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All Summer in Baltimore, Tales Poe Never Told

Artist Mark Redfield’s whimsical acrylic mash-ups of Poe pieces with famous stories and fairytales, collectively entitled Tales Poe Never Told, will be on exhibit all summer at the Poe House at 203 Amity Street in Baltimore.

The exhibit opens this Saturday (June 9) and runs through Labor Day Weekend.

With the likes of “Mr. Hop Frog’s Wild Ride (from I Scream in My Pillows),” and “The Ovaltine Portrait,” the stuff looks fun.

For complete information about the exhibit, the Poe House hours and samples, visit http://poebicentennial.com/news-redfield-poe-art-exhibit.html

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SCI-FI SATURDAY NIGHT FEATURES MY SHORT STORY “SCREAMS OF AUTUMN” FOR FICTION FRIDAY!

Autumn’s dying…it (officially) ends on December 21—so it’s the perfect time to check out my short story “Screams of Autumn,” which is featured on this week’s Fiction Friday over at Sci-Fi Saturday Night! Here’s where you can check it out: http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com/?p=5022

Sci-Fi Saturday Night—the Official Podcast of the Boston Comic Con—is a lively, popular podcast that covers all things Sci-Fi—from films and features to books and art, you won’t want to miss it. Past guests include authors Harlan Ellison, Ben Bova, Spider Robinson, Tracy Hickman and Christopher Golden; Wizard World founder/CEO Gareb Shamus; actors Amber Benson, Mark Metcalf, Adam West and Doug Jones; physicist Stanton Friedman; plus editors, musicians, game designers and more! 

I’m honored to announce I’ll be on Sci-Fi Saturday Night on Saturday, 12/17/11, to talk about Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World and some sci-fi with the whole gang: The Dome, Kriana, Illustrator X, AwakebyJava, The Dead Redhead, Zombrarian and Dru Silla! Check out the show here: http://www.scifisaturdaynight.com

WHICH GHOST STORIES MAY HAVE INSPIRED SCENES IN DISNEY’S HAUNTED MANSION ATTRACTION? FIND OUT ON DAVE’S DISNEY VIEW!

Some of the tableaux in the Haunted Mansion may have been inspired by classic ghost stories. Find out which ones—well, some of which ones, anyway, we’ve barely scratched the surface—on Dave’s Disney View Podcast Episode 72. Dave and I had a great time talking all things spooky in the Haunted Mansion, just in time for Halloween!

If you’re a Disney Parks fan, then consider checking out his other episodes as well. Good stuff.

You can listen to the Haunted Mansion episode here:

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

…or, you can play it directly by clicking below:

ddv_72_haunted_mansion

SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE AVAILABLE FOR NOOK

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World is now available for Nook! You can get it here: http://bit.ly/SkeletonsNook

MISS ‘WHY GHOSTS LOVE ME?’ FUNDRAISER? PIX AND VIDS HERE!

Thanks to Jennifer Strickler Cole for this fantastic pic! I don't exactly know what they're doing--trying to scare up ghosts?--but here they are, left to right, Frank Todaro of The Invisible World, Terri J Garafolo of Entities-R-Us, Nicole Hall of CT Soul Seekers, Mike Mafara of CPEAR, Nathan Schoonover of various paranormal and TV programs, Angel Ortiz of CT Soul Seekers, and Andy Siedel of Indy Para.

Why Ghosts Love Me at St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge #21 in New Milford, Connecticut was a huge success! If you missed it, here’s photos and video.

Frank Todaro, of The Invisible World, and Nathan Schoonover are ready to go!

Nathan Schoonover of A&E’s Extreme Paranormal, Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge and The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show was on hand for spooky stories and Halloween fun. The presentation included ghostly stories and paranormal evidence with guest speakers Nicole Hall and Angel Ortiz of Connecticut Soul Seekers, Terri J Garofalo of Entities-R-Us—ghost hunting comics—Donna Parish-Bischoff of Indy Paranormal and Frank Todaro of The Invisible World Radio. I was there signing copies of my book, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, and was joined by fellow horror short fiction writer Stacey Longo, also of New England Horror Writers Association.

Proceeds from all sales and admission went toward the upkeep of the historical St. Peter’s Lodge.

Me, taking a break on the lawn of the Lodge before heading inside to set up. Photo by Maureen McFarlane.

Yeah, this is my Krissi-a-Go-Go look. Photo by Maureen McFarlane.

