I love stories about the supernatural, even the minor happenings most of us experience at one time or another. I still have a Monarch butterfly (now under glass) that impaled itself on my car’s windshield in front of a restaurant. The butterfly is a symbol for change: the following year I met a fellow at that restaurant who inspired me to embark on a different creative writing path.

In a recent blog I mentioned the ghost story books written by my friends, Rob and Anne. After they published a book on the ghostly encounters aboard the Queen Mary ship, they researched stories from Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. Rob had been involved as an archeologist on many digs on the island and had been collecting stories since the 1970s. Residents of the island offered up stories of hauntings at old Indian burial grounds, at the famed Casino, at Western author Zane Grey’s home, which is now a hotel (Grey himself is reputed to be haunting it), and at various homes, businesses and hotels all over the island.

Built in 1890, the distinctive Holly Hill House in Catalina spooked a construction crew working on the old home. They would hear footsteps and doors opening and closing, and after double locking a door at night would find it open in the morning. Deciding to discover the culprit, the workmen devised a plan to put fresh varnish on the floor where they’d heard the most activity. The next morning they found tiny barefoot footprints in the varnish, but the prints started in the middle of the floor and disappeared before reaching the end of the varnished area.

Painting of the Alamo

A book on the famous Alamo in Texas, their next project, had an added interest since Anne was born in San Antonio. It was also a challenge since the couple had only heard one ghost story concerning the old mission massacre. A trip to San Antonio proved fruitful with many stories coming from various hotels that surround the old Alamo.

Rob said there were many inexplicable tales of things that looked real like, “people appearing and disappearing in period clothing. People have also said they’ve seen re-enactments of the battle of the Alamo while sitting in a hotel opposite the site.”

A retired Alamo Park Ranger admitted that he’d seen an Alamo defender being repeatedly stabbed and shot by Mexican soldiers in the area of Long Barracks. “They [the rangers] don’t believe in ghosts but say, ‘I don’t know what else it could have been,’” Rob told me.

Anne ventured a theory that ghosts exist because of “unfinished business that needs resolution. A spirit doesn’t die but leaves behind a psychic imprint from traumatic events that happened there. Perhaps they didn’t make peace and are trapped in a limbo state.”

Present day Alamo historical site

The imprint of events on an area is not always tragic, Anne added. They’ve found happy stories of ghosts that linger around ballrooms and even bars. The couple both have a positive feeling about ghosts. “They’re more guardian angels than demons,” Rob declared.

To read more about these ghost hunters, look up Rob and Anne Wlodarski on the Internet.

Upcoming on Kindle:

Melaynie’s Masquerade

16th century historical fiction – Disguised as a cabin

boy, Melaynie Morgan ships off with Francis Drake

to the Caribbean in search of Spanish treasure


Mama Liked Army Men

A Tale of Two Fathers

The perils of military life


An Army Brat in Libya

Tripoli in the 1950s

Personal history


Weird Dates & Strange Mates

Non-fiction with names changed to

Protect the innocent or not…





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  1. I also hope to see you soon on our website

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