The Mortician’s Wife is a fictional tale about a very real building. Known locally as the Old Mortuary, the citizens of Dunsmuir, CA have been trading ghost stories featuring the old Victorian building ever since the death of the last mortician. Is it any wonder that I simply had to write a novel using the haunted old building as a backdrop?
I don’t know how far back the old building’s ghost stories go, but I do know that after her husband died, his wife moved to another apartment within the old building. She remained there, living a reclusive life, even though she was so frightened of the spirits who roamed the halls that she refused to sleep anywhere other than in a tiny alcove in the room she chose as her bedroom. For some reason, she believed the alcove was the only place where it would be safe for her to sleep.
Years later, after the old woman had finally left (it is rumored that she finally went mad, after having lived alone there for four decades, and was taken to a nursing home) a man who was doing renovation work stumbled upon two urns of unclaimed ashes. After the ashes were finally given to the proper descendents, the most recent rash if late night noises and opening and closing of doors ended.
The building passed from owner to owner, some of whom claimed to have experienced ghostly events while other refused to admit that anything unusual ever happened there. Most recently a couple have moved into the building and have done substantial renovating. Linda and Brad Warner, the present owners, have been experiencing an amazing amount of supernatural events from the very first night they moved in.
The Warners have been kind enough to give me free reign to visit and “experience” their home. Unfortunately ,or maybe fortunately, I have yet to see or hear their unique roommates. However, that does not mean they are not there. The evidence of scratches on the glass pane of an inside door, that were not there when they moved in, is plenty of evidence for me!
The Old Mortuary is being readied for visitors who enjoy courting unseen spirits. Nancy has decorated the entire building beautifully, much as it might have been during its early Victorian days. I hope she has many brave, overnight guests. I, however, will not be one of them!
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.
About the Author:
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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