Saturday, October 22, 2005


I've only seen one "ghost" in my life , at least I like to think it was a real ghost.
This particular phantom gets an occasional mention in Ontario ghost books and I don't remember his real name so I'll call him The Ghost of Lake Skugog.
I woke up this morning and sleepily doodled the above drawing in a notebook planning on doing a cleaner version but I'll just leave it as it is and hopefully you will get the idea .
Friends who lived close to Lake Skugog first told me about the ghost and how teenagers from the surrounding towns would go up to the old farm road and park their cars and watch the farmers field late at night where the incident happened hoping for a glimpse of the ghost.
The story goes that a motorcyclist had made a habit of crossing the field of a farmers , late at night, after some rendezvous. The farmer, to deter the rider, built a fence along the edge of his property and the road. The rider again crossed the field at night, only this time he collided with the fence. The motorcycle tumbled and rolled and the unfortunate rider was thrown to his death.
My friends had gone on midnight vigils before to see the apparition but had never seen him.
One late night we decided to drive up north to the farmers field. We parked on a dirt road that faced the field, fence and road that ran beside the property. It was pitch black when we turned off the car headlights except the light from the sky and we sat and laughed quietly and tried to spook each other.
An hour and half had passed when suddenly a single, small light appeared on the horizon of the field and headed toward us. We jumped and choked back yells and our eyes popped as we watched the lone light weave through the field, getting larger till it finally hit the fence, where the light jerked and bounced and fell downward toward the road and extinguished.
We were all pretty excited and freaked out and waited around for another hour hoping to see it again. Eventually we pulled out and headed home very happy with our small encounter with the supernatural. Its been explained as lights bouncing off various things to give that impression but heck,thats no fun anyway, better a ghost I say.


You'll have to read the comments dear reader to get this one, sorry for the extra work.

18 comments:

Virginia Valle said...
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Giles said...

Drazen, first off, thanks ever so much for your kind post :) I love your work...your writing, referece images and artwork are all great inspiration. I enjoy 'lurking' around here.

Excellent drawing (I like the energy of your line work) and I like that figure on the balcony.

Anonymous said...

Hhheeeee, great use of line for this image, love the 'faces' in the center! I believe you saw a ghost - I had one walk through me once };-}

Alina Chau said...

This is a cool story!! Nice drawing too!! Does it freak you out recalling the ghost story?

Smook said...

I shouldn't have read this before going to bed......it spooked the smook! Leave the drawings as is.....they're beautiful!

Yaxin said...

wow !
absolutly great sketches, the road one have so much atmosphere....kind of a Gorey's feeling in to it ;))))
As long you haven't meet with a Banshee,
it's fine...I think that ghost are as fine and sweet as the summer morning mist.

Catnapping said...

I absolutely believe that spirits are here around us, and that they absorb and reflect our grief and our joy.

I used to be so afraid of them, but these days, knowing they are there lends me great comfort.

In fact, your illustration has given me an idea to write a short narrative regarding a couple of different spirits i'm certain i've seen.

thank you for this wonderful entry.

Drazen said...

Thanks Virginia.
No problem Giles. I'm sure everyone suffers from the same problem of too many great blogs and no time to post. Thanks for your comments.
Cool anonymous.
Thanks Alina, no I loved this experience and luckily I was with 3 sober friends as well and we all had the same experience. It was just a great night and its always fascinating to hear peoples stories of haunted places.
Spook the Smook! I remember that board game!!
hmm or was it
an old eastern euroupeon story my grandma told me..Smook the Spook>
Thanks Yacin.
Glad you liked it catnapping and very glad you will write your own encounter with the UNKNOWN!

Kactiguy said...

I read this right before going to bed too but, unlike Smook, I aint scared of nuthing. Love the sketches, love the story, love the board game.

Smook said...

HILARIOUS! I want the original! Draz, my friend, you rock!

Anonymous said...

Hhheeeee you will make Smook a Spook };-}

Fulton Beal said...

Graspin the chest
The ghosts said it best
When leaping where once they had hid
A shivering spine
Wait, don't look behind!
You'll cert'ly be sorry you did

BOO!

leif said...

Drazen; Wonderfully creepy pictures. They have a lovely nightmare-before-xmas charm about them. The style is perfect. Please sir, may we have some more...? Only 7 days 'til Hallowe'en! ;-)

skullyflower said...

I love the spooks. Thanks for all the Halloweeny fun! I love love love it.
Here's a fun spookie doodle for youz.

Mark McDonnell said...

Very loose and free. Some of it looks like DARK CITY . . .

MAC

The Tart said...

spookey, spookey....cool

Stef said...

Drazen, I truly love your sketch style, as all your artwork, I love the way you illustrate...and again, you produce so much work!

Drazen said...

thanks folks!
thanks for the rhyme cheezy YAYA