"Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Ghostly Thirteen

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Ghostly Thirteen was inspired by the Thursday Thirteen meme. You list thirteen paranormal-related things, for example your top 13 posts (if you have a paranormal blog), mythical creatures, gods, haunted houses, etc... All is welcomed to participate either in the comments section or your own blog. Theme is up to you as long as its paranormal related.

My Theme – 13 Reviews

1. Destination Truth
2. There's Something Under the Bed By: Ursula Bielski
3. DRACULAS By: Jake Strand, Blake Crouch, F. Paul Wilson and J. A. Konrath
4. Celebrity Ghost Stories
5. Ghost Adventures
6. Mary Knows Best/Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files
7. Thripz By: Robert Farley
8. St. Francisville Experiment
9. Celebrity Paranormal Project
10. Jonah Knight
11. Lawson Family Massacre
12. Dragon Creed By: Susie Hawes
13. Beast Legends

GS Question of the Week

Do you listen to paranormal themed podcasts? If so, which ones?

Haunted Collector Preview

There is nothing worse than a ghost – unless it is a ghost inhabiting some of your beloved family heirlooms. In the new Syfy reality series Haunted Collector a family of paranormal investigators hunt down haunted items bewitching their frightened owners. Follow paranormal researcher John Zaffis each week as he and his family investigate some of these terrorizing objects in homes across the country. In the premiere, the team digs deep as they literally go hunting after a haunted item under a house with a metal detector. Watch the clip and tune in to the premiere on Wednesday, June 1 at 9/8c only on Syfy to see what they unearth!

Schrader Road Tunnel

There are two haunted tunnels in Chillicothe, Ohio, one being the Schrader Road Tunnel. It is believed a woman and her child died inside this tunnel. The manner of death depends on who you ask. A common version has the woman putting her infant on the railroad tracks just as a train approached. Another has her slitting the baby's throat and then hung herself.

The second story may bleed in to the alleged death of a second woman at the tunnel. This woman was murdered either by hanging or killed first and then hung from a tree branch at the north end.

Whether or not these deaths occurred, Schrader Road Tunnel has its share of paranormal activity. If you drive through the tunnel with your lights off and windows rolled down you can hear the cry of a baby. Sometimes hand prints are found on the back of the car. Other reports include strange sounds, shadow or apparition of the woman, laughter of children, cold spots and a dark figure with red eyes. The murdered woman is also seen from time to time.

GS Question of the Week

Do you think there may be a zombie outbreak in our future?

Ghost Stories Has Crossed Over to Facebook

Several people email me about sharing links to their websites or blog posts or I come across articles and always seem to bookmark them. Then, forget about them. They sit in my favorites folder forever until I get the urge to purge which doesn't happen often. So, a Facebook page seemed like a logical solution.

Ghost Stories the Blog is name chosen mainly because the term "Ghost Stories" is rather popular. It'll feature links to articles, websites, blog announcements and blog posts. Feel free to make comments or add your photos and videos.

So, hop on over and give it a "Like" and a hello. It's feeling a bit lonely right now. :o(

Windsor Hotel

Some establishments embrace a haunted status whether there be any validity to the claims or not. The Finney County Preservation Society who took ownership of the Garden City's Windsor Hotel is not certain it has a paranormal presence despite what others say. However, there is consideration of the idea if only to save it from the same fate others before it have fallen prey to.

John A. Stevens gave an Opera House to the Kansas city in October 1886 and decided to continue to aid in its growth with a hotel on his homestead site. Using Stevens & Thompson architects and builders, he broke ground on February 22, 1887. After almost a year, the hotel had a reported 126 rooms, but it took another two years of construction before the Windsor Hotel was ready for occupancy. With a price tag of over a $100,000, the hotel was complete with 126 rooms, a large dinning room/restaurant, atrium, balconies with mahogany balustrades surrounded the court on three sides, grand staircases, large parlors, dining room and more. Local papers dubbed it an "epoch in the building of Garden City and the beginning of a new era of prosperity."

However, it's grandeur was short lived due to the advancement of the twentieth century. While it did see it's share of famous guests such as Lillian Russell, Eddie Foy, Buffalo Bill Cody and Jay Gould, surfed through the city's economic cycles. Thus, changing ownership many times. The Garnand family acquired the hotel in 1938 and operated a furniture store on the ground floor. It through a bit of modernization in 1940s with the demolition of the grand staircase and upgraded the main lobby. In 1972, the Windsor Hotel was placed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places and continued to operate as a hotel until it was closed down by the State Fire Marshal in 1977.

