Spooky Places with Rebecca Thomas and Melinda B. Pierce and GC Giveaway

Happy Halloween! Everyone at the Evil Day Job was required to costume today, and my attic crew and myself (all women) are going as the Witches of the Dark Tower. I’ll post a photo later :-). And if you have a Kindle and are so inclined, ROYAL STREET is on sale today for the scary (and bizarre) price of $1.20 as part of a fantasy promotion. I have no idea how long that price will last and it seems to be only for Kindle.

Today, please help me welcome authors Rebecca Thomas and Melinda B. Pierce to Preternatura.  Rebecca and Melinda have stopped by, on Halloween, of course, to talk about haunted places near and around where they live.  What an amazingly appropriate and spooky conversation to have on this day! 

Rebecca Thomas enjoys a love-hate relationship with Alaska. She lives there with her husband and two teen-aged sons where she appreciates all the unique things the last frontier has to offer. When she isn’t reading, writing, or playing board games, she is cheering for her sons at their hockey games and tennis matches. She loves to talk about books on twitter.  You can also learn more about Rebecca by visiting her website. 
Melinda B. Pierceis an author hobbyist, mother of two, and Membership Director for Savvy Authors.  When she has time she writes in almost every sub-genre of romance and refuses to follow the path of most resistance.  Connect with her on twitter. 
You can find Melinda and Rebecca hanging out together at From Here to There Romance.
Coming Soon from Rebecca Thomas on November 25th, 2013:

The Blacksmith’s Son
Captain Quentin Drake returns home after his naval commission ends to find a young groom being beaten in the village stables. Weary from his travels, he only wants a good night’s sleep, but refuses to turn a blind eye to the lad’s mistreatment. He intervenes, taking the lad to his room, only to discover the boy…is a woman. After Ally Lockwood witnesses an earl murdering another man, she’s in fear for her life. She flees his estate and masquerades as a boy while assisting the local blacksmith. Her ruse is up when a handsome stranger tending to her wounds disrobes her. Involvement with the Captain lures Ally into believing she can return to life as a woman, but it may also draw the killer back on her trail.  

And now, let’s hear from Melinda and Rebecca…
Hauntings From Alaska To Florida: A Tale of Two Chickens

Melinda B. Pierce

Happy Halloween! First, let me thank our most gracious host for allowing Rebecca and I to guest post today.
And second, let’s get spooky-ish. Rebecca and I are writing partners who challenge each other on a weekly, if not daily, basis.. To celebrate Halloween, I wanted a little different challenge. I was thinking something that would take us out of our comfort zone – find the closest thing haunted to where you live and take a picture. Go inside if you can, and give the readers some history on the place.
Not the kind of gals to back down, we Googled, mapped and gave a drive by to our little haunted corners of the world. Read on, and at the end, tell us the closest haunted place to where you live and if you would go inside.
Residing in the Sunshine State, it’s not often I think of the darker side of where I live. Sure, there are always a few famous haunted cemeteries and hotels, but I wanted something out of the norm, a little less heard of.  I came across the website Haunted Places and was stunned to find a local place I’ve visited often, and with my children, was said to be haunted.
The Center Place is a pretty little brick building attached to our local library.  It holds small gatherings for plays and art exhibits. My challenge was going to be a piece of cake.  I packed up my one year old and set off to take a pic at 10 a.m. (We had to be back home by nap time!) The story goes that a young girl named Matilda haunts the main gallery.  The comments say she’s artsy and just likes to hang around.  The pictures will move by themselves and the lights will flicker when she’s near.
The center was open when I arrived and I took a few pics of the outside before going in. (Yes, with my 1 yr old in tow.) I didn’t see anything spooky, but I was in the gallery by myself. The exhibit for this week was very old black and white photographs of local people from about the 1850s to early 1900s. The pics added to my unease.  It was then I did the most mature thing I could think of – I whispered Matilda’s name, waited about 10 secs, and when nothing odd happened, I bolted out the door to my car. Haunted? Maybe, maybe not. But knowing a place you’ve been in several times is believed to be haunted sure gives it a whole new perspective.

Rebecca Thomas

I admit, I have a thing for haunted hotels. In fact, I’ve recently submitted a proposal to my editor where much of the story takes place in a haunted hotel. One thing I never realized before doing a little internet research on haunted hotels is the fact that many people seek them out as vacation destinations! Who knew?
If you search the internet for haunted hotels and specifically request Alaska you will likely find The Northern Lights Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.
The story of the now abandoned building is that a little girl died on the third floor. The hotel reportedly closed off that part of the hotel, but would get repeated phone calls from room #303. A little girl says she’s looking for her mother and then hangs up. No one was on the third floor when the phone call was made.
I would like to investigate the rumors myself, but the building is condemned, so I have to rely upon eyewitness accounts, in this case, teenagers who have explored the hotel themselves. Not wanting to implicate said teenagers, I’ll just say some climbing and crawling through boarded up windows is involved to get inside. My eyewitnesses said when they were on the lower levels of the hotel, they could hear footsteps on the upper floors. No one else was in the hotel but them. Needless to say, they quickly exited the building.
Halloween is the time of year when we think about spooky things; ghosts and haunted buildings being amongst them. I personally have no experience with anything paranormal, but I absolutely believe the paranormal realm exists.
Thanks for stopping by! And don’t forget to tell us about the spooky-ish places near you and if you are willing to visit.
Also, we’d like to give you a treat for stopping in – leave us a comment and we’ll put you in the running for a $15.00 gift card from Amazon.
Thanks Melinda and Rebecca! 
Remember, you must leave a comment to be entered for your chance to win the gift card. 

