Today I'm excited to turn the blog over to Julie Flanders.
She is here to share some unique facts related to the New England
setting of her second novel, The Ghosts of Aquinnah.
Take it over, Julie!
The Ghosts and Beasts of Baker's Island
|Baker's Island Lighthouse (Source: Wikimedia Commons)|
I’ve been having a blast sharing ghost stories from around New England for the past few months and I'm excited to be here with SK today to share another one. Thank you for hosting me, SK!
Baker’s Island is approximately 5 miles off the coast of Salem, Massachusetts, so it’s not hard to imagine there may be some ghosts or other paranormal beings there considering Salem’s scary and disturbing history.
But Baker’s ghosts don’t seem to have anything to do with witches. Instead, the island’s ghostly reputation likely comes from the fact that it is one of several Massachusetts islands known as “the Miseries” because of the unusually high numbers of shipwrecks that have occurred on their shores. In fact, Baker's is located to the southeast of Great Misery Island and Little Misery Island, so there has clearly been a great deal of misery in the island's general area in the past.
The island is the home to several families during the summer months but in the winter time it is totally uninhabited, except for the lighthouse keeper. That alone gives me the creeps for the keeper!
Ghosts are said to move into empty island houses during the winter months, with the keepers reporting lights that turn themselves on and off in the uninhabited homes during the long winter nights. In addition, the lighthouse foghorn has regularly gone off in the middle of crystal-clear, fog-free nights for years, waking up the keeper and anyone else on the island. Keepers have reported the malfunctioning horn to the Coast Guard numerous times, but no inspections have ever turned up a problem that could cause the horn to go off.
The island is also the home of the Beast of Baker Island, a nasty and invisible presence which has harassed island inhabitants for years by pouncing on them and knocking them down in the dark. Numerous residents have reported encounters with the Beast, but none have ever actually seen the creature that knocks them down.
Since learning about this, I can’t help but think that the Beast of Baker Island would make a great starting point for a story! :)
Thank you again for having me here at your site, SK!
A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.
Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.
By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.
Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.
She shakes her head.
For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.
Who is she? ...
Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.
What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?
Hannah finds out.
But, it’s not at all what she expects...
Hannah unravels a century old murder.
Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.
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