Accepting the Impossible

Perhaps it’s the fog that swirls between the hills and follows the rivers inland, or the proliferation of spider webs that spans any open walkway that, this time of year, encourage our minds to accept the possibility of the impossible.

But the supernatural world doesn’t confine itself to the days around All Hallows Eve, when the portals between worlds are open. Sometimes the spirits slip through and choose to linger. Sometimes they have never left.

Ghosts are not a topic of easy conversation, as the heroine in “Light and Shadows,” the first story in my short story anthology, “What Dreams May Come,” learns too well. And yet…the spirits will have their way. That cloying scent of magnolia where there should be none, a cat running berserk late at night, an image that watches us as we hover between sleep and wakefulness…Is it real or merely our imaginations? What can we do about it?

And, from a ghost’s perspective, why would we want to do anything? Bodyguard Victor Sun, the ghost in the second story, “The Guardian,” has never heard the words “Mission accomplished.” After his sudden death, he soldiers on, orchestrating the lives and loves of succeeding generations of the Li family, whom he swore to protect. But, can flesh and blood stand up to a ghost?

Can reality stand up to dreams? The title story, “What Dreams May Come,” begins with a recurring dream of ancient lovers that is sufficiently worrisome that Kate agrees to past life regression therapy. Is her financé Henry really the ancient warrior Hinto? If they are one and the same, is that a reason to end the engagement or for wedding bells to ring?

Now, in mid-October, the veil between life and death will soon be rent, for at least a day. What spirits will visit you? Will they bring comfort or sorrow? Cautions or hope? Will you face your own personal spirits with courage, or with fear? The choice is yours. Your future is in your hands.

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