The entrance to the lodge. The Masons did a great job decorating the outside! Carl Keyser, of the lodge, is facing the camera; he also did the event’s flyer.

Billy Mo Buckbee, longtime friend and member of the Lodge, created this cemetery to the right of the stairs.

Nathan had tables for presenters on reserve.

The alcove where presenters set up their tables. The stained glass windows are just so gorgeous; at last year’s event, this area was cordoned off.

Stacey Longo, short fiction horror writer, also of New England Horror Writers.

A close-up of the Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole Table.

A full shot of the Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole--Tales from Haunted Disney World table.

Connecticut Soul Seekers' table. Nicole Hall, who also writes the Our Haunted Lives column for the Canadian group Paranormal, Eh? and Angel Ortiz did a great presentation.

Terri J Garofalo's table. She writes terrific ghost hunting comics.

Thanks to Jennifer Strickler Cole for this fantastic pic! And no, they are so not ready to present yet! Here they are, left to right, Frank Todaro of The Invisible World, Terri J Garafolo of Entities-R-Us, Nicole Hall of CT Soul Seekers, Mike Mafara of CPEAR, Nathan Schoonover of various paranormal and TV programs, Angel Ortiz of CT Soul Seekers, and Andy Siedel of Indy Para.

Connecticut Soul Seekers gets ready to take the stage.

A close-up of one of the windows in the Masonic Lodge's main hall.

Stacey Longo’s table. Stacey and I are both members of New England Horror Writers.Stacey has written many scary short stories and has been featured in numerous anthologies.

The foyer of the Masonic Lodge. The couches were especially comfortable.

The foyer of the Masonic Lodge.

Terri J Garofalo of Entities-R-Us, Donna Parish-Bischoff of Indy Para, and Frank Todaro of The Invisible World.

Me and Frank.

Stacey and me.

Dinner of champions! Seriously, they have good food available at these events. That burger was delicious. Just rare enough to be juicy.

Left to right, Mike Mafara of CPEAR, Angel of CT Soul Seekers, me, writer Stacey Longo, Donna Parish-Bischoff of Indy Para, Nicole of CT Soul Seekers, and paranormal humorist Terri J. Garofalo.

Left to right, Mike Mafara of CPEAR, Angel of CT Soul Seekers, me, writer Stacey Longo, Donna Parish-Bischoff of Indy Para, Nicole of CT Soul Seekers, and paranormal humorist Terri J. Garofalo.

Left to right, Mike Mafara of CPEAR, Angel of CT Soul Seekers, me, writer Stacey Longo, Donna Parish-Bischoff of Indy Para, Nicole of CT Soul Seekers, and paranormal humorist Terri J. Garofalo.

OH MY GOD THERE'S AN ORB!!!

Nathan just before the presentation.

Left to right, Billy Mo Buckbee and Nathan. Both are members of the Masonic Lodge.

You know, clowning around… Billy and Nathan or Obadiah Stane and Tony Stark?

You just gotta love a changing portrait!

What was cracking us up about these portraits was that Nathan said they took down a couple of portraits of lodge members and put these there instead.

Nathan and Frank just before the presentation started.

Taking a break outside. The jack o'lanterns were a great touch...and kept Sam away, of course (points if you know what I’m talking about). They were carved by Lodge members Carl Keyser and Billy Mo Buckbee.

Thanks to Jennifer Strickler Cole for this fantastic pic! It looks like they’re finally ready to begin! Here they are, left to right, Frank Todaro of The Invisible World, Terri J Garafolo of Entities-R-Us, Nicole Hall of CT Soul Seekers, Mike Mafara of CPEAR, Nathan Schoonover of various paranormal and TV programs, Angel Ortiz of CT Soul Seekers, and Andy Siedel of Indy Para.

The opening moments of Why Ghosts Love Me.

The presenters' corner.

Jennifer Strickler Cole, of Goshen, and Stacey. Jennifer picked up the anthology HELL HATH NO FURY, which features one of Stacey's stories, for her spooky Halloween read.

From left, Jennifer Strickler Cole, Stacey Longo Harris, me, and Jayne Mackel, also of Goshen, who picked up Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole for a friend.

Thank you JENNIFER STRICKLER COLE for this great shot! Left to right, Jennifer, Stacey Longo Harris, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, and Jayne Mackel.

Frank Todaro delivers his "Campfire Stories," which is a popular segment of his show, The Invisible World.

Frank Todaro shares a tale from his very popular “Campfire Stories” on his radio show The Invisible World.

