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Happy Halloween from horror authors

Halloween is the eve of All Saints Day followed by All Souls Day. In some traditions, Halloween is viewed as a “thin space” where souls slip back and forth between this world and beyond.

Listen to these amazing authors Andrew Allen Smith, Craig Brockman, Matthew Hellman, Robert Williams, and ghost author Stacey Rourke on For the Love of Books Podcast with host Emma Palova.

Psychic Liotta from Rourke’s ‘Corpse Queen’ sees the beast in the crystal ball as she leads the way into the darkness.

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Panel of Fear will spook you before Halloween

There is no rest for the wicked.

The special episode, Panel of Fear with horror authors Andrew Smith, Matthew Hellman, Craig Brockman, Bob Williams, and ghost author Stacey Rourke will air this week on For the Love of Books Podcast just in time to get spooked before Halloween.

Asylums, roller coasters, haunted houses, psychics, Zombie walks through the night forests, a man hangs himself during a Halloween scare in the closeby woods, nature at its worst, we drive out to the piers….why do we seek out fear? Or does fear seek us out? Is it natural or supernatural? Normal or paranormal? Do ghosts exist? Is the Tower Farm haunted?

“It definitely is,” said its former resident Addie Abel.

We sneak into attics and basements to find what? When was the last time you were scared? And why? What profound experience has influenced your actions?

We all have a dark side, and not all of us manage it well, according to Dr. Kathryn Den Houter, author of the psychological thriller ‘Prison Shadows.’

This year, Halloween expenditures are projected to reach a record high of $11 billion, according to Statista.

Author Kathryn Den Houter on fear

Dr. Kathryn Den Houter, author and retired psychologist.

“The reason why people seek out fear is that humans feel the most alive when we are in the state of mixed emotions: When we have fear yet are on the alert for excitement we are titillated. Our brain and emotions are working at full capacity. We yearn for the peak experiences that let us know we are “truly alive,” said Dr. Kathryn Den Houter.

Den Houter is a retired psychologist, the author of five books, and a fan of Alfred Hitchcock.

So let’s take a look at our panelists:

Author Craig Brockman

Author Craig Brockman currently lives with his wife Sally in Tecumseh, Michigan. In 2020 he published the ghost novel “Dead of November: A Novel of Lake Superior”, in 2007 the middle grade “Marty and the Far Woodchuck”, and in 2022 “Curve of the Earth”, and has been published in anthologies

Dead of November

Ghosts of those drowned and never recovered are swarming from Lake Superior. But they are not there to haunt the living. They are fleeing something far more sinister.

Author Matthew Hellman

Author Matthew Hellman earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University calls Michigan’s U.P. home. He has been writing since 2013. His published works include the novel “Solomon’s Seal”, the novel “The Biting Cold”, the novella “The Hawthorne Blow”, and a short story in “Six Guns Straight from Hell”. “The Biting Cold” and “The Hawthorne Blow” both take place in the upper peninsula of Michigan.

The Biting Cold

The residents of a small Michigan town fight to survive in a brutal winter storm. But their fight isn’t against the storm, it’s against what the storm has awakened.

Author Stacey Rourke, Corpse Queen

Author Andrew Allen Smith

Smith is a prolific author of Masterson Files, poetry, and most recently two short story anthologies ‘Slice of Fear’ and ‘Another Slice of Fear.”

Another Slice of Fear

Are you ready to see how deep the rabbit hole can go? Another Slice of Fear contains 16 original short stories from the mind of Andrew Allen Smith that may help you get there.

Author Bob Williams, A Yooper’s Tale


The feature photo of Fallasburg Sunrise is by Bruce Doll.

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Excerpt from Greenwich Meridian Memoir

Into the U.S. on Halloween, 1970

By mom Ella

On Oct. 30, 1970, we headed for Winnipeg into the province of Manitoba to pick up the U.S. visa and continued the road trip to the unknown. On the Canadian border with the U.S., I hesitated and cried that I did not want to go anywhere, because I could still return back to Czechoslovakia until Dec. 31, 1970 before the expiration of the exit visa. However, my husband talked me into it, stating that I should at least try it and that the USA has more people than Canada and that I might like it. The reality was far from it.

We crossed the border at North Dakota on Oct. 31, 1970. I remember that evening driving through towns and villages where we saw kids trick or treating. The kids were also carrying lit lanterns at the time and I felt sorry for my own children because they couldn’t go, that they didn’t have a home and that they didn’t even know what to expect at the next stop.

We drove through the deserted autumn regions of South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas.  When we entered Oklahoma, it was warmer, and cotton was harvested in the fields. That was already the neighboring state to Texas.

