Writerly Wednesday Presents Kim Richards – Haunted Mansion Project: Year One

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Haunted Mansion Project: Year One

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Kim Richards is an author, editor, and publisher. She and her husband own and run Damnation Books LLC which is a small press with two imprints: Eternal Press and Damnation Books. Originally from Roswell, NM, she lives in northern California.

Introduction by Rain Graves. In the fall of 2010, ten horror writers met at a haunted mansion to spend four days together. Joining them were a group of paranormal investigators who studied the house and reported their findings. This anthology is a collection of the fiction, poetry, journals, real impressions, and investigative conclusions inspired by that weekend. E.S. Magill, Rain Graves, Nikki Boscia, Loren Rhoads, Sephera Giron, Kim Richards, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Christian Colvin, Dan Weidman, and S.G. Browne share their secret fears, desires and the disembodied voices of those from beyond. Proceeds from this anthology go toward future Haunted Mansion Project events.


Now, however, her first look at the Haunted Mansion in person is enough to make her head and heart pound. Nothing she’d seen on the web could convey the size and sheer intensity of the place, the dimness of the full-width front porch and second floor balcony even in full sunlight, the expanse of windows on the uppermost floor that swallow light and seem to give back nothing. She doesn’t want to go in, but the taxi that drops them at the bottom of the heart-shaped front lawn is already pulling away and Justin is picking up his suitcase behind her.

“Get moving, would you?” he asks. He puts his free hand in the small of her back and gives her a little push, just enough to make her stumble. “We haven’t got all damned day.”

But they do. In fact, they have four full days.

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Table of Contents



Foreword by E.S. Magill

Introduction The Haunted Mansion Project Year One by Rain Graves




The Findings


Investigation Narrative by Nichole Boscia




The Facts

Haunted Mansion Rules and the Writers Who Mock Them by S.G. Browne

Touched by Loren Rhoads

Journal of a Paranormal Mind by Rain Graves

Notes From the Haunted Mansion by Sèphera Girón

Sounds like Faith to Me by Kim Richards

Coming Home: Some Thoughts on Haunted Houses by E.S. Magill




From the Haunted Mansion


Photographs Taken by Attendees




The Fiction and Poetry


Depictions by Yvonne Navarro

Red Road to Spirit Mansion by Rain Graves

And Not a Drop to Drink by E.S. Magill

Ghost Meter Blues by Weston Ochse

He Journeyed Through Midgard by Christian Colvin

The Journal by Kim Richards

Insane Cinquains by Dan Weidman

In the Night, In the Dark by S.G. Browne

The Old House(At 324 OAK Street) by Rain Graves

The Third Room by Sèphera Girón

A Curiosity of Shadows by Loren Rhoads




About The Haunted Mansion Project Year One Contributors



1. In three days, all power will go off, everywhere for a very long time. What will you include in your author survival kit?
A crate of paper, a box of pens, and a case of slow-burning emergency candles (for when that muse comes out in the dark).
2. Where did the idea for the work you are promoting arise?
I spent several days with other writers on a writer’s retreat in northern California. We stayed at a mansion which was rumored to be haunted. Well, being writers…we wrote.
3. What do you like to read?
I read a lot of varied stuff. It’s probably easier to say what I don’t read: celebrity books, biographies, & political books. Just about anything else I’m up for but I am partial to fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
4. Tell us about the most exciting place you have ever visited?
Germany. Before we were married, my husband’s work sent him to Germany for six weeks and I went too. While there, I wrote a story, Die Weib Frau based on a pair of real castle legends. It’s included in the anthology, Mother Goose is Dead.
5. What is the most mundane, day to day, thing you can share about yourself?
My morning routine: make the coffee, feed the cats, and turn on the computer.
6. What scares you the most?
Things which could actually happen and on a personal level. Also, I guess it’s a bit psychological but horrible actions people take but for a good reason. A couple of examples might be choosing the death of a child so a train full of people can live or maiming a person now to prevent their death later. Would you call that horrifyingly acceptable? Shudder.

From Sally – I thought I was the only one who thought like that.  It is a good thing we write it out and don’t go acting out our what ifs.

7. Tell us anything but keep it G rated.
I have two grown sons whom I’m extremely proud of. They’ve both become incredible young men despite their mother and life circumstances at times. I have a grandson who will be one in June. I’m not ready to be called granny just yet though.

Thanks Kim!  I know how incredibly busy you are and I am honored you came to guest on my blog!

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Be Well Everyone and Don’t Touch Anything Sharp!

By Sally

Sally Franklin Christie Blogger and Author of If I Should Die and Milk Carton People.


  1. Kim,
    I thought I knew everything about you there was to know. Nope. Didn’t know you had two grown sons. Hmmm. (I have one.) Nice post. Still sad I can’t make the next Haunted Mansion, but will wish you all well in September and hope the ghosts don’t get you. Warmly, your author Kathryn Meyer Griffith

  2. Wow,that sounds very scary. In my younger days I used to call spirits. I learned that was not something to fool around with if you wanted to keep your sanity and probably your soul intact. It is mentioned in many religions to leave the dead alone so hopefully they will do the same. Spirits are real and we must remember that even God is A spirit namely the Holy Ghost. I realize that the occult is thriving right now more than ever but always approach it with caution. Sounds like a great book and an exciting weekend. Good luck with it.
    Linda Hays-Gibbs
    My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls

  3. Kim, By the way, great interview. I am looking forward to spending another weekend with you and our brave colleagues.

  4. Hello All, I am proud to be apart of this book and that special weekend. Thank you for discussing it. There were no Ouija play because we feared inviting any unwanted guests. We did have fun exploring with the ghost hunters and sharing our experiences. – Dan

  5. I enjoyed the interview, Kim. The book sounds great, and I can’t wait to read it.

  6. Hi Kim-Your Haunted Mansion retreat sounds like a blast! Did you play Ouija? Tell ghost stories at night? Can’t wait to read. Dina Rae

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