In the fall of 2012, seventeen horror writers and artists met in Northern California to spend four days together in a haunted mansion. Ten of them were survivors of the original Haunted Mansion Writers Retreat; the rest were virgins who encountered the house and its denizens for the first time. Joining them was the group of paranormal investigators who had recorded a plethora of EVPs as well as anomalous lights and ominous shadows in the mansion in 2010. This anthology collects short stories and poetry—as well as real impressions and investigative conclusions—inspired by that long weekend.
Contributors include Nichole Boscia, S.G. Browne, Christian Colvin, Alexa deMonterice, Fran Friel, Kristin Galvin, William Gilchrist, Sèphera Girón, Stacey Graham, Rain Graves, E.S. Magill, Chris Marrs, Rena Mason, Angel Leigh McCoy, Lisa Morton, Yvonne Navarro, Weston Ochse, Kim Richards, Loren Rhoads, Kay Sundstrom, Dan Weidman, and Steve Weidman.
For a second, she thought the house was speaking to her. Harper turned around. Standing in the open doorway was her mother’s best friend, Mrs. Wesch. Then others came. Her father’s friends. More women. When death comes, it seemed to Harper, others knew how to handle it. Maybe a person had to be removed from it. Maybe if a person were too close, she couldn’t figure out death.
So it was Mrs. Wesch who knew whom to call first, who made the funeral arrangements, who comforted Harper like her own daughter. Mrs. Wesch helped her with the paperwork and all the details: What were your parents’ wishes? Harper wanted to say, To not be dead.