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November 16, 2018

The Christmas Eve Haunting Has Been Released!

The Christmas Eve Haunting

The Christmas Eve Haunting Has Been Released!

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A portion of Wharton State Forest in New Jersey was sold off back in the 1950’s and became a quasi-private retreat. In the late 1950’s, Charles Ridgemont struck a deal with the state to acquire a portion of the park for his own personal development. He made his money in a variety of endeavors, which were highly suspected of being tied to organized crime. He built cabins in and around Atsion Lake for use by his family and close associates. Many knew of the place, often referred to in the day as Ridgemont Acres. It was advised for those in the know to not venture too close.

One day, however, Ridgemont and all close to him just “disappeared” as the FBI reported. The property sat vacant until a distant relative, Richard Bellingham, was found to whom the property was gifted in Ridgemont’s will. Bellingham brought the place back to respectability and soon the place was open to all as a rental opportunity.

All was well after this for Bellingham. He recovered from his financial setback and had few worries. That was until he sold the last lot to Benjamin Jinks. Jinks was a respected man, but in the mid-1970’s, when Bellingham made his annual spring inspection of the development, he found that Jinks had, apparently over the Christmas holidays, committed a triple murder/suicide. For Bellingham, the responsibility he felt was overwhelming and he soon took his own life. Between the Jinks massacre and Bellingham’s suicide, owners began to report seeing and hearing inexplicable things close to the cabin where the murders occurred.

The Atsion Lake resort again sat nearly vacant until Larry Peters, a real estate speculator, who had zero belief in all the stories that swirled around the place, bought everything and made it once again a desirable destination. The former owners were happy to unload their cabins to Peters and he turned the entire resort back to an all rental operation. From that point forward, there seemed to be no further talk of anything supernatural.

In present day, Yolanda Jacobs, from inner-city Philadelphia and Lily Rendell, from the affluent suburbs of Long Island landed at Rutgers University in Camden and were thrown together as roommates as they began their college careers. Not only were their backgrounds vastly disparate, but their academic pursuits could not have been more at odds either. However, none of that mattered as the two quickly become inseparable friends.

When the Christmas holidays came around, Lily asked Yolanda to join her at her family’s cabin, a recurrent long-term rental at Atsion Lakes in Wharton State Forest. Yolanda, the city girl, had never ventured into the outdoors as was offered by Lily and she took her up on her offer.

They had planned on a few days out at the cabin for Christmas, with perhaps the possibility of staying on through New Year’s. As they reached the cabin, a snowstorm blew in, but Yolanda was sure Lily could handle everything and despite some minor concerns, she soon relaxed. After arriving at the cabin late on December 23rd, the girls got up early the next day to go out and let Yolanda get a first taste of being in the woods and preparing for their Christmas Eve dinner celebration.

However, as the day went on, another storm blew in and despite her vast knowledge of the area, Lily soon became disoriented in the weather and they became lost. Lily finally spied an old dilapidated cabin in a clearing that they ran into for refuge from the storm. It seemed safe at first, but soon unexplainable haunted events arose.

As the incidents continued, Lily and Yolanda fled the cabin as it shook and trembled, dashing out into the raging storm having no idea where they were or where they were going. As they ran, they encountered a lone man on a trail. They called for his help fearing for their lives from whatever was going on back at the cabin. Is this man their savior or someone that could destroy not only their friendship but end their lives as well?

November 10, 2018

The Haunting of Harmony House Has Been Released!

The Haunting of Harmony House

The Haunting of Harmony House Has Been Released!

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Ah…the search for hotbeds of paranormal activity and haunted houses…what comes to mind? New Orleans…sure! Maybe New England? Possibly…or for those abroad, who can deny that the United Kingdom is not rife with legend after legend of castles, pubs, and ordinary residences that come supplied with ghosts aplenty? But Virginia? Don’t laugh so loud…though the United States is relatively young as a country relative to many other parts of the world, that does not mean parts of the original American colonies should not be in contention as well. Even though the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts in 1620, the colony of new settlers in Jamestown, VA was already thirteen years old by then. In all that time, there was massive death, murder, and other assorted mayhem, all of which makes for lots of opportunities for hauntings.

This is evident in many historical texts focusing on the Virginia settlements, most notably that of Ferry Plantation House and Grace White Sherwood, known as the “Witch of Pungo” near Virginia Beach in the 1700’s. A lesser known phenomenon of a haunted house is that of Harmony House in nearby Suffolk. Harmony House was built in the mid to late 1800’s by Sampson Cross for his new bride, Harmony Adams. However, soon after moving his new bride into the new home, tragedy struck as Harmony died from “consumption” throwing Sampson into a debilitating depression causing him to take his own life.

Following this sad turn of events, several other occupants took up residence in Harmony House, including the notorious murderer, Lane Horn, who slaughtered his wife and three children there. One after another of new residents all seemed to be taken over by something that resided in Harmony House as well. Something that was not visible to the human eye, but very viable all the same. Soon the legend of Harmony House spread and no one in town would even go near the place. That was until the advent of the Cold War with the former Soviet Union blossomed and housing was needed for the rush of transplants looking for defense work.

Even so, no one could be enticed to live at Harmony House. However, an ambitious local realtor, Marilyn Krieger, hot off a great number of successes at her firm took on the property, sure she could do what no one else had ever done: sell Harmony House. Initially, she had the same roadblocks as everyone else. But then along came Arianne Walker and Jack Sawyer. Arianne and Jack were local kids from Suffolk and were well-versed on the legends and tales associated with Harmony House. But it was just those stories and rumors of the place that spurred them on. Arianne and Jack are set on going into the ghost hunting business, and Harmony House seems like just the test ground they need to make a name for themselves.

Marilyn reluctantly took their offer for the house, and the young couple set off in their new home to set themselves up as the premier ghost hunter service in the area, “The Harmony House Ghost Hunters”. Arianne is a firm believer in the field, and though Jack is highly supportive, he, unlike Arianne has never even seen a ghost. After making the place marginally livable, the couple begins their work to establish the business. However, on their first night there, what Arianne has conjured up is way more malevolent than anything she has ever encountered before, and she soon feels over her head as Jack suddenly vanishes during their initial session.

Has Arianne gone too far? Has her hubris and overconfidence in her abilities put Jack in real danger or maybe even worse? Can she save him and protect herself from an entity that Arianne thinks she may have glimpsed earlier in a reflection in a mirror? You’ll have to read it all to find out for sure…