Rattling Rafters and Haunting Moons

Recently I had the privilege of staying overnight at Preston Castle, an old boy’s reform school in Ione, California. It looms above the sleepy little gold rush town, peering down upon the vineyards and scraggly pines with half-shuttered window-eyes and a toothless brick grin. When we arrived the moon was on the rise, nearly full and streaming through the holes in the roof to the floorboards below. Bats swept in and out of the rafters just below the nest of white barn owls, that screeched all evening long. Hair pulling, whispers, orbs of light, and words of warning were but a few of the delights we encountered that night. As midnight approached we waited in breathless anticipation to see what wonders the witching hour would unfold.

Tonight, as the witching hour approaches, I will be in conversation with the one and only George Noory on Coast to Coast AM. I hope you can join us for a couple of hours of bizarre stories and freaky facts, and maybe you can even call in! 10pm -12pm, PST.


And perhaps you too can visit the beautiful and haunted Preston Castle. Proceeds for overnight ghost tours benefit the restoration. You can also read more about the history of the castle, including philanthropy, abandonment, and murder, on their website! And they will be hosting a Halloween Haunt!


Fall Into

What better way to celebrate the Equinox and the Full Moon than a nice moonlit drive to a ghost town? Hauntingly beautiful both during the day and at night, Bodie California was once the second biggest city in all of California. More than 8,000 feet above sea level high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Bodie’s long winters keep visitors away many months of the year. But if you want to enjoy the first dusting of snow or the true crispness of Autumn, why not take a weekend jaunt to visit the ghosts of Bodie? Phantom music, hammering and banging on doors and windows, a ghost who once pushed a visitors down a set of stairs…these are but a few of the frightening delights that await the daring explorer.

Image of Bodie, CA from Wikipedia