54 thoughts on “Spooky Places with Rebecca Thomas and Melinda B. Pierce and GC Giveaway

  1. There is a dark stone gate house on the corner of my street from an old mansion that burned down. When I was a kid it was very overgrown and we were always afraid to go trick or treating there unless we had a large group.

  2. The Mansfield Reformatory, an old state prison where they filmed the Shawshank Redemption, is really close to my house, and it is sooooo creepy. It’s no longer a prison, but you can go on tours, and all the lead paint is peeling off the walls, and there are abandoned chairs in random places. Ugh. So disturbing, even in the daylight!

  3. Hi Liz and Rebe, I’ve only watched some ghost hunters go in prisons, I can’t imagine a spookier place to visit. My little adventure was tame compared to those!!

  4. There’s a place nearby called, no joke, Squirrel Cage Jail which was a County Jail from 1885 until 1969. It’s closed now and is supposedly haunted, so every halloween, they have a “lock in”. Don’t know if I’d ever do it! Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin, What a funny name for a jail! It’s hard to take a jail with a name like that seriously. Ha! But still, I’m with you, I doubt I’d want to experience a “lock in” there. 🙂

  5. The house that is directly behind where my mom grew up is the supposedly the most haunted place in Naperville, IL The Red Geranium. My mom and I took a ghost tour not knowing that was haunted and had a blast telling people that we played in that yard and knew the family that lived there. We’re still not convinced that its really haunted. But I do believe in the paranormal.

    • Your Mom knew the people who lived there? That is very cool. I wonder why they think it’s haunted? I’m always amazed by the number of haunted houses all over the country. It’s big business. To think, people pay money to be scared!

    • A guy commited suicide there but the “investigators” are saying that its an older haunting than him. We talked to my Grandma and family from the area and that is the only bad thing that happened in that area. So maybe its haunted by him but what they were trying to say totally wasn’t true.

  6. The Vanderlip Mansion built on Palos Verdes Peninsula (California) is supposedly haunted. I heard about it growing up but never actually went there.

    Some say its haunted, while other believe it to be a rumor. It said that the owner Frank Vanderlip’s wife went crazy and murdered her entire family…chopping them up and putting them inside the walls. Then she committed suicide by hanging herself. Super creepy!

    • Super Creepy is right Van Pham! You inspired me to do a little internet research and according to Don Christy, the stepson of Frank Vanderlip Sr.’s youngest son John, the rumors are false. But who knows? Of course he would say that. 🙂

  7. I love spooky places and their stories. I think the spookiest place my town would be this cliff where people go to drive off in their cars. It’s weird that you can see the cars and it seems like you can feel them there.

  8. I visited the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Built by Sarah Winchester and added on continuously during her lifetime, it is a fascinating house with many rooms and staircases that lead nowhere. Even though it is said to be haunted, I didn’t see any ghosts. Happy Halloween!

  9. About a year ago I visited the Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, MA with my mom. As we were in one of the rooms they were talking about how it was hunted and believed to be x. My mom whispers to me that they are wrong it’s haunted by someone else. She said on her last visit she felt a presence disagreeing with the tour guide. Thankfully no presence on our visit. I want to back to the house again but I’m not sure I want to visit that room.

  10. i’m really not fond of haunted place and i don’t know any but i ‘m sure i wouldn’t like to visit them… i prefer to leave ghosts and spirits in peace

  11. I live near St. Augustine and their are many scary places their. From the lighthouse, to the old forts and the cemeteries. I went on a ghost tour at night once and it was really freaky. Id love to visit the old cemeteries in New Orleans.

  12. There aren’t any spooky places very near me (in Orlando), but there is a ghost tour in St Augustine that I’ve always wanted to go to.

  13. There was a house when I was growing up that we (grammar schoolmates) proclaimed it was haunted. We would peek in the window just to see if there was a ghost. We’ve never did. Now that house has people living in there.

  14. There’s this holiday home in my county that’s known to be haunted. People take it up as a challenge to try and stay on whole night there. Apparently, no one’s done it. I’d love to give it a try.

  15. There was this creepy house which was rumored to be spooked. When we were children we used to make up stories of who may have lived there. But we never really were brave enough to go inside and have a look.

  16. I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and remember going to Bachelor’s Grove woods with a bunch of other teens. It was rumored to be haunted and frequented by “devil worshippers”. The night we went a bunch of the kids were drinking and whooping about. It’s a cemetery. Tons of crumbling headstones and spiderwebs that span the narrow footpaths leading to holes in the fencing… Anyway, I was near the back of the crowd as we trudged in, and soon there was shouting and everyone started to scatter…I was curious and went forward. I crossed in with a couple friends, and about 20 feet in a black candle had been lit and left on a headstone.
    Not scary to me, but the creep-factor was too much for my friends. We left without seeing a specter.

    • Funny! A black candle lit on a headstone is creepy. No two ways about that. I can imagine you and your friends told that story over and over and it got more embellished every time.

  17. I can’t think of any near where we live now, but when we lived in California there were a couple near us and my husband and I went to visit them. Preston Castle in Ione and the Winchester Mystery house. They were fun to visit but not real scary 🙂

  18. I love stories of haunted houses/areas! My best friend lives in Peoria, IL and they have an asylum that’s haunted (and the Syfy Channel Ghost Hunters came out and did an investigation of the site for the show last fall). I’ve always wanted to take their ghost tour, but it’s pricey so I’ve never done it.

  19. Okay, Rebecca and I have used a random number generator to choose a comment poster and dum, dum, dum… Ms. Tasha Turner you are the winner of the GC. 🙂

    Tasha you can email me at mpierce.sa@gmail.com and if I don’t hear from you, I’ll cyber stalk you!

    Thanks again everyone for stopping by and Happy November!