They have been on my mind lately; probably since part of A Cursed Soul will heavily deal with the spirit world, and those have long since passed on. What happens when we die? Some go to Heaven, or get reincarnated (I am not one to say it isn’t possible. It’s definitely a possibility). But why do some of the bad ones get taken straight to hell, while other bad spirits remain here to haunt the place they died (or become attached to an object once significant to them)?
Perhaps it is their willpower that keeps them free from their destined afterlife. Maybe their need to stay behind trumps out those who are supposed to take them across. Perhaps they are left behind because evil enjoys that better. Maybe we are all going to become zombies, so those who are supposed to take us to the ferryman decided, “Eh. Why bother?” Maybe Hollywood made a deal with some reapers, asking them to help them out with a good haunting so they can make a new movie/TV show. Truth be told, there are hundreds of reasons why a spirit stays to haunt while others do not. Religion, the way a person died, the area in which they passed, or the potency of their energy can all have very strong factors to how they end up once it’s all over.
But what if you find out, before you die, that you are destined for hell? What if you found out someone you know is destined to go there? Is there a way to save them? Is there a way to make sure they haunt a place, just so they can be spared? But what if the crimes they had done are too irreparable? OR, what if they are actually doing things now that are slowly earning them a place in Heaven, instead? What if, because of that, hell wants to make sure they get them before they are saved?
In A Cursed Soul, you can expect to see (or…read?) such things happen.
Here’s to 2015 or 2016’s coming of A Cursed Soul!
And don’t forget to ask: Who is Bethany Talmer?
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