“Dangerous Fish”

“Dangerous Fish” was published in Dirty Chai: Spring / Summer issue 3 on August 1, 2014. Opening Paragraphs:  Mary Burk didn’t have much on top so she had to work her booty. Fourteen years old and still no period. Her … Continue reading

The Fashionable Cemeteries of Paris

No matter how many negative things Americans say about the French (and lets face it, the list is pretty long) we have to admit they have a lot of style. Their language sounds like poetry. They have been the vanguard … Continue reading

Museum of the Mummies–Guanajuato

I like graveyards. There’s a funeral or at least a burial scene in practically everything I’ve written. I’ve visited famous cemeteries all over the world, including: the St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans, the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Pere-Lachaise … Continue reading

Vikings in Oklahoma? The Heavener Runestone

  In 1832 a Choctaw Hunting party discovered a rock engraved with mystical symbols on Poteau Mountain. It wasn’t hard to find. This stone was twelve feet tall, ten feet wide and sixteen inches thick. It had eight angular figures … Continue reading

Oklahoma’s Oldest Ghost Town

Oklahoma has only been a state since 1907, but people have been living here a lot longer than that. There’s a quiet little spot by the Arkansas River just outside of Spiro where Native Americans lived for 8,000 continuous years. … Continue reading

“Officer Laura Pepper”

“Officer Laura Pepper” was published in the Storyteller vol. 9, issue 2 (April, May, June) 2014. Opening Paragraphs:  “Haven’t I been here before?”  The policewoman at Jack’s front door looked at him for a couple of seconds then shifted her … Continue reading

Ghost Writers?

Ghosts got a lot of attention in the U.S. from the end of the 19th through the first half of the 20th centuries. Seven hundred thousand men died in the Civil War, one hundred seventeen thousand Americans (out of 37,000,000 … Continue reading

Spiritualists–Quirky but not Scary

Spiritualist services are quirky—no doubt about that—but they are nowhere near as macabre as the old churches in Europe. If you are fortunate enough to visit Westminster Abby or St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, you will find there are bodies … Continue reading

Spiritualism—origins and experiments

Things have always gone bump in the night, and when that happens, people usually give a passing thought to the supernatural. Spirits are nothing new. They are found in the oral histories of every culture, in the scary stories children … Continue reading

Spiritualist Church / Visit 2 (A Message)

On my second meeting at the Central Spiritualist Church, I received a message from a dead relative. In my typical skeptical—some might say devious—manner, I had laid the groundwork. I told the pastor my mother’s name. I expected to hear … Continue reading