Julie Flanders wishes she was the moon today. A wonderful wish, and her new book is as wonderful as that line. If you haven’t read Ghosts of Aquinnah yet, snap it up soon. It was riveting. Take it away, Julie…
I owe the title of this post to the song by Neko Case and, while I don’t actually wish I was the moon, I do have a life-long fascination with it. To me there are few things more beautiful than the full moon in a clear sky and one of my favorite things about coming here to M.Pax’s site in the summer is seeing the stunning moon pictures she takes at the Observatory.
The full moon plays a role in one of the key scenes in The Ghosts of Aquinnah, and I thought this would be the perfect stop on my blog tour to talk about the moon. Thanks to Mary for lending me one of her amazing photos!
I’ve had a great time sharing ghost stories over the past few months so I decided to share a few supernatural legends and strange stories about the moon today.
The word lunatic actually comes from the Latin word for moon, luna, because of the belief that the full moon increases the likelihood of crazy or aberrant behavior. In the early days of psychology, “lunatics” were separated from patients who were considered chronically mentally ill in asylums.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is based on a true story. Londoner Charles Hyde committed a series of murders in the late 1880s and was acquitted when he claimed that the full moon made him crazy, causing him to murder.
Many ghosts hunters and paranormal experts believe ghostly activity increases during a full moon and schedule ghost hunts or tours accordingly.
The Inuit people of Greenland believed that their Moon god Anningan chased his sister, the Sun goddess Malina, around the sky. The constant work caused Anningan to get thinner, thus explaining the moon’s change from a full moon to a crescent.
The moon is associated both with fertility and with bringing love. In Chinese folklore, an old man named Yue-Laou lives in the moon and unites couples who are predestined to be together.
Do you have any favorite moon stories? Do you believe the full moon can impact behavior?
Thank you for having me here today, Mary!
The Ghosts of Aquinnah
A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.
Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.
By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.
Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.
She shakes her head.
For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.
Who is she? …
Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.
What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?
Hannah finds out.
But, it’s not at all what she expects…
Hannah unravels a century old murder.
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Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found playing with her pets, reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. The Ghosts of Aquinnah is Julie’s second novel. Her debut novel Polar Night was released in February, 2013 by Ink Smith Publishing.