The Hellhole

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Saturday we went to the bookstore - not our usual one near our house but a very large one about 16 miles away. Since Hallowe'en is coming up, books of the supernatural and spookeh dominated many displays. I bought this one which I must say that I am finding fascinating from an historical standpoint, if not a ghostly one.

What I'd like to know is this: men ghosts show up everywhere in all sorts of garb: military dress Revolutionary, Confederate and Union; fancy coats and boots; professional, cowboy, bellhop, doctor - lots of stuff. But every single time there's a lady ghost she's in a white dress! Doesn't matter if she's a six-year-old child carried away by yellow fever, a bride who took her own life on her wedding day, a lady who died tragically in childbirth or an old bat murdered by a grumpy lighthouse keeper: white dress. Usually long dresses with mutton-chop sleeves and a lace hanky, but always white. What the hell, didn't any chicks in days gone by ever wear mourning or mint green or cornflower blue?!?

This irks me. If I can manage it, I'm becoming a ghost and wearing purple and fuchsia and forest green. Well, not all at the same time. I assume I'll still have taste, even dead and all.


  • The 'Athens ghost' story I heard had the lady in a 'sprigged muslin dress of yellow flowers on pale green' with green mitts, of course...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 AM  

  • Certainly recent female ghosts must have more exciting wardrobes. Heck, women are even dying in combat these days. Maybe there's some sort of system. Old ghosts may get more stage time. Hence the old wardrobes. :-).

    By Blogger basil, at 5:08 PM  

  • That's kinda why I wondered why more of them weren't in black/mourning. You'd think that would be a state in which there would be lots of flinging-selves-off-of-balconies, or hangings, or despair and whatnot.

    By Blogger Helly, at 9:41 PM  

  • maybe your thing could be that each time someone saw you - you would be wearing a different pair of shoes! No need for your awesome collection to sit idly by in the afterlife :)

    lisa and kev

    By Blogger DrL/K, at 1:50 AM  

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