DEAR DAVID

Animal Scene - - ANIMAL APPEAL -

In early Au­gust last year, Amer­i­can writer and il­lus­tra­tor Adam El­lis started post­ing on his Twit­ter pro­file (@ moby_dick­head) about a ghost haunt­ing his apart­ment. The ghost, a young boy by the name of David, had been com­mu­ni­cat­ing with El­lis through dif­fer­ent means – at one point, even ac­tu­ally speak­ing. El­lis and his #Dear­david re­ports were all over Twit­ter and the ev­ery cor­ner of so­cial me­dia. El­lis has two pet cats; he some­times took pho­tos and videos of his cats re­act­ing to what­ever it was David had been do­ing. It all started on the night of Au­gust 7 when El­lis took a photo of his two cats by his front door and posted it on Twit­ter with this cap­tion: “For the past 4 nights, my cats gather at the front door at ex­actly mid­night & just stare at it, al­most like some­thing is on the other side.” What made it re­ally in­ter­est­ing? El­lis hadn’t ac­tu­ally been able to ac­knowl­edge the pres­ence of “Dear David” un­til af­ter this mo­ment with his pets. It was only a few days later, af­ter a se­ries of more spooky events, that El­lis found out about David. On the 26th, El­lis’ cats de­vel­oped a new habit. “They be­gan a new rou­tine: hover around the door at 10 pm, cry for about 15 min­utes, then wan­der off as if noth­ing’s wrong.” And this was be­fore El­lis got the freaky phone calls from David. Maybe his cats were alert­ing him to David’s ar­rival. No­body said ghosts had to be im­po­lite and not use the front door.

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