A Good Deed

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In the footsteps of Poe and Montague James, this is a somewhat humourous but chilling ghost story set in the 1880' More
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Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Words: 8,830
Language: Australian English
ISBN: 9781310459085
About Annette Siketa

For those of you who have not yet made my acquaintance, my name is Annette Siketa, and I am totally blind. Were you aware that most blind and visually impaired people are extraordinarily perceptive? To sighted people, this ability must seem like ESP, and I suppose to a certain extent, it is. (I'm referring to the literal meaning of Extra Sensory Perception, not the spooky interpretation.) To compensate for the lack of vision, the brain and the other four senses become sharper, so that we can discern a smell or the identity of an object. I promise you there's no trickery involved. It's simply a matter of adapting the body to ‘think’ in another way.
Being blind is no barrier to creativity. Like most things in this world, life is what you make of it, and after losing my sight due to an eye operation that went terribly wrong, I became a writer, and have now produced a wide variety of books and short stories, primarily of the ghost/supernatural/things that go bump in the night genre.
So, how does a blind person write a book? On the practical side, I use a text-to-speech program called ‘Jaws’, which enables me to use and navigate around a computer, including the Internet, with considerable ease. Information on Jaws can be found at www.freedomscientific.com
On the creative side…well, that’s a little more difficult to explain. Try this experiment. Put on your favourite movie and watch it blindfolded. As you already ‘know’ the movie – who does what where & when etc, your mind compensates for the lack of visualisation by filling in the ‘blanks’. Now try it with something you’ve never seen before, even the six o'clock news. Not so easy to fill in the blanks now is it?
By this point you’re probably going bonkers with frustration – hee hee, welcome to my world! Do not remove the blindfold. Instead, allow your imagination to compensate for the lack of visualization, and this will give you an idea of how I create my stories. Oh, if only Steven Spielberg could read my mind.

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Review by: vivascarlett on July 15, 2015 :
Another well-written story; I too assumed the ending would be more sinister than it was, but that's perfectly fine. I'll look out for this author in the future.
(review of free book)

Review by: A. J. Oxford on Oct. 28, 2014 :
I enjoyed the story. The ending surprised me. I guess I was expecting something more sinister and I was a bit anxious waiting for it. It was good nonetheless.
(review of free book)

Review by: J.G. Ellis on Oct. 27, 2014 :
A traditional ghost story populated by good, if fallible, folk. Elizabeth and Jack do wrong, but make amends. Will the ghost of Miss Margaret (miserly in life) understand... Who's in the kitchen at Midnight in the moonlight?
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