KAREN: I'm thrilled to introduce USA Today bestselling author, Terry Spear. Her urban fantasies and medieval romantic suspense tales are to die for, but she also writes true stories and young adult tales, too. Today, Terry is sharing a true life ghost story. So grab your loved ones and settle in for a hauntingly good tale.
***CONTEST: Terry is giving away a Print copy of her latest shifter story, SAVAGE HUNGER, to one lucky commenter.(USA Only) Read on to find out how you may add this book to your goody bag. CONTEST ENDS OCT. 16TH at midnight PST.
When Things Go Bump in the Night
By Terry Spear
I LOVED reading ghost stories when I was a kid. Loved Ghost Busters, Casper, but they were all fantasy! Fun fantasy.
Then it happened. The first time I “witnessed” a ghost, it was in the Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, but I’ve discussed this on another Halloween blog, so then the next time I had a “sighting” was at my home in Texas.
No one died there, that I know of. The previous owners had the place a short while, minister and wife and three kids. They sold the place to me. Before this, the only other couple who had owned the house had divorced and they sold the house to the minister.
Now, I kept receiving IRS statements saying that the guy owed them money, I suspect. The IRS had the mail sent registered, or certified, or whatever and you had to sign for it. I warned my kids: DON’T sign for anything from the IRS, period! I could just see them coming to get me because I was in collusion for hiding the guy who owned the house way before me.
My son was at college and my daughter was taking over his apartment soon, so it was time to sell out and move in with my mother.
You might have heard—if you read ghostly stuff or watch shows about ghosts—that changing a house’s interior or disturbing the ground around it can disturb the status quo.
So, first off, I wanted to paint all the rooms. My son and daughter both had been young when we moved into the house and had posters tacked up on every inch of wall. That meant taking everything down, patching up the billions of pin prick holes, and painting. My son’s room was first because he’d already moved out to college.
Everything was fine. The room was empty except for a queen size bed pulled away from the wall. All the pin pricks were patched up. Nothing on the walls but the white stuff that filled all the holes. Since the walls had been freshly painted before we moved in—previous owners had “sold” the house to another couple after they had moved out and painted everything, other couple failed to get the money together and we bought—and since my son had covered all the walls with his pictures and posters, everything was really clean. Except for the white in all the pin prick holes.
Oh, sure, he’d spilled Coke on the rug and baseboard and windowsill, that I hadn’t known about. But otherwise, all white walls.
Until I began to paint over them with white paint.
And then the ghostly stuff began to happen.
After painting all the walls, a BIG letter C appeared. Huge. About a foot tall, thick letter, in white. But it was a different shade of white, so it was really vivid. Now, I’m not the only one who saw this huge C on the wall. My son, daughter and mother saw it, too.
I’m not a ghost believer in that I want to make ghostly stuff out of what is not—so of course my first reaction is to rationalize. Okay, there was absolutely no rational explanation. The next is to make it disappear. It’s not a ghostly thing—it’s just there, shouldn’t be, but I’m going to make it go away just like you would anything that shouldn’t be. Right?
It hadn’t been there before I began painting the wall either. I repainted over it. Not just the C, of course, but that whole section of the wall. Three times. Still there. In the light of the overhead light at night. In the sunlight streaming into the room during the day. It was still there.
I got Kilz. It’s supposed to paint over any kind of stain and it’ll disappear. Four times I painted over it. Four times the letter C stared back at me.
I hadn’t planned on hanging any pictures. The less stuff on the walls, the bigger the room appeared and it was the smallest bedroom. So I decorated the bed, set a table back in there, decorated it and decided I would have to find a picture to hang over the letter C. I needed to get the house on the market and I needed to redo the bathroom and the other bedrooms, the hall, etc., so I couldn’t waste any more time with it.
Every morning, I’d peek into the bedroom. Still there. Every night when I’d passed by the bedroom, I’d turn on the light. Still there.
The next day I told my daughter, “Find me a picture that will cover the letter and I’ll just hang it.”
She did and I set it on the floor below the ghostly letter. I kept thinking I needed to find my hammer and a nail, kept getting distracted. Every time I looked in the room, I was reminded I needed to find the hammer and nail. So a couple of days later, and it’s still there, I went to make a concerted effort to get this taken care of. Hammer and nail in hand, I walk into the bedroom and the letter C has disappeared.
Vanished. With sunlight, with overhead light. It’s gone. Not a hint of it.
Now you can play the Twilight Zone music here.
Two more ghostly incidents have occurred in my life, one at the house when I was working on the bathroom and another when I visited Scotland, but that’s for another Halloween Day.
If you’re in the mood for paranormal, I have a treat for you! My latest release, just out this month, Savage Hunger, is all about jaguar shifters and what happens when you run into one hunky male.
****CONTEST (USA ONLY): The treat is a copy of Savage Hunger for one lucky commenter. The trick is answering my question…what would you do if a ghostly C turned up at your house? CONTEST ENDS OCT. 16TH at midnight PST.
Thanks so much to Karen for having me here today! Don’t let the bedbugs or vampires bite, but this Halloween, take a chance with a jaguar…
About the Author
USA Today bestselling and an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, that are personalized that have found homes all over the world. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses or gardening. Her family has roots in the Highlands of Scotland where her love of all things Scottish came into being. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of the Heart of the Wolf series and the Heart of the Jaguar series, plus numerous other paranormal romance and historical romance novels. For more information, please visit http://www.terryspear.com/, or follow her on Twitter, . She is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/terry.spear
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