Sunday, 16 March 2008

The Ghost Muse?

I am writing a book called Numinosity. It is about how we enchant (and disenchant) the places we live and move in, and how relationships with places affect our growth as people. Prague Equinox, Volume 1 of Numinosity, is now complete. I am now writing Volume 2, On the Bridge. The bridge referred to is the Charles Bridge in Prague, one of the most enchanted places in Europe.
........... It all started when I was staying at a hotel just near where this picture was taken. As I was dropping off to sleep I was visited by a ghost. It did not "appear", but rather made its presence felt. It was quite scary . I did not know then that Lilliova Street, near the Old Town Square in Prague, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a barber who abandoned his wife and daughters to become an alchemist. After a rather troubled night's sleep, I was browsing the next morning in a nearby bookshop when I found the fascinating book Praga Mysteriosa, which mentions this ghost story. That was three years ago. The Barber-Alchemist, is evolving, it seems, into a trilogy!