Category Archives: Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Peacock and Yvonne

Sponsor: Salem Beautification Committee

Artist: Jeanne Paré

Lady Peacock Salem Beautification Committee -- Jeanne Pare

Lady Peacock

They burned our home.

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Our Corn Maze adventure

Lost in the Corn Maze

I’ve always loved a corn maze, though I must admit I’d never heard of them until the early 2000’s—it seemed like that was a “new” thing back then. Every farm around here was doing them, and there were plenty to choose from.

We always pick some kind of Halloween adventure every year for the two of us to do. We’ve done Pumpkin Blaze, Forest of Fear, and the Bronx Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo a few times. Before that, I did things down in Sleepy Hollow. I’ll tell you out of the gate, too, that although I am a horror writer, I’m seriously not a fan of being abjectly terrified. I like things more on the creepy, atmospheric side than the thrill and scream side.

The other issue is that a tradition is Read the rest of this entry

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Baker and Shalimar

Sponsor: Village Tavern Grill and Oyster Bar

Artist: Shella Farren Billings (name unclear)

Lady Baker Village Tavern Grill and Oyster Bar - Shelia Farren Billings (unclear)

Lady Baker

The bread was poisoned.

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Let H-Fest Begin!

Poster for Block Island Sound

Pre- a few family issues and pre-pandemic, my cousin Maryanne and I would get together three to four times per year for a horror movie fest weekend. Although we got together for a “mini” one back in May (just to test the waters, because it’s been a few years), our first full one in October–our fave time of year to do it–is here!

We don’t know what we’ll watch. We usually go through the piles of DVDs and BluRays we have and go with the flow. We do, however, this weekend, have The Block Island Sound–on Netflix–on our list. This movie–which starts on an island in which animals and birds are mysteriously dropping dead en masse–has come highly recommended by a few people I know who have similar tastes as me, so we’re very excited!

 

Meet Bessie (aka Willow): my very own figurehead!

 

Bessie, ALFCO figurehead

My husband got me this figurehead as a gift in celebration of “Carving Grace”‘s acceptance. How cool is THAT?

If you’ve been reading my posts for the last month, then you know that earlier this year I wrote a short story called “Carving Grace,” which deals with vengeful ship figureheads coming to life and searching for unhappy souls. In order to write that dark love story, I pretty much had to live and breathe in an imagined town by the sea and read all about figureheads every day for at least two months. We even visited the figurehead exhibit at Mystic Seaport (for Valentine’s Day, no less, but Nathan’s always Read the rest of this entry

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Russet and Lady Crinoline

Sponsor: Beverly Cooperative Bank

Artist: Amberlynn Narvie

Lady Russet Beverly Cooperative Bank - Amberlynn Narvie

Lady Russet

I wasn’t allowed to leave.

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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Gala and Lady Green

Sponsor: Salem Inn

Artist: Unclear; damaged plaque

Salem Inn -- Lady Gala

Lady Gala

My apple trees bore no fruit.

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Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Scarlet

Sponsor and Artist Unknown (unclear)

 

Ladies of Salem - Unknown

Lady Scarlet

The love of my life is gone.

About this Series

In my dark love story “Carving Grace,” figureheads wander the streets at night in pursuit of happiness—yours. In honor of its publication in NEHW Press’ Wicked Creatures this month (coming soon!), I’m celebrating figureheads for 2021 Poe Season!

In Salem this summer, I discovered Read the rest of this entry

Dark Thoughts of the Ladies of Salem: Lady Lavender

Sponsor: Salem Beautification Committee

Artist: YMCA/Girls Today Program

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Lady Lavender

The flowers were for someone else.

About this Series

In my dark love story “Carving Grace,” figureheads wander the streets at night in pursuit of happiness—yours. In honor of its publication in NEHW Press’ Wicked Creatures this month (coming soon!), I’m celebrating figureheads for 2021 Poe Season!

In Salem this summer, I discovered Read the rest of this entry

So what I don’t get Trick or Treaters …

Halloween Candy large bags

No, really, I don’t. It’s actually very disappointing to me…but that doesn’t mean I don’t send candy to my friends, Read the rest of this entry

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