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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
Investigation Narrative by Nichole Boscia
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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