This week's question from Authorblog's David McMahon : do you believe in ghosts?
My parents used to have quite a collection of National Geographic magazines from the 1930s and 40s. Some of the pictures have, for some reason, stayed clear in my mind for forty years and more (most are long forgotten).
One was from an article on the fauna of the Pacific, the Ghost Crab. Why do I remember it so clearly? Maybe it was the blue-white pallor of the crab's eye stalks, mouth and claws. Perhaps because it seemed the very spirit of such a far-away and exotic place.
Here, without faking, lens artifacts or double-exposure, is photographic proof that Ghosts exist.
Although I have never actually seen one myself.
Also as a child I had a Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories, which included this chiller by M R James, "Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad" (1931).