…because neither Nathan nor Frank can go very long without mentioning either thing…

Nathan gives his opinion on a Campfire Story.

This is the ghostly bride Billy hung from a lamppost. It reminded me of Miss Havisham.

The St. Peter's Lodge silhouette on one of the pumpkins. Carl Keyser did this. It rocked, yes!

Nathan's second biggest fear: Sharks. His first? Trolls.

Good friends Michele Ingram (left) and Maureen McFarlane (who does all my headshots) joined us for the night!

Nathan and Marty Landgrebe.

The spread back at my house. It had been a long day and we were all starving.

Maureen and Michele drink from matching Halloween glasses. Festive!

Nathan and Stacey.

Nathan and Stacey in front of our Halloween mantel.

Me and Frank.

Me and Frank.

Chilling out on the back porch. It had been a hot day, and I'd been running around so much that, when the night set in, it was refreshing to sit outside.

I cleaned up the kitchen and set up coffee for the next morning. I didn't hit the sack until 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

I’LL BE AT THE OPEN AIR MARKET & FESTIVAL IN MIDDLETOWN WITH NEHW ASSOCIATION SUNDAY, OCT. 23

A far shot of the Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown, CT. Photo Credit: Mel Tavares, Rocky Hill (CT) Patch ~ http://rockyhill.patch.com/users/mel-tavares

I’ll be at the 9th Annual Open Air Market and Festival at Wadsworth Mansion Sunday, October 23, 2011, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., signing books and socializing with New England Horror Writers Association members Stacey Longo, Rob Watts, Kasey Shoemaker, and Dan Foley. Don’t miss your chance to pick up some signed spooky reads for Halloween!

The event will featureConnecticutgrown or made products, entertainment throughout the day, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, and docent-lead tours of the mansion (which I hope I get the opportunity to do!). It’s held at Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

For more information, you can check out this article on Patch: http://rockyhill.patch.com/events/9th-annual-open-air-market-at-wadsworth-mansion-in-middletown or visit http://www.wadsworthmansion.com/

Hope to see you there!

I’M LIVE ON LA TALK RADIO’S SHEENA METAL EXPERIENCE TONIGHT AT 8PM ET/5 PM PACIFIC

I will be on The Sheena Metal Experience TONIGHT on LA Talk Radio at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. I’ll be discussing ghosts and Disney and probably bunches of other fun stuff with Sheena, who’s an awesome host.

If you wish to listen live, you can click here at 8pm ET/5pm PT and click on the right side of the page on the Channel 2 “Listen Live” button. A player should pop right up and you’ll be able to hear the show:

http://www.latalkradio.com/

If you can’t listen in, I’ll be keeping you posted on where you can hear the archives.

GROOVIN’ ON GHOST STORIES, GUILT AND MORE IN APEX REVIEW’S INTERVIEW

Apex Reviews posted its interview with me as its April 11 edition of Above the Fold.

You can read the full interview—and watch Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole’s book trailer if you haven’t seen it already—by visiting here: http://www.apexreviews.net/Above_The_Fold_-_4_11_11.html

NEW SHIPMENT OF SKELETONS TO PTOWN’S EAST END MARKETPLACE

I heard some really fun news from my friends out in Provincetown recently: the East End Marketplace, the town’s exclusive retailer for my collection Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, has only one copy left in stock. So…a new shipment, as well as a poster, has been delivered—just in time for the nice weather!

The East End Marketplace is located at 212 Bradford Street(at the corner ofHowland Street) and is open year-round. It features a grocery and a selection of local wines, and their specialty is homemade food, such as Apple Crisp (to die for), meat loaf, macaroni and cheese and pot pie. Their terrific deli offers breakfast sandwiches, subs, and soups made to order.

In addition, it’s a local hang out. There are tables, and it’s not unusual to see people stopping in just to chat.

If you’re up in Provincetown, be sure to stop in and say hello!

PARANORMAL, EH?/SKELETONS IN THE SWIMMIN’ HOLE CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Paranormal, Eh? Contest Winner Jenette Casey with the goodies!

The video clue contest run by Paranormal, Eh?—in which players watched nine videos and then went to my website to read my short stories to find the answers—has a winner! Out of 75 entries, one winner was chosen at random. A package containing a copy of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World, a copy of the book’s trailer and a couple of other goodies is on its way to Jenette Casey, of East Rochester, NY. Congrats to the winner and THANK YOU to everyone who played!

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