William Auten at Page 1
William Auten, writer and musician from California, will be at Page One Books at 6:30pm on Thursday, July 7, to talk about and sign his 2016 novel, Pepper's Ghost, which partially takes place in a circus sideshow.
The book is described as such: "Charlotte Alexandra Long is determined to create her own life, but severe reverberations await her at the crossroads of each decision and always the possibility that the very thing she put in place on her own terms could be wiped away by an uncertain future. As Pepper's Ghost weaves in and out of her experiences as a teen and young adult, and locations in the South and Midwest, Alex emerges from the remains of young Charlotte, but her evolving identity will never escape being an outsider in society's eyes. After a series of ill-fitting jobs, Alex joins a traveling amusement company as a sideshow performer, where illusion and reality interplay through the metaphor of an old theater trick. She faces challenges from her troubled but devoted father, her self-absorbed mother, a spectrum of circus employees, and emotional ties to memories and places that give solace in times of ambiguity and loneliness."
Auten's work has appeared in Cahoodaoodaling, District Lit, Drunken Boat, failbetter, Hawaii Review, Nimrod, Notre Dame Review, Origins, Rum Punch Press, Canada's Saturday Night Reader, Terrain, and other publications. Auten read at the bicentennial celebration for North American Review in 2015. He is also an accomplished painter and musician, and a member of the Gym Jones community. His other interests include science and technology, history, religion and history. Having lived in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Virginia, he and his wife now call California home.
Paranormal Freakout: I saw a ghost.
This morning I saw a ghost floating up in the neighbor’s back yard. When I looked again, it was really just a painter climbing a ladder. With the face of a human skull!
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #277: A blond ghost in pajamas.
My neighbor comes over to our house with a dead, plucked bird. If you point the wings and look directly over it, you can see a ghost in his doorway. It's blond and looks like my sister in jammies.
Rowdy’s Dream Blog #226: I talk with a ghost.
I sit in my friend's red Honda and talk with his ghost. He has recently frozen to death - deliberately. I ask him why he did it. He explains that he walked out into the night to talk with “Yallow” and was compelled to stay there in the cold. I worry about his wife.
Ghost Hunting Tour Wednesday June 8th at Casa Esencia
I’m conducting a 21+ tour of the paranormal tonight (Wednesday, June 8th) at Casa Esencia, formerly Maria Teresa Restaurant, at 800 Rio Grande NW. That place is literally crawling with ghosts, demons, monsters, ogres and middle-aged Hispanic women in maroon dresses. I think there’s also a dance party there, but whatever. I’m looking for ghosts and maybe scooping ice cream or something. Casa Esencia: it are hornted.
Tomé Mud Play
Get your hands dirty during a day of clay at the Tomé Art Gallery. Then be blindfolded and throw a pot. (On a wheel, of course. Kinda like in Ghost.) The blindfolded-
“Haunt the House”
To hell with that dead kid Casper. I hereby nominate the star of Haunt The House as the cutest ghost ever. In this clever game, you play a ghostly homeowner who must chase a bunch of pesky, party-going humans from your manse. How? By possessing various pieces of furniture and using them to frighten the fleshy home invaders. The more you build up the fear, the crazier hauntings you can pull off. (Why can’t people just take the hint to “Get out!” when it comes to haunted houses?) This unusual Flash game is quite engrossing and features loads of amusing animation.
Bookish British Boy Beaten By Banshee
13-year-old Daniel Wilkins got his ass kicked by a ghost and cried like a little girl. It scared him so bad he wanted his mum. “Cry baby, cry!” taunted the ghost, who may have taken on the form of a nasty bloke from the playground.
Hang in there, Daniel, and maybe you can get a job at the Alibi.
The Haunted Doll Has Been Sold.
You missed out, fuckers. The haunted doll on ebay went for only $22.49 US. This is not the first time I’ve cautioned against the perils of haunted toys, nor is it the first time I’ve used this scary doll picture from Night Gallery in a blog.
Here is the story of Jenna, the haunted doll, as told by her former owner:
Please do not buy any of the dolls I am listing to give to a child…they are not toys! If you easily frightened or are not prepared to handle any experiences you may have as a result of bringing these dolls into your home, then you should not bid!!
