Weird stories have fascinated me since childhood. For years I have been collecting them both at home and abroad. These stories come from that collection. A few seem to have their origin in folktales. Others come from old books or newspapers, Most were told to me by acquaintances or total strangers eager to unburden themselves to sympathetic ears. I have given them their voice in this book. Some describe haunting apparitions: some sad and lost, others terrifying, gentle ones bringing comfort and love that reaches beyond the grave to heal a grief-stricken mourner, Perhaps the most haunting of all are the stories of little lost children still seeking a way home.
There are also accounts of strange creatures that seem to have no counterparts in our world of realities, of malicious dancing lights, of a gap in time that dropped the unsuspecting travelers into a tragic past event. Taken together they give glimpses of the beautiful, sometimes terrifying world that lies beneath the sunlit realities of our everyday lives.