Category Archives: Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole — Tales from Haunted Disney World

When your friends have you figured out …

Haunted Mansion Daisy necklace

My friend Suzanne got me this necklace as a Christmas present. I love it … to death.

Recently my friend Suzanne sent me a present I wasn’t expecting. I was thrilled when I opened the gift and discovered a necklace featuring my favorite character in Disney’s Haunted Mansion’s Stretching Portraits—a young girl suspended on a rope over a hungry alligator.

WDW Haunted Mansion Stretching Room Portraits

The four portraits in the Stretching Room and Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

According to themeparktourist.com, this pretty girl in a precarious situation has a name: Daisy de la Cruz (you can read about everyone in the mansion here—this article is about Disneyland’s version, but in the Stretching Room, the WDW portraits are identical): https://www.themeparktourist.com/features/20120507/6634/characters-disneylands-haunted-mansion

So, why is she my favorite? I’ve always identified with her: like me, she was always optimistic, always hopeful, always waiting for something to go her way—without really understanding that she can hope all she wants, but fate has other plans for her, and mostly scary ones.

Suzanne got this at the Etsy store League of Shadows. Everything is handmade, and so their stock rotates and changes frequently. As I write this, they don’t have these necklaces, but they have lots of other cool stuff. If you’re looking for something unique for yourself or another, it’s worth putting them on your list of places to check out. They’re located here: https://www.leagueofshadows.org/

Disney urban ghost story legends on Dave’s Disney View!

Dave's Disney View Ghost Story Blog Art 1

Have you ever seen anything creepy in Disney World?

I had a blast sharing some lesser-known urban ghost story legends of the Disney Parks on Dave’s Disney View! Tom Sawyer Island ghosts, weirdness in Animal Kingdom and much more. You can listen here: http://disneyview.blogspot.com/2017/04/episodes-281-282-urban-legends-at.html

Animal Kingdom savanna

Supposedly, there’s an area of the Animal Kingdom savanna where the animals won’t go.

Ghostly Jumper

The top of the Contemporary. There are rumors of spirits falling past the windows below.

 

Can’t be in a warm spot? Let these books take you there!

SKELETONS FINAL FRONT COVER

As you’re reading this I’m on my way to Walt Disney World in Florida for a winter warm-up (if you’ve read SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE: TALES FROM HAUNTED DISNEY WORLD, then you probably know the World is my fave place to be!). And there’s news on that front: Read the rest of this entry

Time to ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW with the DARK DISCUSSIONS Podcast…

Alternate Escape from Tomorrow poster art

This is an alternate poster for the film. On the DVD, there is a special feature in which you can enjoy a preview of several different versions of posters and taglines.

When Escape from Tomorrow—the surreal film Randy Moore guerilla-style in the Disney Parks—was released last year, everyone wanted to know what I thought (I wrote Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World, a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks). Now you can find out Read the rest of this entry

SKELETONS Meets Captain Hook!

…and today life is awesome! A Dark Discussions Podcast listener got his copy of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World today and look Read the rest of this entry

On Dave’s Disney View: 5 Creepiest in the Kingdom & More behind the Mansion!

If you’re a Disney Parks fan and haven’t checked out Dave’s Disney View podcast, you’re missing out. Dave covers all kinds of great topics (among them a behind-the-scenes look at the Main Street Emporium and Epcot’s Opening Audio just recently), and if you’re looking for a bit of spooky fun, check out this year’s Halloween Special, when I share more ghost stories behind the attraction’s vignettes—and my picks for the top five creepiest things in the Magic Kingdom (some might surprise you!). Listen here:

http://disneyview.blogspot.com/2012/10/episode-114-haunted-mansion-stories.html

If you missed last year’s special, you can check that out here:

http://disneyview.blogspot.com/2011/10/ddv-72-look-at-some-of-stories-of.html

Who would I cast to play Skeletons’ Cora? Find out in Kindle Mojo’s interview

Kindle Mojo’s interview with me, in which I discuss my picks for who I’d cast to play Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole’s main characters and other fun stuff, is up! You can check it out here:

http://www.kindlemojo.com/2012/07/03/author-interview-kristi-petersen-schoonover/

And yes, Skeletons is available on Kindle! You can get it here: http://amzn.to/SkeletonsKindle

Strawberries and Screams: Pix of NEHW at South Windsor’s Strawberry Fest!

New England Horror Writers had a screamin’ good time at the South Windsor (CT) Strawberry Festival on June 16. Here’s pix. Like these? Even more located here, at Robert J. Duperre’s blog: http://www.theriftonline.com/1/post/2012/06/nehw-at-the-south-windsor-strawberry-fest.html…and here, by Jason Harris at the New England Horror Writers blog: http://nehwnews.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/pictures-from-the-south-windsor-strawberry-fest-and-craft-fair/

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Stop by the Strawberry Fest this weekend!

I’ll be signing books at the New England Horror Writers booth at the South Windsor Strawberry Fest and Craft Fair this weekend. Joining me will be Rob Watts (Hudulfolk), Stacey Longo, Robert Duperre (The Rift Series), K. Allen Wood (Shock Totem) and Jesse Young (The Rift Series).

The fair, located at Nevers Road Park in South Windsor,CT, will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

Hope to see you there!

Pix: New England Horror Writers at the East Coast Craft Fair

The New England Horror Writers were at the East Coast Craft Fair in New Haven, Connecticut, last month. Here are the pix!

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