in America and in England they are much better received. spirits and strange. However. the conservatism of elderly people. it is part of their notorious eccentricity and charm. consequently some other subjects seem more exciting for our film producers. Film productions that include ghost stories. In addition. Australia. Sensational. but sceptically perceived in our country. unfortunately it is just taking its first steps towards European viewers. it is has been heard of artists who are paranormal enthusiasts. for fear that. Due to this new problem they must confront. Nowadays there is a whole industry developing around paranormal. For instance. as well as they have specials who can resolve paranormal trouble. say these evil souls have nothing to do with vampires. However. the lack of implication of mythology specialists lead to the poor interest of the Romanian public eye. undoubtedly the Since Fiction literature. America was one of the fist countries to use the issues of haunting and demonic possessions as a public interest theme. They inspired blockbuster movies. To our mind. and even documentaries. who sometimes. As opposed to this. the false haunting claims. English old Castles and rural areas promote their paranormal secrets worldwide. and now it has become a commercial act to produce a movie about vampires. Plays with ghost theme are still part of the abstract theatre.
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like the bird.The only Ghost I ever saw Emily Dickinson The only ghost I ever saw Was dressed in mechlin. mistletoe.so. His fashions quaint. Our interview was transient.-Of me. But rapid. His laughter like the breeze That dies away in dimples Among the pensive trees. mosaic. -. Or. And God forbid I look behind Since that appalling day! . haply. He wore no sandal on his foot. like the roe. And stepped like flakes of snow. His conversation seldom. His gait was soundless. himself was shy.
on high Standing out against the sky. beware Of that spectre gibbering there. kneeling Whilst it jabbers dismal plaints. By unnumbered tempests shaken? Not a blade of grass grows nigh it. I ween. Pacing slowly to and fro Like a sentry.-For beneath that cross. Floats in whispers through the air. revealing At its foot a phantom. Startled by the piteous groan That arises from the stone. Not a peasant lingers by it. Cursing God and all the saints. E'en the sombre bird of night Shuns it in her darksome flight. and urge your steed To the utmost of his speed. Gloomy. As he turns Haughtily the sward he spurns. in lovers' fashion. o'ergrown by moss. Lies a Vampyre's corpse obscene! Though the night is black and cold Love's found story. "Restless.Vampire (Strigoiul) Vasile Alecsandri Near the cliff's sharp edge. a shape I see Hov'ring nigh. desolate. often told. Dost thou see a ruined cross Weatherstained. forsaken. Myriad hosts of livid lights Flicker fretfully. Close your eyes. All around. what may it be? 'Tis a charger. Tardy traveller. . on starless nights. Stalwart youth and maiden fair Seal sweet vows of ardent passion With their lips. white as snow. pale.
with gesture gay. We rides across the dusky plain Tearing along with might and main Like some wild storm-fiend. in his flight Nursed on the ebony breast of Night? 'Tis he. A piteous cry. my soul is sore afraid! Brave not the dread Vampyre's power. beloved. Still followed by the panting steed. thus besought the maid. He nears the ruined cross! A crash. on his milk-white steed! The blast in all its savage force Strives to o'erthrow the gallant horse That snorts defiance to his foe And struggles onward. 'Love. tonight! Stay with me till morning's light!' Weeping."Leave me not. who left her in her need-Her lover. Waved his hand. Mounted--smiled--and rode away. And in the rocky river-bed Rider and horse lie crushed and dead. like a serpent from its lair. and now recede. Mightiest at this mystic hour!' Not a word he spake. See! below The causeway. 'long the river-side A thousand flutt'ring flamelets glide! Now they approach. Kissed her lips and cheeks and eyes Heedless of her tears and sighs. Then from those dismal depths arise Blaspheming yells and strident cries Re-echoing through the murky air And. Brandishing high a blood-stained glaive The Vampyre rises from his grave! . a heavy splash. but prest The sobbing maiden to his breast.
Se arată blestemând. Ş-a lui sprintene copite Săpau urme pe pământ.Strigoiul Vasile Alecsandri În prăpastia cea mare. . copil de vânt. Iar pe-o culme-n depărtare Se vedea mişcând la zare Un cal alb. Amor vecinic îşi jura. Că-n mormântul fără pace Şi sub cruce-acolo zace. Ce. cuprinse-n dulce jale. Fugi de-acele căi pocite De ţi-e calul de bun soi. Mii de flăcări albăstrele Se văd tainic fluturând. Călător nenorocite. Clătinată ne-ncetat? Împrejur iarba nu creşte Şi pe dânsa nu-şi opreşte Nici o pasăre-al ei zbor. Că sub dânsa-n orice vreme Cu durere jalnic geme. Coamele-i erau zburlite. înfricoşat. Zace singur un strigoi! Într-o noapte-ntunecată Dulce şoaptă-namorată Prin văzduh încet zbura. Geme-un glas îngrozitor. Vezi o cruce dărâmată Ce de vânt e clătinată. Două umbre sta în vale. Unde vântul cu turbare Suflă trist. Când e noapte fără stele. Şi prin ele crunt deodată O fantasmă se arată.
. Stai. Falnic calul se izbeşte. opreşte!. nu te duce. bădiţă! (Zicea blânda copiliţă Cu ochi plânşi. Zboară calul. blăstemuri crude Care trec pe-al nopţii vânt.. Ci. Repede s-a depărtat Şi. Păşind iute către mal. Şi de-atunci ades s-arată O fantasmă-nfricoşată Care iese din mormânt! (1845. Mânjina) . cu-al său stăpân! Vântul bate. În prăpastia adâncă Au picat stăpân şi cal! Şi-de-atunci în fund s-aude Gemete. De se-ntrec ca doi voinici. Cine-aleargă pe câmpie Ca un duh de vijelie Într-al nopţii negru sân? Cine fuge.. nu. cu glas pătruns) Ah! te jur pe sfânta cruce! Stai cu mine. După-o dulce sărutare. sărind cu veselie Pe-al său cal de voinicie. strângând-o cu-nfocare.. vâjâieşte.. Dar voinicul n-a răspuns. le urmează. iată Că lucesc pe câmp deodată Mii de focurele mici.Nu te duce. Dar prin neguri iată. În văzduh s-a afundat. Un cal alb. de pe stâncă. Ele zbor. se depărtează. cine trece Pe la ceasul doisprezece?..