by Clarissa Johal
Spirit attachment can happen to an object or person. In the case of an object, the spirit is said to have an affinity towards something, say an antique watch, and lingers around it. In the case of a person, things can get much more complicated. A person can “feel” like two completely different people or that they are being watched. There have been incidents where people claim to see and hear the spirit, and that they won’t go away.
Spirits can attach for many reasons; confusion over their death, fulfilling the need to stay close to a loved one, wishing to do harm, or the host has an emotional resonance the spirit is attuned to. If the spirit experienced a violent or unexpected death, they may attach themselves to a first responder or someone near their place of passing. Some cultures claim that phobias, anxieties, substance addiction, relationship and emotional difficulties can all be attributed to spirit attachment. These cultures accept the concept of earthbound spirits and have practices for dealing with the situation. In our culture, the phenomena is usually dealt with on a religious or metaphysical level.
Sound like a nightmare? I’ve experienced fleeting moments where I felt watched or followed. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if the feeling persisted. It would be enough to drive anyone crazy.
In the case of Moira from VOICES, there are two spirits attached to her. And one is not only determined to drive her crazy, but wants to drag her into the afterlife with him.
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door-to-door solicitor with a knife. She claims a voice told her the man was
intent on assaulting her. The trouble is, she was the only one that heard that
voice. Moira strikes a plea bargain and is sent to a psychiatric hospital for
voluntary treatment. Dr. Richard Cassano is hesitant to treat her as
schizophrenic, as she does not show the standard symptoms. As their sessions
progress, Moira confesses there are two voices—and they aren’t voices in her
head, but the voices of ghosts. Are they imaginary? Or are they actual spirits,
attached to her for reasons of their own? As Moira’s doctor uncovers more of
her past, he begins to realize that her ghosts are real. And one of them is
determined to drag Moira into the afterlife with him.
assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her
passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or
taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two
daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she
expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t
Readers Poll 2014*Winner of the Indie Book of the Day Award
(March 2015) Clarissa Johal
*Second place in the Preditors and Editors Readers Poll 2012
*Second round finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest 2012
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