Dream inspires writer’s chilling tale

Dream inspires writer's chilling tale

A writer has told how her dream of meeting a ghost inspired her to pen her first story.

Speaking to the Denbighshire Free Press, Ann Nibbs described how the ghostly encounter when she was asleep started her career as a horror writer with Samhain Publishing, under the pen name Catherine Cavendish.

Her novel Saving Grace Devine was based on a dream she had where she saw a young girl drown off Scotland's Orkney Islands. She was familiar with the area, having visited several times, but had not expected a place she loved to have featured in a disturbing nightmare.

The author, who lives with her husband in a haunted 18th century home in St Asaph, said the macabre dream saw her unrolling an old painting she found in a cabinet in Stromness Museum in Orkney. When she awoke she quickly wrote down as much as she could remember of what unfolded, using it as the basis for her first gothic horror book.

She explained: "The picture showed a drowning (or drowned) girl in a lake, or some other body of dark green water. Macabre enough in its own way, but not especially scary, just an odd dream. The nightmare came when she opened her eyes and the terror in them jolted me awake."

It is possible her spectral meeting may not have simply been a dream, but could have been evidence of a psychic power encounter – perhaps the ghost had a message to deliver to her from the afterlife.

You may have experienced dreams that you find much harder to shake off than your usual slumbering adventures and these may be attempts by the spirit world to contact you.

Psychic dreams can take a series of forms, including clairvoyant, precognitive and telepathic experiences, as the conscious mind enters another realm during sleep. Some people's intuitive minds are so powerful that they regularly have such dreams and are able to interpret them.

Getting in touch with a medium may help you to determine whether they are just vivid dreams or perhaps contain an underlying message from a loved one who has passed away.

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