Ghost Dream by Eileen Sheehan
I first saw a photograph of the abandoned house on Twelve Maple Lane
about a decade ago. My immediate impression was what a wonderful inn it would
make for those who appreciated the days gone by. So, without so much as a
walk through, I bought it.
It was nightfall when I approached the old house that had been wholly
unoccupied for years with reverence and a touch of trepidation. Its residents
had long left it to the mercy of rodents, dust, and cobwebs. I felt as if I was
invading the privacy of the ghosts who were left behind. Ghosts of occupants
over the centuries since the building was little more than an idea in the mind
of the builder.
Holding my flashlight firmly in one hand, I turned the porcelain
doorknob that would allow me entry. It, like the door, was cracked with age. My
mind pondered over how many hands had turned that knob and pushed their way
into this dwelling in its glory days. Days when vibrantly colorful rooms glowed
with the softness of gas and candle light and radiated laughter and happiness.
My ponderings quickly left me when, for the first time in my life, my level
head -that had always ignored and given no credence to superstition-
experienced an overwhelming dread as an invisible cobweb clung to my face. I
shuddered. It was only a cobweb, but it felt as if I’d walked through someone.
Or, better yet, someone had walked through me.
Like a frightened child, I rushed to the one room that I had made
certain was prepared for my occupancy by the workmen who were hired for the
house’s resurrection. As I locked the door, a sense of security swept over me.
I had not only locked out the moldy darkness, but the eerie feeling of unseen
eyes was no longer hovering about. Someone had been thoughtful enough to make
sure that there was a cheery fire burning in the oversized fireplace. Its
flickering flames did wonders to give a sense of warmth and safety to the room.
I sat down before it with a comforting sense of relief. The electricity was
turned off, requiring the soft flickering lights of candles to illuminate my surroundings.
Seeing the antique furnishings in such ambiance brought up visions of days gone
From the color and print of the faded wallpaper, and the delicacy of the bed
and dressing table, I deduced that the room had once belonged to the gentler
sex. I closed my eyes as I allowed my imagination to summon visions of faces
out of the mists of the past. Faces that were long forgotten and voices that
long ago grew silent for all time.
As a storm brewed outside of the thick leaded window panes, my reverie shifted
to sadness. The singing of the voices from the past was replaced by the
shrieking of the winds outside. The laughter in the ears of my mind shifted to
a softened wail. The incessant beating of the rain against the panes stripped
the room of all tranquility. The eeriness that I’d left beyond the closed door
slowly crept through the cracks beneath it.
A nervousness overtook me as the fire burned low. An overwhelming sense
of loneliness consumed me. Eager to shake it, I arose and changed into my night
clothes. I moved about the room, stealthily preparing for slumber as if I was
amongst others whose dreams would be lethal to interrupt. Diving onto the
mattress, I slithered beneath the covers. With my head barely exposed, I lay
listening to the rain and wind and the faint creaking of distant shutters until
a blissful, deep sleep overtook me.
The acute stillness of the home when I awoke filled me with a
shuddering expectancy. All, but the beating of my heart, was silent as I lay in
the pre-dawn light while I debated what to do. The workmen would not arrive for
several hours. My stomach was announcing the need for the breaking of my fast,
but my cowardly nerves refused to budge. So, I lay in the warmth and false
security of my bed until an unseen force took matters into hand.
Slowly. Very slowly, the bedclothes slid toward the foot of the bed. It
was as if someone was pulling them from me. Instead of being too nervous to
move, I was now scared stiff. Not only couldn’t I move a muscle, but I could
make no sound. I finally regained control of my body enough to allow me to grab
the edge of the blankets and pull them back over my breast until they reached
my chin. It took an even greater effort to pull them over my head. Beads of
nervous sweat formed upon my forehead as a result.
I lay in frozen silence while I waited for what might happen next.
After a brief interval, that steady pull on the coverings returned. I
roused my energies, snatched the covers with a vice grip, and pulled them over
my head again. Suddenly the sound of heavy footsteps permeated my room. I felt
a sense of relief that they sounded like they were moving away from me instead
of toward me. When the footsteps reached the bedroom door, I waited for the
creaking sound of it opening and closing, but it didn’t come. The footsteps,
however, continued to exit the room and fade as they walked further into the
I lay trembling while contemplating what just happened until I had
myself convinced that it was a dream. My nerves were further soothed when I
crawled out of bed and found that the bedroom door was still bolted on the
The day passed as normal. I exerted a good deal of emotional energy
overseeing the workmen in my effort to keep the integrity of the old house in
place. Once nightfall arrived and the men retired, I eagerly took my exhausted
self to my bedroom once again.
