The Winchester Mystery Mansion

by on Aug.29, 2014, under From the Web

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Sarah Winchester lost her husband and her baby when she was young. Up until that point, she had lead the perfect life.  She was a rich woman and was surrounded by luxury.  Her husband had been heir to the Winchester fortune and his family had made millions selling and manufacturing the famous Winchester Riffles.  The fortune given to her by these guns was astounding and after her family died, she blamed this fortune for their death.  A medium convinced Ms. Winchester that the ghosts of those killed with Winchester Rifles has contributed to the death of her family.  These ghosts were still angry and would seek revenge on Mrs. Winchester unless she bought a house and never stopped building. 

Thus began construction on the Winchester Mansion.  The Winchester Mansion is one of the most unique

architectural events in the United States.  It is a building that was built by either spirits or madness or maybe a combination of both.  Everyday Mrs. Winchester drew up blue prints for new additions to the eight bedroom farmhouse she bought in San Jose California.   These blue prints were drawn up in her Séance room.  No one but her was allowed in or out of this room.   Once she presented new blue prints to her construction team no one was allowed to question them no matter how nonsensical or impractical they were.  The resulting house is a nest of endless rooms, stairs to nowhere, windows into the floor, upside down pillars, doors that open to nothing, endless chains of strange rooms, and chaos.  It is miles long and truly haunting and labyrinthine. 

 In the small tour of the house we took, we walked for over a mile and we didn’t even take the “grand tour”. 

The house felt haunted to the core and is possibly one of the creepiest and most beautiful places I have ever been.  This bizarre house inspired Stephen King to write Rose Red and it inspired me to marvel at the fine line between spiritualism and mental illness.  The photographs included in the blog are only a glimpse of the oddness that is The Winchester Mansion.  

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The Ghosts of Laurel Canyon Tour

by on Aug.14, 2014, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
The
Ghosts of Laurel Canyon Tour

NOTE: This specialty tour is part of a series of tours GHOULA is conducting this year (and only this year), where we take a theme and run with it, telling only ghost lore that fits the theme. This gives us an opportunity to visit locations or tell stories that are not typically heard. These are one-off tours that will not be repeated. We are only doing these “bus tours” this year. Past tours have included… The Haunted Houdini Tour, The Ghost-buster Ghost-Bus-Tour, The Many Ghosts of Valentino, and The 13 Richest Ghosts of Los Angeles, and now this tour…

DATE: Sunday, August 24, 2014 (One day only!)
TIMES: 12:30pm and 3:30pm
(tours run 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00
MEET-UP LOCATIONCat and Fiddle Pub
6530 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles (map)
NOTE: The Meet-up will be in the court yard at the entrance.

Eventbrite - The Ghosts of Laurel Canyon Tour

“When I got home I mixed a stiff one and stood by the open window in the living room and sipped it and listened to the groundswell of traffic on Laurel Canyon Boulevard and looked at the glare of the big angry city hanging over the shoulder of the hills through which the boulevard had been cut.”
– Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye (1953)

For little over 100 years local outsiders, eccentrics, and artists have sought solace in this seemingly isolated canyon (5 minutes from Hollywood). Unfortunately, this idyllic refuge has also been the site of many murders and violence over those same years. Whatever it is that attracts these alternative personalities to this enclave also seems to provide the perfect recipe for paranormal activity, because it seems that Laurel Canyon’s ghost lore also goes back almost as many decades, giving it a reputation in Los Angeles as the place where the spooks dwell.

If you have taken one of our specialty tours this year, you have most likely already heard a story about a haunted place in Laurel Canyon. Richard Carradine, our tour guide, grew up there, and loves this local lore, and thus tries to work in at least one Laurel Canyon ghost in each tour. Think of that individual story as an appetizer, for this main phantom feast presented in this tour. If you haven’t been on one of our tours, here’s is you chance to hear more stories and lore from a man who lived in the canyon for 40 years collecting such stories. This tour will provide Mr. Carradine a chance to tell stories that have never been told publicly (and do not appear in print or online) including his own person encounters with the unknown.

Seating for this bus tour is VERY limited. Only 24 seats!
(12 guests per tour. 2 tours. 1 Day)

or for more ticket info click on this link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ghosts-of-laurel-canyon-tour-tickets-12661345425

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Tales of the Lonesome Ghost!

by on Jul.29, 2014, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents

The “Park” After Dark:
Tales of the Lonesome Ghost!

