Preview: HOLY GHOSTS
While we can be spooked by noises in the night, we always find a reasonable explanation for them. Gary Jansen, a devout Catholic and respected editor at Random House, had also found a reasonable explanation, blaming the strange noises in his home on creaky floorboards and stormy weather. Yet, when the sounds grew to include phantom doorbell rings accompanied by paralyzing nightmares, overwhelming chills, and ghostly embraces in his young son’s room, his reasonable explanation had to grow as well.
Just in time for Halloween, Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night details Jansen’s quest to explain the phenomena in his home and put an end to the haunting. An honest and gripping account of this journey, the book chronicles his personal struggle to reconcile his Catholic faith with mounting evidence that his home was indeed occupied by spirits. As his investigation escalated, the ghosts forced Jansen to confront astonishing coincidences with local tragedies, painful memories from his childhood, and (with the help of Mary Ann Winkowski, the real-life inspiration for The Ghost Whisperer) the true identities of the spirits.
No ordinary ghost story, Holy Ghosts examines the relationship between religion and the paranormal, while considering perspectives on the afterlife from a variety of traditions.
Holy Ghosts: Or How a (Not So) Good Catholic Boy Became a Believer in Things That Go Bump in the Night
Tarcher / Penguin hardcover, $22.95, September 16th