All Hallows Eve and the Release of Habitat for Human Remains

It is October 31st, Halloween, the time of year when the sky darkens just a bit earlier and the dead wander the earth. What better time to sit with a warm cup of hot cocoa by a roaring fire and a good book. Sure you may be interrupted by the tiny goblins and ghouls begging for candy but such is the nature of the holiday.

I have always questioned the existence of ghosts. After all there are so many dead people and I am yet to see a ghost. At the same time so many others claim to have visions of spirits wandering old hotels and cemeteries. Thus, it is hard to completely dismiss the idea.

Sam has seen a ghost before but perhaps it was a witch’s spell. Sam was never sure if the spirit was a glamour (an illusion created through magic) or not. Yet, in Habitat for Human Remains Sam may be confronted with the real deal, a true spirit of the dead. Yet, his natural cynicism makes it difficult to accept.

In his dreams Sam is more open to speaking with the dead. Habitat for Human Remains is full of nocturnal visits from an insightful group of historical figures. President Lincoln who spent time in Champaign County in his lifetime paid a visit to Sam in his afterlife. Sigmund Freud and the Native American Chief Blackhawk also paid a visit. Yet, perhaps these visits were nothing more than dreams. As Charles Dickens said in a Christmas Carol, “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”. It is easy to dismiss the supernatural.

The idea of communicating with the dead is a part of this novel. Mary Todd Lincoln believed in spiritualism. The seance was popular in the late 1800’s and the Frost House was popular for spiritualism. The house seems like a magnet for supernatural forces. It also seems like a perfect location for murder.

Ghosts would be too easy an explanation for the odd events at this spooky abode. The dark forces at work defy an easy explanation. Something in this house is ancient and cold. Yet, is any monster so nightmarish as to be worse than the evil easily found in the human race.

Sit back with a book and your left over fun size candy bars. Enjoy a fluffy blanket and a fire. Pet your cat or dog. Don’t think about the fleeting nature of life. Don’t think about ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night.

Happy Halloween