Today I sat down to write and do some additional research on a chapter of my new exorcist book only to find the man I was going to mention, the famous Catholic Exorcist Gabriele Amorth had died. I’ve had this chapter planned for weeks but still, it made me take a moments pause.
It also got me thinking of the spooky things that had happened on various movie sets over the years when exorcism is concerned. Like the deaths of two of the girls who appeared in the first Poltergeist movie, the claw marks found on Vera Farmiga’s computer after agreeing to act in The Conjuring and who can forget the tragic death of Brandon Lee who was accidentally shot and killed on the set of The Crow. There are also countless stories about things that have happened on any production of The Scottish Play, Macbeth.
Does spookiness happen to writers when they are writing about the paranormal? Are there anecdotes out there about it? (If you have some please share).
I have to be honest watching too much Supernatural over the years makes me look at any flickering lights suspiciously so maybe I’m not the best one to judge.
I’ll have to keep a list of what happens as I write about intrepid freelance exorcist Jael Quinlan. So far it’s been more coincidental things like how many times I’ve used The Dead Sea Scrolls for research and completely failed to find the Songs of Exorcism until this morning.
Maybe it’s just the day for it.