My grandmother always collected dolls, and as a child I never knew why I wasn't allowed playing with her "special" dolls, until they were giving to me after her passing tHREE years ago. She called them special each one having their own names and places they were kept. Each of these dolls I will place on auction not because I don't want them any longer, it is because they deserve someone who will give them the attention and care I cannot give them. Since I have been selling my grandmother's dolls, I have learned alot about hauntings and spirits, so I have started doing EVP's (voice recordings that you cannot hear with the naked ear) on my Grandmother's dolls. I have also recorded them with my night vision video camera. The shots and recordings I have gotten were amazing! I never knew that these dolls were as active as they were. On many of the recordings I have heard them talking among each other, laughing, crying, yelling, some where easy to make out, some were very hard, and some I couldnt make out at all. This is one of the MANY dolls given to me by my Grandmother,her name is JENNA. JENNA IS THE LOVING POSITIVE SPIRIT OF A 9 YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL. LITTLE JENNA HAD A ROUGH SHORT LIFE. HER FATHER RAPED, AND BEAT HER ON A DAILY BASIS. AS A VICTIM OF HER FATHERS TORTURE SHE HAD NO ONE TO TALK TO ABOUT IT. SHE WAS ALL ALONE, HER MOTHER PASSED AWAY DURING HER BIRTH, AND LEFT JENNA WITH HER FATHER A MONSTER. IF JENNA DIDNT DO SOMETHING TO HER FATHERS LIKING LIKE CLEAN HER BEDROOM, SHE KNEW WHAT AWAITED, SHE WOULD BE THRASHED SEVERLY THEN HANDCUFFED IN HER BEDROOM CLOSET WITH NO RESTROOM PRIVALAGES, NO FOOD, NOTHING. THE ABUSE BEGAN WHILE JENNA WAS ONLY 2 AND CONTINUED UNTIL THE DAY SHE PASSED. JENNA WAS COURAGEOUS AND WAS AFFRAID TO ESCAPE, HER FATHER WOULD TELL HER THAT SHE WOULD NOT BE BELIEVED AND THAT THEY WOULD ONLY TAKE HER AWAY TO A PLACE MORE HORRIBLE THEN WHERE SHE LIVED. JENNA BROKE DOWN, AND COULD NOT HANDLE THE ABUSE ANY LONGER. ON THE DAY AFTER HER NINTH BIRTHDAY, SHE TOOK AN OVERDOSE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE HER FATHER HAD, SHE WENT TO SLEEP AND NEVER WOKE UP.~IF YOU FEEL A CONNECTION TO JENNA THEN YOU SHOULD BID, YOU COULD BE THE ONE DESTINED TO WATCH OVER HER AND KEEP HER SAFE FROM HARM!~ PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: JENNA IS A PORCELAIN DOLL, HER HEAD, ARMS AND LEGS ARE PORCELAIN, HER BODY IS CLOTHE. SHE MEASURES APPROX 16" TALL. ~ pAYMENT: I WILL ONLY ACCEPT PAYPAL NO EXCEPTIONS!! iF YOU HAVE A FEEDBACK OF LESS THAN TEN I WILL CANCEL YOUR BID, IF YOU BID AS THE ITEM IS GOING OFF I WILL OFFER A SECOND CHANCE OFFER TO THE BACK UP BIDDER OR RELIST THE ITEM!iFyou have any questions feel free to email me, and i will answer your questions as best as i can. *EMAILS OF AN INAPPROPRIATE MANOR WILL BE IGNORED OR REPORTED TO EBAY, SO DONT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MINE WRITING THEM!*These dolls and their spirit hosts do not perform on command, they are the vessel of live spirits, from someone who lived and attached their spirits with the doll for some reason or another. I do not know ALL the life history of these spirits that are attached to these dolls,(but I am slowly learning on some) I only know a name my grandmother had given each of them, and my person experience with each of them. I explain my experiences with each of the dolls’ spirits, that does not mean that you will experience the same, it matters how you connect with the doll and their spirits hosts.On some of my dolls I have my Aunt Celeste whose a medium/clarovoyant read the dolls. My dolls are not "evil", some have more attitude than others, they have their own unique personality, because they were all living, breathing individuals at one time or another. Due to the fact that paranormal item or items are involved in this sale, I am "forced" by Ebay’s rules and regulations to make the following statement: this is for entertainment purposes only; we cannot be responsible for any activity which may or may not be associated with this sale. You must be 18 years old to bid. YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF SHIPPING INSURANCE, HOWEVER I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE THROUGH THE POST OFFICE! THANK YOU
In conclusion, I had a scary dream the other night. There was a horrible ghost named Ricky, who was a little boy. We managed to get away from him, but then at at the new house, the front door suddenly flew open and Ricky was standing there with a suitcase. I woke up screaming, “He’s here! He’s here! It’s Ricky!”