I hope you will all help me in welcoming Maralee to Spooking The Spine Today!
Although the story is fiction, the building is not. And the haunting is about as real as a haunting can get. Yes, it is still going on—quite actively, I might add. Here are some of the things that are absolutely true about Dunsmuir’s Old Mortuary.
Yes, there was actually a mortician’s wife. And she did continue living a solitary life in the old building for four decades after her husband’s death. And, according to her, there were ghosts that haunted the house. In fact, she was so frightened of the ghosts she slept in a tiny alcove that was only large enough for her single sized bed. It was her belief that this was the only place where the ghosts would not get her during the night. She continued living this way until she had become completely mentally unhinged and was ultimately removed against her own wishes.
The book, The Mortician’s Wife, came about by my wondering why a woman would force such a life upon herself. What compelled the woman to live alone in a building that she believed contained evil spirits? Had she done something so vile that she believed she must be punished by imprisoning herself there for all those years?
And, if there were evil spirits then, are they still there today? I don’t have a lot of answers to the mysteries surrounding the old mortuary, but I do know that there are still spirits living (or “un” living?) there. But it does seem that they are more playful than evil. At least the current owners, who are living in the house, believe to be true. But lately, they have begun to wonder…
More about The Mortician’s Wife and Maralee Lowder:
The Morticians Wife
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
ISBN: 13: 978-1480011229
Number of pages:194
Word Count: 71000
Cover Artist: Tim Hewtson
“I have spent the night in supposedly some of the most haunted buildings in America. I have met people who could fairly be described as evil incarnate. I have been to the Old Mortuary in Dunsmuir. It is gorgeous but I wouldn't spend a single night there.” Kathleen McKenna, author of horror novels 'The Wedding Gift' and 'Family Matters'.
Five miles from the new age Mt. Shasta City, the sleepy Northern California town of Dunsmuir plays host to a nightmarish house – the Old Mortuary – where the mortician's wife spent four decades alone, and some say insane, sleeping in an alcove off one bedroom where she believed the evil spirits of the house could not get to her, harboring terrible secrets.
With the steady flow of dead bodies through the basement and the murderous events upstairs, this is the story of how the Old Mortuary of Dunsmuir became one of the most haunted houses in America as a result of the personality and misdeeds of one man, Horace Carpenter, whose eternal soul most certainly does not rest in peace, as many will attest, and probably never will.
Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one. Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense.
Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife" coming soon
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