Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Interview with Thomas Bauerle Author of Kanashibari

Interview with Thomas Bauerle
Author of Kanashibari

When did you decide to start writing stories?
I’ve read books since I was first able to read. I love stories, and my father was a natural storyteller. In my mother’s attic I’ve found lined notebook paper with stories I was writing to my friends when I was in grade school. Mostly about heroic Marines in WWII and aliens who invade earth.

Why horror and suspense versus the other genres?My book isn’t really horror or suspense, it’s a collection of true stories about people who have encountered ghosts and other supernatural phenomena told through interviews with the people it happened to. I got interested in this when I found myself living in a house haunted by the ghost of a beautiful young woman who hanged herself in 1930. Whenever I told my story to someone, I would often find at least one of the people in the group I was talking to had had their own spooky experience. I came to realize it's a pretty common thing, so I decided to write the book and let them tell their stories. Since I live in Japan, its also a book about the more exotic side of a very exotic place.

Who is your favorite character in Kanashibari and why?
My favorite is Michiyo, the lady who has experienced Kanashibari, or the ghost that holds you own so you can’t move, all her life. She gives a very detailed account of what happens and has a very matter-of-fact attitude about something that would scare the crap out of most of us.

What are your plans for the next writing project? 
 A few years ago, I traveled through the islands of the Philippines interviewing witches, faith healers, and priests who do exorcisms. The Philippine is made up of about 8,000 islands and some of them are pretty remote from modern life. There, are not always modern doctors around to help people when they need it, so they often go to the traditional witches. It was real trip through the twilight zone. I even had the whammy put on me by one of the “bad” witches.

What question do you wish I had asked you and what is the answer to that question?
I wish you had asked my why I think it is that so many strange things have happened to me in my life time. Answer I don’t know. I’ve really tried hard at various times to lead a normal life, but LIFE just keeps kicking me out into the weirdness. It seems to be where I’m supposed to be. Some people just sem to be more sensitive to, and seem to attract the spiritual or supernatural. The Japanese have a saying reikon ga suyoi which means “you have the inspiration to see ghosts.” Many of them have told me that’s what I’ve got. Also wish you ahd asked me where you can buy the book . Your readers can order it at Amazon.com either paperback or Kindle versions.

Dogs or Cats?
I’ve had both and loved them both. I grew up with big dogs in Indiana near a forest where they could run free and never be chained . That’s the best. In the city, cats seem to do best. The whole house becomes their private jungle. No pet s the moment as I am getting ready to move to the Philippines soon, so getting rid of my stuff right now.

Thank you, Thomas,  for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck with your move and travels.  You can follow Thom on Twitter.

Kanashibari: A ghost that comes to people in their sleep and holds them down so they can’t move. Often, besides being held immobile, the victim of a kanashibari will also hear voices, and be approached by various spiritual entities.

Discover the seriously scary side of one of the oldest cultures in the world in this brand new spectral-packed paranormal release from author Thomas Bauerle! Kanashibari- True Encounters With the Supernatural In Japan

If you are curious about the afterlife, you will find this book intriguing. You’ve read about poltergeists? You know about the Enfield Haunting? You know about Amityville? But what do you know about the ghosts of Japan? Thomas Bauerle provides us with story after terrifying story of true encounters with Japanese ghosts, spirits, poltergeist, monsters, and other horrifying phenomena including accounts his own creepy experiences with the supernatural in his adopted home - Japan.

Some of the events described in this book are so terrifying that they may live with you for several days. But if you are serious about educating yourself about the paranormal—this book has to be on your list.

Let me ask you this. Do you want to experience real chills rolling down your spine?

Then download your copy of Kanashibari – True Encounters With the Supernatural of Japan right now.
And remember… only the strong survive…

Includes Chapters on Gaijin and ghosts, Kanashibari, Japanese Seers, Japanese Ghostbusters, Family ghost encounters, haunted places in Japan, Kokkurisan, and ghostly footprints……

Excerpts - We began to hear the sound of someone moving around upstairs when there was no one there. The sound of walking and furniture being moved.

My body, arms, and legs couldn't move! And I couldn't breathe! And I had no voice to speak!

A Zahiki-Warashi is a ghost that looks like a young child and inhabits your house. If you treat it kindly, it will bring good fortune to you and your household.

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