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Writing, Disney fans, ghosts and Norman Mailer: UBER RADIO NETWORK INTERVIEW NOW POSTED!

19 May

Me in the studio, on the air with Dawn Short of P.M. Lites.

So what did I do on Cinco de Mayo? I had a great time talking everything from ghosts and Disney Parks to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the real reasons behind being a writer with Dawn Short on Uber Radio Network’s P.M. Lites.

The show not only covers the paranormal, but a wide range of other topics. No matter what Dawn’s talking about,P.M. Lites is pure magic! It airs every Thursday from 9 to 10 p.m., and I encourage every listener with eclectic tastes to check it out. For information on the show, click here: http://www.uberradionetwork.com/shows/pmLites.html To listen live, visit http://www.uberradionetwork.com.

The program aired live and Nathan was nice enough to record it, so you can listen right from this blog by clicking the link below:

Krissi Uber Radio 05-06-11a


26 Mar

My two-part interview with Terry Konig of Paranormal, Eh? Radio—and the very first episode of the show’s Rapid Fire Fan Questions—are now available! They aired March 15 and 16.

In Part One we talk Poe; in Part Two we talk Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole and haunted Disney. And who would I spend 24 hours with in a haunted house (besides Nathan)? Find out and hear the answers to some pretty cool fan questions. You can listen to them at the links below, or directly from this site. Have fun!


Part 1


Part 2


Rapid Fire Fan Questions


Listen Right Here

Part 1 (Episode 9)


Part 2 (Episode 10)


Rapid Fire Fan Questions



24 Jan


Rick at Rhodes Review gave Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole a nice blurb! You can check it out here: http://rhodesreview.com/?p=1971




9 Jan

Recently I had the pleasure of discussing Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Disney ghosts and legends, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole and more on The Darkness on the Edge of Town paranormal radio show! The episode’s hosts were Tim Dennis and Mallie Fox. I had a really great time, and their questions were nothing like I expected. It was fun!

If you’d like to give a listen, you can do it two ways. If you’d like to check it out and, in addition, have access to their pretty awesome past episodes that feature every paranormal topic you can imagine and more, visit the Darkness Radio archives on KTLK radio and scroll down to the 12/16 Haunted Disneyland show; you can click on ‘listen’ or download the MP3:


If you just want to hear the show that I was on, you can listen right from the Kristi Petersen Schoonover website here:




14 Nov

Bank Street Coffee House, 56 Bank Street, New Milford, CT. Skeletons had a very successful event here on Sunday, October 24, 2010. I read from the collection’s short story “Romancing the Goat.” The charming establishment is for sale! Wish I could buy it. It’s such a neat place. I’m hoping when I get some time to do research on the street at the Town Library I can find out which building stood here during the “Great Fire.”

The town of New Milford, where I grew up, certainly had its share of ghost stories and urban legends. There was The Witches’ Circle—a spot in a huddle of five giant evergreens that was always cold, even in summer (imagine that!), and if you stood in it at midnight, a witch came out and told you how you were going to die. There was Lovers’ Leap, reportedly haunted by the spirits of suicidal Native Americans (or self-sacrificing Native Americans, depending on who was telling it), and they screamed every time the moon was full (or every time a bad boyfriend drove by, or some other variation).

And then there was Bank Street, which was at the heart of the town’s “Great Fire” on May 5, 1902. From the New York Times coverage of the event: “Almost without exception the buildings composing the business portion of the town are wooden structures and flying sparks and the rapidly spreading flames soon gave the town the appearance of a roaring furnace. Young’s Hotel was the first building to succumb to the flames, and the wind which was changing, quickly spread destruction in all directions. At 10 o’clock it was impossible to reach New Milford by telephone.” I would like to get up to the Public Library and do some research on the fire, as there doesn’t seem to be much written about it that’s immediately available.

The front door and signs. The shop is a hub of activity of all kinds, and when you open the front door, it smells awesome—like Grandma’s kitchen when she’s been baking pumpkin pies and sugar cookies. The couches are comfy, and the heavy old tables give the place a rustic feel.

