Only a few short days left until the end of Spooktober! I can barely believe how quickly this month has gone and yet, here we are. The other day I discovered this really fun post idea on Raya’s Reads, written as part of a Top 10 Tuesday freebie a few years back. It sounded really cute and perfect for one of my October Halloween-themed posts so I thought, why not give it a try? I love the idea of fictional haunted houses, I’d even love to write my own story about one someday. Real-life haunted houses though…not so much. This is why if I ever decided to try my hand at investigating one The Conjuring style, I’d need a great, supportive team! Here are the fictional character’s I’d bring with me if I could choose and the roles they’d likely fill:
The Researcher: Pippa Fitz-Amobi (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder Series – Holly Jackson)
Pippa is a research and investigation wizard. Whether it’s internet searches, interviewing people, or piecing things together with the help of a board/journal, Pippa has it covered. She’s also super determined to find answers, whatever they may be or the threats preventing her from doing so. I have no doubt that she would be perfect in discovering the history of our haunted house and its various inhabitants so that we can get to the root of why it’s such a source of paranormal activity.
The Protector: Geralt of Rivia (The Witcher Series – Andrzej Sapkowski)
Geralt is a witcher which means he’s well versed in all manner of supernatural creatures – demons, monsters, spirits, you name it. Hopefully, this will give us an advantage in understanding what we’re dealing with in our particular haunted house. Even better, he doesn’t scare easily (or at all, really) and is a badass with a sword, which might prove handy. Plus, he can use potions to see in the dark, something that may be useful should we lose power. Basically, you can understand why I want him around to cover my butt when terrifying things start happening.
The Medium: Galaxy ‘Alex’ Stern (Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo)
The reasoning behind this one is pretty obvious. When investigating a haunted house, I’d definitely want to have someone around who can see and communicate with ghosts (well, that is if it’s a ghostly haunting). That way, we’ll be able to see any ghostly hijinks coming and potentially be able to speak to vengeful spirits. Alex is also a badass and has seen some serious “stuff” in her time so I doubt much would rattle her anymore, making her the perfect party member for such an expedition.
The Record Keeper: Josephine “Jo” March (Little Women – Louisa May Alcott)
What’s the point of going through all these adventures exploring a haunted house if we don’t have anyone to write about it? Well, Jo March to the rescue! Jo starts out by writing Gothic-style stories and she’s quite a strong, progressive character for her time, so I’d like to think she’d find the idea of exploring a haunted house thrilling – the perfect fodder for a heap of interesting tales. I’d expect her to document the events that befall us in lush detail for others to read about and in a way that makes us all look very brave and dashing, of course.
The Leader: Victor Vale (Vicious – V. E. Schwab)
I agree with Raya on this one. Every adventuring party needs to have someone who can plan, back up plan, and think on their feet when things hit the fan (with a haunted house, they inevitably will). Victor is smart, calculating, thinks outside the box, and can take his emotions out of the equation, all of which are important in dangerous situations. Also, with his ability to manipulate pain, if any of us happen to get injured by angry ghosts, he’ll get us up and going until we can reach help. He’ll probably be a bit of a harsh leader but I feel confident in his ability to get us through.
The Moral Support: Maybell Parish (Twice Shy – Sarah Hogle)
In dark and scary situations, it’s always important to have someone with you who’s positive, cheerful, and morally supportive. After all, ghosts and demons can be scary and demoralising! Especially so if our time in the haunted house lasts for several days. Maybell is super sweet and an optimist, despite the sucky things that have happened to her. While she isn’t likely to be the bravest or most physically useful up against the paranormal, she’ll certainly be great for keeping people’s spirits up and helping take our minds off of things during the time between hauntings with her big dreams, bubbly chatter and romantic fantasies.
The Scientist: Chen Kitay (The Poppy War Series – R. F. Kuang)
Okay, I know Kitay lives in a fantasy world inspired by 20th century China, but hear me out. The boy is a genius, so I have no trouble believing that were he in our modern world and I asked him to study a haunted house using scientific equipment, he would be like: Where do I sign up? Kitay loves a conundrum and while he’s more focused on things like strategy and policy, he’s also great with numbers and nventions, and generally loves exploring theory and knowledge. On this basis, I’m going to say that capturing and studying data to prove to others that a house is haunted and trying to work out ways to un-haunt it would be an exciting challenge for him.
And so concludes the dream team! I’m fairly confident in our chances here. I’m a complete wimp when it comes to scary stuff but I feel as though,with these characters by my side, I could maybe make it through and probably a lot more mentally healthy than the characters in The Haunting of Hill House.
Who would you want by your side when venturing into the depths of a haunted house?