And if he didn’t get you riled up enough on Monday, here is H.G. Ferguson to explain more about ghosts and the Bible:
In Part I, I surveyed what little the Bible has to say about ghosts and concluded that the dead, biblically, do not interact with the living. The Bible teaches that a soul dying in its sins without Christ is damned and at death goes to the place called hell. But what if something disrupted that normal consequence? What if the soul of a damned lost one remained bound to this earth? What would such a monster be?
Jezebelle Beaumont is the ghost of a vain, stunning antebellum beauty who struck a bargain with the evil one to get what she wanted. Instead, she got something else and is now a soul in torment, as vain, cruel and evil as she was in life, her name a source of dreadful folkloric terror. All that is left of her world is her cherished doll, Rachel. And when Rachel is stolen by the minion of a northeastern crime lord, Jezebelle will do anything to recover her.
I always wanted to write a ghost story from a biblical point of view, not based on popular culture. The Devil’s hand interferes with Jezebelle’s death, so now she is a cursed thing of horror, able to take a counterfeit body which mirrors her own when she was alive, and a quite different one reflecting the hideous manner of her death. She is a lost soul, damned for all eternity, trapped in her own “hell” because she took the way that seemed right to her, but its end was the way of death. Could something like this actually happen? Only if God for His own secret purposes so allowed. I sincerely hope not…
In writing it I was inspired by a film where the “ghost” is quite physical and deadly — the PG-13 2003 Darkness Falls, replete with biblical symbolism and highly recommended. Darkness Falls is a town haunted by its own malign spirit, Matilda, who is the most original monster I’ve seen in the last 20 years. Jezebelle would be #2.
And where Jezebelle is concerned, I wanted to do something never before done with this type of story. So I wrote of an antebellum beauty cursed by God and touched by Satan, who goes on a road trip to recover her Rachel, leaving a wake of death and destruction everywhere she goes. Of an evil dead human spirit not dead enough, pursued by a federal law enforcement lady officer of color who has a personal stake in finding and destroying this daughter of hell.
But how do you kill what’s already dead?
A ghost story the likes of which never before seen?
Why write this kind of thing? Why not? The horror novel is more popular than ever. If I do not, who will? How will those who like this stuff hear the truth?
“Whom will I send? Who will go?” God asked Isaiah.
Let my ghost-monster answer that…
A native of Southeast Alabama now at home in Phoenix, Arizona, H.G. Ferguson has always loved the strange, the unnerving, the horrifying — in short, looking at things that go bump in the night, particularly monsters, outside the box. A connoisseur of classic horror both literary and cinematic, he floods his writing with originality, creativity and a passion for Truth — even when shrouded in shadows, like a candle flickering in a mortuary window. H.G. is the author of New Blood, and his latest release, Jezebelle, comes out October 31 at Amazon.com