This is a live show created by
Captured Aural Phantasy Theater

THE DATE: August 13th, 2014 (Wednesday)
THE PLACE: Cahuenga General Store (aka Hallenbeck’s)
5510 Cahuenga Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601 (Map)
THE TIME: 8:00pm – 10:30pm
(no-host food service from 8pm to 9pm, Show starts at 9pm)
ADMISSION: $15.00 (plus ticket fee)
Eventbrite - "Park" After Dark: Tales of the Lonesome Ghost

This August represents the 45th anniversary of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. We just couldn’t let this milestone slip by without a proper celebration to honor our favorite dark ride. So, for ONE NIGHT ONLY we will pay our last respects to one of the Mansion’s most under-appreciated ghosts and its ties to L.A. with a tribute to “The Lonesome Ghost.”

Come join us for a unique show in a haunted historic cafe as we try to recreate the imagined “Lonesome Ghost” that never was (from the never built 1950′s version of the Haunted Manson) while conjuring up the real “Lonesome Ghost” that possibly is (from the former home of the possible inspiration for that Haunted Mansion character). Also, as a nod to Disneyland’s proposed, but never built, “haunted” restaurant (like the restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction), there will be themed food/drink service before the show (available for purchase). This is your chance to glimpse a Mansion that never materialized.

GHOSTLY BACKGROUND:

The idea of a classic “Haunted House” attraction at Disneyland seems to have always been a part of Disney’s land, even if it wasn’t fully realized until 14 years after the park’s opening (and 3 years after Disney’s death).

The original concept for this attraction was that guests would be led through the house by a tour guide like the Winchester Mystery House in Northern California. Along the way, the guests would encounter a disembodied voice that would speak directly to them called “The Lonesome Ghost.” As this walk-thru evolved into a dark ride, the human guide was eliminated and the idea of the ghostly voice was expanded (or possibly the two parts were merged), and eventually given the new name the “Ghost Host.”

While Disney’s designers were working on the early version of this now famous ride, were they influenced by something happening in a small North Hollywood studio a couple of miles away? Was the “Lonesome Ghost” a reference to the local radio personality, who went by the on-air alias of “The Lonesome Gal?”

One has to remember that in the 1950′s, “The Lonesome Gal” was a wildly popular late-night radio show that was heard on over 400 radio stations across the country. The secret to the show’s success was a simple gimmick. Between musical interludes, the nameless “Lonesome Gal” (portrayed by actress Jean King) would whisper sexy/suggestive non-sequiturs, speaking into the microphone as if she were talking to her lover. Lonely males would listen to her program and daydream that she was talking directly to them. During the Korean War, soldiers listened (and re-listened) to boot-leg episodes that they brought with them. To avoid lonely men stalking her (and to create a little mystery), Jean King wore a black mask when appearing in public to promote the show or the show’s sponsor (a local downtown brewery that made “Brew 102″).

Given that the early “Lonesome Ghost” version of the Haunted Mansion was developed during the height of her “Lonesome Gal” fame, the “lonesome” moniker for the mostly voice-only character (who addressed the tour directly) seems more than coincidental. Although there have been many reasons given for the elimination of the “Lonesome Ghost,” one little discussed possibility is the very litigious nature of Jean King, who would threaten lawsuits to anyone trying to capitalize off the character she created.

The building where those historic radio programs were recorded  (as well as the upstairs apartment used by Jean King) still exists today, and its said to be haunted. Just about any paranormal phenomena one can think of, from disembodied voices to phantom footsteps to moving objects, have been seen/experienced by the current (and past) tenants.

In a strange case of the after-life imitating art imitating life, could the “Lonesome Gal” now be a “Lonesome Ghost” like the one she inspired?

For ticket info:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/park-after-dark-tales-of-the-lonesome-ghost-tickets-12298556313

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The Murder of History: Kildare Castle to Be Destroyed

by on Jul.17, 2014, under From the Web

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One of my most popular blog posts and chapters in my book, Haunted North Alabama, tells the tale of the Kildare Castle or McCormick House.  This beautiful, haunted, historic home has fought a long battle with its current owner.  The owner hates anyone looking at their home.   Now, they’ve decided to gut it as a kind of punishment to all who ever tried to look at this brilliant piece of history.  It is funny to me because in the below news story on WSFA the owners’ were upset because people cussed at them and called them names driving by.  I drove by there one time with my children just to look at the house I did nothing harmful.  I just drove by with my children and looked at the house and took a couple of photographs.   I was squirted with the hose and cussed at by the owner.  The things they yelled in front of my children (6 and 8) made my ears bleed.  Maybe if they didn’t curse at everyone that passed and throw things at them, people wouldn’t treat them with the same disrespect.   Their odd behavior has lead directly to the number of people that drive by causing problems hoping to view this insane behavior.   Click the link below to see the full story.

