All posts tagged: ghosts

Haunted Preston Castle

The above image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Credits: Mark James Miller. Who knew there was a haunted castle in California? Sure, it’s not a castle in the lived-in-by-royalty sense of the word. Preston Castle was actually built in the 1890s as a headquarters for an innovative reform school for boys. The government employees lived and worked in the luxuriously appointed castle. The boys… slept in the basement. At least until more outbuildings were created to house them. But it’s spectacularly creepy, especially at night. The castle was abandoned to neglect decades ago, and now water streams through great, gaping holes in the roof and down the walls. Its ornamentation has been stripped, and missing plaster in the ceiling exposes the fragile strips of wood above. Before our flashlight tour, we received a safety warning: If anyone falls through the floor, do NOT follow them. Okay. I came to Preston Castle, nee the Preston School of Industry, at the request of an author friend of mine. She’s writing a mystery novel with …

ParaNormal This Week! Jan 1, 2016

Happy New Year, paranormal fans! Here’s the first weekly roundup for 2016… Which is actually all about the last paranormal news of 2015… Whatever. Share this on Facebook>>> 1)Ghostbusters and women! A nice article on women in the ghostly profession(s), riffing off the new “female” Ghostbusters movie (and including the first picture I’ve seen from it, but maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention). 2) And speaking of ghostbusters, an article on the ghostbusting industry in India. (The paranormal is everywhere). 3) Not sure how to get 2016 off on the right foot? Here are 13 New Year’s superstitions to choose from. 4) If one of your resolutions is more Tarot in your life, an article on making Tarot part of your daily routine. 5) So Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Dr. Strange in… something Marvel. EW’s interviewed the actor, and learned how Tibetan monks inspired him to take on the mystical role. About the Author Curator Kirsten Weiss is the author of The Hermetic Detective, Book Seven in the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasies. She’s also got …

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ParaNormal This Week: Nov. 20, 2015

It’s another sennight of paranormal, and this week we quickly take a turn for the trashy. Share this on Facebook>>> 1)So… spectrophilia (sex with ghosts). I guess it’s a thing (and my word of the day). Heads up, paranormal romance writers! 2) And here’s some click bait for you — 10 Things You Should Know Before Dating Someone Who Believes in the Paranormal. 3) Universities may have given up on parapsychology, but now they’re studying the ghost hunters themselves. 4) Archaeologists in Italy have uncovered what they believe are the remains of a witch, known as the “witch girl.” 5) Why is the rowan tree magical? A nice article on the elevation of the rowan tree on Ancient Origins. About the Author Curator Kirsten Weiss is the author of The Hermetic Detective, Book Seven in the Riga Hayworth series of urban fantasies. She’s also got a brand new website. Check it out here.

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

When Maddie Kosloski’s career flatlines, she retreats to her wine-country hometown for solace and cheap rent. Railroaded into managing the local paranormal museum, she’s certain the rumors of its haunting are greatly exaggerated. But a new ghost may be on the loose. A fresh corpse in the museum embroils Maddie in murders past and present. Share this on Facebook>>> With her high school bully as one of the officers in charge, Maddie doubts justice will be served. When one of her best friends is arrested, she’s certain it won’t be. Maddie grapples with ghost hunters, obsessed taxidermists, and the sexy motorcyclist next door as outside forces threaten. And as she juggles spectral shenanigans with the hunt for a killer, she discovers there truly is no place like home. Coming, March, 2016 and now available for pre-order on Amazon. About the Author

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ParaNormal This Week: Aug. 7

Oprah!!! Oprah makes the paranormal news this week! Share this on Facebook>>> 1. Oprah Winfrey is one of 15 stars in the Harper’s Bazaar 2015 icons, photographed as Glinda the Good Witch. Actress Dakota Johnson is also photographed as Aphrodite wearing a black scuba suit and riding a skateboard, which I frankly think ruins the whole archetype, but… whatever. Kids these days. 2. And in more entertainment news, Patricia Arquette has been cast to voice a witch in the upcoming film Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr. Wait, what? There’s a new Harry Potter movie coming out? How did I miss that? I’m a bit afraid this will this be like those Star Wars prequels, embarrassments to the franchise. But I do like Patricia Arquette. Medium! Yea! So you go girl. 3. Police say the Pensacola Blue Moon murders are related to witchcraft. There aren’t a lot of details in this story. The article mentions Wicca, but I have a hard time imagining Wicca was involved, since it’s a fairly peaceful religion with it’s “do no harm” philosophy. …

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ParaNormal This Week: July 10

Welcome to my weekly paranormal round-up! Share this on Facebook>>> 1) Is a woman in South Wales being molested by a demon as she sleeps? That’s what she and her husband think, and they’ve called in paranormal investigators to get her some rest. It’s been said demon attacks leave three claw marks – I can’t tell how many she’s got from the photo. Can you? 2) Some claim UFOs are merely modern man’s interpretation of fairies, but newly released photos, allegedly taken from a US submarine in 1971, seem to blow that theory out of the water. (Never let a good pun go to waste, is my motto). 3) Could it be… fairies? What’s causing the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of a British couple’s engagement ring? The first time it disappeared from its owner’s finger, it reappeared on the bedroom carpet a month later. The second time? It reappeared threaded onto a metal hook like a question mark. Hm… 4) The hit Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore film, Ghost, turns 25 years old next week. Here are 20 things you might not …

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Interview with Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi of the Dead Files

Guest post by Abby Normal. Reprinted with permission from her blog. On Saturday, April 25, The Dead Files returns for its 7th season.  The Dead Files is a paranormal investigation show with a twist. Steve DiSchiavi is a retired New York homicide investigator that is paired up with Amy Allan who is a physical medium. Steve DiSchiavi researches the facts and history behind the selected location and Amy Allan talks to the dead to understand the paranormal activity directly from the source. This season the team leaves the United States for their first investigation at a tropical resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. To find out more about season 7 we join Steve and Amy with a group of inquisitive reporters. Steve DiSchiavi:   Hi guys. Yes, the season premiere is pretty exciting for us because we’ve never been out of the country doing an episode. This one was in Montego Bay, Jamaica which is pretty exciting because I’ve never been there. I heard a lot of spooky stuff about Jamaica, but I didn’t realize they had …