Monday, September 3, 2012

Are ghosts real? ~guest post by Juli D. Revezzo

We're happy to present a new speculative fiction author today, Juli D. Revezzo. She's here talking about whether or not ghosts are real. In her new book, The Artist's Inheritance, the main character must face that question in a very interesting set of experiences. Welcome, Juli!

Are ghosts real?

One of the questions that faces Caitlin, my main character in my new novel The Artist’s Inheritance, and its following stories is that of ghosts and where lie the lines between the worlds of the living, and the dead.

Had you asked me this question several years ago, I’d say I was a skeptic about such things. Though my brother loved Ghost Hunters and such television paranormal “reality” shows, I never bought it.

On the other hand….Has it had an influence on imagination? Definitely! Can you look at that flickering light bulb and not wonder? Have you not heard a voice occasionally say your name? Mom and Dad used to say that was God checking up on you… what if it’s a ghost?

Have you ever seen anything out of the corner of your eye only to turn your head and find nothing? What about that noise outside? Is it really the creak of a tree branch? Is it a good ghost, or one that needs its butt kicked? If the latter, Caitlin can probably help you out. I’ll ask… “Hey Cait?”

She’s busy now, I’ll have to leave your message for her.

At any rate, we know books and movies have been made of such things and it was to these that I turned when my ghost (excuse the pun) made his first appearance in The Artist’s Inheritance. I wanted a nice, sweet, helpful ghost, though. Casper comes to mind, but a little older and … well, to misquote Tevya, from Fiddler on the Roof: “For a man that’s been dead for 150 years, he looks very good.” J Yes, there can be some good ghosts, so I’ve read. And even when they’re not good, ghosts make for some interesting stories, don’t they? Have you read these pieces? They’ve all influenced The Artist Inheritance:

The classic ghost tales:
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge
Cristobelle by Coleridge
The Turn of the Screw. By Henry James
The works of MR James
Leonore by Edgar Allan Poe
Hamlet by Shakespeare
And other such gothic tales

More recent texts:
Lucid by Debra Glass
Haunted by Debra Glass
Your Magic Touch by Kathy Carmichael
Cold Mountain, to some extent
The Brenda Strange Mysteries by Patty G. Henderson
The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
The Time of their Lives
Sixth Sense (though I warn you, if you are easily creeped out, avoid this one)
Fight Club
Fiddler on the Roof
And of course Ghost Hunters on the History Channel, if you have cable is a popular title.

You know, really, my jury’s still a little out. What do you think? Are the books, and the so-called “True life experiences” based on—for lack of a better word—reality, or just good for a story? Cait and I aren’t sure where we stand, but we know we don’t discount that shiver going down our collective backs!

Either way it makes for good fiction. Want to learn a little more about my Cait and her spirit-filled family?


Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.

When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?

Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.

The Artist’s Inheritance is coming soon in paperback to Createspace; meanwhile, the Kindle book is available now at Amazon:

and it’s also in various formats at Smashwords:

Author Bio:

Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century, in love of which she received a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of South Florida. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and the special interest RWA chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal. The Artist’s Inheritance is her first novel.

Juli D. Revezzo’s site links:
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Thanks for having me here today!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for having me here today, ladies! I've always enjoyed your site so it's a real pleasure. :)

Juli D. Revezzo

Ella Gray said...

Hi Juli! I've never seen a real one, but I do love a good ghost story. Thanks for sharing some info about your book and things that go bump in the night :)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Yes, totally real. See 'em all the time!

Rosalie Lario said...

I've always believed there were things out there most of us couldn't see. :-)

Anonymous said...

Okay, so we're all believers here. :) Cool...any dissenters? Come on, don't be shy. ;) You can tell us!

(Thanks ladies for weighing in on this little debate) I hope y'all meet some nice ghosts out in your travels! *hugs*


widdershins said...

I think it's rather arrogant for us to assume that the only reality that exists is this one we can measure and quantify.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, widdershins. The Bard said it, there are more things in heaven and earth than our dreamt of in our philosophies. :)Thanks for stopping by!
Juli D. Revezzo

Debra Glass said...

Great post, Juli!! My encounter with a friendly ghost inspired my interest - and most certainly inspired my imagination. Congrats on your release. I can't wait to read Artist! And thanks for mentioning my books. :-)

Jolene said...

Awesome post, Juli. You know that I'm a believer, and I'm always looking for a story that disregards the firm lines we try to put up between what is "real" and "not real". Great job with that, in TAI.

Also, now I need to really go check out Debra's books . . . you keep nudging me. My TBR pile is never going to diminish!

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