Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hotel San Carlos Inn (Phoenix)
Hotel Vendome (Prescott)
The hotel had many owners throughout the years, but none as well known as Abby Byr. Abby moved to Prescott to seek treatment for Consumption. While there she met Mr. Byr and fell in love. They soon were married and in 1921 bought the Hotel Vendome. They ran the hotel until the unpaid taxes forced them to sell. The new owners were kind people and allowed the Byrs to stay in room 16 located on the second floor. Abby and her husband continued to manage the hotel for them.
One evening, Mr. Byr headed out to get medication for Abby and never returned. No one is sure if he met with foul play or he just abandoned her. Whatever the story was, Abby was heartbroken and refused to eat. After a few days, Abby and her cat Noble both died of starvation in room 16.
There have been many stories told of ghost roaming around the Hotel Vendome, but room 16 has the most activity. They say that Abby and her cat Noble still sit in the room waiting for her husband to return. Many who stay in that room will bring her and the kitty a gift. There have been reports of those objects moving after being placed in the room.
Hassyampa Inn (Prescott)
Buford House Bed & Breakfast (Tombstone)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Connor Hotel (Jerome)In 1898, David Connor built a lavish 20 room hotel which offered weary travelers and other visitors a warm place to spend a night or two. The first floor of the hotel had a saloon, card rooms, and billiards. Bad luck followed with the hotel burning down not once, but twice. It was reconstructed each time, boasting a grand reputation and always having each room booked. In 1931, the Jerome mines were struck with tragic incidences such as fires, floods and the mines drying up. When the mines shut down, the Connor hotel was hit hard and had to close its doors. During the 1960s and 1970s, the hotel was revived but not as lavish as it once was. But by the 1980s it had to close once again stating safety violations. It would be about 20 years before it would get the well needed renovations it so desperately needed. With all the noise and changes, many reported strange, ghostly activities at the Connor Hotel. In room 1 there are claims of whispering and a women laughing; in room 2, objects seem to move on their own, while in room 4 a ghost dog's growl can be heard through the door. Other strange claims are of sudden drop in temperature, a coffee pot turning itself off, batteries being drained in different devices, and a shadow figure.
Mile High Inn (Jerome)
Jerome Grand Hotel (Jerome)When the Jerome Grand Hotel was first built as a hospital in 1926. United Verde Hospital was equipped with all the most up-to-date and well equipped hospital in Arizona. When the mines started to dry up, the hospital was forced to close its doors by 1950. For over 44 years the structure stood abandoned until it was bought, renovated and became the Jerome Grand Hotel. The reports of paranormal activity started after the hotel opened its doors to the public in 1997. Witnesses feel the patients who died when the building was a hospital might still be hanging around. They report hearing heavy breathing and coughing coming from empty rooms. Two female ghosts have been seen wandering the halls. One of them is dressed in white and holding a clipboard, and the other resembles a woman who died at childbirth. Other claims is that of a child ghost running around in the bar, disembodied screaming, doors opening and closing by themselves, and unseen footsteps in empty hallways.
Ghost City Inn (Jerome)Constructed sometime in the 1890s, this building has been a boarding house, funeral home, art gallery, a religious retreat, and finally the Ghost City Inn. Today the inn has many reports of ghostly activity. In the Cleopatra Hill a woman's apparition has been seen, a male spirit has been reported in the Verde View room, doors shutting on their own, and disembodied voices.
Oatman Hotel (Oatman)The Oatman Hotel is famous for many things from who used to lay their hats there to the claims of ghosts roaming around the building. The hotel was built in 1902 and is the oldest two-story adobe structure in town and all of Mohave County. Many miners, politicians, lawmen, outlaws, and movie stars stayed in the lavish rooms. After being married in Kingman on March 18, 1939, Clark Gable and Carol Lombard honeymooned at the Oatman Hotel. The remoteness of the place was one of the reasons Gable kept coming back to the hotel. He also enjoyed playing poker with the miners. Today, visitors and staff have heard laughing and whispering coming from the unoccupied room the two stayed in. One claim is when a photographer took a picture of the empty room, an apparition of a man appeared in one of the photos. Other ghost seen in the hotel is that of an Irish miner named William Ray Flour. The story is told that his entire family died on the way to American and he was so upset that he began drinking heavily. He ended up drinking himself to death, died behind the hotel, and his body was found two days later. The staff just buried him in a shallow grave right where he died. His ghost has been seen in his old room and the hotel staff has named him “Oatie”. Oatie likes to play pranks such as opening windows and pulling off sheets in his old room. People have reported hearing a bagpipe sound coming from his former room as well as feeling a cold spot with it is very hot outside.
