Have You Experienced the Unexplained? – Guest Post by Dunham Raynor

Paranormal Activity – An event or power that scientific laws cannot explain. Thought to involve unknown forces…

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A sudden chill along your spine as you stand atop a darkened staircase. Distant footsteps in the next room when you’re sure no one else is home. The eerie feeling someone is standing just out of your line of sight. Are these sensations products of imagination? Or is something unexplained waiting in the darkness? As a psychic hounded by the Dead, I can attest many supernatural phenomena are real. Others, however, can be credited to bouts of fantasy. I have the benefit of visual proof given to me by the Ouroboros.

If your inclinations tempt you to indulge in Halloween festivities this year, my dear reader, then be wary of the shadows. Heed my advice and search for the signs.

Signs of Paranormal Activity

  • Floating Ghost Lights or Orbs – Many a nighttime traveler glimpses ghost lights floating in the distance. They could be residual energy from a soul chained to our Earthly Realm. Or it may be a devilish will-o’-the-wisp trying to lead you astray. Trust your own lantern, Friend.
  • Shadow People – Have you ever fancied you’ve seen a human-shaped shadow just at the edge of your vision? Experts debate whether these Shadow People act as guides or have bad intentions for those who see them. I do my level best to ignore them.
  • Sudden Temperature Drops – Openings in the Veil between the afterlife and our Earthly plane cause a plummet in temperature. Life is warm. Death is eternal cold for those who don’t pass on.
  • Unexplained Feelings of Dread – Some souls are sensitive to the supernatural. Trust your instincts. They may just keep you from evil.
  • Disembodied Sounds – Hauntings usually occur when a ghost has a strong attachment to a place. You may hear footsteps or laughter from stranded souls trying to cling to their former lives.
  • Items Moving of Their Own Accord – Poltergeists are vexing. They rarely listen to reason and insist on clinging to a place or person that no longer wants them. Do not engage, as they can be extremely dangerous.

A warning, my friends: the list of signs I’ve provided is not comprehensive. We are in the season of monsters and mayhem. The safest place is in your bed, under the covers. Then again, if you are a kindred spirit and seek out the bizarre, Halloween is the perfect time to explore the fantastical. If you dare!

Dunham Raynor’s adventures can be found in his documented exploits, THE VENGEFUL DEAD.

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What Type of Halloween Fan Are You?

So, you think you’re a Halloween fan? Take the quiz to see how you rank in the Spooky Season Fandom. And don’t forget to put your results in the comments section. We’re curious to see how many hardcore Halloween fans are out there.

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Halloween Fan Quiz

Question 1 – Summertime is here, and you are thinking:

  • Does this beige shirt go with my beige shorts? (0 points)
  • Should I have hamburgers or hot dogs for the July 4th BBQ? (1 point)
  • Halloween is three months away. I better start decorating soon. (2 points)

Question 2 – I put my Halloween decorations up on this date:

  • Dude. I never take them down! (2 points)
  • Halloween decorations are for little kids. (Negative 20 points! Kidding. 0 points)
  • I love celebrating the season by putting my Halloween decorations up on October 1st. (1 point)

Question 3 – I ___ when Trick or Treaters come to my house on Halloween:

  • Shut the lights off and lock the door. (0 points, and shame on you!)
  • Usher guests into the Haunted Maze I built in my garage. (2 points)
  • Hand out awesome candy and make a fuss over their costumes. (1 point)

Question 4 – Halloween night is over, and you:

  • Start planning your next Halloween Party on November 1st.  (2 points)
  • Procrastinate about putting away your Halloween decorations until the weekend. (1 point)
  • Nothing. It was just another day. (0 points)

Add those points together, and see below for your results!

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Halloween Fan Quiz Results

Hardcore Hellion (6 to 8 points) – You are the Halloween Star of your neighborhood and everybody’s favorite house to visit. Well done!

Moderate Monster (4 to 6 points) – Welcome to the Fun Group! You are a Halloween Fan and are a blast to be around during the Spooky Season. However, you don’t go overboard. So many holidays, so little time.

Dead On Arrival (0 to 3 points) – You need a pumpkin spice and candy corn infusion, Stat!

Please share your results in the comments. I’d love to hear from my fellow Halloween Lovers!

My 2022 Spooky Season Recommended Reads

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Nothing ushers in the Spooky Season for readers like a nail-biting, nerve-shattering whopper of a scary story. I’ve found three book series guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.

Avery and Carter Book Series by Shane Carrow (Nail-biter)

I promise you that the vampires and werewolves in this series aren’t sparkly! These classic monsters deliver terror. Both books are fast-paced and riveting. I stayed up way too late finishing the stories.

VAMPIRE ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

WEREWOLF ON THE WESTERN FRONT

Lance Brody Series by Michael Robertson Jr (Engaging, Heartfelt Characters)

Lance Brody was conceived in a graveyard…Thus begins the interesting life of Lance Brody. He’s a unique character who has a special relationship with the Dead. Forced to leave his hometown 24 hours after a terrifying personal tragedy, Lance begins a journey driven by his unique powers. I don’t want to drop spoilers and ruin the series for you!

DARK BEGINNINGS – Prequel. *Highly recommend reading this before Book 1.

DARK GAME – Book 1

James Asher Series by Barbara Hambly (A Thinker. Requires Patience)

Former spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher, has settled into a new life as a professor and married man. He returns home one night to discover a vampire in his house. The creature demands Asher help him find out who is murdering the vampires of London. His wife’s life is at risk if he fails. Summon your patience for this engrossing read. The book can be slow in places. However, the author masterfully incorporates historical details to make this an interesting read worth finishing.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

THOSE WHO HUNT THE NIGHT – Book 1

May your cider be hot and your reading spooky!

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