Good question, Sabra....I'm not really sure I have an answer...I just assumed they were ALL ghosts and that at times they would appear in human form, either as their younger former selves, or as they would look if they were still alive at that time, all old, wrinkly and decaying... (ewww) anyway...that's just my guess.
I really want to read Ellen's diary now..I am planning on buying it.
Ken, I have been trying to get into Dream Catcher for quite awhile now, and I just can't get very far...I keep trying, because I have read pretty much every book he ever wrote, and I am sure it will get good, but I am only about a quarter of the way into it, and it is just not very exciting. I have to force myself to keep reading it, and I keep hoping it will pick up. So it does get really good then? I will keep reading.