Moonfire doesn’t currently publish a dating and dining guide for ghosts. But maybe we should, because sex with ghosts is apparently a thing now. Even though it’s something of a recent fad, as it turns out it has a long history. A number of grimoires – books of spells – from the Middle Ages and Renaissance include spells for summoning up spectral sexual partners. At any rate, two intrepid Buzzfeed writers recently decided to give it a go, and this is their story.
Spectrophilia — sexual intercourse between living human beings and ghosts — is a phenomenon with a history that dates back centuries. The folklore of many cultures include stories about humans gettin’ it on with ghostly entities — gods, demons, Caspers, you name it.
In modern day, though, barely anyone talks about ghost sex. It’s pretty much just Kesha and Paranormal 2 actress Natasha Blasick. Not even one Kardashian has Instagrammed about it.
A person in search of answers to their ghost-sex inquiries has very limited resources. For that reason, we — Arianna Rebolini and Katie Heaney — decided to investigate it for ourselves.
We decided to fuck some ghosts.
The story goes on from there, and the whole thing makes for quite an entertaining read. The short version is that one of the writers didn’t experience anything, and all that happened to the other was that she felt a weird tingle in her hand at one point during the night. You never know, that tingle could have been a ghost trying to make contact, or maybe she just held her hand at the wrong angle at some point. With such minimal data it’s hard to tell.
A couple of thoughts – it’s pretty clear that these two writers went into it expecting nothing to happen, and a lot of the time if you’re closed off to something paranormal happening it won’t. During the Renaissance, though, somebody would generally only try something like this if they really expected it to work. So as with anything, set and setting are important. And maybe if they would have tried the full procedure from one of those old grimoires, it might have worked better.