The hotel seems to have lots of other playful spirits in many of its rooms. The bar had reports of money being lifted off the bar as well as glasses floating in air. Witness have claims of lights turning on and off by themselves, the sounds of creepy disembodied voices, toilets flushing in empty bathrooms, and footprints which appear on recently cleaned floors. The Oatman Hotel no longer takes in guests but still serves as a museum, restaurant, gift shop, and much more.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sharon and I went to the annual Chili and Pumpkin Fest at Schnepf's Farm, Queen Creek, AZ.
|Sunflowers blooming everywhere.|
|Me and my pumpkins.|
|My tribute to zombies everywhere.|
|Sharon's tribute to Bigfoot.|
|The pumpkin patch.|
|The corn maze at night..... scary and dark!|
Monday, October 22, 2012
Kindle link: Zombie Housewives of the 1960s
Sunday, October 21, 2012
This weekend, Sharon and I are going back to Schnepf's Farm. We are excited to taste their delicious chili, join in on all the festivities, and run around in the creepy corn maze. As always, I will have a post or two about our trip there.
Friday, October 19, 2012
"My parents named me Barbara, an old family name. It wasn't even a relative my mother liked. My family was your typical upper middle class Republican types. My dad was a successful sell-out corporate defense lawyer and Mom had been his secretary-turned-wife. Can it get anymore classic than that? I was the first born and it was pretty clear that Dad wanted a son and when my baby sister Colleen came along; he turned his attention back to his martini and let Mom speak for him.
I didn't see any clear advantages to being a housewife though both my parents urged me to go to college and find a nice man to marry. My mother didn't seem all that happy with her position as breeder, cleaner, and cook. In fact, I could tell she was frustrated by the way she would wallpaper and redecorate the rooms all the time, constantly fuss over Julia Child’s recipes, and generally be a Nazi about appearances.
I didn't go to college. Instead, I had a series of odd jobs that confused them and angered my mother since none of them involved me meeting marriageable men. I went from dishwasher to weekend clown at kid’s parties, then on to tarot card reader and topless dancer.
My parents died when I was 26. It was kind of liberating. I realized that, without their expectations for my future, I could make it anything I want and not have to listen to the constant comparisons with their friends’ children who were caving in to the capitalistic suburban sell out.
Then, I found my people; a loving group who questioned the system, the rules and morals of our parents’ generation. We wanted peace, love, and unity, not mortgages, corporate jobs and miserable marriages.
I did a little experimentation, but eventually it led me to the realization that I am a part of a bigger movement; a movement for freedom and rights, community and artistic expression.
I renamed myself Blossom. It’s the name I should have had from birth because I am always unfolding, beautiful just as I am. I am a bloom that represents the new life for my generation."As a zombie, Blossom turned her energy on "equality for zombies" and "zombie rights". She lives in a zommune with not one but two zombie men, Billy and Jack. Both men were in the military and left to fight in Vietnam as young humans. Forced to be a part of a "superior fighting force" by becoming zombies, they were treated like "killer ghouls" when they returned back home.
To read more about Blossom and her sister Colleen, check out the latest zombie housewives book, Zombie Housewives of the 1960s. See what the 60s would have been like from a zombie's point of view.
Zombie Housewives of the 1960s (color copy)
Zombie Housewives of the 1960s (black and white copy)
Check out the following blogs and see what zombie theme post they put up:
The Southern Northerner
Jenny's House of Horrors
herding cats & burning soup
Author Sherry Soule Blog
Paranormal research Group Blog
Adult Urban Fantasy by Sherry Soule
Moonlight Publishing Blog
Ghost Hunting Theories
Above the Norm
A Dust Bunny In The Wind
Zombob's Zombie News & Movie Reviews
Flesh From The Morgue
The Living Dark
Some One Else's Cook
Forget About TV, Grab a Book
Zombie Dating Guide
The Paranormalist - Renae Rude
Random Game Crafts
Carmen Jenner Author
Sarasota Zombie Pub Crawl
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
Love is a Many Flavored Thing
Its On Random
Horror Shock LoliPOP
The Spooky Vegan
The Story In...
DarkSide Detectives Blog
Something wicKED this way comes....
Julie Jansen: science fiction and horror writer
Author/screenwriter James Schannep
The Zombie Lab
Sharing Links and Wisdom
This Blog Has A.D.D.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sharon and I had a great time at the 2012 FearCon in Scottsdale, AZ. We mingled with many talented artists, film people, and tons of zombies. Stella and Liz (me and Sharon) were part of a zombie fashion show and were a hit with the spectators. They wore their pink and black bowling shirts, and carried their bowling bags along with a bowling ball which was a severed head. Stella threw her ball and got a strike while Liz tossed hers in the audience. We had a great time.
Stella and Liz with some of the critters.
Some of the zombies who were there...