               The next day we crossed the border to Texas and watched for Hawkins with the tension and suspense of a cheap action movie. We envisioned a city, but it was a village, so small that we missed it and drove right through it.

At that moment, I knew I was in trouble.

When we turned around, we noticed the sign Hawkins, population 848. At that moment, I realized this was not going to be a place for me. Even back home, I did not like villages and solitary places with only three houses.

In Europe, universities were always located in big cities. We both studied in Brno which is a major city with population of 300,000. Hawkins shocked us.

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Happy Halloween

Ready for #NaNoWriMo 2019

I am as ready as I can be for the National Novel Writing Month 50K word challenge starting tomorrow Nov. 1 with my Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West memoir project.

However, Halloween is not only followed by the NaNoWriMo blast off , but also by All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day in the catholic calendar on Saturday. I always go to the mass at St. Pat’s for one or the other to reflect and for inspiration.

Usually, the Book of the Dead is on display. An evening candlelight procession goes to the cemetery.

The feature photo is an optical illussion “All is Vanity” from Belrockton in Belding. It is hanging next to the “Face of Gossip,” which is on the cover of my new book “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories collections.

Follow me on my NaNoWriMo journey to the completion of the memoir about our family immigration saga to the U.S.

I will be signing my new book at the Lowell Area Historical Museum (LAHM) on Nov. 15, 16 & 17 during Christmas through Lowell.

For more info on NaNoWriMo go to: https://www.nanowrimo.org/

For more info on Christmas through Lowell go to: www.christmasthroughlowell.org

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Creepy feelings

Spooked out by Halloween

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s writings

Lowell, MI – My mixed feelings about Halloween are expressed in the photography below and above. On one hand , I love it because I love candy and masks as well as “doing myself up” one year as  Gene Simmons from Kiss.

On the other hand I don’t know what to think about it. You know, kids dressed up as everything from Disney princesses, fairies, superheroes to brides and grooms as skeletons. Each to his own. Who said that all Spirits of Halloween have to be scary?

But flipping back to the first hand, I totally enjoyed the ghost hunt at Fallasburg conducted by the Michigan Paranormal Alliance for the second time last Saturday. Even though it was creepy to listen to the hardsole footsteps of the ghost of teacher Mrs. Richmond. I was also bummed that I couldn’t go to the Masquerade: With a side of Murder at the Candlestone resort in Belding.

Not to mention that the scary event inspires me.

I missed out on a Halloween themed wedding last Friday. But, we watched a spooky movie “Amityville” last night.

According to newgrange.com, Halloween has Celtic roots in the Samhain Festival. Smahain was the division of the year between the lighter half and the darker half allowing  spirits to pass through at its thinnest.

One of the scariest places I’ve ever been to is the  Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba in Spain. The Moor mosque is located inside a cathedral as pictured in the feature photo.

Enjoy the sampling. Get spooked.

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Ghosts at Fallasburg

Michigan Paranormal Alliance finds ghost activity at Fallasburg village

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI – Just in time for Halloween to get spooked by findings of ghost activity at the Fallasburg pioneer village located three miles northeast of Lowell.

The Saturday night ghost walk organized by the Fallasburg Historical Society in conjunction with the Michigan Paranormal Alliance (M.P.A.), brought out more than 40 people. They split into four groups and set out to hunt for ghosts at different locations throughout the 1840s pioneer Fallasburg village.

As the one-room Fallasburg schoolhouse dipped into pitch black, ghost hunters from group two heard a distinct thump, thump, thump of feet walking by the desks near the windows. And then, came a bang from the storage room. Ghost hunter Peggy Kotecki ran out to see if it wasn’t coming from the outside.

Indeed, it wasn’t.

“I would suspect the most ghost activity would be here at the schoolhouse,” said Ken Tamke, president of Fallasburg Historical society, (FHS) and leader of group one.

Watch the  slideshow below from the Fallasburg Vilage Haunting.


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During the first session at the schoolhouse, M.P.A. ghost hunters, Jason and Peggy Kotecki called on ghosts to speak, make noises or to show up. They placed a teddy bear in the second desk.

“Could you light up the fuzzy bear, if you’re here,” Peggy challenged ghosts. “Did you go to school here?”

Jason explained that the darkness heightens the sense of hearing.

“It’s easier to investigate,” he said. “You like to be able to hear things.”

The M.P.A. team members handed out EMF and ghost meters to detect electromagnetic activity indicating that a ghost could be present. If the meter goes above two points, there could be significant activity close-by. At one point, the meter went to 2.5, and the red light started flashing. However, Jason explained, this could be due to movement in the room.

