Monday, September 18, 2017

The Ghost Cow Haunting of WVU Woodburn Hall

My book, Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight, was written to entertain children, teens and even adults with fun ghost stories. The purpose of my blog for this book also is  to entertain its readers by sharing tales of hauntings. The anecdote of a haunting of Woodburn Hall on the West Virginia University campus is an interesting one.

There are apparently several ghost stories that take place at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.  One such story is of a ghost cow. In the early days of the school, when it was still called the Agricultural College of West Virginia, a group of students heard the saying that you can lead a cow upstairs but you can't lead it back down again. They decided to try it out, according to Theresa's Haunted History of the Tri-State. They stole a cow and took it up the steps to the building's bell tower, where it mooed like crazy. The cow would not come back down so it actually  had to be shot to death and removed in pieces. Visitors today say they hear ghostly mooing coming from the tower.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Spooky: Setting the Scene and Mood in a Good Ghost Story

Children love a good ghost story - one that is scary, but not too scary. Half the fun and fright in a good ghost story is setting a scary scene and establishing a spooky tone or mood.
The following is a brief excerpt from the very first story in my book, Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight. 

“Their house had many gables and a castle-like attic tower that traced an eerie outline in the black night against the orange-n-golden glow of the moon. The house almost seemed to have a life of its own – its tell-tale heart strangely seeming to beat rhythmically – “thump, thump, thump”- from high atop the hill where it sat, sad and sullen. Its many stained  glass windows were like piercing, glistening, multi-colored eyes that kept wary watch over the valley below.”

Who do you suppose lived in this spooky looking house? What kinds of scary things do you think could have happened in the house? Were there monsters? Were there ghosts? I hope that you are intrigued and want to find out the answers to these questions.

The story that takes place in the  house described in the excerpt is called “The Haunted Toy Chest” and you can read it and many other stories about scary and playful ghosts in my book, Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing. 

It is available through thousands of retailers, libraries, and Internet commerce companies in North America, Europe, the U.K. and Australia, including, but not limited to, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, and Apple.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ghosts from West Virginia: The Greenbrier Ghost

In keeping with the ghostly theme of my new children’s book, Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing and available in both print and Kindle formats on Amazon, and in print and Nook through Barnes & Noble, and through Books-a-Million, as well, I enjoy posting occasional famous ghost anecdotes on my book’s blog. I think you will find this one fascinating. 

If you have ever been to the Greenbrier Inn in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, you will immediately find yourself immersed, not only in its magnificent grandeur and beauty, but also in its history. Many people don’t know, however, that the Greenbrier has one of West Virginia’s most famous ghosts as a spirit resident.

She is Zona Heaster Shue,  better known as the Greenbrier Ghost. Ms Shue was killed by her husband, Edward. The man initially covered up Zona’s death by dressing her body himself and not allowing a coroner to get a close look at her. Her cause of death was at first ruled “everlasting faint” and then “childbirth.”

Not long after her burial, Zona’s ghost appeared to her mother and told her that Edward had killed her. The mother was eventually able convince the prosecutor of this, and he had her body exhumed. When they looked more closely at the body, they found that her neck was broken and her windpipe crushed. Edward was eventually found guilty of Zona’s murder and sent to prison. Supposedly Zona Heaster Shue’s restless spirit has roamed the beautiful halls and rooms of the Greenbrier ever since. R.I.P Zona.

Melissa Harker Ridenour - Author of award-winning What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers - published by Headline Books Incorporated – - and Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tale of Fright and Delight, published by Crimson Cloak Publishing, and The Bully and The Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale - Melissa Harker Ridenour Books – -  Write Solution Ink – Freelance writing business - Child Safety Blog – – The Bully and the Booger Baby Blog Buzz – - Ghosts with Blogs Blog Spot - -