GHOULA’s Annual Report 2010

by on Mar.22, 2011, under From the Web

(Alhambran F.E. Ormsby, creator of the 13 month calendar, 1929)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

GHOULA has many great things planned for the upcoming year.

But first, let’s take a last look back at 2010.

SPIRITS with SPIRITS continued its monthly meetings, visiting 12 new haunted restaurants/bars in the Los Angeles area. Our June “two-year anniversary” was held at the historic Aztec Hotel with tours of the haunted rooms and themed live music all night (over 100 people attended this event). In October, the LA Weekly declared (in their “Best of LA” issue) SPIRITS with SPIRITS was “The best place to toast a ghost.” (To revisit the 2009 “SPIRITS with SPIRITS” locations see below)

Last Year, GHOULA continued its “REAL GHOSTs with REEL GHOSTS.” As a way to celebrate “Tinsel Town’s” film history and Hollywood’s haunted history, anytime a movie about ghosts was shown in a haunted local theater, the details were posted on this site. (for an example…)

In 2010, GHOULA began a new feature called “LOST,” where ghost stories from long gone haunted buildings were retold, in hopes of preserving this lost and mostly forgotten lore. (for an example…)

Also, this last Halloween, GHOULA attempted the world’s largest paranormal investigation with our “Million Dollar Ghost Hunt.” Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond our control, it had to be cancelled at the last moment. Because of the positive response to this aborted event, GHOULA will most likely try it again. (for more info…)

2010 was also the year of our “Haunted Films in Haunted Places” film series. In a partnership with the Echo Park Film Center’s Filmmobile, a different movie with “haunted” in it’s title, was screened in an actual haunted location that corresponded thematically to that film on each Sunday in the month of October. It was so much fun, GHOULA will hopefully make this an annual tradition.

Speaking of partnerships, GHOULA and filmmaker Anthony Deptula teamed up with The Center of Inquiry (Los Angeles’ skeptic society) for “See You in a 100 Years: The Houdini Project,” an experiment based on Houdini’s failed attempt to contact his wife, Bess, with a pre-arranged secret message.

However, the biggest event that happened to GHOULA in 2010 was the creation of GHOULA Press, the publishing arm of our group. Under this banner, two books were released (with plans for many more). The first book was “The Park After Dark: An Unofficial Guide to the Happiest (Haunted) Place on Earth,” a collection of the ghost stories connected to Disneyland, which was released in April, and then after a couple modifications (for legal reasons) was re-released in June.

The second book was “GHOULA Comix #1: Welcome to LA,” an anthology of short ghost stories in comic form by local artists. The plan is to release a new issue every year in October, so if you (or someone you know) would like to contribute to this project, please submit entries before June 2011. All profits then go towards funding future club activities.

Lastly, GHOULA ended the year with “The 13 Days of Christmas,” a daily celebration of the darker aspects of the holiday season from SPIRITS with SPIRITS (on the 13th) to Christmas Day.

2010 was a great year for GHOULA, and judging from the surprises that are in the works, 2011 will be even better.

The SPIRITS with SPIRITS locations of 2010

January – Miceli’s
February – Down & Out Bar (Alexandria Hotel)
March – Old Spaghetti Factory
April – The Tam O’Shanter Inn
May – The Snow White Cafe
June – The Aztec Hotel
July – Mexico
August – The Derby
September – 1642 Temple
October – Gallery Bar (Biltmore Hotel)
November – Barefoot Bar (Duke’s in Malibu)
December – Pickwick Bowl


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