The Wichita Paranormal Society was granted permission by the Finney County Preservation Society to do a paranormal investigation. There are claims of hearing voices, laughter, footsteps, doors opening and shutting on their own, smelling perfume and shadows. There are supposedly no reported deaths occurring in the hotel, but as any paranormal enthusiast would know a haunting could derive from an attachment to an object or possibly a death occurring on the property before the hotel was built. Either reason could explain the haunted claims being reported today that is if ghosts are calling the Windsor Hotel home at all. Ghosts or not, Finney County Preservation Society is still fighting to restore the hotel its former grandeur with a haunted house event on their list of possible fundraisers.

To keep up to date with their efforts, you can visit their website at or "like" them on Facebook.

GS Question of the Week

What is the Singapore Stone?

The Paranormal Has a Musical Following

I have reviewed books, TV shows, and the occasional movie, but not so much music. There seems to be a bit of a shortage on paranormal related music. Not horror. Paranormal. I was asked to give an Indie paranormal modern folk singer/songwriter a chance. Honestly, I haven't heard a lot of folk music that has grabbed my attention in the past and I know there has been some great singers who have bulldozed the genre in to the population's hearts. I have an eclectic taste in music and was willing to give Jonah Knight a try.

Jonah Knight is someone who has experimented music with several bands including taking a break for writing plays. After six years as a playwright, he picked up his guitar and approached music with a clean slate. Knight has recorded four albums, including a soundtrack to the novel Nobody Gets the Girl by James Maxey, and is currently working on his fifth, another novel (steampunk theme) soundtrack. He sings and plays about ghosts, monsters, superheroes and pirates. I had the opportunity to listen to four of his songs.

I'm going to start with the "Pirates Song". Why? Because if you're a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, you'll already have pirates on the brain in anticipation of the fourth installment's theatrical debut. "Pirates Song" is have a very lighthearted, comical feel to it about a pirate's life. It's definitely something people would enjoy. Good but I'm not sure it really stands out from all the other songs about pirates.

"Empty House", however, is on the other side of the musical spectrum. I'm sure you remember the days of sitting around camp fires or under blankets with flashlights telling ghost stories. This song is basically an ode to a haunted house. It goes for a darker tone. I feel it has the directions but is still circling the block, searching for the right destination. The lyrics seem solid but the music kind of lacks.

There's an ode to a haunted house. How about an ode to a haunted town. "Sleepy Little Creepy Little Town" is about a town that isn't quite normal. I've lived in several small towns but none that are really abnormal. I've wondered what it would be like to live in a place where seeing apparitions and hearing voices/footsteps everywhere you go is the norm. This song kind of gives you an insight in to that upbringing in a disturbing, lighthearted way.

I saved this one for last because I feel I ran in to a dilemma. I listened to "Someday We'll All be Ghosts" several times and I have this overwhelming feeling like I've heard it before. Or rather a song that sounds very much like it. But it's one of those cases where the answer is on the tip of your tongue and you can't quite figure out what it is. So, I included the track with this post. Listen to it. Tell me what you think.

Overall, I think Jonah Knight has promise. There should be more music that focuses on the paranormal and not so horror saturated. Perhaps, he'll help fill the void. You can learn more about Jonah and his music at

GS Question of the Week

What are corpse candles?

Hudson House

There are several Hudson Houses located in the United States. However, little is known about the one located in Ashland, Alabama. It is believed the little old house situated in the middle of nowhere may have been built in the early 1900s, but records have not been found to prove this.

There is a story of the house being a brothel at one point in its history. Wayward politicians drive out to have a little x-rated fun. There is no evidence to support this. So, for now, I leave it to be a work of fiction. Could it have been the home of a singular family line? Generations called it home until it became vacant and boarded up? Possibly.

Because of the little known validated history and the numerous alleged accounts, this little house is on the paranormal radar. Some say if you walk around the house you can hear voices or screams and footsteps. Sometimes even a dog panting or growling. Face the front of the house and feel a tap on your shoulder by an unseen hand. The front door opens and closes on its own. If that wasn't enough to get you rattled, there is even a freakishly dark figure who enjoys running back and forth across the roof.

Is Hudson House haunted by multiple entities? Those who have visited it say it is. However, it is not recommended you go and find out for yourself as it sits on private property. Trespassing is NOT advisable.

St. Francisville Experiment

St. Francisville Experiment was suppose to be an actual documentary about a night in an actual haunted house. It starts off with the producer telling the audience that everything presented in the movie was true. When you actually see the movie, you learn it is anything but that.