Kildare Mansion to be gutted and the pieces sold – WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

My Original Story on the House:

  The Kildare Mansion was first famous for it’s ghosts.  It was built in 1886 by a wealthy Irishman named O’Shaughnessy.   He built the castle as a reminder of his homeland, Ireland.   He put a fortune into making it the most extravagant house in the area and he did a good job of it.  This giant of a house overshadows everything around it. It has over 40 rooms and is over 17,000 square feet including the massive basement.   In 1900, MR. O’Shaughnessy went blind and his wife Anna sold Kildare to the trust fund established for Mary McCormick who inherited a multi million dollar fortune from her father

Unfortunately, Mary McCormick was mentally ill and suffered greatly during certain periods.  At the time,  treatment options were limited so they kept her locked in the house and had several nurses and staff to take care of her.  During her lucid periods,  Mary a wonderful woman who was known for her kindness and generosity.   For her entire life, she needed nurses to help her care for her mental illness.  Finally she had to retire to a sanitarium,  leaving her beautiful house behind.

From 1932- 1975, the Kildare Mansion fell into disrepair.   It decayed slowly as slums and lesser buildings slowly surrounded it hiding it’s beauty in their sullen shadows.  In 1975, the house was purchased by the Reeves, who lovingly restored the house to its original splendor  It was during this time that the house was shown in the tour of historic homes and became a popular visit for haunt jaunters.   The house’s basement was notoriously haunted by the ghost of  Mary McCormick.   Still tormented by her madness, she apparently made quite a ruckus at night.

In 2005 the house was bought by a family whose name I won’t mention.  Since that time, the ghosts have become the least interesting part of this house.   The house has always been a favorite site for anyone visiting Huntsville because of its historic significance, its beauty, and its haunted history.  Many people drive by the house and photograph it.   Since 2005, however, the new owners have spent a considerable amount of time watching out for anyone lingering near the house.  If you drive by slowly or stop in front of the house,  a woman will emerge screaming at you.  Sometimes she’ll curse and sometimes she’ll use the garden hose to spray your car.  Other times she’ll shine a spotlight on you and others she’ll take pictures of you with her cell phone.  No matter what the new owner does, it is always hostile and she seems to always be watching.  She sits day and night waiting for those that linger to long, which might make one wonder if  Mary McCormick’s mental illness might not be spreading?   Perhaps the house and its dark secrets have driven the new owner mad?  Perhaps madness is part of the curse of the house?

No matter what the case. Sadly,  the reason most drive by these days is to see the new owner run out and start screaming.  Her wild antics have become a fun attraction for locals who stop by just to see her jump around and scream  Few remember the ghost stories or the house’s beautiful history.

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MIRROR, MIRROR Ghost Tour!

by on Jul.10, 2014, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
The
MIRROR, MIRROR…
Ghost Tour

“And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche

Come join us… if you dare… for this unique ONE DAY ONLY event as we travel across our city and gaze into some of  L.A.’s most haunted mirrors to see if anything stares back.

Within the world of the paranormal, there is a sub-genre of ghost stories that revolve around haunted objects… such as possessed dolls, cursed jewelry, and (of course) enchanted mirrors. Tales of these magic windows (that let us glimpse another dimension) go back hundreds of years and have permeated pop culture from fairy tales (Snow White) to classic literature (Through the Looking Glass) to contemporary horror films (Oculus).

Strangely, Los Angeles has lots of this “ghostly glass” scattered around town. Is there a connection between our dark history and these supposed portals for lost souls? Or, is there a more uncomplicated reason why there are so many haunted mirrors in Los Angeles, a town so (wrongly or rightly) associated with vanity and narcissism? Is it simply because we just are always trying to see ourselves (that we sometimes see “others”). Then again, maybe there something more sinister happening in the city of angels?

