I have always been fascinated with the supernatural, especially ghosts. They show up in the best stories, from Hamlet to The Shining to Battlestar Galactica to Beauty and the Beast, and have been used by the most amazing writers from Charles Dickens through Toni Morrison.
When I was young, I had the Scholastic Book of Ghosts, which you can read in its entirety here. (Thanks internet!) I paged through it a hundred times when I was a kid, learning about ghost pirates and demon dogs, doppelgangers, haunted battlefields and sacred burials.
We all realize, as we get older, that haunting can take on many forms, and that the restless dead have nothing on the words and memories we each carry with us. A slamming cupboard, a garden decoration, an innocent word, can cause flashbacks as frightening any phantom. If we are lucky, psychologists, therapists, and friends can be our real-life ghost hunters.
Suffering, as Vincent said in the pilot, “. . . will make you stronger,” and it can . . . eventually, with the right type of support, but suffering can also make a person brittle. Trauma can fuel addiction, end friendships, end careers, break up marriages. If you are at the end of your rope, if you are hurting, if you need help, please call the Crisis Hotline – (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 273-8255
Catherine is haunted by what she has endured. And now, without further ado, Home: Chapter 14.