My Favourite Monsters A-Z – Phantom

October 20, 2012 at 12:59 am (horror, The Snowy Barrens trilogy, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

Phantom, ghost, spook, poltergeist…they are all types of undead that exist only as a haunting spirit with no physical form. They can hover and float, pass through walls without effort and manifest in various forms. While not necessarily evil, they are often malignant in some way, either because they are tormented and seek to end their suffering, or because they feel as though they had been wronged in some way during their life and seek some form of revenge.

While I haven’t written a lot of stories where phantoms were involved, one such spectral creature plays a pivotal role in my Snowy Barrens trilogy, serving at times both as villain and as saviour. The only true “ghost story” I ever wrote was one called “Territory.” Here’s a short excerpt:

She gave a nervous little laugh before speaking.

“Of course, the rumours are just that, a way for local folks to scare away outsiders. They’re not all that fond of strangers, but they do warm up to you once you’ve been here for a little while. It really is a nice neighbourhood once you’ve settled in.”

The air in the room seemed to chill as quickly as the look in Natalie’s icy blue eyes. She crossed her arms and pursed her lips.

“That’s a pity,” she said. “I was counting on the stories proving to be true. I guess I’ll have to keep looking.”

This statement confused Samantha. She couldn’t fathom the idea that someone would actually want a house that was haunted, specifically because there was a ghost present. It didn’t make any sense.

Before she could wrap her head around the notion, she was forced to change her train of thought abruptly. If she hadn’t redirected her attention, she wouldn’t have managed to duck in time to avoid the die-cast metal airplane that was suddenly winging its way at her head. Samantha barely avoided being struck by the nasty projectile, which instead crashed into the wall behind her.

Natalie smiled for the first time since Samantha had met her, an expression that bore an air of the Machiavellian.

Above is my sketch of a phantom.

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2 Comments

  1. Christina Westover said,

    I avoid such things…perhaps, because I’ve seen them!! LOL, even reading this gives me a scare: )

  2. chantellyb said,

    “Territory” is one of those stories where the protagonist, in some ways, is nastier than the monster.

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