Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia? 

After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash has fulfilled a dream and created his own epic fantasy world. Schism: The Battle for Darracia is the first book in a planned series.

To share Schism: The Battle For Darracia with the world at large, author Michael Phillip Cash is generously giving away $100 in Paypal Cash and a copy of this book. (Please make sure to check disclosure for full details) Does the Fireblade burn within you? Do you have what it takes?

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Monday, February 17, 2014

St. Helen's Manor House

In Washington State there is a Bed and Breakfast called the St. Helen's Manor House. The house was built around 1910 and converted to a B & B years later. The current owner and guest have reported activity.

It is said that a previous owner died in the house but apparently there are at least two women that also like to roam.  All of the bedrooms supposedly have their own inhabitant that stalk each of the room. One guest reported the smell of lilac in their room. 

Apparently the fire door that was installed after the the converting of the home slams shut on its own every night at the same time. It has been mentioned this may be the previous dead owner. Is he/she making sure all is tight and secure every night? 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Moxley Manor

Charles Moxley relocated his family, which included wife, Grace, and son, William, to Bedford, Texas from California in 1920.  There he purchased a mansion with money he had inherited and the family settled in. They used the windfall to decorate lavishly, have parties, and generally lived the life of luxury which included maids and servants. It was not long before the money began to run out and Charles began to find himself in dire straights. This took its tole on him and his health began to decline severely as he had contracted pneumonia.

Grace hired one of the maids Lillian to care for her husband and it was not long before it seemed their closeness was more than just healthcare. Grace was not at all please with this. The story goes that eyewitnesses heard her argue with Lillian and left the home in her car. The next morning Grace was found dead in her living room with her throat slashed. The death was ruled a homicide from an attempted robbery but no one was to witness this event. The question is, was it actually Lillian or maybe something more sinister instead?

Of course, not too long after his wife's death, Charles then married Lillian who had taken care of him but tragedy struck again as his only son was now found dead in his bed the victim of a awful killing. Again, no one seemed to know the reason or whom had done it.

Life seemed to move forward in spite of all that had already taken place. Still reeling from financial troubles, the Moxley's began taking in borders and house guest to fill the rooms of the mansion and to boost their income.  Lillian was known to be gracious to her guest especially to women and children.

Two years from the time Charles Moxley moved in to the mansion, another tragedy would strike. This time, it was Charles who was found, shot dead in his bed apparently from a suicide. However, the police would charge Lillian in his death. She fled never to be taken to trial and disappeared.

The Moxley Manor would now sit vacant until a new developer bought the property years later. He tried to reopen the home as a hotel inn but many people would leave complaining of  eerie presences and strange noises. That developer would eventually abandon the property and it remains unused to this day. Many of the towns people where the Manor resides claim that Lillian haunts the place and will not allow anyone to come into "her" home. 

Maybe this is quite wise considering that three people were all killed in a similar manner in the home.
What do you think?

Post script...
In 2011, the home was returned to distant family members of Charles Moxley. They apparently were going to make this a home for homeless and sheltered youth. Volunteers from all over Texas had come to help revitalize the mansion for this purpose. 

However, that summer, the Moxley family had disappeared and complaints began to pour in from the community about awful smells coming from the place. Upon entering the home, police discovered at least 20 dead inside the home. Could it once again been Lillian who took out her wrath upon these people? No one has yet to find the remains of Lillian Moxley.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lambertville High School

Schools are meant to send our children to so that they may learn the things they need to be productive in society. What happens when those schools are haunted? Are children getting an 'education' that was unexpected?

Take for example Lambertville High School in Lambertville, New Jersey that overlooked the Delaware River. The school is ranked today as one of the top 10 most haunted schools in the country.

Built in 1854 this school was used as the local school district high school until 1959. The building suffered a severe fire in 1926 but was quickly rebuilt and reopened and in use until that time. After 1959, the building would briefly be used as a shop but mostly ominously sit on top of the hill it was located on.  In 1992, another fire would all but completely destroy the abandoned building. This fire is reported to have been set by vagrants or was it?

Some people who have dared to enter the old building have reported hearing screams of children, others have reported children laughing. Yet others have heard what appears to be dragging along the floor boards. It is said that several children died in the fire of 1926. Could this have been their spirits still roaming the halls?

Several people, including the author of the Weird NJ Magazine and Weird books have reportedly seen this chalkboard that resides on the 2nd floor of the building. What is depicted is a classroom of children along with their teacher surrounded by flames. No one seems to know how the 'painting' got there or who the artist is. The ghost of those long forgotten perhaps?

One of the most popular stories is that of a rival football player who died on the field after being tackled by Lambertville football players. Many call  this ghostly presence Billy or more commonly known as Buckeye. Many a former student, partier or just plain fool, have encountered him.

The story goes that if one challenges "Billy" to a football game on the field, a voice and eerie mist will envelope and tell whomever has challenged to run the field to the opposite end or be killed. Two missing boys, who chose not to run were supposedly found hung in the school after a party. Foul play?

Others have reported that challenging him at the end of some old steps leading to the field will cause "Billy" to throw an object (football) at the person and instantly kill them. Even other stories have been reported that just saying his given nickname "Buckeye" will cause the weird mist to develope and the person come up missing.

Are all the stories that of legend or are they in fact, true? You decide.