Category: Things that Go Bump


I know very little for sure about wraiths. I have only seen them in the city of Boston, where I recently moved to go to college, though they may exist elsewhere. One in particular, in the Boston commons, seems to have gained somewhat of a reputation as a well known ghost, but it does not seem stronger for it.

Wraiths are baffling entities, because they seem to be existing as inactive spirits, but survive indefinitely. They also seem to be physically manifesting continuously. The area around a wraith will be several degrees colder than the surroundings, most noticeable directly next to the entity, and growing plants and flora seem to have difficulty growing in the cooled area.

Wraiths appear enormous, towering over all other spirits, and formless as smoke. They are unique in appearance as they appear black, rather than the pale monochrome I normally see ghosts as, and they are not transparent at all. They move in a liquid manner, flowing as if made up of a huge curtain or cloak of fabric, and have no discernable facial features or limbs.

Other spirits avoid wraiths, even predatory hunters.

I do not know if wraiths are harmful to living humans, though they should probably be avoided. They do not appear to follow humans as parasites do, or interact with spirits.

My only working theory for how they continually exist is that they somehow drain the surroundings, the world itself of residual energy. I cannot explain how.

To avoid confusion, celebrity ghosts are not the ghosts of living celebrities, though they could be. Celebrity ghosts are a kind of active spirit that seem to thrive off the knowledge that they exist directed to them by living humans. Essentially, they seek attention and fame, and the more people come to look for them and think about them, the more energy is unconsciously given off that the ghost seems to be able to absorb.

Of all ghosts, celebrities seem to have and use the most energy. They manifest regularly, usually around groups of people, and have a very defined, often unique appearance that they maintain. They often conform to the image that people have of them, have very distinct, detailed features, and manifest visually to show them off. They are the only kind of ghost that seems to be able to direct their energy to destroy other spirits, as they often do so to defend themselves against hunter spirits.

They are more animated than any other ghost, moving arms and legs to simulate regular, living movement, rather than just coasting around.

Celebrity ghosts are often well known and have a staked territory where they exist, such as a “haunted house” or other such area.

Celebrity ghosts can be a danger to humans in a physical sense, capable of manipulating objects in the physical world and potentially harming a person. They will never leave their staked territory, however, so leaving is the best defense.

They are particularly distracted by mirrors as an anathema, and can be lured around a building with one.

It is a good idea not to try provoking a celebrity ghost into manifesting. They often will, and occasionally will attempt violence.

Hunter spirits are predatory, draining energy in a manner similar to Nightmares and other parasites, but rather than human hosts, they appear to feed on inactive or active spirits. When a hunter attacks a spirit, it will appear to pounce upon the spirit and begin to eat it in a manner similar to a predatory creature.

Since spirits are a very finite source of energy, Hunters need many potential targets. They appear to be territorial in some way, attacking other hunters as a priority over inactive spirits, though the latter would be easier prey. Hunter spirits appear nearly exclusively in areas of dense population, because of the abundance of inactive spirits for prey.

Hunter spirits are not a threat to living humans.

Hunters appear to walk on all fours, usually humanoid but with teeth and claws. Usually they have no visible eyes, and are often wearing defined clothing, uncommon among ghosts.

I theorize that hunter spirits are those who murdered other people in life, and became obsessed with killing. They are attracted to weapons as anathema, though they do not stay on them for long, as they don’t give them a source of energy.

Hunter spirits do not attack Wraiths and are often destroyed by celebrity ghosts.

Inactive spirits make up the majority of the supernatural world. Generally speaking, they are the ghosts that you never hear about on paranormal shows, in tabloid newspapers, and the ghosts you should never ever worry about.

