Guest Post with author Rachael J. Thorne

Today we have author Rachael J. Thorne joining us today to talk a little bit about how not only our fear but the fear from others may tie into our reactions when investigating a haunted location.

Rachael J. Thorne is trying to make it in the world as an indie author between tending her garden and being a geek!
She lives in Essex, UK with her husband and crazy dog.
Last Regress is her first novel and she is currently working on her second, Running For A Life.

For more information about Rachael, check out her website.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thank you to Book Sniffers Anonymous for inviting me to write a guest post.

I wracked my brains for a while wondering what to write about, but then I decided to tackle a question I often asked in my days as a paranormal investigator.  After all, many of the experiences I had in those days are a big influence on my writing.

So my question is: are haunted houses really haunted?  Now by this I’m not asking if people really experience haunting in their homes, I personally don’t doubt that.  I’m talking about places that actually market themselves as being haunted.  Pay X amount of money and you can investigate this building that is so haunted you just won’t believe your eyes.  Look we’ve got lots of reports from other people who were really frightened.

Lots of people who were really frightened and here is where I personally think the hauntings come from.  I think that originally there was some kind of an incident, something a bit scary (there’s almost always something a bit scary on a paranormal investigation even if it isn’t paranormal), and word travelled about it.  People went there expecting to be scared and of course, even if they didn’t really experience anything, they probably still got a bit worked up and jittery.

Imagine a rubber band ball.  Each time somebody experiences fear they add another level of emotions into the atmosphere like a big rubber band ball of fear, just hanging there, influencing and feeding from people every time they investigate.  It feels real, I’ve felt it myself, so much so that our group actually left a building before the scheduled end of an investigation because it had become far too intense.  It was only when we were away from the building that we began to see things more clearly and we realised what we had experienced.

Not that I think these places do this on purpose of course.  I’m sure most of the time they are just as convinced as everyone else that they have a major haunting on their hands.

So next time you’re staring a ghost in the face, you might just ask yourself, “Is this just a great big rubber band ball of fear I can see?”  Of course if you’re a sensible person, unlike me, you’d probably prefer to run like heck in the opposite direction!


about the book

Last Regress
By: Rachael J. Thorne
Genre: Paranormal Romance


Alyssa Matthews thought she had an explanation for everything. After all, as a slightly sceptical paranormal investigator that was what she was used to doing; researching, observing and explaining.

So when she began writing a paper about a long forgotten case of death by Spontaneous Human Combustion, she assumed it would be a run-of-the-mill piece. Little did she realise that she was about to be plunged into a situation that would not only force her to question her own sanity, but also her scepticism about the nature of the paranormal.

Not to mention the dreams that just wouldn’t go away.


One Thought on “Guest Post with author Rachael J. Thorne

  1. Anonymous on 10 November, 2012 at 4:39 pm said:

    Great theory!

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