I had just blown out the candle and snuggled beneath the bedclothes
when I heard a grating noise overhead. It sounded like a heavy box was being
dragged across the floor. When the dragging sound ended, a loud thud occurred.
It was so loud that the windows shook.
Beyond my locked bedroom door, I could hear the muffled sound of doors
slamming throughout the house.
A part of me wanted to get up and search for intruders, while the other
part of me said to stay put and wait to see what would happen. I regretted not
taking the precaution against intruders by having a bat or some other type of
self-defense weapon in my room as I listened to the sound of stealthy footsteps
creeping about the corridors, as well as up and down the stairs.
Sometimes these noises stopped outside of my bedroom door, hesitated,
and went away again. I heard muffled sentences and occasional half-uttered
screams that were faint, but discernable. Then, a light breeze passed by me as
the swish of invisible garments reached my ears.
The eerie feeling that I’d felt the night before returned with a
forcefulness unmatched. I sat up in bed and held my hand to my heart while I
did my best to slow the beating that threatened to get out of control. Unlike
the night before when the fireplace was ablaze with illuminating light, I had
lit only a small fire that rapidly turned to embers. With the candles snuffed
out, I was forced to rely on the glow of the embers and the filtered rays of
the full moon through the window to see my surroundings. The shadows bounced
about, but I was still able to make out a cloaked figure hovering in the corner
of the room.
“Who are you and what do you want?” I nervously asked. The figure
remained silent as it slowly moved toward me.
“This is my home,” I said with a boldness that I didn’t feel.
“You are not welcome.”
“Why do you wish to have this home?” the figure asked in a deep voice
that had a hint of echo to it.
Surprised by the question, I was even more surprised by the way I
calmly replied with, “I wish to bring it back to its glory days and to share it
“Glory days?” the figure mockingly said. “Those were times long gone.
The house belongs to me now.”
“I purchased this house,” I insisted. “I have the deed to it.”
“You may have the deed, but I have lived in it,” the figure argued. “It
belongs to me. You will leave.”
Fear was replaced by indignation over the shadowy figure’s demand that
I leave a home that I’d put so much of my heart and soul into and would require
even more before its beauty could shine through once more.
“If you care so much for this home,” I challenged, “Why have you let it
go into such disrepair?”
“It is as I desire it to be,” the figure firmly announced.
“It is not as I desire it,” said a female’s voice from seemingly
“Josephine!” the figure bellowed. “Why have you come?”
“I never left,” the voice replied. “I simply saw no reason to negate
your occupancy until now.”
“Why now?” the figure asked.
“Finally, there is someone who is willing to return the life and love
to the walls of my home,” Josephine said. “I have cried decades of tears for
want of such a thing to occur. Now that it has, I will not allow you to prevent
it. You must go.”
“I have occupied this place too long for you to be able to push me
out,” the figure bitterly announced.
“Perhaps, if it were just myself doing the pushing,” Josephine said
Too stunned and amazed by what was occurring before my very eyes, I
stayed motionless while I listened to what I discovered to be two discarnate
beings verbally debating over who should take control of the house that I now
owned. I was tempted to ask them both to leave, since the house now belonged to
me, but, since I was only now being exposed to the reality of a world beyond
the here and now, I was uncertain what the protocol for such a request would
be. So, instead, I remained stoic and silent while I waited to see what the
outcome of this verbal debate might be.
To my surprise and dismay, the arguing grew quite potent. So potent, in
fact, that the stillness of the air left the room. It was replaced by what I
could only describe as a violent wind. The bedroom door rattled, along with the
windows. A fleeting fear that the glass might shatter flashed through my head
before my attention was turned to the fact that the room seemed to expand in
the darkness as the figure of a woman in a Victorian gown appeared before me.
Although I had already become aware of the presence of the cloaked
figure, he was merely a shadow. This woman, on the other hand, was as opaque as
She was neatly put together with not one hair out of place. Her dress
was of vibrant colors that glowed in the moonlight. As I stared in startled
wonderment, several equally opaque spirits, both male and female, in Victorian
attire joined her. Soon, the room was filled with what I inherently knew were
former occupants of the grand house.
The shadowy figure stood his ground, alone against a roomful of spirits
wanting him out. At first, as the energy he projected blew like a hurricane
through the room to the extent that I clung fast to the bedpost, I thought for
sure that he would win. It took a moment for them to gather together with hands
firmly clasped, but when they did, the wind changed direction and forced the
shadow into oblivion.
