"Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

Carnegie Library of Homestead

The Carnegie Library of Homestead, Pennsylvania is a public library founded by Industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1896, third one built in the USA and the second given to Steel Valley. This library would serve the workers and families of the nearby Homestead Steel Works as a way to make amends after a deadly battle broke out during the Homestead Strike of 1892 which pitted union workers against private security agents from the Pinkerton company. The building was designed by Pittsburgh architects Frank Alden and Alfred Harlow and constructed by William Miller and Sons with a price tag of $300,000. It not only contained a library holding over 34,000 volumes but also contains a 1,000-seat music hall and an athletic wing with a heated indoor swimming pool.

In early years, the library held class for immigrants preparing for naturalization, and later for women entering the work force. In the 1900s, the library’s football team was composed of many former star Ivy League players and was considered one of the top semi-professional teams in the country. Hall of Famer Rube Waddell played for the baseball team. In the 1920s and 30s, four Olympians trained in the library’s swimming pool, Anna Mae Gorman, Susan Laird, Josephine McKim, and Lenore Kight.

The Carnegie Library of Homestead survived in large part due to the support of USX Corporation, a successor to Andrew Carnegie's own steel venture. When the Homestead Works closed in 1988, the library passed to the community of Munhall, Pennsylvania who was experiencing economic hardships after losing its single-largest employer and tax base. The library remained open and operational thanks to several volunteers who worked to secure grant money. The boiler was replaced, a new slate roof was installed, and new windows replaced the hundred-year-old wooden sashes. While other libraries donated by Andrew Carnegie have either closed or been demolished, Carnegie Library of Homestead has remained operational for over a century and some believe it may be haunted.

The deadly strike in 1892 left 40 wounded and 9 killed on the workers side and 20 shot, seven killed and 300 injured on Pinkerton's side. A man named Robert E. Peebles was found dead in 8 feet of water on November 28, 1899. It was reported he died “under mysterious circumstances”. Could these tragedies be the cause of Carnegie Library’s haunted status? There have been reports of books flying off of shelves, apparitions of former steel workers dressed in dirty clothes, shadow figures and voices (both male and female). Perhaps some steel workers are still fighting to be heard.

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, the team heads up creaky stairs to a musicians loft within a house that already looks haunted. Evidently there have been reports that a face has been seen floating from the loft. They’re trying to disprove that the floating head could simply be a reflection so they turn on a light. All of a sudden the light turns off on its own. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if they find out how the light turned off, and if the floating head reappears.

In Paranormal Witness, we have two sneak peeks for each story within the upcoming episode. In the first, a girl and her mother are cookind dinner and are simply catching up on their day. All of a sudden they hear loud, heavy footsteps above them. Although they’re startled, they decide to go see what’s making the noises. The mother goes out ahead with her daughter gripping tight to her shirt. You’ll have to watch the clip and tune in at 10/9c on Syfy to see if the mom and daughter had an uninvited visitor in their home, or if there was nothing to worry about.

Finally, in the second Paranormal Witness sneak peek, a mother is putting her baby son down for a morning nap in their new home. She then went to the kitchen to start preparing lunch. She and her husband then hear the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star over the baby monitor, but there is nothing in the baby’s room that could produce that music. The tune goes in and out but the baby isn’t crying so they figure he’s alright, until a dark, sinister voice calls out his nickname and sends the baby boy into shrills. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in to see what was causing harm to this child.

Duke has a run in with the Reverend, and encourages Audrey to step inside the house that they arrive at, so he can deal with his unwanted guest although she can’t see him. Duke warns him that he better not be there to hurt Audrey. The Reverend assures him he has more important things to do, like come back for him. Duke firmly states that he’s not interested, to which the Reverend exclaims, “People followed me when I was alive, think about what they’ll do for me now.” Watch the clip and tune in this Friday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if Duke is able to side-step the efforts of the Reverend, or if more of a fight will need to be put up to keep himself, and maybe others safe!

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Review/Interview

Otherworld Publications LLC, May 10, 2011
Paperback, 294 pages
ISBN: 1936593106
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Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events.

