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Radio Discussion — Oct 27th

I will be a guest co-host on Canada’s Nocturnal Frequency Radio, Sunday October 7th, from 10:00p-12:00a CENTRAL / 11:00p-1:00a EASTERN. This is the show’s annual HALLOWEEN episode with call-in lines for listeners to tell about their favorite ghost stories or paranormal encounters.

Have a story or experience to share? Want to hear some scary stories? Join Steve, Alex, and myself on Oct. 27th for two hours of fun and fright!

Listener Call-In Line: 347-677-1048

Listen to the show LIVE atNocturnal Frequency Radio

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Time for a Good, Spooky Read

Pat Fitzhugh's "Ghostly Cries From Dixie" -- Front cover.Ghostly Cries From Dixie
by Pat Fitzhugh

Available in Kindle and Paperback formats

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Pleasant dreams.

The Bell Witch – Major Rewrite, eBook in 2013

To celebrate the book’s thirteenth anniversary, The Bell Witch: The Full Account will be offered as an eBook for the Kindle, Nook, and iReader, beginning October 13th. But that’s not all.

In addition to being offered as an eBook, the thirteenth anniversary edition will feature a major update–developments over the past 13 years–and a full rewrite of the original text. When asked about his reason for rewriting the book, author Pat Fitzhugh stated, “I am loyal to my readers, and I want to give them my best–my very best. My writing has developed and improved over the past thirteen years, and I want my readers to enjoy those improvements. Also, a rewrite allows me to flow the book into a newer, more prolific genre.”

The Bell Witch: The Full Account, which reveals many previously unknown facts surrounding the infamous case, raised the bar for Bell Witch research and caused two previously published Bell Witch books to be rewritten after its publication. And, nearly every Bell Witch book, video, and article produced since “The Full Account” has drawn extensively from its research notes and appendices, sans attribution. Over its life, “The Full Account” has attracted two motion picture options and has twice appeared on the State of Tennessee’s Suggested Teen Summer Reading List.

“Several theories have been put forth in recent years, and they need addressing,” says author Pat Fitzhugh. “I’ve also learned more about the real people involved with the legend, especially one individual,” Fitzhugh notes. “Their keen observations were hastily dismissed nearly 200 years ago, but when those observations are added to what we’ve learned over the past couple decades, we unmistakably identify a culprit with a genuine, provable motive; closure is likely on the horizon.”

The Bell Witch rewrite and eBook conversion will be Fitzhugh’s main focus over the coming months. The sequel to Ghostly Cries From Dixie is still planned, but its release could fall in early 2014. From Turkey Creek – A Memoir, Fitzhugh’s childhood memoir, is now in final edit and should released in time for the holidays.

To keep up with the Bell Witch eBook project’s progress and other news pertaining to The Bell Witch: The Full Account, please join the book’s official fan page on Facebook.

#Ghosts #Paranormal #AmWriting How to Write a Ghost Story (My Way)

But first…. Ready for fright season? Get your copy of “Ghostly Cries From Dixie,” TODAY! Kindle and paperback editions available. Click here! Pleasant dreams.

Checking my stats this evening, I noticed someone had found my site by using the search term, “how to write a ghost story.” How to write a ghost story? I’m flattered, indeed, but I’ve yet to offer any insight into writing about things that go bump in the night. Until now.

What is a ghost story? A story involving a character(s) of a ghostly, paranormal nature? A story about a ghost that swipes cookies from the kitchen, wakes you up, and sucks all the energy from your body while regurgitating said cookies? Could a ghost story be a journalistic approach to solving, or trying to explain, a haunting? I suppose it could be any of the above, but I deal only with the latter, the journalistic approach. Neither a believer nor a skeptic, my unbiased approach to a haunting entails digging up lots of information (records), analyzing the information to separate fact from hocus-pocus, and presenting my findings–anything factual or noteworthy–to my readers.

