Which murder ballad are you?

I love a good murder ballad, especially the old classics. And by old classics, I mean any murder ballad where a woman does the murder. I just think those are more fun, especially if they have a sense of fantasy to them.

When I first heard Old Blind Dogs’ version of The Cruel Sister, where the victim is turned into a harp and exposes her murderer through song, I knew I had to base a book around it. Jealousy? Necromancy? Musical instruments made out of human bones? It was like this song was custom made for me. I was amazed to find how few retellings there were of the song, and set about to rectifying this immediately.

My version of The Cruel Sister is still in the works, but while you wait, take this quiz to find out which murder ballad you are.

Twin sisters. A remote island kingdom. A treacherous destiny. 

Tired of being seen as ornamental, Princess Aila dreams of slaying monsters like her father once did. While preparing to give up her title and flee to freedom, she meets a warrior who convinces her to embrace both duty and adventure. Unfortunately, he’s her sister’s betrothed…

While her golden sister cavorts about their kingdom, Princess Coira toils in the shadows, trying to find belonging within a family that never sees her value. Always the lesser twin, Coira’s world changes when she finds out that she’s not a twin at all. She isn’t even human. Better yet, she isn’t meant to serve her kingdom — she’s meant to destroy it. 

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What kind of ghost are you?

It’s spooky season, so let’s find out what kind of ghost you’ll be.

Pick a vacation:

a. A tropical cruise

b. Visiting your hometown

c. Disneyland

d. A romantic tour of Europe

e. A road trip across the country

Pick a hobby:

a. Fishing

b. Martial arts

c. Theater

d. Reading

e. Bird watching

Pick a flaw:

a. Uncommunicative

b. Grudge holding

c. Attention seeking

d. Morose

e. Flaky

Pick a cryptid:

a. Nessie

b. Mongolian Death Worm

c. The Jersey Devil

d. Mothman

e. Bigfoot

Pick a Halloween costume:

a. A costume so obscure no one knows who you’re supposed to be

b. Zombie Richard Nixon

c. A terrible pun like “cereal killer” or “eye pad”

d. A ghost, but just one made out of a bed-sheet

e. A slasher film monster

Mostly E: A Vanishing Hitchhiker

Vanishing hitchhikers are a common ghost phenomena in North America. Certain rural roads are famous for apparitions which hitch a ride, then vanish from a moving vehicle.

You love adventure, but you’re constantly forgetting to tell people where you’re going or what you’re doing. Your carefree attitude is contagious, but can make life dangerous.

Mostly D: A Lady in White

Ladies in white are often associated with manors, castles, and graveyards. Some of the most famous ghosts are ladies in white, who are often identified as historical figures with tragic ends.

You like the finer things in life, and believe that classics are classics for a reason. You have a keen sense of drama that can sometimes be a double-edged sword.

Mostly C: A Poltergeist

Poltergeists (noisy spirits, in German) are named for not staying quiet. They like to throw objects around and generally make a ruckus. Poltergeists are traditionally known to follow specific people, but they are occasionally linked to a location instead.

You need to be the center of attention, but you make up for that by being entertaining. You can be a LOT, but that’s okay. You know who you are.

Mostly B: A Revenant

A revenant, in its essence, is a haunted corpse meant to torment the living. In many cultures, these are restless spirits that were not laid to rest properly and need to be dug up and dealt with via ritual. Most cultures have their own variety of revenant, be they vampires, jiangshi, or dybbuk.

You’re so stuck in the past, it might as well be quicksand. Despite this, there’s a physicality to you that people find charming.

Mostly A: A Ghost Ship

Ghost ships are ships found still afloat, with no living crew on board. These eerie reminders of the danger of life at sea have been reanimated into ghost lore, finding a new (un)life in maritime mythology.

People might call you mysterious because they don’t know what else to call you. You do your own thing, and you’re just fine with that.

So what kind of ghost are you? Let me know in the comments, including if you think there’s a kind of ghost that better suits you.