posted Thursday, 29 October 2009
Pillowghost (used as a compound noun here in public for the very first time) is in fact something quite different and far more dangerous than Poltergeist because its name seems sweeter – appealing to parents who like telling spooky stories to their children and comforting to oldsters who increasingly sympathise with the spirit of haunting. Throughout centuries, many may have thought about or spoken of pillowghosts while visualising it as a single word, not two. But never in print. In fact, rarely, has it been referenced in print at all even as ‘pillow ghost’.  Therefore, it is has been difficult to prove pillowghosts’ existence as thoughts or entities, one way or another.  Except by those of us who refused to acknowledge them simply as a means of preserving them.

So, never before in print. Never on Google…until, presumably, today.

It has been as if there existed an open secret, a direct by-word-of-mouth conduit to a haunting-by-pillowghosts of which nobody wanted to spoil the spell.

In many ways, I hope this blog entry is not a spoiler in that sense. On the contrary, I expect – with the power of the internet – this will strengthen the spell.  A collective conscious can be so much more effective than an uncollective one. Meanwhie, it remains difficult to set the pecking-order of truth and fiction and their various apportionments of symbiosis.

Tonight, instead of mere candle dreaming, your dreams should be more directly connected with the truth of fiction than ever before. Your head buried even more deeply into your pillow the closer to hear the whispering of the ghost it surely always wanted to be.

Not a pillow ghost, not a ghost pillow, not even a ghostpillow, but a veritable pillowghost as the softest shape of connived-with poltergeist – not only a compound word but also one with its constituent interconnection of letters in the right order and snuggling together in a neat row upon their own white pillow of meaning.

Whispering that you will never be awake enough again to hear it whispering.


“The candleflame in a candle dream never dies.”

from ‘THE PILLOW GHOST” by E. Nesbit.

1. Weirdmonger left…

Friday, 30 October 2009 10:37 am

Before the above was posted yesterday, there was genuinely not a single hit on ‘Google’ for ‘pillowghost’ spelt as one word. Which seems very strange in view of its resonance with ‘poltergeist’
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Sunday, 1 November 2009 12:34 pm :: http://www.ligotti.net/showthread.php?p=

An associated story (In The Post-War City) at link immediately above.
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Sunday, 1 November 2009 8:33 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blogspot.com/2009/11/

Another related story (Intowards) at link immediately above.
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Monday, 2 November 2009 2:23 pm :: http://weirdmonger.blog-city.com/pillowg

Yet another linked story (Pillowgeist) at link immediately above.


posted Monday, 2 November 2009
Now published in THE LAST BALCONY (InkerMen Press 2012)

The Pillowghost Stories So Far

posted Saturday, 7 November 2009

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