Ron Shaw does. He bought and paid for his own ghost Mary, on a crisp fall day in 2013, never having sought such a find, as he bunked and junked his way through the flea markets and garage sales of his native Atlanta, Georgia.
Warm, witty, and down to earth, you will find yourself entranced by this unique collection of stories and observations, replete with a full measure of Southern ambiance and hospitality.
You won’t want to miss this one!
Targeted Age Group:: adult, young adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This book was inspired from true events that have happened to me and my family after we purchased an antique, Victorian, camelback trunk from a local Estate Sale.
The trunk came with its resident ghost. Her name is Mary and she continues to haunt us at her leisure.
Mary exists inside her crypt…Mary’s Trunk, and it rests just outside our kitchen door..
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The principle characters within MARY’S TRUNK are as they are in life.
Mary enters our lives as she sees fit, and MARY’S TRUNK is the readers introduction as to how we almost stumbled upon a truly, haunted item.
I did not ask for this, and I never wanted the things that happened and continue to transpire. What you will read is real, and the contact continues. I do not know how long this will occur, but for the moment, at least, it happens when the spirit of Mary desires.
I must confess to this point Mary is an affable ghost who seems lost, sad, lonely, and possibly too content. I wouldn’t presume to be so crass as to call her a friendly ghost. I do know where she ‘lives’ or resides…well, sometimes.
Do you believe it’s possible to own, purchase, communicate, and come to know a ghost?
Yes answers all of these questions, although these facts did not come easily to me. More ghostly revelations are fully anticipated.
Ghosts do exist.
I have learned this the hard way, through actual incidents where haunting or supernatural experiences have manifested themselves in my immediate presence.
Actually, for decades, I had no strong belief either way. I thought ghost stories were interesting, but on the whole, they had never been very convincing. Mostly, they made good tales for the campfire, movies, and books.
I would say, back then, I leaned towards the non-believer side of the issue before that long weekend vacation to New Orleans, during our daughter’s Spring Break of 1995.
My family and I spent a weekend in the presence of a young apparition, who occupied the suite we had checked into. We never saw her, but for two nights, she was very vocal and unnerving. Our little ghost girl especially liked three o’clock a.m. – Central Time.
Ghost guests or haunting incidents were not nearly as popular in the 90s as they are now. Being a retired police captain, I’m trained in the interpretation of body language, and I’m totally convinced the hotel staff I confronted twice knew of her.
Mary has become my second such experience. In essence, she belongs to our family, or at least, her crypt does. I wish she would move on in peace, but she remains with us so far.
She has become an infrequent member of our home.
Mary scares me, but that’s just me.
I do not consider her to be either a malevolent or violent force. Regardless, she is a frightful presence from another realm that could break bad at any moment. This is the present state of Mary, and I am equally excited and afraid.
What follows is mine and Mary’s story.
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