It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is basically a behind-the-scenes look in to paranormal TV with a few twists and turns. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Ghost Hunters teamed up with Ghost Adventures to investigate a location like Waverly Hills? This book will give you an idea. The story is well drawn out. The characters are likeable and a few that aren't. Anyone who knows anything about the haunted locations understands the history is a part of its allure. In this book, the history behind Rosewood Psychiatric Hospital is like a character on its own.

The only note I have for potential readers of this book is to pay close attention. In some scenes, there's a lot going on. It all has meaning which will get you to the final leg of the race. This is a suspenseful read, ripe for the Halloween season.

5 Questions With Stephen Prosapio

1. What do you consider the best part of being an author?

Easy. When people I don't know connect to my story and enjoy it (…and of course let me and others know about it!). Writing a quality novel is an extremely difficult task. There are many frustrations in today’s publishing world. For a writer, at some point sales figures become less about the money and more about connecting with and expanding your audience of readers who enjoy your work.

2. If Zach and Bryce were to duke it out in a boxing ring, who do you think would walk away with bragging rights?

Zach or Bryce? Well, Zach would likely get pummeled, but at some point, I think Ray would intervene and challenge Bryce to a match. And, inside of one round, beat him to a pulp.

3. If XPI was teamed up with the Ghost Adventures crew, what location do you think they were investigate and would the two teams get along?

Zach meets Zak eh? Funny you should mention the GA crew in particular because I wrote Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum before ever having heard of Zak Bagans or Ghost Adventures. When I saw it for the first time, I was shocked how Zak reminded me of Bryce (this was back in their yelling at spirits days). That said, it’s evident that Zak really believes in what he’s doing, and I think he and Zach Kalusky would connect on that level. One thing’s for sure. The two shows would coexist much better than XPI did with the Demon Hunters.

4. Did you mold the legend behind Rosewood Psychiatric Hospital from any actual haunted hospital/location?

Yes and no. There were a number of shows which investigated actual haunted asylums. One that Paranormal State conducted planted a seed in my mind which eventually germinated into Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum.

5. Can you reveal any spoilers from XPI's next case, Atchison, Kansas?

Other than my writing group, no one else knows this: the book opens with an accident on the Amelia Earhart Bridge with one of the XPI team members getting hurt. I won’t reveal who it is, but I’ll say who it isn’t: Turk. He actually sits this case out, but I’ve been asked to write a short story for an anthology and am considering writing about a road-trip he takes with his Demon Hunter friend Rico.

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

This week in an all-new Ghost Hunters, Jason and Grant are taking a look through a theater where there’s been reports of voices, and have their dog Maddie in toe. While they’re on the stage, the K2 reader seems to be reading something as it keeps showing activity at a frequent rate. Maddie is even starting to show there might be activity they can’t see as she starts to attack just the air. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in at 9/8c to see if Maddie leads them to something, or if the theater will do the talking on its own.

In Paranormal Witness, we have two sneak peeks for each story within the upcoming episode. In the first, it seems there may be a poltergeist playing games with a young girl watching TV, as the television starts to go on and off in rapid succession, followed by chairs moving, lights flickering and more. The girl makes a phone call to describe the scene and look for help as the furniture continues to move, and objects on the walls fly from their place. She picks up her camera to simply light up the room around her. You’ll have to watch the clip and tune in at 10/9c on Syfy to see what the girl is encountering, and if she actually catches the spirit in the act.

Finally, in the second Paranormal Witness sneak peek, a man is walking through the wilderness and comes in contact with what looks like a human figure that has eyes, and a mouth, but certainly isn’t an actual human. After standing in shock, but then tilting his head to one side, the creature mimics his movement, and then bolts away faster than any human could once the man pulls out a weapon. The man follows the trail where he thinks the creature might have gone. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in to see if he can find the creature again in order to find out what exactly is lurking in the trees.

Duke is getting ready to leave the marina, but just before he hops into his jeep, he sees a light moving from behind the shades of his boat. He quickly grabs a gun and cautiously enters to see what or who may be trespassing. He’s greeted by an abnormally large man and a brawl begins. Duke finally reaches a light and realizes it’s Dwight and that he’s after a key. They both go after it and then draw weapons. Duke may be a little shorthanded. Watch the clip and tune in this Friday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if Duke can talk it out, or if Dwight chooses to use his physical strength to take what he wants!

