DATELINE: Not Exactly Living Here
I don’t see dead people. But, my home is indeed haunted, and I hear them moving about all the time.
Friends begged me not to reveal to the public that I live in a house with four ghosts (or technically three ghosts and one spirit).
They told me repeatedly that a tell-all book about paranormal will open me up to ridicule and charges of being more than just another eccentric author.
They claimed it would damage my “serious” nonfiction about Hollywood history and biographies (now will be considered another form of channeling).
Since publishing my true story about learning how the spirit world has fingered me, I hear repeatedly the chorus: “Have you had a stroke?” or “Are you off your meds?”
Some accuse me of demeaning the victims of the Titanic for suggesting that, just because my ghosts used to own my neighborhood (literally, the whole street), as they were rich.
Yet, I have become protective of my friendly ghosts: they include the former housekeeper of the White family for 50 years, named Addie; a 55 year-old well-to-do-businessman, likely another Titanic victim; a young man who was apparently murdered in the neighborhood some time ago; and my main contact, Richard, who went down on the Titanic when he was 21-years old, on a vacation trip after graduating from Bowdoin.
As a retired college professor (literally true), I try to tell the reasons in the book, but it may become lost in the sensations of revealing too much. However, I will continue to resist the numerous requests from those who want to visit me to see ghosts.
No, my home will not be an open house on Halloween, and I do not try to contact Houdini by séance regularly.
William Russo is the author of Ghosts of Mill Circle, now available on Amazon in both ebook and paper format. He also wrote Tales of a Titanic Family, Audie Murphy in Vietnam, and numerous other nonfiction biographies.