The Ghost

All it takes is a little dark and solitude to make me a believer. I’m a Scully in the streets and Mulder in the sheets. – Madeleine Davies, Jezebel 

Hello, I’m Ashley. When I was very young, I was obsessed with ghost stories. I kept a small notebook with black pages in which I would jot down (with Gelly Roll pens, of course) ghost stories I heard, terms I learned, and quotes I enjoyed. I would print out ghost stories and pictures from the internet (thanks AOL) and glue them into my notebook. It was filled with handwriting, printed text, graphics, sketches. I assumed it would be a guidebook for my future career as a paranormal investigator.

While the book is most likely hidden in my parents’ attic, my interest in ghosts has not wavered. And, while my skepticism has grown, my desire to actually see a ghost has never vanished.

On this site, and in a physical notebook, I will continue my childhood scholarly pursuits of understanding ghosts and society’s fascination with them. I look forward to making this personal project public and hearing your insights.

Ashley is a PhD student in Rhetoric at Purdue University with a focus on online communities, historiography, and research methodologies. She received her master’s degree in the same field from Miami University of Ohio. Her bachelor’s degree was in Professional Writing and Classical Studies from Purdue University. 

Haunt Me

I can be reached at notebookofghosts@gmail.com.

You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

5 thoughts on “The Ghost

  1. Is it ironic that your article in dirge mag I stumbled upon not only taught me about those but (this is the ironic part) is actually being printed (after note taking was too much) and used in my own commonplace notebook? Haha. Love your writing and your blog/website here a lot. And don’t worry full credit is given in my notebook! I like your writing style too very much. And I love reading about the paranormal! I’ve had ghost experiences my entire life and I like how what you write isn’t all bullshit. It’s all perfect to me.

    Much love,
    Aibon

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      1. THIS IS GOING IN MY COMMONPLACE BOOK TOO! (: i’ve journalled my entire life, blogged, and recently tried and hated bullet journalling. something wasn’t right, not for me. but i liked the idea of unorganized journaling (esp in a literal notebook like usual). Then your dirge mag post and your site changed everything! i’m so excited for the first time ive actually organized my journalling, since i havent chronologically for 7 years (properly). I’m Abbie and I really do love your blog too itself, the content. I’ll post a photo of your entry in my notebook on one of my websites for you asap!

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