It's My Birthday!

[Image by: Polawat]

Twenty-eight years ago on this day, I was brought in to this world. It was a marvelous day. Lots of fun. It doesn't quite feel like I've turned twenty-eight today. Seems like high school was just yesterday.

I hope everyone has as much of a good day as I plan to have. Don't forget to stop by Autumn's blog Ghost Hunting Theories today. It's her birthday too. Happy Birthday Autumn!!!

Carey Mansion

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From the 1850s to the early 20th century, wealthy families built elaborate mansions in Newport to be used for entertaining during the summer season. In 1907, liquor millionaire Edson Bradley built a French-Gothic mansion known as Aladdin’s Palace because of its size, on the south side of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. It covered more than half a city block, and included rooms imported from France, a Gothic chapel with seating for 150, a large ballroom, an art gallery, and a 500-seat theater. Bradley decided to move his mansion to Newport, Rhode Island in February 1923. This move was so impressive it caught the attention of Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

At the age of 71, he began having his mansion dissembled and relocated to an already existing Elizabethan-revival mansion known as SeaView, built in 1885 and previously owned by James Kernochan. The new was incorporated in to the old building and took two years to finish the exterior. The interior was completed in 1928 and consisted of 17 rooms on the first floor, 25 on the second, 12 on the third, turrets, Chippendale chairs, wrought iron torcheres, exotic hanging lamps, stained-glass windows, and high arching doorways. SeaView Terrace cost $2,000,000 to complete.

Bradley’s wife passed away in 1929. Her funeral was held in the mansion’s chapel. Bradley, himself, spent five more summers at SeaView before his death in 1935. The couple’s daughter, Julia Bradley Shipman, took over ownership with her husband, the Right Reverend Herbert Shipman (protestant Episcopal bishop of New York and World War I army chaplain), until the 1930s. They vacated the mansion after the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, which caused severe damage to the roof and tower. During World War II, the U.S. Army used SeaView as officers’ quarters. In 1949, it was sold for $8,000 after Shipman failed to pay taxes on it.

A year later, it became an exclusive all-girl summer boarding school, renamed Burnham-by-the-Sea and owned/ran by Mr. and Mrs. George Waldo Emerson. It remained a boarding school for many years but the dilapidated condition of the mansion became a concern. Burnham-by-the-Sea gained notoriety after the Gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows chose the mansion as the exterior set for the fictional Collinwood Mansion. In 1974, Martin and Millicent Carey purchased the former school and immediately began the restoration process. Being one of the largest of the Newport mansions, the cost of the upkeep were rather large. The Carey’s leased the main house and gatehouse to the Salve Regina University (renamed it Carey Mansion) and also used the former stables as a dormitory, renaming it Seaview, and the music room, renamed Cecilia Hall, for performances and practice. Salve Regina’s lease expired in August 2009. Since then, the Carey’s daughter, Denise Carey, and her fiancĂ© Christopher Bettencourt have continued the mansion’s restorations.

While 40,000 square feet of mansion tends to impress, it’s also becoming known for its resident ghosts or at least one in particular. It is believed Mrs. Bradley loved her home so much she continues to live there…after death. She has been seen playing her beloved Estey organ. Other witnesses have experienced hearing footsteps, banging, moving door handles, voices and dark shadows.

This estate has never had fences or walls protecting it from the public, only decorative hedges. This characteristic by no means gives anyone permission to trespass.

Reed Homestead

The two-story, house known as the Reed Homestead was built in 1809 for Oliver Reed Jr. and his family in Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts. He, his wife and four children (the couple had five but only four reached adulthood) turned this federal-style house complete with pine floors, crown glass windows, and a mural on the second floor into a home four generations of the Reed family would enjoy.

Today, the house is used as a nonprofit museum operated by the Townsend Historical Society who acquired the property in 1973. Visitors show up to witness the magnificence of the past including the mural attributed to the founder of Scientific American Magazine, Rufus Porter. It is believed of the 160 murals Porter painted in homes throughout New England the one in Reed Homestead, painted sometime between 1800 to 1835, is one of the most well-preserved still in existence. Of course, others are more interested in its resident ghost.