NOTE: No one under 21 years of age should take this tour.

Seating for this bus tour is VERY limited. Only 24 seats!
(12 guests per tour. 2 tours. 1 Day)

DATE: Sunday, July 27, 2014
TIME: 12:30pm and 3:30pm
(tours run 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00
MEET-UP LOCATION: Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90071 (map)

Eventbrite - The MIRROR, MIRROR... Ghost Tour

or for more ticket info click on this link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mirror-mirror-ghost-tour-tickets-12250195665

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LA’s Top 13 Richest Ghosts BUS TOUR!

by on Jun.20, 2014, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
Los Angeles’ Top 13 Richest Ghosts
BUS TOUR

Ghosts, Gold, and GHOULA…

Come join us for this unique ONE DAY ONLY event as we travel across our city and explore some of the places where LOST TREASURE is thought to be buried and discuss the GHOST STORIES surrounding these locations.

Within the realm of spirits, there is a particular kind of apparition that attaches itself to lost gold generally to protect the hidden treasure from discovery. European folklore is filled with such stories (including a reference in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”). It is even said that the carved pumpkin (“Jack O’ Lantern”) of Halloween has its roots in this strange phenomena.

Is it any wonder that California (“The Golden State”) would have a long history of such “golden ghost” tales? More specifically, Los Angeles, where gold was first “discovered” (before the “Gold Rush”), has more than its fair share of these spooky tales of lost fortunes. Even though they say “You can’t take it with you,” these local “Au” apparitions refuse to be separated from their wealth.

WARNING: We will visit the secret locations of buried gold (according to the spirits), if you try to use the knowledge learned on this tour for personal gain… you may encounter an angry ghost!

Seating for this bus tour is VERY limited. Only 24 seats!
(12 guests per tour. 2 tours. 1 Day)

DATE: Sunday, June 29, 2014
TIME: 12:30pm and 3:30pm
(tours run 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00
MEET-UP LOCATION: The Redwood Tavern
316 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 9001 (map)
We will meet outside this establishment under the awning with the “X”
(“X” marks the spot!)

Eventbrite - Los Angeles' Top 13 Richest Ghosts BUS TOUR

or for more ticket info click on this link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-angeles-top-13-richest-ghosts-bus-tour-tickets-11984113807

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The Playful Ghost of The Hotel Monteleone

by on Jun.17, 2014, under From the Web

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 Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA

Last week, some friends of ours traveled to New Orleans.  They love this beautiful, historic city and they enjoyed their trip.  They also had an encounter with one of New Orleans most famous haunted locations.   They stayed at The Monteleone, one of New Orleans most haunted hotels.  They didn’t book the hotel for this reason.  They booked the hotel because they had a Groupon.  Discounts may have brought them to the hotel, but the Groupon didn’t protect them from the ghosts of this historic haunt. 

Our friends visited the hotel on a family vacation.  They are the typical family. There was a mother, father, and two daughters.  They have no particular interest in ghosts or hauntings.  They just enjoy traveling. When they traveled on the elevator together, they immediately noticed that the elevator always stopped on the 14th floor.  Being reasonable people, they assumed this was a technical difficulty.   The door would open on 14 and they would push the button and continue their journey. The problem continued, but they didn’t let it hamper their enjoyment.  On the second day, they heard one of many ghost stories that floats about the historic hotel like dust.  They heard the story of a little boy who once visited The Monteleone with his family.   During their stay, the parents caught yellow fever.  They passed away and the boy was left orphaned.  They boys life went on.  He went to live with family and time passed.  Sadly, the boy died a few years later.  According to legend, the boy’s ghost keeps returning to the Monteleone, however.  It is forever searching for his parents.  Apparently, the ghost believes that he can find his parent’s spirtit where they died, on the 14th floor of the hotel.

When my friend’s discovered this story, the cute technical difficulty suddenly became terrifying to their two daughters.  They were afraid of the 14th floor and wanted nothing to do with it.  So my friend decided she would investigate on her own.  She went up and down the elevator several times and without her daughters and the elevator never stopped.  She got out and wandered the halls and found nothing strange.   She felt safe taking her daughter’s on the elevator again.  As soon as they got on, the elevator stopped on 14 again.  It waited there, as if calling to them.  The girls were mortified.  It seemed the ghost wanted them and was waiting for them.  The ghost wanted a friend. 