It is allegedly a film marketed as a real version of the Blair Witch Project. In order to do this, they needed a ghost story and a location to film. St. Francisville, Louisiana is known for its hauntings, making it a perfect location for this movie. The actual ghost story that inspired it was that of the Madame Delphine LaLaurie. She was married to a doctor named Louis LaLaurie and they lived in a beautiful mansion in the French Quarter. According to the story, she was particularly cruel to the slaves they owned.

She kept one woman chained in the kitchen and was never allowed to leave. It was thought this female slave was the one who started the fire at the Lalaurie house thus allowing the world to discover what Madame Lalaurie was really doing behind closed doors. In the attic, they found slaves in dog size cages, strapped to operating tables, human body parts and organs everywhere, women with their stomachs sliced open and their internal organs wrapped around their waist, men's private parts cut off, and many other horrors. Even though her husband didn't take part in all this, it is believed he was aware of it and did nothing.

A mob gathered in front of the house with the intentions of confronting her, but she managed to escape in a carriage. No one knows for sure where they ran to. How is this connected to St. Francisville? It is believed the Lalouries had family in St. Francisville and may have chosen it to hide out in. The mansion used in the film was said to be the location of her hiding place. Of course, there is no record of this taking place.

At the beginning of the movie, the story behind Madame Lalaurie's cruelty is discussed and the four strangers, a history student, psychic, film student, and their team leader staying in the mansion were introduced. Troy Taylor is a well known person in the paranormal world. He agreed to be in the movie under the impression that it was a documentary and was not happy with the finished product. He gave a crash course on ghost hunting to the participants. Showed them how to use the equipment and what to do. They were then taken to the house, given everything they needed and then, locked inside.

The psychic Madison was pretty annoying throughout the movie. She kept talking about white light. I am not familiar with cleansing rituals of which this may be part of it, but from a viewer standpoint, it was annoying to hear about it every two seconds. As for "activity", a chandelier fell (which could be because its an old house), a door supposedly opened by itself, a few noises, and a chair flipped over in the attic. They even found a doll wrapped in gauze hid in a hole in the wall. The group also did a seance. When the two ladies were sitting at the Ouija board, shackles fell out of the chimney. The girl Ryan who was probably the most scared out of all of them decided to check it out. She laid under the opening and nearly got hit in the head from a falling chain.

The movie gives you the impression that it's an actual documentary until the ending. They decide to do some kind of cleansing ritual or something. Instead of going from room to room together, they separate which was not a good idea. I believe Troy warned them against doing that. The table in Ryan's room began to shake until she appeared to fall through the floor. I think Tim was dragged through the hidden door in his room. Madison sat down her camera and "something" (if you pause or slow the scene down you can see a disfigured face in the mirror) picked it up and began cutting or scratching her. Paul was in the attic. I don't think anything really happened to him. He heard Madison screaming and the lights going on and off and darted down to rescue everyone. He found Madison in the same room. They found the other two in a hidden room. Ryan was strapped to an operating table and Tim was hung up on the wall by chains or whatever. The ending was scary but was obviously fake.

The movie is entertaining and scary. Some will enjoy it for it is. From a paranormal stance, it's not all what it's cracked up to be. These kids did stay in the house all night, but some of it was probably staged. It's basically a horror movie created to look like a documentary. I suggest if you watch it, do so for the entertainment value and nothing more.

Wake Wood

What if you lost a child tragically. What would you do to have one final moment with them? Hammer Films takes on this question in one of their latest movies Wake Wood.

Vet Patrick and Pharmacist Louise Daly loss their only child to that of a crazed dog attack. They relocate to the remote Irish village of Wake Wood after learning of their unusual tradition. Inhabitants participate in a pagan ritual which brings back a person one year after their death for three days. This ritual allows a deceased to say their final farewells to their loved ones before making their final journey to the spirit world.

Patrick and Louise are faced with two realities: their nine-year-old daughter Alice is dead and there's no possible way to conceive another child. They take over the local veterinary clinic. Then, make their pleas to the villager's leader, Arthur, to get those three precious days with their daughter. They accepted the villagers rules, but breaks them after Alice returns and pays a hefty price.

Wake Wood is the first feature from genre production company Hammer Films in thirty years. The film premiered at the 2009 Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden. It was released in UK theaters on March 25, 2011 and on DVD in the UK three days later. It will be available to the U.S. and Canada on June 28, 2011. You can pre-order it now on Amazon.

GS Question of the Week

While many celebrated the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death, some are waiting for proof. Why? Because it was reported in December 2001 that Bin Laden had died either in the Battle of Tora Bora or by a fatal ailment. Do you believe Navy SEALs located and killed Osama bin Laden in a weekend raid on his compound in Pakistan or died in 2001?
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