“Thai Ghost Story” Revisited

February 13th, 2009

In 2007, I wrote a post about a ghost I encountered in Thailand, one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Every now and then someone posts an answer, and today a woman named Susan, who was born in Laos, wrote her own ghost story in response.  The post and her answer are here.

For those of you who have read A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART, Rose’s improvised exorcism in the book was inspired by the experience I recount in that post.  Read Susan’s story and be afraid — be very afraid.

3 Responses to ““Thai Ghost Story” Revisited”

  1. Ken H. Says:

    The Thai ghost story you tell is one of my favorite creepy tales of all time, and Susan’s is not far off. I keep thinking that ghosts might stumble into my world, but nothing yet. In the past 10 years I have lived in an apartment in which the previous tenant died in (we moved in just weeks after) and our current house is from 1915, certainly old enough to get you thinking. The creepiest, “ghostliest” place I have been recently was an overgrown and abandoned area on the trail to the Po Lin Monastery/Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong this summer. A number of warning signs in the heavily bamboo-wooded hillside warned of dangerous hillsides that had forced “squatters” in the small empty village to leave the area. The village was a quiet, overgrown empty space with chains and padlocks around the gates. It felt like an old haunted Chinese village; damp, shaded, arched entries into abandoned spaces. The only sign of life was a pair of work gloves hanging on an outdoor clothes line. I could believe some type of spirit could have been in that space. I wanted to post a photo from there but I can’t seem to figure it out.

  2. Ken H. Says:

    Oh, and by the way, the “improvised exorcism” in NAIL is probably my favorite piece of writing from both Poke books, and that is saying a lot because I enjoyed them both very much.

  3. Timothy Hallinan Says:

    Hi, Ken, and thanks for the notes.

    Go back to the original ghost story post and see the response Susan just wrote to describe the ceremony they used to clear the apartment. It’s absolutely beautiful.

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