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VERA DROZDOVA

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 11/15/2016 |




SONGSOPTOK: It seems that fear is the most important primal instinct in the animal world. The two main manifestations of fear in the human society is centered around two entities: God(s) and Demons. We somehow learn to fear ghosts and spirits at a very early age and remain marked by that fear later in life. What is your personal experience? When did you start fearing ghosts and for what reasons?

VERA: I started to fear ghosts at a very early age for some reasons. The main reason was that as a child I stayed very often with my grandparents since my parents were working. And the windows of my grandparents’ apartment looked out upon the main cemetery of our city. For the first time I was visiting the cemetery with my grandmother. The impression of that event still stays with me until now. Since that moment I look at everything connected with death, funerals, another world and ghosts with mixed feeling of holy awe and curiosity.


SONGSOPTOK: Very often adults try to control the tantrums of children by threatening them with ghosts and spirits. Do you remember any such incident when you were very young? In your opinion, do such methods have a permanently negative effect on children? In what way?

VERA: Fortunately for me my parents were quite progressively-minded people. They read a lot of books on the educational topics. So I don’t remember such cruel experimentation. And I really think that the fear is a very bad teacher for any child.


SONGSOPTOK: Not only do we frighten children with ghosts, we often entertain them with ghost stories. When children learn to read, grown-ups often try to incite them to get into the habit of reading by buying ghost stories. What do you think of this practice?

VERA:When I was small and still couldn’t read my mother was reading to me the Russian folk tales gathered by a very famous explorer of the Russian folklore literature Alexander Afanasyev. A part of his famous book included supernatural stories of many kinds. it was the part that I naturally liked the most and asked my mother to read to me before sleeping very often. So in my case it was my natural inclination.I think that it’s not really important what kind of literature parents use to make the reading attractive process for their children. The main thing is the result – a child that likes to read.


SONGSOPTOK: Adolescence is normally the period when we start asking questions about different things. Did you start asking questions about the existence of ghosts? Will you share the details with us?

VERA: I didn’t need to ask questions about the existence of ghosts because somewhere inside I didn’t doubt their existence. Some members of my family had some experience in this sphere that they shared with me. I was just studying this topic by reading books, newspapers etc.


SONGSOPTOK: A lot of people claim to have direct experience of ghosts or other inexplicable phenomena. Do you have any such experience to share with us? Or experiences of people you know?

VERA: My mother shared some of her experiences of this kind with me very early in my life. She saw ghosts many times – in an old house, in a hotel, on a train passing black tunnels…


SONGSOPTOK: It is true that most of us like reading or watching films about ghosts, spirits or mysterious phenomena. Do you enjoy these things too? Can you think of a specific story or a film that really thrilled you? Do you have any favorite writers of this genre?

VERA: Yes, I collect ghost stories and supernatural atmospheric horror movies. From all the cinema that exists in this genre I especially enjoy the old Mexican horror movies from the50s and 60s in black and white. The most impressive  Mexican horror for me is The Black Pit of Dr. M (Misterios de ultratumba) (1959) directed by Fernando Méndez. But great movies are too many to mention all of them. The innocents  (1961) by Jack Clayton is timeless classic too. As to literature  I like too many books- from  short stories of M.R. James and E.F. Benson to some novels of Virginia Andrews.


SONGSOPTOK: Many of us think that science still has to go a long way to explain everything that we experience on earth. Science has enlightened us about a lot of things, but there are certain areas that can be considered as the twilight zone – the breeding place for the uncanny and the preternatural. What are your thoughts about this?

VERA: I think that the day when science is able to explain everything will be the end of the world. Not everything should be replaced by artificial things. Let’s leave some space for mystery and nature.


SONGSOPTOK: We find it difficult to accept that nothing remains after death, which often leads us to imagine the supernatural. We are naturally attracted to what lies beyond the known everyday world. What is your opinion about this? Do you think that everything ends with death? Or is it because since we don’t really know that we oscillate between belief and doubt?

VERA: I think that for a human being it’s impossible to imagine what he/she is going to experience after death. And it saves our brain to some extent. On the other hand I think that our deceased loved ones have the ability to watch us and guide us when we need them by coming to our dreams.


SONGSOPTOK: Almost all societies believe that the entities that exists in the realms that are beyond our understanding and our sensory perceptions possess an immense amount of power. But the capacity of humans is limited. So why does humans believe that the souls of the dead are immensely powerful? What, according to you, is the reason for this?

VERA: I think it’s because these souls are in another world where everything changes in an unpredictable way. So they can get unpredictable power there.


SONGSOPTOK: As we grow more and more dependent on science and technology, it is possible that our belief in the supernatural will grow weaker with time. In that sense ghosts and other entities are likely to have a very dark future indeed. But wouldn’t that deprive us of a whole range of feelings and emotions? Wouldn’t we become poorer in our sensations? What is your opinion?

VERA:  I think that the strength of science will never really replace the spiritual depth and strength of a human being. We are dependent on technologies since a very long time but the ones that want to find the beauty of mystery still find it. Everything depends on the person. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder so to say.


VERA DROZDOVA  is a Russian poet currently living in Moscow. She has been writing poems since 8 years old. Have some works published in magazines, newspapers. Some song lyrics are released on CDs. She has also published one book of poetry as an independent author. She has won some poetry contests. She likes to collect and to read poetry books, to meet new people.


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