I’ve been wanting to visit The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs for years. Many of my friends and family boasted about their fun experiences and creepy encounters. Finally it was my time to visit. Once again I dragged my sister, Carol, along for the ride. Luckily, she’s also a big fan of ghost hunting.
The creepiest part of the trip was the drive down. Being a new customer of a GPS, I mistakenly allowed this gadget to guide me to the hotel. We drove down narrow, washed out dirt roads that no sane person would ever attempt. I was certain I’d bust a fuel or water pump before we arrived at our destination.
Finally, miraculously we arrived at the hotel. I told the clerk about our horrifying trip and he replied, “You have a GPS?” He nodded as if this happens all the time. I was not amused.
The ghost tour began with a brief history of the hotel. We followed our guide on a tour of the morgue and eventually to the rooms in the hotel which they claimed to be the most haunted.
Unfortunately nothing interesting happened during the tour. Later that evening, Carol and I toured the hotel and the grounds on our own. We took pictures of anything of interest, but we saw and heard nothing suspicious.
However, when we looked at our pictures later, we noticed something that might be interesting. If you’ll look to the right of the posted picture, you’ll see what looked to me like a woman in a long flowing white gown and white hat. I had to Google to see if the Hotel ever experienced such an apparition. It did – A woman in a flowing gown who floats through the garden and perches on balconies
is a frequent guest of the hotel. Tell me what you think?
I admit to being a huge fan of the now defunct series, Ghost Hunters with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson. Although I stopped watching when Grant left the show, my interest in the paranormal never waned.
When The Pythian Castle, in my hometown, launched a ghost hunt for interested parties, my sister and I immediately signed up. We weren’t disappointed.
The evening started with the attendees being taken on a tour of the castle where we were told about past sightings and electronic voice phenomena (EVP). At one time, we did experience some footsteps as if someone was running through the tunnel.
But the most impressive part was a few weeks after we returned home and began looking at the photos we’d taken.
If you look closely to the left of this photo you’ll see a figure. Neither my sister nor I remember seeing anything sitting in that spot during the tour. The entire tour was seated with us in the middle of this room.
See what you think.
That’s A Winner!
I love writing short stories. My first writing sale was a short mini-mystery for Woman’s World Magazine. Although I’ve added novels to my writing repertoire, short story writing remains a favorite of mine.
No one was more surprised than me when I learned I’d won a short story contest from The Springfield Writer’s Guild in September. The grand prize? A Kindle Fire! I was in Nashville for my first Killer Nashville Conference when I saw the announcement on Facebook.
The contest rules were simple and fun. The contestants were told to write a story where each sentence began with a subsequent letter of the alphabet. Since mystery is my genre of choice, I named my story The ABC’s of Murder.
It took me two weeks to get the words right. Before hitting the send button, I went back and re-read the directions. Twenty six sentences? Why hadn’t I seen that before? I went back and cut the story down to the bones so that only twenty six sentences remained. Only the facts, ma’am, as the saying goes. I will admit to having a few run-on sentences. Give me a break. Some things just have to be said.
Wanna read my winning story?
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