Saturday, August 9, 2008

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost

I love ghost stories. Even funny things like the Ghostbusters movie are great. But, what really "tickles my fancy" as they say, is real ghost stories. Ya' know the ones. They're all over television lately (My favorite show is Ghost Hunters.), and since my hubby and I moved to these mountains from Savannah, Georgia...well, let's just say we've heard our share.

The Mercer House, made famous in the book/movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, is said to be VERY haunted. Ghostly parties are supposed seen and heard from the street.

And then there is Bonaventure Cemetery. The wonderful Bird Girl statue had to be removed to a museum after the book/movie made it so famous. But, there are plenty of other wonders, including, according to some, lingering spirits.

Closer to our mountain home, some say the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC is haunted. And Asheville, like Savannah, has ghost tours available. And check out this video. It was recorded by a security camera at Asheville High School on August 1st. ( I put it under the heading of "Things That Make You Go HMMM."

Whether ghosts are real or not, they certainly make history "come alive" so to speak. I have learned so much local history of many areas by just searching for their ghost stories. And what wonderful fodder for a writer.


Pat in TN said...

I have several books with ghost stories from this area, east TN, and folks aren't bashful about sharing their accounts either. I never tire of them.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is one of my favorite books AND movie too. I just love the looks of Mercer House.

Susan M. Bell said...

It's a great house. I haven't been inside as the people living there when I was in Savannah didn't allow tours. But, I think it has other owners now and they do. Don't quote me on that, though. ;-)

Pat in TN said...

For some reason not all of your post showed up when I read it last night ... ??? I didn't know the Bird Girl statue had been removed. That's kind of sad, but at least it was put in a good place.

I can vouche for the Biltmore House being haunted. My older sone worked there once on 2nd shift guard duty/maintenance and, of course, got to go all over the house and said he definitely heard 'things that went bump in the night', although he never saw anything like some other employees claimed. He usually had some interesting stories to tell us from time to time.

Susan M. Bell said...

Yeah, I don't know what happened. I was actually in the process of writing it, hit the "enter" button to go to the next line and for some reason it posted it. The wonderful world of computers.

I would love to work in a place like that on an evening or late shift. My problem is, with the Biltmore, I would be so tempted to go into that HUGE library and just look at books. Seems kind of a shame that they sit there with no one able to read them any more. (Well, no one living any way.)

I think I believe in ghosts. Would love to go on a ghost hunt, but would probably go running in panic at the first noise. :-}