Last week I made a decision
I made a decision!
I decided that as I was enjoying the increased writing schedule for our letters I would increase it further. Lol, who needs sleep!
However, I wanted to try something a bit different. The majority of my letters are about writing, in particular, writing horror. Although, I do talk regularly about consuming horror in its many forms and mediums, such as through the internet in the form of Creepypastas and through video games and films.
I have decided as I said above to try something a bit different on Saturdays. Being that I am deeply attached to most things ghoulish and creepy I decided to implement this into my letters more by talking each and every Saturday about horror in the real world. I will be covering topics such as Haunted objects, creepy places and ancient creepy folk stories that might just be true (or that people thought were true at some point or another).
So, prepare for Real-World Horror letters on Saturdays!
Today I am writing to you about the Haunted Cane! A gentle start to the letters, I think.
How much would you pay for a haunted object? I imagine it would depend on the object and how haunted it was. Perhaps a ghost is worth more or less than a demon or ghoul? A haunted car might be worth more or less than a haunted jam jar?
The pricing of a haunted object was given much consideration back in December 2004, by GoldenPalace.com when they paid $65,000.00 for a haunted cane.
The cane previously belonged to Mary Anderson and before her, it belonged to her father. Mary sold the cane when her son became convinced that the ghost of his grandfather was haunting their home.
I’ve searched the web and while this story isn’t hard to locate, what exactly the grandfather’s ghost was doing to convince his grandson he was still present is not overly alluded to.
Mary sold the cane with the condition that whoever purchased it should contact her and her son (via letter) to confirm that the ghost had arrived safely and was happy in his new home.
So, what do you think, are you convinced on the thin evidence that the cane was haunted by the ghost of an old man? Or do you think this was just a case of a loving mother trying to ease a frightened child’s fears?