July 27, 2011


The third division of VERMONT'S HAUNTS is called "Oddballs & Oddities".

It begins like this:

"Some people say you can define Vermont by the character of its people. In this section we’ll define Vermont by its characters, people who live a little outside the constraints of normality. Some might call them kooks, eccentrics, oddballs, or worse. Here in Vermont we just call them neighbors."

The division is broken down into 6 chapters, as follows:

1. Brookline’s Man of Mystery

2. The Man Who Played Detective

3. The Perfect Vermonter

4. The Man and the Moon

5. Shooting the Bull

6. The New England Fat Men’s Club

Today I'll post pictures that go with the first two chapters.

Brookline’s Man of Mystery

Brookline, Vermont is a pretty small place. It is a little difficult to find, even if you know approximately where to find it.Interesting that one of Vermont's architectural oddities should be located there.

Guess which one it is:

Hint: It's the one that looks like a sunken silo.

Its architect was something of an oddity, too.

Question: was he . . .

(A.) the local physician

(B.) the schoolteacher

(C.) someone far weirder

(D.) All of the above

See if you can pick him out of a lineup.

Well, no matter. The big questions are, Who was he? What did he do?

And why is he listed in "Oddballs & Oddities"

While we're pondering those questions, maybe we can get some assistance in Chapter 2:

The Man Who Played Detective

For almost 20 year this town was plagued by a phantom. His crimes could not be stopped.

Here are the scenes of some of those crimes:

When he was in church no one recognized him.

Eventually his escapades led him here:

Here . . .

And ultimately here:

The end?

Not at all.

Then the REAL WEIRDNESS began!

Next time: The Perfect Vermonter

July 24, 2011

This is the second installment of pictures chosen to illustrate my newest book, VERMONT'S HAUNTS.

The first section, The Journey Begins, has already been posted.

Now for section 2, called Ghostly Ghettos. These are places where ghosts are said to gather.

Ghostly Ghettos is divided into 3 chapters: (1.) Dead at Dartmouth, (2.) Secrets of Saint Michael's, and (3.) Weird Woodstock

Here are some pictures to illustrate those chapters. First . . .

Chapter 1, Dead at Dartmouth

The "official word" is that there are no ghosts at Dartmouth. I'm not so sure about that.
Maybe they're all hiding here:

Jeez, what is that place, anyhow?

Fact is, I found a lot of weird stuff all over campus. Perhaps the weirdest was concealed in a secret room in the basement of this building:

I'm talking about the so-called "Tomb Room". What do you suppose went on in this hidden and secret place?

Weird, eh? Maybe they don't need ghosts when they have secrets like this.

Okay, now on to Chapter 2, The Secrets of Saint Michael's . . .

A nice Catholic school. Ghosts aplenty, spirits, and more!
When I saw the leaning cross I should have known there was trouble afoot.

In addition to their ghosts and holy spirits, it is said an exorcism took place here. I went up to explore the site.

It was hard to find evidence in that spooky attic.

But from up there I could make out arcane patterns.

Mystical design should mean something, right?

John Coon introduced me to the school's most famous ghost.

That's John, not the ghost. The ghost is in the theater behind him.

There are lots more secrets of Saint Michael's, including a severed arm, a curse, and things that are better left unsaid.

So let's move along to

Chapter 3. Weird Woodstock

(home of two of Vermont's several vampires).

Houses near the bridge are said to be haunted, but what about the bridge itself? Does it cross over to another time? Probably not; it was build in 1969.

The Windsor County Court House exhibits so much paranormal activity . . .

. . . that a sitting judge's verdict was, "Ghosts."

Even the local historical society has historical ghosts.

It's a bit unusual to find a haunted store.

But I guess a general store should have everything.

I supposed it is not unusual for cemeteries to have resident spirits. But Woodstock has something weirder: a cemetery that appears and vanishes, like some deathly Brigadoon.

See it for yourself. Or not.

NEXT TIME: Oddballs and Oddities.

July 16, 2011

I really wanted to include pictures in my new book, Vermont's Haunts, but I couldn't figure out how to do it, or even if it is possible, with an ebook.

Plus, I didn't really have any good pictures.

But I came up with kind of a half-baked solution: I'd publish some pictures here in the blog.

The book is divided into 5 sections:






So in the next series of 5 blogs I'll display one section at a time with relevant pictures.

The first section, THE JOURNEY BEGINS is divided into 5 sections, as follows:

1. The Suicide Glass: An Introduction

Every now and then, weird things can even happen to me.

2. Don’t Open the Window!

You can never tell what might come through.

Lake Champlain, a major "Window Area".

Where everything is turned upside down.

Poor Paula Weldon, lost forever in the Bennington Triangle.

3. Searching for Emily

Emily just doesn't have eyes for me.

4. Ira Allen, Ghostbuster

5. Eddys: From the Other Side

Old photo of the Eddy house, circa 1870.

Note position of the road.

Horatio Eddy in a "Spirit Photograph".

Dr. Beard, Eddy's enemy.

How the Eddy place looks these days.