Paranormal Activity Truth or Fiction
by Valerie Capps
It’s that time of the year again. Halloween! The season when those of us who enjoy a good story about things that go bump in the night try to get our fix for the year. As for me, I’m constantly searching for a new ghost story or paranormal book to read. More often than not when I find one it turns out to be a tedious read that doesn’t allow me to suspend my disbelief or it becomes so gory that instead of teasing my imagination it makes my stomach do queasy flip-flops.
Some psychologists are investigating why so many people persist in believing in superstitious nonsense and perpetuating ancient folklore. They tell us that most paranormal experiences can be explained. Brain processing glitches, alcohol, drugs, tricks of lighting and other rational explanations dismiss most instances of the paranormal. But then there are the ones that can’t be explained away so easily. What about those phenomena? Psychologists tell us they’re still “looking into” those instances and are confident a reasonable explanation will eventually be found. Until then, there will be people like me who continue to be fascinated by the unknown and unexplained.
According to surveys, up to three-fourth of Americans believe in the paranormal. Nearly one in five say they’ve actually seen a ghost. Most people won’t admit this except in confidential surveys for fear of being thought ignorant, superstitious or a few ghosts short of a haunting. For this reason, I’ll tell you right now that I am not superstitious (knock on wood) and I’ve never seen a ghost (although if you won’t tell anyone, I will admit to having heard and felt the presence of a few spirits during my lifetime).
Why are so many people fascinated with things that can’t be explained? Are you one of them? Do you believe in ghosts, spirits and paranormal activity? If so, you might find my Procter Hollow Short Stories interesting; if not, perhaps you will find them mildly entertaining.
Six-year-old Lucy Rhys has never met her great-grandmother Rhys, a woman known to locals as the Holler Witch. The woman lives deep in the woods of Proctor Hollow, a place Lucy’s mother and aunt call the Devil’s Den. In the fall of 1955 the old woman was dying and her last wish was to see Lucy. Everyone knows it is very bad luck to thwart a dying wish—especially on All Hallows Eve and the night of a lunar blood moon.
Valerie Capps is a freelance writer. Her short stories and articles have appeared in magazines and newsletters with world-wide circulation. Since her retirement from State Government last year, she has ghost-written two books for Kindle Publication and numerous articles for on-line sites. Her latest project is a series of short stories with a paranormal theme set in a mid-twentieth century town called Proctor Hollow. The stories will be individually published in the upcoming months as Amazon Kindle e-books. The first in the Proctor Hollow series, The Holler Witch, is now available on Amazon.
Valerie lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Doug, and their Welsh Corgi, Bandit.