Probably because of that, the town’s teens invented much of their own history, which went something like this: tons of people died! Some parts of the burned buildings were still intact so they incorporated them into the new buildings and they even used the scorched wood! And now those buildings are loaded with angry ghosts! The younger sister of the guy who sells popcorn at the Bank Street Theatre told me there’s a burned-out hotel room that they never demolished (?) on the top floor and the lights are always going out in there! My sister’s babysitter told me the books at the bookstore fly right off the shelves! At the music store the guitars play by themselves in the middle of the night, I swear, my brother’s girlfriend’s best friend swears by it!

Whether or not any of this is true? I have no idea. No one could have died, for all I know, and since the buildings were all wood (most of them, anyway), I find it hard to believe people would rebuild using burnt lumber (if there was even any left). But as kids, we took this as gospel. And the stories certainly were enough to send chills up the spines of every middle-school girl at a sleepover party.

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World’s first public signing was held at Bank Street Coffee House, right in the heart of that purportedly-haunted district. Because of all the stories about the street that honestly had terrified me as a kid, I thought it’d be a perfect match!

Below, photos from the event. Enjoy!

The Skeletons table.

Long-time New Milford residents Robert and Pearl Carlson were the first to buy copies that day! It was great to see them.

Me at the table, enjoying a cup of coffee before I read a portion of “Romancing the Goat” to the house’s patrons. One of the afternoon’s coolest moments (and there were many) was a teen who came up to get the book with her Mom—and I found out her name was Olivia. In Skeletons’ first story, “Doing Blue,” the character’s name is Olivia—Livvie, for short. I made sure to give her a few extra “Doing Blue” postcards to share with her friends!

Jim West, left, and I used to volunteer together at TheatreWorks New Milford backstage. We share a love of Creature from the Black Lagoon, and he came down for some coffee and brought me some cool stuff: a Creature T-Shirt, an issue of Rue Morgue featuring the autographs of Julie Adams and Ben Chapman (the guy in the creature suit)--and a Burger King Creature toy STILL in its packaging. Totally cool!

Me and the T-shirt! I can’t wait to wear it.

Bank Street Coffee House has a Community Bookshelf, so I donated a copy of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World. I set it on the shelf next to the Disney book Eeyore’s Oops and Downs. Kinda thought that was appropriate!


5 Nov


The display Brookfield Country Wine & Spirits Owner Louis put together!


When Skeletons first came out, I wanted to look at some creative places at which to sell it—I didn’t want to go just the bookstore route. My neighborhood wine shoppe, Brookfield Country Wine & Spirits, seemed like a good place to try it out.

Owner Louis Venezia did a terrific display with Halloween-themed products, and I’m happy to report that they’ve sold more copies than I would’ve expected…every time I stop in there, they need more books! Indeed…Spirits and Skeletons make a great fit!

Brookfield Country Wine & Spirits is located in the ShopRite Plaza at 143 Federal Road in Brookfield, Connecticut. Their staff is knowledgeable, their prices are very reasonable, and they have a huge selection of wines. I won’t buy my libations from anyplace else, these guys are so great. They also have daily wine tastings and other events, so you may want to check them out. Their website is http://www.brookfieldwine.com/



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: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112364522135317


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 http://www.ghostanddemon.info/ghost_tour.


18 Sep

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole’s first official public reading and signing will be held at Bank Street Coffee House at 56 Bank Street in New Milford, CT, on Sunday, October 24, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

While Bank Street Coffee House is known for its fine coffees, teas, pastries, great service and comfortable atmosphere, it’s on a street that, for years, has had its share of ghost stories, too.

I grew up in New Milford on haunted property and graduated from New Milford High School in 1989, so I’m especially pleased about the location for that reason. As kids, we heard all kinds of rumors about the buildings on Bank Street being haunted. It made it a perfect match for Skeletons.

The reading and signing will be held Sunday, October 24, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Bank Street Coffee House, 56 Bank Street, New Milford, CT.

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