what are ghosts?

I’ve always thought that a haunting speaks as much about the haunted as the ghost.

‘Houses are not haunted. We are haunted, and regardless of the architecture with which we surround ourselves, our ghosts stay with us until we ourselves are ghosts.’ – D. Koontz, Velocity

When I wrote Indigo I wasn’t really thinking about what the ghost meant. It could be seen as the embodiment of Indigo’s guilt and the burden she carries for her misguided confidence. Yet she also shares the ghost’s experience of being voiceless and struggling to find a way to speak. Ghosts in some ways represent a kind of inarticulate protest against the injustices of the world. In our own lives they might reflect our inability to let the past die and become a memory. When the past remains as a force that controls and frightens us we can truly say that we are haunted.

‘Ghosts are a metaphor for memory and remembrance and metaphorically connect our world to the world we cannot know about.’ – L. What, interview

Can we lay our ghosts to rest, or are they a part of us ‘until we ourselves are ghosts’?

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