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2005 Archive:
Whose Scrooge? - by Lee Prosser
December 15, 2005

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Spirit Dor by John Richards
December 9, 2005

The Witchcraft Connection - The Ghostly Carpenter - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
December 6, 2005

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Nature is a Haunted House - by Lee Prosser
December 1, 2005

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Hollywood Ghost Hunt Weekend by Richard Senate
November 28, 2005

Clairvoyance, Ghosts, and Music - by Lee Prosser
November 15, 2005

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Halloween and the End Times - by Lee Prosser
November 1, 2005

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The Witchcraft Connection - Resurrection Mary: The Conclusion - by Marcus Foxglove Griffin
October 20, 2005

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1 Corinthians 12:10 - by Lee Prosser
October 15, 2005

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Gift From A Child By Rick Hayes
October 14, 2005

Ghost Hunt: The Liberace Mansion by Richard Senate
October 7, 2005

Mimosa, Marigold, Cayenne, Dandelion, Mullein, Clairvoyance, Uncle Willard, and Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
October 1, 2005

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Today's Cults of Personality by Wayne Harrup
September 19, 2005

Clairvoyance and the River of the Mind - by Lee Prosser
September 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Rev. Pat Robertson - by Lee Prosser
September 1, 2005

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Cedar Key Inn - The Man in the Kitchen by Janice Cottrill
August 29, 2005

Bide One's Time - High Spirits - by Lee Prosser
August 15, 2005

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CBS Introduces the Ghost Whisperer by Jeff Belanger
August 5, 2005

Bide One's Time - Ghostly Encounter - by Lee Prosser
August 1, 2005

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Bide One's Time - Don Bachardy - by Lee Prosser
July 15, 2005

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Bide One's Time - New Mexico, Land of Enchantment - by Lee Prosser
July 1, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 2 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 20, 2005

Bide One's Time - Why Do We Enjoy Ghost Story Movies? - by Lee Prosser
June 15, 2005

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Tibetan Beliefs On Death and Beyond Part 1 of 2 by Janice Cottrill
June 13, 2005

Bide One's Time - We are Each a Living Ghost in Our Own Story - by Lee Prosser
June 1, 2005

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Electronic Voice Phenomena (E.V.P.) by Todd M. Bates
May 23, 2005

Bide One's Time - Sensitive to Ghosts - by Lee Prosser
May 17, 2005

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Emotions of the Paranormal by Brian Leffler
May 13, 2005

George Lutz's Amityville Horror by Jeff Belanger
April 12, 2005

Connecting Through Reincarnation? by Rick Hayes
March 16, 2005

Chinese Hopping Ghosts by Janice Cottrill
March 4, 2005

Dr. Hans Holzer - A Lifetime of Explaining the Unexplained by Jeff Belanger
February 7, 2005

The Legend of Lucy Keyes by John Stimpson
February 4, 2005

Raymond Buckland by Lee Prosser
January 28, 2005

The Mysterious Haunting of Stone's Public House by David Retalic
January 23, 2005

Some Musings on White Noise by Lee Prosser
January 12, 2005

India and the Supernatural by Lee Prosser
January 3, 2005

June 1, 2005

Bide One's Time

We are Each a Living Ghost in Our Own Story
By Lee Prosser

Lee Prosser - Bide One's Time is Lee's bi-weekly column on the supernatural.When I think of ghosts, I oftentimes reflect on American fiction writers because Americans have written about them in one form or another for a long time. Whether looking at early American authors or contemporary ones, the theme of ghost is there.

But what about this idea, something I have been mulling over for years: What if all literature is about ghosts, just essentially that. For instance, look at the writings of Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, Pearl Buck, Edna Ferber, Carson McCullers, John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Mark Twain, Paul Bowles, or F. Scott Fitzgerald. The era they wrote about is dead. The characters and the actions of the characters are long ago, and dead. When you read a book by one of those writers, you are reading about a dead era and dead characters of that era. You are, then, in the long and the short of it, reading about the dead. Fifty years past the death of Stephen King and John Grisham, the same approach applies fully, for the reader of that time will be reading about the era of our time and consequently reading about ghosts. The living reflecting upon the way we were. This idea can be applied to writers everywhere, past and present and other than American authors. Take a look at the writings of Albert Camus, Christopher Isherwood, Shakespeare, or Charles Dickens, or any author male or female that catches your personal interest!

Recently I completed reading the entire works of American author, Herbert Gold. I discovered that in reading his fine novels, short stories, and nonfiction, I could understand better the beauty of an era in which I was still living in. His literate writings reflect the mores, culture, times, and emotions of your era, my era, our era. His universal perspective examines the themes of the era we are connected to.

I recall during the 1970s corresponding with Gold on matters concerning writing and characterizations. A charming, kind man, he answered, and I took his advice.

For those interested in Herbert Gold, who is a genuine American storyteller and recorder of an era, take a look at this website: You will not be disappointed in what you discover! Among Gold's numerous writings are the novels The Man Who Was Not With It, Salt, Fathers, Waiting for Cordelia, A Girl of Forty, Dreaming, Daughter Mine, and She Took My Arm As If She Loved Me. Gold's short story and essay collections include Love and Like, The Age of Happy Problems, and Lovers and Cohorts. His nonfiction writings include: My Last Two Thousand Years, A Walk on the West Side: California on the Brink, Best Nightmare on Earth: A Life in Haiti, and Bohemia: Where Art, Angst, Love, and Strong Coffee Meet.

Examine the ghosts found within Herbert Gold's intimate and complex writings. You will see what I mean about ghosts. Then apply my theory of ghosts to the writings of your favorite writer, American or otherwise, and make the connection. 

What a wonderful world it is we read about and live in, including all of its sweetness, horrors, down and out craziness, pain, terror, compassion, mercy, and love. We are each a living ghost in our own story, soon to pass on to make room for others. We each have our own remarkable passage to undertake, come what may on our way to becoming tomorrow's ghost.

Lee Prosser is's book reviewer and a regular contributor. "Bide One's Time" is Prosser's twice-monthly column on his supernatural musings.

2014 Haunted New England Wall Calendar by Jeff Belanger photography by Frank Grace
Check out the 2014 Haunted New England wall calendar by Jeff Belanger and photography by Frank Grace!

Paranormal Conferences and Lectures
Don't miss the following events and lectures:

Jeff Belanger and “The Bridgewater Triangle” at Dedham Community Theatre - April 6, 2014 9:00PM

The Spirits of the Mark Twain House - Hartford, Connecticut - April 12, 2014

Paracon Australia - East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia - May 10-12, 2014