The Supernatural at the Old Manse

Between the Darkness and the Dawn,   Whistling Shade Literary Journal 2013 

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror   September 1, 2014

 

old_manseThis holiday weekend I’m off, but still wanted to give you a tale of terror, so how about a historical ghost story from … yours truly.

Do you believe in synchronicity? Synchronicity is the experiencing of two or more events as meaningfully related. Do you believe in ley lines? Lines of energy, or energy grid, between ancient monuments or natural bodies of water, rocks, mountains, Stonehenge, Pyramids, etc., discovered by archaeologist Alfred Watkins (many scientists debate the existence of ley lines). Still, many believe ley lines are scientifically verifiable and are sacred earth energies where spirits can enter the earth’s atmosphere–and that we are naturally drawn to these ley lines.

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In Between the Darkness and the Dawn, Edward Fane is a ley line hunter, on an adventure to locate the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne at the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. Hawthorne and his wife Sophia lived at the Old Manse during the time he wrote Mosses From An Old Manse. What Edward discovers when he tests for ley lines at the Old Manse is not just the ghost of Hawthorne, but an experience within a ley line that reveals a shocking encounter with the past and a little piece of history.

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What’s most interesting to me is that when I wrote this short story back in 2010 and 2011, I had no idea there were ley lines discovered and confirmed at the Old Manse in Concord. During the creative writing process the ley lines just naturally appeared in the story. Two years later, upon visiting the Old Manse in October 2013 to drop off the Whistling Shade Literary Journal copies for their gift shop, I met with the director of the Old Manse. He had read my story and asked me how I knew ley lines were discovered on the property because it had not been publicized. The truth is, I didn’t know it. At least not in my own conscious mind, but then synchronicity often functions at the subconscious level. I gave a real chuckle to myself when the director showed me where the ley lines on Hawthorne’s property were confirmed (across the back lawn near a favorite rock where Nathaniel and Sophia often sat for tea). Of course, I probably don’t have to tell you that the reason they had the property and house tested for ley lines was because of the supernatural events that are frequently occurring at the Old Manse.

 

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You can read Between the Darkness and the Dawn here at Whistling Shade Literary Journal.

 

 

Visit the Old Manse Web site, Concord, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Please leave a comment! I’d love to hear  your reaction to this short story.

 

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2 responses to “The Supernatural at the Old Manse

  1. Pamela

    Toured the old manse in 2012 or there abouts with a friend from Australia. Hit the top of the stairs and wanted to walk toward the book shelf despite knowing I couldn’t touch the books. I seized up like hitting an electric current and thought I must be falling through the floor and braced for an impact that never came. Of course I was still standing on the landing and once I managed to open my eyes and see my feet I stepped back and it stopped.

    Once they understood I was ok, the guide said sometimes sensitive people have “experiences”! I never considered myself sensitive and am no spooky story hunter. Needless to say I spoke with the Scottish director and he offered the ley lines as a theory given the frequency of experiences there and no other measurable variable.
    I just found your blog and offer my story so others know it’s not just them! And wow do I wish I had an answer as to why that happened so I could avoid it ever happening again. Cheers!

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    • Pamela, thank your for your story here! Amazing. How scary and thrilling that moment must have been. I’ve been to the Old Manse several times and always have a strong feeling of being observed. Can’t wait to go back there, once covid times are over. Ley lines are so mysterious and fascinating. I hope you get a chance to read Between the Darkness and the Dawn. It’s free as a Kindle on Amazon. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it at Whistling Shade Literary Journal at the link above.

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