My sister Dee lives in New England…that enchanted region of witches, ghosts and legendary goblins. New England is the quintessential setting for a Halloween tale. This one is true and experienced by someone close to me, so it is a special favorite of mine.
Windsor Castle in Berkshire is said to be home to many spirits, however only one has the dubious honor of being a King actually brought to trial and executed. Certainly other monarchs had been overthrown and murdered, but none before Charles I had been tried and convicted. His execution brought about the temporary end of the monarchy and the reign of Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth of England.
His spirit is said to haunt Windsor Castle, where he spent his imprisonment. Continue reading
One of the most chilling books I ever read when I first became interested in horror novels was “The Shining”. The premise of a large hotel, abandoned by everyone for the winter except a caretaker and his family set the stage for the insanity and murder that followed. Many years later, I discovered that the author, Stephen King, had stayed at a hotel right before they were about to close for renovations. The hotel was nearly empty, and King’s imagination was fueled to write the tale of terror.
The lodging in question was the Stanley Hotel, overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Continue reading
The St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine, Florida is an old building in an even older town. The city itself dates back to 1565 and is the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the United States. The Inn dates back to 1791 when it was first built as a private residence.
Contrary to popular belief, the elegant row of oaks that lead visitors to the front porch of Oak Alley Plantation were not planted to grace the drive of this prestigious home. Instead, this beautiful historic house turned bed and breakfast was built where it stands specifically to take advantage of the picturesque avenue with its intertwined canopy of leafy branches that run the length of the drive almost to the banks of the Mississippi River. The vista is one of the most photographed in all of Louisiana, so the déjà vu you may experience as you walk up the path to the home is probably not other worldly. Cinematographers also enjoy the scenery as well, so you may have glimpsed Oak Alley on the small screen or silver screen. Arguably its most famous film appearance was in the movie version of Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire.