Archive | October, 2010


31 Oct’s Paranormal Phenomena section has a weekly column called The Latest Paranormal News and Views. Written and/or compiled by Stephen Wagner, the column features all kinds of stories from the world of the paranormal: ghosts, cryptids, UFOs in current news as well as notes on the paranormal culture. Taking top billing under the MEDIA: BOOKS, MOVIES, TV section is Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole.

It’s a nice reprint of the story that appeared in The News-Times on October 10. If you’re into the paranormal, you should sign up for his newsletter. I just did—Wagner has a lot of information to offer.




29 Oct

Looking for something a little different to spice up your Halloween weekend? Then don’t miss this!

I’ll have a reading and signing of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 30, just before The Lumberyard’s Lady Gaga Halloween Theme Party—which will run until 2 a.m. and include a $100 prize for the best Gaga Costume, body painting by Michelle at Artful Inc., live music, Jello shots, and more!

I couldn’t think of a more fun way to spend Halloween weekend. Come on down and join the fray! The Lumberyard Pub is located at 2 Main Street, Georgetown, CT. For more info, The Lumberyard’s site is



28 Oct

At The Secret Life of Ghosts, Nathan Schoonover (yes, I know most of you know him, but I’m clarifying it anyway) of A&E’s two-night specialExtreme Paranormal hosted several area paranormal investigators who were extremely generous with their time and talents in support of St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge in New Milford–and boy did they attract a sell-out crowd! Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole was on hand and sold so many books we were able to make a healthy contribution to the Lodge’s fund as well.


These signs promoted the event all over town.

The Secrets Admissions Table


Nathan and one of his Lodge brothers, Kelly.

Here’s a shot of the crowd. It was SRO!

The Lodge’s upstairs was a perfect setting for this event.

The Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole Table

Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Skeletons Sales Table. Photo by Donna Parish-Bischoff

Andy Seidel of the East Coast S.C.A.R.E. Society, Carrie Kearns and Mike Mafera of Connecticut Paranormal Encounters and Research (CPEAR), freelance investigator Donna Parish-Bischoff, Orlando Ferrante and Joe Franke of the Connecticut Paranormal Research Society, and Nathan educated and entertained the crowd. Topics ranged from serious investigations to techniques to the occult–and frightening EVPs, videos, and other evidence.

Thanks to these investigators and their generosity, a significant sum of money was raised for the Lodge’s Repair Fund.

Paranormal Investigators at The Secret Life of Ghosts. Left to right, back row: Orlando Ferrante (in blue), Joe Franke, Andy Seidel, Nathan Schoonover, Mike Mafera. Front row, left to right: Donna Parish-Bischoff and Carrie Kearns.

Kristi and Paranormal Investigator Donna Parish-Bischoff

If you seriously want the crap scared out of you, you can go to the Connecticut Paranormal Research Society’s website and see this frightening piece of evidence that, so far, no one has been able to explain: Scroll down to the last video, “Enfield CT Attack, Growl, Anomaly.”

CPRS begins their terrifying presentation.

For me, the night closed out with a rare treat — one of my closest childhood friends, Kristina Hals Strobel, was in town! She came to the event, and we went back to my house and literally sat up all night, just like at the sleepovers we used to have. The only thing missing was Kristina’s Mom telling us to stop talking and go to bed every hour! Ha!

Kristina Hals, left, and Kristi


28 Oct

Our Whiskey Lullaby, a product review and give-a-way site aimed for women, gave Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole a thumbs-up review! You can read Katherine Bartlett’s glowing report here:


18 Oct

Canada’s Paranormal Eh? Group on Facebook chose Skeletons as its Scary Story of the Week! Pretty cool, eh?

If you’re interested in the paranormal and its culture (films, books, documentaries, etc.), this group is for you! You can find them on Facebook at:


8 Oct

I had the amazing privilege of speaking to an English 102: Literature & Composition class out at Bristol Community College in Attleboro, Massachusetts, a couple of weeks ago. The class read my short story “Doors” as part of their curriculum. It was really wonderful to hear their insights on this piece that’s become one of my favorites. They were enthusiastic, too, as you can see-here they are posing with Skeletons in Swimmin’ Hole! Not too bad for eight o’clock on a Friday morning!


3 Oct

Put a little haunt in your Halloween—join the host of A&E’s 2-Night Special Extreme Paranormal, members of a paranormal team regularly featured on the Maury Show and others as they share “The Secret Life of Ghosts”–and pick up a copy of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole, which will be publicly available for the very first time at the event!

The event raises funds for the repair of St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge in New Milford, Connecticut, on October 15.  Haunted Disney Tales will make a donation to the Lodge for each copy of Skeletons sold.

Nathan Schoonover, occult specialist for the A&E 2-Night Special Extreme Paranormal and co-host of the popular Internet Radio Broadcast The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show, plans on first giving the public a glimpse into the making of a paranormal reality TV Show before moving on to share his most terrifying experiences.

“I want to cover not just the technical side, but the spooky side of paranormal investigating—the scary stuff,” Schoonover said.

The following will present plenty of EVPs [Electronic Voice Phenomenon—ghostly voices captured on tape] and evidence from recent cases: Andy Seidel and Donna Parish-Bischoff, of the Maury Show-featured East Coast S.C.A.R.E. Society; Carrie Kerns and Mike Mafera of Connecticut Paranormal and Encounters Research (CPEAR); and Orlando Ferrante  and Joe Franke  of the Connecticut Paranormal Research Society.

The event will be held Friday, October 15, 2010 from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s 21 Masonic Lodge, 11 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the repair fund for St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge.

For more information on the event or its participants, visit

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