Tragedy struck one of the Reed children. Hannah experienced the loss of her baby which devasted her. Not being able to handle the pain, she decided to take her own life by hanging from the staircase. It is believed now the grieving mother still haunts the residence turned museum. Noises, door coming off it's hinges, apparition, and footsteps have been witnessed and heard by employees and visitors. Has Hannah taken her agony with her to the afterlife?

Sneak Peek Tuesday: GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

Adam is discussing their current location as they’re investigating a basement that would probably make most feel claustrophobic, as it’s a small space and the EMF reader is jumping off the charts. They hear footsteps above them that seem to be in a hurried rhythm, but no one is supposed to be upstairs. They even touch their hands to the floorboards above and can feel the vibrations of the steps. Steve and Tango are called in to do a quick run through of the first floor. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday 9/8 c to see what’s causing Adam and Jason to lose focus as their ears perk up to potentially the paranormal.

In the next episode, a woman wakes up from a dream and is breathing heavily after seeing a child wake up within the dream. She immediately calls her sister and brother-in-law who are 600 miles away. Her dream was a nightmare where she kept seeing the number 16 pop into her head multiple times. Watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday at 10/9c to find out what the number 16 means and who the boy is that lies within her subconscious.

Audrey is tip-toeing through the forest with a flashlight and gun in hand, looking for Nathan. A teen has gone missing and there’s a search party out, but they know they’re chasing the troubled. The reverend claims they’re going to search his way, and they have to start with wiping out Audrey’s own troubles. Audrey asks him, “Where’s Nathan?” He doesn’t reply and simply walks away. Watch the clip and tune in this Friday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if Audrey can find Nathan and avoid whatever the reverend has up his sleeve!

GS Question of the Week

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Win a Ghost Hunters Prize Pack!! *CLOSED*

I know I've been rather critical of Ghost Hunters only because I started out loving this show. It was definitely the first of its kind. Now, I still like it but not the way I use to in the past. In honor of the new season of Ghost Hunters, Syfy has granted me the privilege to give one lucky person a prize pack containing one Ghost Hunters T-shirt and a DVD set of Season 3!

The rules are simple:

(1) You must be a U.S. Resident
(2) Leave a comment stating you're in it to win it. (One entry per person)
(3) A valid email address must be included with your comment

Contest ends September 7th at 7pm Central. I'll use to choose the winner who will be notified the following day (Sept. 8th) via email.

Good Luck!!

Reminder: Syfy's new show Paranormal Witness premieres next Wednesday, September 7th after Ghost Hunters.

Contest is now closed. Winner has been chosen.

Sneak Peek Tuesday - GH/Paranormal Witness/Haven

The team is scoping out a basement where inhabitants have stated they feel like they’re being watched. Britt and KJ break out the EMF reader but don’t see a lot of response. They do however start to hear things including footsteps. As they’re trying to speak to whomever or whatever is there, they sense it could be near the camera set up in a corner, and then, the thermal camera literally falls over. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday 9/8c to see what caused the camera to topple, and if Britt and KJ can make a connection.

The stories will keep you on the edge of your seat with discomfort but cringing for more, as those who experienced the encounters in real life give you a look into what it felt like to have a paranormal interaction. In the sneak peek clip below, a little girl appears to have an imaginary friend and her parents think it’s fun to play along at first, but then their daughter’s stories with her friend start to change and things are not just imaginary anymore. Be sure to watch the clip and tune in on Wednesday at 10/9c only on Syfy.

Duke warns Evi that the building they’re in is surrounded by men with guns. It’s the police station and the men outside are trying to stop a deadly outbreak from reaching the rest of Haven. Audrey is filing a report and has to question everyone and suddenly they realize the key card to exit the building is missing. Evi has it and chooses to use it to go outside and stop running from those wanting to stop the outbreak. Duke insists she come back in, but it may be too late. Watch the clip and tune in this Friday at 10/9c on Syfy to see if Evi will turn around and stay at the station, or if the guns pointed at her are fired!

Michael Jackson is Being Harassed in Heaven Review

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Dead celebrities are just as f***ed up in the Afterlife as they are on Earth.