Walking in the dark, group one passed the creepy Tower Farm on the right, and the lit-up Dave Misner house museum on the left. Different museums recorded different activity, accord to the team members.

M.P.A. medium Rosemary Leleiveld with Edwin Leleiveld were stationed at the John W. Fallass house. Rosemary explained the difference between a ghost and a spirit.

“A ghost is a soul that hasn’t crossed over,” Rosemary said. “Spirit is a human soul that has crossed to the other side. The whole idea is to communicate with the ghosts that are present.”

Another group experienced a ghost talking about his lost chair, according to Rosemary.

“It’s true, we moved all the things out of here, including the chair,” said Tamke.


Edwin said everything is a matter of energy, even ghosts give out energy.

The small house had a creepy Michigan crawl basement. It was like a labyrinth, and a paradise for ghosts.

The most interesting were the writings by the founders of the Fallasburg village, John and Phoebe Fallass.

“They both were accomplished writers; Phoebe was a poetess,” said Tamke.

On the other side of the Covered Bridge Road shining into the night was the Dave Misner House. The Misner House dubbed as “ground zero” by the FHS members is the society’s treasure depository. It is the only heated building in the pioneer village designed to preserve the collections in proper temperature. It houses gems like the “Fallasburg Footprints,” a property title book, WWI women’s cards, the newspaper scrapbook and the Vergennes Women’s Club yearbook.

“We had a lot of activity around the glass display case with the flowers,” said Lil Kotecki. “EMF’s were going off. There is some kind of energy.”

The ghost meter went off flashing by the case and on the second floor, it went off by a black women’s jacket. A feeble voice could be heard from behind the display.

The hayride was waiting outside. The ghost hunters boarded the wagon and headed up the hill past the Fallasburgh Flats Base Ball field to the Fallasburg Cemetery.

Ghost hunters Lisa Sekeet and David Mason were standing in the middle of the cemetery close to the front white gate.

“We’ve had the most activity here,” said M.P.A. team member Sekeet. “A ghost by the name of William Moon showed his presence by always pointing the rods in the direction of the Moon graves.”

At the Fallasburg Cemetery, the divining rods went crazy; at one-point crossing and then pointing in the direction of the Moon gravesite.

The team picked a person with “abilities’ here to use the divining rods. Divining rods are also used to locate ground water, buried metals, ores and gemstones. Lori from Lowell held the rods that first crossed and then pointed to the Moon gravesite.

“I blocked my abilities, I am trying to get them back with meditation,” she said.

Group one searched the grave’s headstone and footstones. Vergennes resident Catherine Haefner discovered a W. on one of the grave stones. Flashlights and cell phones illuminated the big Moon grave stone.

“I liked the cemetery where the most activity was,” said Haefner.

During the final findings session back at the schoolhouse, Jason Kotecki used an Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) recorder to play back the thumping sounds to all the ghost hunters.

“It sounded like hard sole shoes, like a teacher was coming up,” Jason said.

The M.P.A. team travels around the country to conduct paranormal investigations such as the one at the Fallasburg pioneer village. One of their most interesting locations was the Waverly Hills Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky where 63,000 people died of tuberculosis, otherwise known as “The White Plague.”

“You sit for eight to 10 hours in the dark talking to nothing,” said team member Sue Nielsen.

However, the pay-off comes when you do hear or see something.

“It’s that golden nugget, that you’ve been waiting for,” said Peggy.

The participants spoke about their various paranormal experiences.

Amy Ryan of Hastings shared her experience from 1992 when she lived above what was known as “The Haunted Floral Shop” in Grand Rapids. The curtains that she had shoved in the corner were all of a sudden hung up and straightened out.

“It was the real deal,” she said.

Teresa Medich of Burton spoke about her encounters with the dead at the schoolhouse.

“I am really enjoying this, the history and the museums,” she said. “The Tower Farm is really creepy.”

Local villagers’ lore has it that builder Orlin Douglass comes back to haunt the Tower House.

“There’s got to be something out there,” said Peggy, “and we want to know.”

Rosemary said the M.P.A. team has a lot of evidence of ghost activity at Fallasburg.

Some personal experiences included hearing footsteps and knocks in the schoolhouse when everyone was seated and quiet.

At the Fallass House, participants heard voices and knocks, EMF meter and Rem pod activity, as well as shadows.

Participants also reported feelings of being watched at the Misner House.

“It was a great investigation,” said Rosemary. “I think this year people had more personal experiences. Our group is always happy to assist in meaningful endeavors. This is a great example; raising funds for the historical society to maintain and restore the history of Fallasburg, and give voice to the past.”

For more info go to: http://www.m-p-a.org


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