Letters from Elsewhere

Since beginning this series of posts, I’ve been visited by people from the near and distant past, people from the present and the future, people from real and made-up places, and someone who appears to have been visited by ghosts. But today’s visitor gives a new meaning to “elsewhere” since she has come from beyond to write to her (living) great-granddaughter. As you’ll see, Rosamund has some important advice to impart.

Dear Ruby,

Shani-EveHow I wish I had known you in life, that I could have walked with you, talked with you. There is so much I want you to know… and much that I hope you never know. My daughter, Sarah, your grandmother, has done a wonderful job in raising you, ensuring, just like I did with her, that you realise how strong the light is, how pure, that the roles we undertake to live are just that: roles. We are players on a stage, some of us in the guise of villains, some of us far less colourful than that! She has taught you that we come from source and go back to source, no matter what deeds we’ve carried out on this earth, that there is rehabilitation but not condemnation, we are part of a whole and must therefore return no matter how meandering our route. That is the human journey.

But what of beings that were never human? Beings that your mother, Jessica, conjured, that almost destroyed her, destroyed you too. Creatures so base that the light cannot touch them. Ruby, these are what I’ve spent a lifetime studying: how they can affect us, how they are waiting, always waiting, to taint our very souls, to drag us deep into the darkness with them. The things I’ve seen, Ruby, oh, the things I’ve seen… The darkness is tempting. I know that. I’ve stared into the very depths of it. It promises us so much whilst delivering nothing. And if we’re frightened of it, it can feed on that fear, devour us. How insidious the darkness is! It creeps in and takes us over bit by bit; it destroys what we really are. But what you are is good, Ruby, remember that, your gift is great, far greater than my gift or your grandmother’s or your mother’s, which is also what makes it dangerous. The darkness has marked you, ever since you were a little girl, and I know how you struggle against it – still struggle, despite having faced it. You suspect it’s not over. And you’re right. Some things are never over. Don’t relax your guard, and keep those you love close – Theo, Ness, Corinna, Cash and Jed – they are your strongest allies and you will need them, all of them.

How I wish I could stand by your side, lend you whatever strength and wisdom I possess. But this is your path and all I can do is watch as you walk down it. But I will keep watch. I promise. And I will pray that you make the right choices, that the darkness doesn’t overwhelm you. Stay safe, darling.

Your loving great-grandmother,

Rosamund

Thank you, Shani Struthers, for letting Rosamund make this brief appearance in our life.

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Brighton-based author of paranormal fiction, including UK Amazon Bestseller, Psychic Surveys Book One: The Haunting of Highdown Hall. Psychic Surveys Book Two: Rise to Me is also available as is Eve: A Christmas Ghost Story – the prequel to the Psychic Surveys series. She is also the author of Jessamine, an atmospheric psychological romance set in the Highlands of Scotland and described as a “Wuthering Heights for the 21st century.”

Psychic Surveys Book Three: 44 Gilmore Street is in progress.

All events in her books are inspired by true life…

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JenniferCWilliams Kindred Spirits-Tower of LondonKindred Spirits: Tower of London by Jennifer C. Wilson spawned a very odd letter, which appeared in my series, Letters from Elsewhere in October. This week Jennifer’s novel is one of those featured by my publisher, Crooked Cat.

The other novel featured is The Haunting of Highdown Hall by Shani Struthers.

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If it’s Crooked Cat, it must be good.

In other news, the sun is shining (unlike last week), temperatures are rising and my spirits are, too. No, not the sort of spirits in those novels up there!

Authors

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Siegfried Sassoon

Wikipedia says,

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an eminent English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon’s view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war. He later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the “Sherston trilogy”.

Kathy Sharp

Crooked Cat says,

IMG_2396Growing up by the sea in Kent, back in the 1960s, it was Kathy’s ambition to become a writer. Time passed.

She married, moved to west London, and had a daughter. She continued to write, and had a small book or two on countryside and nature subjects published.  She worked for many years as a desktop publisher for Surrey County Council, and as a tutor in adult education.

And then, one day, she visited a friend who had just moved to the Isle of Portland, Dorset, and fell in love with the place. She has now lived in the Weymouth and Portland area for eight years, and still loves it. The wonderful Jurassic Coast, and Portland in particular, were the inspiration for her first novel, Isle of Larus.

Kathy also sings with, and writes lyrics for, the Island Voices Choir on Portland, and is a keen member of local writing groups, as well as enjoying studying the local flora.

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Both authors were born in Kent.

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Peter Straub

Wikipedia says,

Peter Francis Straub (born March 2, 1943) is an American author and poet. His horror fiction has received numerous literary honors such as the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and International Horror Guild Award.

Shani Struthers

Crooked Cat says,

Born and bred in the seaside town of Brighton, one of the first literary conundrums Shani had to deal with was her Shani Picown name – Shani can be pronounced in a variety of ways but in this instance it’s Shay-nee not Shar-ney or Shan-ni – although she does indeed know a Shanni – just to confuse matters further!

Hobbies include reading, writing, eating and drinking – all four of which keep her busy enough. After graduating from Sussex University with a degree in English and American Literature, Shani became a freelance copywriter.

Twenty years later, the day job includes crafting novels too. The Haunting of Highdown Hall is her second novel and the first in a series that looks set to get darker!

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Shani says, “We’ve both got BA English degrees, his 1979 book Ghost Story was one of the first horrors I ever read and kick-started a life-long love of them and he sometimes co-writes with Stephen King, who is my most favourite author of all time!”