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Los Angeles’ Top 13 Richest Ghosts BUS TOUR

by on Jun.17, 2014, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
Los Angeles’ Top 13 Richest Ghosts
BUS TOUR

Ghosts, Gold, and GHOULA…

Within the realm of spirits, there is a particular kind of apparition that attaches itself to lost gold generally to protect the hidden treasure from discovery. European folklore is filled with such stories (including a reference in Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”). It is even said that the carved pumpkin (“Jack O’ Lantern”) of Halloween has its roots in this strange phenomena.

Is it any wonder that California (“The Golden State”) would have a long history of such “golden ghost” tales? More specifically, Los Angeles, where gold was first “discovered” (before the “Gold Rush”), has more than its fair share of these spooky tales of lost fortunes. Even though they say “You can’t take it with you,” these local “Au” apparitions refuse to be separated from their wealth.

Come join us for this unique ONE DAY ONLY event as we travel across our city and explore some of the places where lost treasure is thought to be buried and discuss the ghost stories surrounding these locations. WARNING: If you try to use the knowledge learned on this tour for personal gain… you may encounter a ghost!

Seating for this bus tour is VERY limited. Only 24 seats!
(12 guests per tour. 2 tours. 1 Day)

DATE: Sunday, June 29, 2014
TIME: 12:30pm and 3:30pm
(tours run 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00
MEET-UP LOCATION: The Redwood Tavern
316 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 9001 (map)
We will meet outside this establishment under the awning with the “X”
(“X” marks the spot!)

Eventbrite - Los Angeles' Top 13 Richest Ghosts BUS TOUR

or for more ticket info click on this link…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-angeles-top-13-richest-ghosts-bus-tour-tickets-11984113807

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CURSED Tour of Haunted Griffith Park!

by on Jun.16, 2014, under From the Web

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GHOULA presents
The CURSED Tour of
HAUNTEDGRIFFITH PARK

Not only is Griffith Park one of the largest urban parks in North America, it is also the most haunted public space in the United States, and the site of some of the oldest ghost stories our city has to offer, including the infamous 150 year old curse! Even today, it is said that there are so many sightings still, that the ranger’s office has a “special occurrence” form just for citizens that want to report their ghostly encounters.

Those of you that regularly attend GHOULA events may already know that we have been talking about doing (and attempting to do) this tour for the past few years, but due to circumstances beyond our control… it never happened. Its almost as if the “Los Feliz curse” itself was preventing us. Well this summer, GHOULA is defying the curse, and finally making good on our promise.

So, come join us if you dare… for this unique bus tour as we explore 4,310 acres of haunted history.

Seating for this bus tour is VERY limited. Only 12 seats!

DATE: Sunday, June 29, 2014
TIME: 7:00pm
(tour runs 1 1/2 to 2 hours each)
PRICE: $35.00
MEET-UP LOCATION: The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (map)

Eventbrite - The CURSED Bus Tour of Haunted Griffith Park

For more ticket info…
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-cursed-bus-tour-of-haunted-griffith-park-tickets-11980553157

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Get a Free Copy of My New Book!!!

by on Jun.04, 2014, under From the Web

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My new middle grade book, The Monster Hunter’s Manual, is now available.   It is a children’s book set in the haunted castle, Chateau Larcher in France!  For the next two days, I will send free copies of this new book to the first 5 commenters below who agree to review the book on Amazon or Goodreads! 

The Monster Hunter‘s Manual is the story of Gabriel.  Gabriel is a boy who has just lost everything.  His parents have died and he’s forced to move to a strange county, France, to find a new home.  He dislikes his crazy aunt, who he has to live with, he doesn’t want to learn French, and to make matters worse, the only real family he has left is his whinny, baby brother.  Despite all this, as soon as Gabriel enters his aunt’s ancient castle, he realizes that all these disasters might be the beginning of a grand adventure.  In the castle of Chateau Larcher, the walls groan and the attic talks.  Shadows take on strange shapes and Gabriel becomes convinced the castle is haunted.  But the ghosts in Chateau Larcher aren’t what Gabriel expects and he soon learns that skeletons aren’t always scary and ghosts can tell the most interesting stories.  Even Aunt Perrine can end up being the most powerful monster hunter in the world.

BUY NOW AT AMAZON!!! 
http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Hunters-Manual-Jessica-Penot/dp/178099933X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401887270&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Monster+Hunter%27s+Manual

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