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.