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Eric Mills author of The Spectral Tide, talks with us about true ghost stories right out of the files of the U.S. Navy! "...there is among them one fleet - the most dreaded of all - that sails for all time, a cumulative fleet of all ages and all lands: the fleet of the dead, the unfortunate ones who never made it back - never, that is, to our concrete dimensional realm. They are out there forever, sad and lost, hollow-eyed wraiths on rotted deck planks, their translucent sails traversing lonely seas. Occasionally, by virtue of some unfathomable metaphysical confluence, they cross paths with us. And the modern sailor who bears witness to a ship from the fleet of the dead feels a sudden disquieting chill, a flash of dread as ancient as the sea itself."
BIO: Author Eric Mills " I’m an associate editor of Naval History magazine and adjunct professor of history at Chesapeake College. I have a life-long interest in unexplained phenomena and the paranormal; The Spectral Tide came about through my research into the rich body of supernatural lore that seafarers in general—and in this case, U.S. Navy sailors in particular—carry with them. In each case, I traced the ghostly legends back (as far as possible) to their historical origins, and came to realize that what I had was, in effect, a haunted history of the U.S. Navy. Many thanks for your interest in the work, and best wishes!"
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