Wednesday Weirdness: Spook Lights and Corpse Candles


Would you follow a disembodied light into a dark forest or swamp? Read a chilling excerpt on Mae Clair’s wonderful site and then pick up your #Free copy of Macabre Sanctuary!

From the Pen of Mae Clair

pathway between large, gnarled trees with words "on the path of Wednesday Weirdness" superimposed over imageIt’s time for another dose of Wednesday Weirdness. Today’s post comes with a bonus—a free book of Halloween stories. But first . . .

Beware the marsh when night unfolds,
and darkness sends the sun in flight.
‘Tis no place for mortal creature,
home to Fae and ghostly light.

Spook lights have many different names depending on culture and location, but have long been intertwined with magical things that go bump-in-the-night. Often referred to as ‘foolish fire’ for the propensity to lead night time travelers astray, these lights have various names including will-o-wisps, elf light, fox fire, and ghost lights among others.

Commonly attributed to the Fae or elemental spirits, they rarely bring good fortune to those who see them. When viewed in a graveyard, they are called  corpse candles. Dancing over marshy grounds and bogs, locals have dubbed them Jack o’ lanterns or friar’s lanterns. In some cases they’ve…

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  1. Mae Clair says:

    On behalf of all the contributing authors to Macabre Sanctuary, thanks so much for the reblog! Happy Halloween!

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  2. Beware Of The Reader says:

    No I would never follow that light Jacquie!

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    1. Just the name, corpse candles, freaks me out! lol

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  3. An exciting share, Jacquie. Happy Halloween hugs.

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    1. Enjoyed Mae’s post, though she can keep her creepy ghouls! lol

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      1. Ha! The creepy crying ghoul across the street is something I could sure do without. So no ghouls for me either.

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  4. A great share, Jacquie.

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    1. I’d never heard some of these terms before, but they sure amp up the spook factor! lol

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