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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Halloween Psych-Up 2013

P1110210On Friday night my friend Ryan and I went on the Harvard Square Ghost Tour, which was really good fun. The tour guide, “Scaly Pete,” was all decked out in Victorian garb and face paint, and he told his stories so well it didn’t really matter if they were made up or not. He did tell us up front that only a couple of them were 100% true, but stories like the ghosts of an epic food fight are hard to cross-check since everything Google pulls up refers back to the tour! “Scaly Pete” also told us some interesting anecdotes about William James‘ psychical research I’d never heard before (not in Deborah Blum’s Ghost Hunters, nor the other research I did for my children’s novel), and I did find corroboration on the pink pajamas story. But I guess that tale of medical students hiding dissected bodies in the walls and renovation workers finding them in 1999 is made up too.

We went to Veggie Planet afterward and had one of my all-time favorite pizzas, with rocket and olive tapenade and tofu mashed and seasoned to taste like cheese:


(And a vegan root beer float afterward!)

This Halloween I’m dressing up for the first time in yonks. I put on face paint today and got a mixture of alarmed looks and smiles on the T, haha. I’m blogging about my Doctor-Who-themed costume on Thursday, but until then (in case you haven’t already seen it), here’s THE best zombie story I have ever seen. (Seriously. You will like this even if you don’t like zombies. It is that good.)



Gorgeous, right?


Here’s more spooky stuff from the blog archives:

Things to Do When You’re Dead

Sheridan Le Fanu’s Real-Life Ghost Story

Adam McOmber’s The White Forest

The Ghost of Anne Boleyn

Screaming Skulls, part 1

Screaming Skulls, part 2.

2 Comments to Halloween Psych-Up 2013

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I have never seen such a heartfelt zombie movie before. You are right, awesome.

  2. October 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    A ghost tour sounds like fun! I really enjoy being scared even though I do REALLY get scared. That short was really nice! I agree with the commenter Kate. Heartfelt zombie movie are hard to come by.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.