I sat in silence on the edge of the bed while I debated what to do
next. The spirits faded away, one by one, until only Josephine remained.
“You need not fear us,” Josephine said. “We are pleased that you bring
to this home the life and love that it deserves. It has been our desire for
decades. We will protect you and it from this moment on.”
With that, she also faded away.
Feeling safe and satisfied, I silently smiled and retreated to the
security of my bedcovers. Within moments, I fell into a deep, exhausted
I awoke the following morning to the sounds of workmen bustling about
the house. Surprised that I’d slept for so long, I raced to join them. As the
day progressed, my thoughts, and memories of the battle between spirits the
night before faded. By the time nightfall returned, I considered it nothing
more than a vivid dream.
The restoration of the house continued until it was restored to its
original glory with no more incidents from the unseen world. Since there were
no more bumps in the night, bedclothes mysteriously sliding off me on their
own, or spirits appearing before me, I eventually completely dismissed the
dream as a reaction to the unsavory ambiance of a neglected home.
Today, I operate an historic inn that offers tours that are accompanied
by the history of the house and its occupants that I acquired from the local
library and town records. On rare occasions, I will receive a report from one
of my overnight guests reporting vivid dreams of a woman in Victorian dress
smiling as she stands at the foot of their bed.
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Luthias groaned and raised his hand to his head. Gwendoline was
at his side in a flash. She lifted him into a position that allowed him
to easily drink the liquid she held to his lips and then lowered him back down
“This will help him regain a bit of his strength, but he’ll still need
blood,” she said. She went to a tall refrigerator in the corner of the room and
inspected its contents. “I doubt I have enough to bring him back to normal.”
“How much do you need?” I asked.
“He’s almost bled dry,” she said. “I have enough to keep him alive,
but not much more than that.”
I bit my lower lip while I watched Gwendoline pull every bag of blood
she had in her supplies and place them on a tea cart to roll next to the table.
She emptied the first bag into a glass and urged him to drink. He
weakly obliged. By the time she’d fed him the last bag, the hollow around his
sunken eyes was beginning to disappear and his wounds were starting to shrink.
I pointed this out to Gwendoline and she smiled faintly.
“If he has more blood will they heal completely?” I asked.
“Within seconds,” she said.
“Where does he usually get his blood?” I asked hesitantly.
“He hunts deer or wolf. Large animals are generally the best,” she
“No humans,” I mused admiringly.
“Verso vampires refrain from drinking human blood whenever possible.
The risk of developing an addiction is too great,” she explained. “We
live peacefully amongst ourselves and rarely venture out into the rawness of
what’s left of our planet. An addiction to human blood would require they leave
“There are some who drink it,” I said. “A maid told me humans
don’t last long in Verso because rogue vampires drink their blood until they’re
“That’s true,” she said with a nod. “It takes a strong vampire to be
able to stop drinking a human’s blood before they drain them dry. In my
centuries of life, I’ve known of only a few who could do it.”
“Is it the magic that keeps you alive?” I asked.
“Indeed,” she replied with pride. “As it will ye.”
“I plan on becoming a vampire,” I reminded her.
“Yes, but until ye do, the magic will slow down the aging process,” she
explained. “There’s no need to rush things.”
“How old was Geo when he was turned?” I asked while I mindlessly
stroked the length Luthias’s arm.
“He was twenty-eight. He had a wife and three children, poor lad,” she
“I never thought about him having a family,” I gasped. “What
happened to them?”
“They were killed by the raiding vampires. Geo was saved because of the
strong magic in his veins. Luthias found him and brought him to me to tend
to. He looked much like Luthias does now,” she said.
“When did Luthias turn vampire?” I asked.
About the Author:
Sitting at her antique rolltop desk in her home in upstate New York, Internationally Published and Award Winning author, Eileen Sheehan, writes steamy romance thrillers for the mature adult with a sexy male and strong female. The majority of her novels are paranormal, but some are just plain novels about people in love. As the years progressed, so did her writing style. Although she still includes romance and has a happily ever after ending, her stories tend to have more mystery, thrills, and horror in them.
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Eileen started out as a freelance writer for periodical magazines and newspapers. From there, she tried her hand at writing screenplays. Her screenplay, “When East Meets West” was a finalist in the 2001 Independent International Film and Video Festival at Madison Square Gardens, NYC. Finally finding her niche, she lets her imagination loose with paranormal romance/thrillers.
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