Nondefinition #29

Eer. A bodiless, malevolent supernatural being. Eers must not be confused with ghosts: a ghost is a remnant of a human being; an eer never was alive. Formerly, cities were inhabited weirdly by ghosts; but since the beginnings of urban sprawl—deprived of their natural habitats in wastes, wilds, and deserts—eers have become common in cities, where their prolific breeding displaces the native population of ghosts. Many young people today have never experienced a real ghostly whisper or flicker in the corner of the eye; sadly, they take it for granted that all silence and dimness is eerie.