What better time of year to talk about souls roaming the earth than right before Halloween?
When I was very young, although I can’t remember exactly how old, I vaguely recall my Hungarian grandmother making a comment about how souls don’t leave the world as soon as someone dies. They stick around for a while and haunt the earth. I’m fairly certain I was too young to hear it and not get terrified by the concept, but it also really stuck with me, and went on to inspire the world in The Forest of Ghosts and Bones.
The idea of a world where souls can choose to pass on or remain behind is fascinating to me, and has become even more so now that I’m at a point in my life where I no longer have any grandparents. In a way, I envy the people in the book who can still have loved ones remain. I think the modern day ideas around Halloween and ghosts and skeletons and witches carry their own enchantments, but they’ve also brought with them a sense of fright and horror. In the book, I wanted to explore some more real, specific ways the idea of “ghosts” could be explored, and in a way, create my own superstitions about where their stories really come from. I asked myself, who are the ghosts and ghouls that wander around at Halloween? And then I built a world around it.
I can’t say I’ve ever had a run-in with ghosts or souls myself, although there have been a few instances in the very old house we just moved into where doors have randomly closed, and I thought someone was walking up behind me, even when they weren’t. I suppose I’ll have to see what happens on Halloween and report back!
The Forest of Ghosts and Bones is out now from all good bookshops. This post was written by Lisa Dueddecke for The Forest of Ghosts and Bones Blog Tour. The next stop on the tour will be over at Escapades of A Bookworm