An inactive spirit is the spirit of a person who has no reason to stick around in the physical world once becoming a ghost. They look generally like the person that they were when they died, and for the most part they will stand still and stare in one direction for however long their energy lasts. Then they will disappear completely.

while this may sound rather melancholy, inactive spirits are the most comfortable with the world. Consider it a blessing if a loved one dies and you never hear anything from them again, because odds are they’ll simply stand around wherever they died or wherever they’re buried until they fade away, going on to whatever you choose to believe in afterwards. inactive spirits are at peace with the world and their place in it.

While inactive spirits never really seem that interesting to study, they do give some good information in terms of having a large number of subjects to test and examine. For that reason, I’ve compiled some data concerning inactive entities and their life cycle.

The span of time that an inactive entity is around generally works inversely to their age at death. Essentially, the older the spirit was in life, the less time it’ll take for them to fade out. The timespan ranges from a matter of hours or minutes at advanced ages to years only a few years after birth. As an inactive entity ages, it loses definition (to my sight, at least). When a person looks down at themselves, they generally see hands, torso, some leg and toes. Any other part of a spirit, the back, the majority of the leg, the back of the head, tends to fade quickest. As time goes on, even the parts that the spirit clearly remembers seem to stretch and warp, lending an aged inactive ghost a very bizarre appearance. In time, they will become a sort of amorphous blob of energy, then they will fade out entirely.

The only thing that seems to get some kind of reaction from inactive ghosts is ectomancy. They (and other kinds of spirit) seem to sense when a person is trying to get a bead on them, whether it’s me trying to shift into my clairvoyancy, or a clairaudient listening in, or what have you. Their heads turn, and they may even move towards the person.

It is not unheard of for an inactive spirit to manifest some way similar to a celebrity spirit. This is generally to contact a livingĀ  loved one, child, or friend, and generally only happens once or twice until fading. These nearly inactive spirits are spirits with some purpose they want to achieve before moving on, and generally will lapse into total inactivity after this message is sent or purpose achieved.

This is the first, and probably most relevant, post in the Things that Go Bump section for a reason. Nightmares, or more generally, Spiritual Parasites, are the most common form of hostile spirit, and most people have had numerous brushes with them without knowing it.

When a person’s body dies, the ghost left behind is held together by a kind of “life energy” that was produced constantly by human beings. Think of it as a kind of fuel, like a car with gas. A ghost can do all kinds of things, alter its form, move around, and just continue to exist, but it all consumes this energy. Most commonly, a spirit will see no further reason to stick around in the world, and it will stand around doing nothing until it runs dry and fades away. There are other ghosts, I would estimate around 5%, that seek out ways to gain more energy. Most common out of all of those are spiritual parasites.

A living human being is a rich source of life energy, because it is continually replenished by the living body and the experiences and emotions of the living person’s “soul”. Parasitic ghosts are ghosts that, in life, experienced or created one kind of emotion or feeling so much or so exclusively, that they can actually tap into and consume that kind of energy in death, enough to “fuel” themselves indefinitely. For example, a ghost who, in life, was a rich wall street trader and who was obsessed with greed and the gaining of money and power might be able to feed off the greed of others.

The most common of these emotional parasites are Nightmares, spirits who feed off of fear. For some reason, fear seems to be a rich source of energy for these ghosts, allowing them to take hold of a living host for a shorter period of time and then leave to find another. Most other types of parasites try to “hang on” to a single host as long as possible, until dislodged by accident or purposefully by the host.

An interesting note about parasites and other “purposeful” ghosts is that they do not retain the physical structure they had in life. A normal, inactive spirit will look very much the same as it did in life, while an active spirit will morph its form to serve its new purpose. Parasitic ghosts seem to change in two patterns, with every one unique somehow. Either they will remain human-sized and upright, and develop long, tentacular hands and fingers that the spirit will wrap around its host, or it will become much smaller, crouching on all fours and latching onto the body of the host. This really has no practical application, I just think it’s kind of interesting.

For information on how to diagnose a spiritual parasite, defend oneself against them, or forcibly remove one when it has latched on, see the section titled “AAAAAAAAAAH! How can I defend myself?”