The Ghost of Our Beliefs

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Joshua is a retired engineer, but was not just an engineer by trade; he was one by heart. His mind is methodical, pragmatic and his beliefs stand firm in facts and reason. His heart felt understanding of the world though is disrupted by the strange sighting of a unexplained figure or what is more commonly thought of as a ghost. Will this experience alter his beliefs or will the ghosts More
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About Chris J Mitchell

Chris J Mitchell was born at Whipps Cross Hospital, Leytonstone, London and grew up in Chingford in North East London. He spent his early years out cycling in Epping Forest, playing video games and attending his local church’s youth group.

At school, out of all his studies what most captivated him was storytelling and creative writing. This part of his English lessons required no motivation and a short story he wrote about a group of Knights and their quest to destroy a nest of Gargoyles, hidden deep in the mountains, earned him praise and additional credits from his English teacher.

In his childhood, around the age of eight, he met with a serious accident and although making a full recovery from it, the event lead to him developing agoraphobia. He struggled against this during his teenage years, but at around the age of eighteen, he eventually overcame this phobia. This experience left an impression on him for how strongly emotions can affect and alter logical and rational thoughts.

After college and his battles with agoraphobia, he went on to graduate from University in Manchester. Where he studied Film and wrote his dissertation on Vaudeville’s influence on early comedic movies and how great performers such as the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd or Laurel and Hardy brought their craft to the big screen.

Always writing in his spare time, jotting down ideas for stories and researching his upcoming work, Chris has written numerous short stories, of which include a set of six ghost stories in a classic Victorian style. Some of these ghostly tales have been turned into audio stories and all of which have been well received. He also recently completed his first novel The Departure and this book continues the story from one of his short ghost stories, The Return.
His writing has been influenced by writers such as M.R. James, Agatha Christie (of which her books – Then There were None and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd are amongst his favourites) and Andrzej Sapkowski (who writes The Witcher Series).

Chris also posts non-fiction articles and short stories to Medium of which several posts have been selected by the curators to be included in the ‘recommended to readers’ section for those interested in Books and History across the homepage, app, topic pages, and emails.

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Katherine reviewed on on April 6, 2019

The ghost of our beliefs is a wonderful story about an elderly couple who live in a cottage in the serene countryside with their adorable dog named Sam. Josh being a successful retired engineer and Eve,his wife also a retired pharmacist are quite content with each others company and their conversations are always based on some intellectual topics.

One day while Josh was walking Sam near the lake,he saw an apparition and he couldn't believe his eyes. Josh was also a non believer when it comes to anything mystic and intangible. After this strange encounter, he researches about the local myths and urban legends surrounding the near-by places. During his research he also met a historian who happily discussed all sorts of possibilities of this sighting. Will Josh realize that there are certain things in this universe which can not be explained scientifically? Will he open his mind to the possibility of supernatural?

This was my second book read from the author which I thoroughly enjoyed. Eve was my favourite character because she always supported her husband and entertained every theories he came up with. And I loved the conversation where Josh systematically states his reasons of seeing a ghost covering from scientific approach to that of extramundane universe.

I think the way the author writes the simple yet interesting characters and remarkable touch of mystery is utterly unique and enthralling.

The ghost of our beliefs is a beautiful five stars read which touched my heart. For me this will always be special.
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