Assuming I’ve completed a five-day trip to a haunted location 1000 miles away, and analyzed my findings, the example below is how I write the story. The example is NOT a perfect (edited) story. It flowed from the top of my head to my fingers, and then to my keyboard, as I thought it up. The example is based on a historic hurricane, but I know neither the date nor the particulars–I only know it happened at one of my favorite places. I borrowed the example’s main character from my book, Ghostly Cries From Dixie, changing her name from Marie LaVeau to Madame Treme’. Without further ado, here’s how I write a ghost story.

The Intro
The Intro sometimes includes a ghostly hint before transitioning into the main story. By “story,” I mean the story of a real-life tragedy that caused the haunting. Here is an intro with a hint:

For years, people have heard the thunder of Voodoo drums and seen scantily-dressed characters dancing along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The eerie thumps and fervent apparitions fade into the early morning fog when approached, leaving witnesses terrified and searching for answers.

The Story
Other times, the intro goes straight into the story (no intro):

For over fifty years, Madame Treme’ led exotic Voodoo rituals involving animal sacrifices, drunken orgies, live boas along the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. These rituals would begin around 10 o’clock at night and last until daybreak.

 

The Tragedy (the reason for a haunting)
Ok, let’s assume we’ve done the intro and a three-page story, thus far. Now it’s time to seal the story with a tragedy:

Just before daybreak on a sweltry October morning, Madame Treme’ and her followers experienced what they thought were the gods. Thunder boomed and roared, the howling wind picked up, and lightning crackled in the usually dark sky. Weather warning systems didn’t exist in 1835; people were left to fend for themselves when they saw bad weather approaching. At night, there was no way to tell how bad an approaching front would be, until it was too late. The Voodoo ritual grew more intense as sheets of rain swept the now whitecapping lake and trees buckled. Within five minutes, a powerful hurricane changed the face of Lake Pontchartrain forever and buried Madame Treme’ and her followers in the lake’s murky depths.

The Transition (get your spook on)
Tragedy accomplished. Boo hoo. Now, let’s transition to the paranormal and create a ghost story:

Long lost, but not forgotten, Madame Treme’ was the most notorious Voodoo queen in Louisiana history. Men loved her, women coveted her, and the organized clergy cursed her. She weilded sceptre over those who followed her, sacrificing to the Loa, manipulating the human psyche, and destroying those who dared to cross her. And now, almost 180 years later, Madame Treme’ still wields her sceptre, more forcefully than ever, from her watery grave!

The Evidence (why we think there’s a ghost)
Paranormal transition accomplished. Now that we’ve got our spook on, we need to provide evidence to back our claim.

Anglers frequently report seeing an older Creole woman wandering the shores of Lake Pontchartrain at daybreak. When spoken to, she smiles and quickly turns in the opposite direction, then disappears. In 1998, two college students who had camped in the woods near the lake reported hearing Voodoo drums and seeing people dressed in Voodoo attire late one night. The figures danced near the shore and wailed repeatedly. The drum’s beat grew softer over the course of five minutes, and the mysterious revelers faded into the fog.

That’s not much evidence. For a real story in a book, you will need to interview more people. Make sure to get their names and make them sign releases, too. Now we need to present possible theories:

The Theories

Some say the anglers and campers were smoking crack, and they hallucinated. A local scientist says the mysterous dancing figures, which are hard to discern at night, represent concentrations of methane gas, and that the drumbeats are the rumbling of nearby towboat engines. However, most people in the hamlet of Port Manchac feel the eerie sounds and apparitions are none other than Madame Treme’ and her followers, trapped in the worst hurricane on record, and trying to complete their rituals.

The Close

Despite many oft-conflicting theories and generalizations, one thing is certain. Something is wrong, very wrong, on the shore of Lake Ponchartrain. Is it evil? Is it religious? Will it hurt you? Your children? Should you dare to find out for yourself, make sure to carry a cross and watch our back.

