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

19 Jun

Skeletons and 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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9 Oct

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, CT06457.

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!


2 Oct

Need some Halloween Spirit? Get it right-quick at the upcoming Why Ghosts Love Me event on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge #21 in New Milford, Connecticut!

Join me and host Nathan Schoonover of A&E’s Extreme Paranormal, Travel Channel’s Paranormal Challenge and The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show for spooky stories and Halloween fun.

The presentation will include ghostly stories and paranormal evidence with guest speakers Nicole Hall and Angel Ortiz of Connecticut Soul Seekers, Terri J Garofalo of Entities-R-Us, Donna Parish-Bischoff of Indy Paranormal and Frank Todaro of The Invisible World Radio. I’ll be there signing copies of my book, Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole—Tales from Haunted Disney World, and selling some other goodies. Refreshments will also be available for sale…rumor is a couple of my buddies from New England Horror Writers might be joining me!

Proceeds from all sales and admission will go toward upkeep of the historical St. Peter’s Lodge in New Milford,Connecticut.

The event takes place from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, October 8, at St. Peter’s Lodge #21 at11 Aspetuck Avenue in New Milford, CT. Tickets sold at the door. Last year’s event sold out, so get there early! Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $8, and Kids 10 and Under, $7. 


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


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.


26 Sep

Skeletons is already climbing out of the swimmin’ hole and going places—like this past weekend, when it went to the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival in Saugerties, New York! Below, Skeletons grooves with the awesome band Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers and gets spooked with the wonderful artwork of Heather Gleason at My Ecelctic Mind.


24 Sep

Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is the first official sponsor of the Be the Light Chapel, a non-denominational gathering which, at the moment, has no home, in the Land O Lakes, Florida, area.

I grew up in a myriad of small organizations that were just getting started in the late 1970s and 1980s, so I felt like this particular thing was calling to me. I sure hope they find a home soon, but I’m glad Skeletons will be there to help! For more information on Be the Light, you can visit http://bethelightchapel.com.


19 Sep

Skeletons is such an unusual book, I decided to do something unusual in celebration of its release—I’m going GAGA—Lady Gaga, that is—at The Lumberyard Pub.

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 www.lumberyardpub.com


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.


16 Sep

Copies of Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole are going to be given away as prizes for the National Novel Writing Month Fairfield County, Connecticut Region’s “Afternoon of Writing Dangerously” on Saturday, November 20, 2010!

If you don’t know anything about National Novel Writing Month, it’s a marathon in which writers are challenged to complete 50,000 words in 30 days. It’s great fun–and it’s free to participate!

The “Afternoon of Writing  Dangerously” is an event at which NanoWrimo participants gather with coffee and laptops or whatever and bang out as many words as they can, engaging in such contests as Word Wars (who can write the most words in five minutes).

The time and location of Fairfield County’s event is yet to be announced, but if you’re Nanoing this year, come on down and engage in some great word wars and get a shot at winning a free copy of Skeletons!

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