Book Talk – Beloved Dead and the Supernatural

— Do you get excited about the myths and legends of other cultures? Did you know that there are local myths all over the USA that are unique to that place?
— I appreciated the myths of South Carolina right away. The story of haints interested me. Ghosts have always been an interest of mine, but haints are a particular kind of ghost. Haints can be helpful to people. For example, on a coastal South Carolina island, a haint comes out before large storms to warn the population that a big one is headed their way. Haints aren’t poltergeists – no chain rattling for them. Yet even though haints are benign, Charlestonians paint their porch ceilings “haint blue” to ensure they don’t have any supernatural visits.
— If you think haints are a problem, you haven’t heard about boo-hags. A hag slips out of her skin at night and lays on the chest of her unsuspecting victim. Think of them as air vampires, but they don’t kill or make anyone else into creatures like themselves. After a hag has laid on your chest all night, the hag is said to have ridden you – and you won’t feel very well. Locals describe the feeling upon awakening as tired and pained, as though one had been hit by a stick half the night. The local expression, “Don’t let the hag ride ya,” is good advice.
— In Beloved Dead, Cage’s ghostly life has gone on for two hundred years, not that he hasn’t tried to end the supernatural prison in which he finds himself. Doc Green, the root doctor who cast the haint spell, told Cage that no live body would accept him, not that he would have possessed anyone even if he could. But in looking for some object to inhabit as a transition back to the physical world, he tried statues and suits of armor – not that any of those choices worked out. Instead, it was Imogen’s life-size sculpture of a classical young man that was meant to be Cage’s ticket back to a natural life.
— The third interesting Charlestonian supernatural form in Beloved Dead is the plat-eye, a creature with one large eye and the ability to live forever. That’s right, plat-eyes can’t be killed. They can take other forms, and in our plat-eye’s case, Christine’s little chihuahua is not the cute yappy little dog he seems to be.
— Other supernaturals in the book include Dr. Nejen, a ghoul, who alludes to shapeshifters and other creatures of the night. In any sequel of the book, you’ll see those beings, too.
— Read Beloved Dead to find out more. You’ll find the book on Amazon or on the Kellan Publishing site.