And finally, if you’d like to see detailed examples–REAL ghost stories–you can snag a copy of Ghostly Cries From Dixie at Amazon for only $2.99 (Winter Special).

Pleasant dreams.

TV Interview Wrap-Up

Today I enjoyed the company of Devon and Angie of Mysterious World TV. During the three-hour interview, we discussed The Bell Witch: The Full Account and Ghostly Cries From Dixie, along with a few stories from the latter. We talked about “Mary,” the ghost of Memphis, Tennessee’s famed Orpheum Theatre, Voodoo queen Marie LaVeau and New Orleans ghosts, the abandoned Waverly Hills TB Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky, the “Devil’s Tramping Ground” in North Carolina, ghost lights (Will O’ the Wisp), and the infamous “Bell Witch” of Tennessee. We all had a great time. And now, back to writing–after some much-needed sleep.

"Wow - 3 hours with the fascinating author/historian, Pat Fitzhugh, just FLEW by! Pat was our fact filter for the Bell Witch Legend and also shared stories with us from his book "Ghostly Cries From Dixie". Having the opportunity to sit down with Pat for so long was a great welcome to Nashville, TN!" --Mysterious World TV

“Wow – 3 hours with the fascinating author/historian, Pat Fitzhugh, just FLEW by! Pat was our fact filter for the Bell Witch Legend and also shared stories with us from his book “Ghostly Cries From Dixie”. Having the opportunity to sit down with Pat for so long was a great welcome to Nashville, TN!” –Mysterious World TV

 

#MustRead #Paranormal #Ghosts Reminder: “Ghostly Cries From Dixie” Winter Special $2.99

The “dead of winter” special for Ghostly Cries From Dixie ($2.99) is still happening! If you like reading about history, the South, and haunted locations, this collection of weird and ghostly tales from the land of moonshine and magnolias is for you!  Why buy it at Halloween for $5.99 when you can buy it NOW for only $2.99?

“From the murky swamps of Louisiana to the misty hollows of Appalachia, the American South is enshrouded by a mystical element that rouses the senses and kindles the imagination. This mystical element has for years inspired tales of ghosts haunting old houses, creatures roaming dense forests, and headless apparitions waving lanterns along old railroad tracks.

In this chilling collection of weird and ghostly tales from the land of moonshine and magnolias, Pat Fitzhugh meticulously recounts Dixie’s most terrifying tales and the haunted history behind them.

These stories will never go away or become outdated. They, along with the landscape of our region, are permanently etched into our human experience. Whether you are a believer or a skeptic, you will be left wondering about — or perhaps admitting to for the first time — experiences of your own that you can’t explain.

Come on a terrifying journey down the road less traveled, where ghosts, haints, and spirits stand vigilant watch over the dark swamps, creaky houses, and forgotten graveyards of Dixie.”

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“Trust me, even if you creep out easily, you have to read this book. It’s entertaining, educating, and just out and out good.” — Customer Review

“The stories are thoroughly researched and well told. The tales will hold your attention and keep you entertained.” — Customer Review

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Go snag a copy from Amazon!

Pat Fitzhugh's "Ghostly Cries From Dixie" -- Front cover.

“Ghostly Cries From Dixie” — Front cover.

Roundtable Discussion (Tonight): “2013 – The New Paranormal Realm”

Author Pat Fitzhugh joins Canada’s Nocturnal Frequency Radio for a roundtable discussion about the future of the paranormal (ghost hunting, demonology, UFOs, paranormal research and investigation, paranormal conventions, etc.).  Where is it heading? What could happen? Can it be reshaped into a constructive field?  Listen to “2013-The New Paranormal Realm” on Sunday’s “Dark Discussions Roundtable” to find out.

Sunday January 6, 10PM to 12AM (Central) / 11PM to 1AM (Eastern)

Listen Live:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nocturnal_frequency/2013/01/07/2013-the-new-paranormal-realm-1

Listener Call-in Line:  (347) 677-1048