Please welcome fellow Black Opal Author, Shirley McCann, and her new release, THE SCARRY INN, a YA murder mystery.
I ask my guest authors if they have ever experienced something unusual or unexplained that they'd like to share on "CURIOSITIES." Shirley had a brief, but moving experience and is here to tell us about that and her new book.
Take it away, Shirley…
Trying to figure out which “curiosity” to post about today was a bit difficult. I’ve had a few in my lifetime. One that really stands out occurred when my husband and I had moved from Missouri to California with our young son. I was raised in a small town with four brothers and sisters, so leaving my family behind was very stressful.
One night while I was lying in bed, my arm rolled to the floor. And I immediately felt something touch me. Flesh to flesh. I immediately jerked my arm back to my side. The room was dark. Would you have got up, turned on the light and looked beneath the bed? Maybe. But I didn’t. I had never felt such peace at that time. The most comforting feeling overwhelmed me. To this day I can’t describe it any better. It’s not something I’m likely to forget.
Very cool, story, Shirley. Thanks for sharing.
Convinced they are the victims of a sick practical joke, Heidi Bowman and her three friends are resigned to spending the night at The Scarry Inn, even though the atmosphere is anything but welcoming. Surely the owners, Dick and Thelma are simply trying to drum up business for their new motel by terrifying their guests.
But when Kara is found brutally murdered, they realize the danger is real and they must find their way to safety before the secrets of the inn claim another victim. Making things even more difficult is the lack of cellphone service in the small town of Frighton, Arizona. With no clue as to who they can trust, the remaining threesome are now caught up in a fight for their lives.
How awesome is Shirley's cover? I love it!
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Shirley McCann has been writing for over twenty years. Her short fiction has appeared in various publications over the years, including Woman’s World, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and The Forensic Examiner, as well as many confession magazines.
This weekend we drove to New Hampshire to pick our daughter, Ellie, up from the University of New Hampshire. After a nice dinner with her and her roommates, we visited two of the local cemeteries. I have to give a shout out to my husband who longed to be at a pub instead stomping through a graveyard with all us girls, hoping to spot a ghost. We did hit a nice pub afterwards.
First stop, Proprietor's Burial Ground, established 1831. Before the land became a burying ground, Portsmouth publicly executed Ruth Blay in 1768 for concealing the birth of her illegitimate baby. She's buried in an unmarked grave somewhere at the bottom of the hill.
Next stop, Point of Graves Burial Ground established 1671. A half acre plot, situated between two house, this is then oldest cemetery in Portsmouth, NH. Many prominent citizens of the time are buried there, along with strange occurrences.
Visitors have reported "footfalls" directly behind them as well as ghostly figures lurking. The biggest attraction is the Vaughan Tomb. Mr. Vaughan passed in 1864 and while he has the grandest tomb in the place, strange lights and an odd glow have been seen by many - including the man who checked us in at the hotel. He grew up in Portsmouth and swore he had seen it in person. No one is exactly sure what causes it. Lovers of the paranormal believe it's supernatural, skeptics believe there is phosphorous in the stone.
Yes, Mr. Vaughan is pretty much resting in those people's driveway. Apparently they don't seem to mind. I'm sure he and his family (wife and sons) are quiet neighbors, except for the occasional glowing.
As you probably guessed, nothing strange happened while we were there. Sigh! But we'll keep searching. Luckily, for my husband, Portsmouth has a haunted pub tour that I'll make sure we get on in August when we go back. We may also cross the bridge into Maine. I've heard many ghosts await us in the Pine Tree State.
Let me leave you with a picture of the cemetery from the Portsmouth Historical Society so you can see how old and awesome it is.
Stay tuned for more in my quest to find a ghost…..