All posts tagged: haunted

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 …

7 Nightlife Haunts in Salem, Mass

Guest post by Sam Baltrusis If I had to pick the most haunted city in Massachusetts, it would be Salem. With the city’s Haunted Happenings celebration kicking into high gear, 13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts author Sam Baltrusis left no gravestone unturned in search of the Witch City’s most haunted. Salem boasts a bone-chilling assortment of nightlife locales rumored to be stomping grounds for spirits—and not one of those “Lady in the Blue Dress” concoctions at Rockafellas. The list includes a bevy of unusual haunts, ranging from a former Prohibition-era funeral parlor to Salem’s independent movie theater to a restaurant located in Salem’s refurbished old jail located next to the allegedly haunted Howard Street Cemetery. According to the 13 Most Haunted in Massachusetts author, the living aren’t the only things that go bump in the nightlife. A&B Burgers The former home of Salem’s most wanted now serves up slammer-chic burgers and beer. A&B Salem opened in the spot formerly occupied by the upscale restaurant known as the Great Escape. According to co-owner Amy Butler, she …

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ParaNormal This Week! Aug. 28

Get ready for another hot week of paranormal. 1. But first, we step back in time to an article from alphr on parapsychology. Why was it popular in the Victorian era and why has the scientific study died out? Or HAS IT???? 2. A state in India has finally outlawed witch hunting, but experts fear the new law will do little to curb the practice. And slightly off topic, but “witch hunt” has got to be the most overused cliche in journalism today. Don’t believe me? Do a google search. I know cliches sometimes slip into my writing, but this is just irritating. 3. The official trailer for The Witch is out, and the buzz from its screenings is this is going to be 2016’s spookiest movie. Here’s hoping. 4. Not sure what to make of this one, but the Psychic Readers Network is suing General Mills for using an image of Miss Cleo in an advertisement for French Toast Crunch. And now I’m hungry. 5. Is this rabbit hutch haunted? Orbs. A mysteriously moving blue… stick thing. …

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Mystical Joshua Tree

So the Joshua Trees aren’t inspiring enough for you? Or perhaps they’re inspiring more than you expected? Fear not, you can leave the park and find some epic mysticism in the nearby California desert. Here are five sites you can easily enjoy in a day from Joshua Tree. Share this on Facebook>>> 1. The Giant Rock, Landers, CA. It’s a big rock in the desert — roughly seven stories high. But oh, what a story it has to tell. The indigenous tribes considered the rock sacred for thousands of years, and only shamans and tribal elders were allowed within three miles of it. Later, in the 1930s, a German miner named Frank Critzer built his home beneath it. Authorities grew suspicious of the radio antenna he’d placed atop the rock, and raided the site. Unfortunately, Critzer stored mining explosives at his home. They were allegedly triggered by a tear gas canister fired into his home, and Critzer was killed. Later, authorities learned that the man was not a German spy, just an odd duck who liked his privacy. But the man had been good …

Join the Hoodoo Halloween Blog Party!

First Witch: When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch: When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. — from Shakespeare’s Macbeth There’s a change in the air, autumn is on its way, and so is one of my favorite holidays: Halloween! This year I visited New Orleans to on a Hoodoo Detective research quest, touring its crumbling cemeteries and lively clubs. The city is a mystic soup of music, fun and food, the home of vampires and voodoo, ghosts and gumbo. What a perfect theme for ParaYourNormal’s first Halloween blog party! Yes, we’re hosting a blog party! And if you’ve got a blog, you’re welcome to join us on October 18th and 19th, 2014. Here’s how it works: You post a Halloween or  Haunted New Orleans-themed blog on October 18th, 19th, or both and then come to the ParaYourNormal Hoodoo Party page and link to your blog post (the actual post, not your general blog) in the comments. Your post can be photos, a spooky story, recipes, spells, pets in funny costumes, anything …

10 Gorgeous Paranormal Pinterests to Inspire Your Writing

These Pinterest boards were chosen based on quality (admittedly subjective) and quantity, but here are my top 10 faves. 1. Haunted: Haunting, creepy, supernatural images; 2. Another Haunted: More haunted images, but with a focus on haunted houses (or haunted-looking houses); 3. Ghost Pictures: Just like it says – images of ghosts caught on film; 4. Dragons and Sea Monsters: Fabulous art histories from various times and cultures. 5. Mermaids: Over 600 images of mermaids, many from pop culture. (I love the mermaid quote by Anaïs Nin at the top of the board.) 6. Vampires: No paranormal list is complete without those creatures of the night. I like this board because of its mix – from 50s kitsch to truly creepy modern vampire gore. 7. Witchcraft: This board’s header says it’s the place to “celebrate the beauty, magic and wisdom of witchcraft.” And it does. 8. More Witchcraft: This board focuses more on haunting images of witches, but it’s not limited to the female form. 9. Paranormal: An eclectic collection of paranormal images. What I appreciate about it are the detailed captions, 10. Supernatural: It’s hard …