At least according to Dr. Abraham Tribesky, 95-year-old psychiatrist to deceased Hollywood stars.

In Michael Jackson Is Being Harassed In Heaven, Dr. Tribesky reveals the tabloid-worthy lifestyles and outrageous opinions of his famous patients from the Other Side. Not to mention how these egocentric spirits hassle living celebs and ordinary folks alike. In shocking stories like:

*DJ Decapitates Fan with Flying Vinyl.

*Lady Gaga’s CDs Torched in Rock ‘n Roll Heaven.

*Karen Carpenter Blasts Brittany Murphy: “No Fatties Allowed on the Other Side!”

*Sinatra’s Frank Advice for Justin Bieber.

*Same Ghost Appears in 20 Episodes of Paranormal State!

The only son of Sigmund Freud’s favorite charwoman, Abraham Tribesky grew up playing peek-a-boo with the great man’s patients. He slept beside his impoverished mom on Freud’s legendary couch, carefully hiding their sheets and blankets each morning. Prematurely wise, Abe started smoking a pipe at age 3, turned gray at 8 and went bald at 15, after which he grew the prerequisite sagacious white beard.

Abraham emigrated to L.A. when his ambitious mother landed a plum position cleaning celebrity chimneys in Beverly Hills. At 18, after proclaiming he’d completed medical school, Abraham opened his psychiatric practice, with many of his first patients famous names referred to him by his chimney sweep mom.

Today, many of the same celebrity clients confess their troubles to him in weekly sessions even though they are dead.

I want to first point out this book is a satirical piece, as in a work of fiction. It seems there are a few people having problems with that distinction. There's not much I can really say about this book other than its totally hilarious and innovated look in to the worlds of celebrities and the paranormal. I mean Patrick Swayze is having women trouble in heaven, ghosts are going on strike, a guy gets decapitated by a vinyl record. Even Michael Jackson can't catch a break. Who wouldn't love that?

Overall, it's a very quick read. I only have a few notes concerning a minor mistake or two. There were a couple places missing spaces between paragraphs, "a" in place of "an", repeating words and "piece" instead of "peace". Of course, these little hiccups are few and far between, not so much throughout the entire book. To be honest, this is one of those books you're so drawn in to the story you barely notice.

I could totally see this book being a TV show like on Syfy. It would definitely be different than what is already being produced for paranormal TV. Consider this book recommended.

Hill View Manor

Hill View Manor in New Castle, Pennsylvania has acquired quite a bit of a reputation especially after being featured on Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters and Ghost Lab among other notable people in the paranormal field.

Its story began in 1925 as the Lawrence County Poor farm built by Architect A. L. Thayer to be a working farm unlike any of its kind, housing the county’s homeless and indigents. The building was equipped with a kitchen, hospital, laundry, separate living quarters for men and women, a cemetery, bomb shelter and an extra wing for employees and officers. It officially opened the doors to those in need in 1926.

A few decades later in the 1970s, a skilled care wing was added along with a new name, Hill View Manor, turning it in to a nursing facility. Unfortunately, the home faced financial strain and was forced to close in February 2004. While the building appears to be empty, minus a few things including medical equipment left behind, some people believe former residents still call Hill View Manor home.

Its possible haunted status is possibly linked to numerous natural deaths and suicides that took place on the property over the years. A couple of people jumped to their deaths from the roof. At least one person killed themselves by hanging. The majority of those who died had no records, which accounts for the large number unmarked graves in Hill View’s cemetery.

Reported activity includes voices, footsteps, touched, doors slam, things move on their own and various apparitions. There is a story of a little boy dubbed “Jeffrey” who appeared to be about 6 or 7 years of age. If you laid eyes on this boy, you would die soon after. Shadows are seen throughout the building, sometimes peeking out of rooms. Room 105 is believed to be the home of a former patient named Mary Virginia. The spirit of an old man supposedly haunts the boiler room. He’s known for slamming doors and demanding people to get out of his space.

If you wish to investigate Hill View Manor for yourself, you have to go through the proper channels (check out for more information). Trespassers will be arrested and prosecuted.
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