‘Insanity’ Authors to Sign at Haunted Acres in New Hampshire


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Dale T. Phillips and Vlad V., two authors in the Insanity Tales anthology published by Books & Boos Press, will be signing copies of the book at Haunted Acres in Candia, New Hampshire this Saturday, Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

It’s a collection containing stories and one novella by such illustrious authors as David Daniel, Stacey Longo, Dale T. Phillips, Vlad V., and Ursula Wong. Enter a world of madness as you read these nine tales of twisted psyches, peculiar people, and demons of the mind and spirit.

This anthology includes a foreword by award-winning author Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin) and the cover was created by Melinda Phillips.

If you can’t make it to Haunted Acres to see , you can purchase the paperback by clicking here or the e-book here.


Vampires coming to The Mark Twain House & Museum


Featuring “The Tillinghast Nightmare” documentary
and Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker

The Mark Twain House & Museum and Historic Haunts present VAMPIRES!, a spooky, fun-filled evening starting with The Tillinghast Nightmare, a documentary chronicling the transformation of the blood-thirsty vampire from vile, menacing neighbor in rural Eastern Europe to the beguiling, aristocratic stranger known as Dracula. The documentary also explores the Tillinghast family’s decision to exhume the body of their beloved daughter Sarah and burn her heart in 1799 Exeter, Rhode Island .

This thrilling documentary screening takes place on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Mark Twain House Visitor’s Center.

The film will be followed by a conversation with author Dacre Stoker, the great grandnephew of Twain friend and Dracula author Bram Stoker. Mr. Stoker will be discussing his research on vampires, as well as his book Dracula – The Un-Dead.

Tickets are $15.00 and are available by calling (860) 280-3130.


According to legend, in 18th century Exeter, RI, Stutely Tillinghast dreamed that half his orchard was destroyed. Soon after, his daughter Sarah became sick and died. One by one, his children took ill and followed Sarah to the grave. To save the lives of those remaining, Tillinghast dug up the body of his beloved daughter Sarah, cut out her heart and burned it.

The Tillinghast Nightmare documentary explores the facts and folklore of vampire exorcism in New England in an effort to shed light on this gruesome practice. The documentary also explores the transformation of the vampire from diseased kin to the aristocratic Count Dracula.

Award-winning director Alec Asten is from Westerly, Rhode Island. The Tillinghast Nightmare documentary is his second in the Historical Haunts series. The documentary was filmed at various locations in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.


The Tillinghast Nightmare documentary is made possible in part by grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Dacre Stoker, great grandnephew of Dracula author, Bram Stoker will share the Stoker family perspective on mysteries behind the writing of Dracula, including the intriguing connection between Samuel Clemens and Bram Stoker, who were for a time, neighbors in London. Born worlds apart, Clemens and Stoker, shared a rapport built on humor, their similar life outlooks and common interests – spiritualism, as well as science and technology. The two borrowed material – one gentleman complimenting the other: a line from Following the Equator inserted into Dracula and for years, Bram’s story about a priest who jumped to conclusions was a part of Mark Twain’s lectures. Samuel Clemens and Abraham Stoker, writers who each made his indelible mark, interesting individuals and a fascinating friendship.


The Mark Twain House & Museum (www.marktwainhouse.org ) has restored the author’s Hartford, Connecticut, home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

In addition to providing tours of Twain’s restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain’s literary legacy and provide information about his life and times.

The house and museum at 351 Farmington Ave. are open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 860-247-0998 or visit www.marktwainhouse.org.

Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts, and the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.  

Actor Talks about the role of Michael Myers in the Original ‘Halloween’

Actor Talks about the role of Michael Myers in the Original Halloween

By Jason Harris

Actor Tony Moran portrayed the 23-year-old Michael Myers in the original Halloween (1978).

He had a great time on the movie and compares John Carpenter to a computer because of the way he had every shot planned out.

“We never shot more than three shots for every scene,” Moran said. “He was pretty amazing.”

He considers Jamie Lee Curtis, his Halloween co-star, “really cool and really good.”

“[She] was a down to Earth chick.”

When asked if there were any scenes filmed that didn’t make it into the movie, Moran didn’t know of any.

Moran was asked to be in the sequel, but turned it down.

“I didn’t want to wear a mask,” Moran said about his reason for turning down the sequel.

The mask was uncomfortable and “really hot,” he said.

“You couldn’t breathe through it. The only holes through it were for the eyes.”

When asked how long he was in the mask on a typical day, he replied. “It seemed like forever.”

Moran received credit in the sequel since footage from the original was used in it, he said.

He doesn’t plan on seeing Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake.

“It’s a remake of me so I won’t watch it.”

Moran is proud to have portrayed the character of Michael Myers

Tony Moran

and wouldn’t want to be known for Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees, two other horror icons from Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th fame, respectively. He states “Halloween started it all …”

Moran has added producer to his resume when he took on that job when a guy messaged him on Myspace and sent him a script for Beg, a short film. It’s now a full-length movie starring his friend Tony Todd, P.J. Soles, and Michael Berryman, who he got to be in the movie. Debbie Rochon is also in Beg.

He would love to work with director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro.

“They are brilliant.”

Moran will be appearing at The Nightmare Factory, located at 2 Museum Place Mall in Salem, MA. from Friday through Sunday.

Editor’s note: Correction for Haunted Salem Village information

The information for the Haunted Salem Village was incorrectly reported as being open to ages 21 and older.

Haunted Salem Village on Oct. 22, 29, and 30 at Pioneer Village is open for people of all ages. For more information about this event, check out the website, http://pioneervillagesalem.com

Pictures from the Why Ghosts Love Me Event at the St. Peter Masonic Lodge in New Milford

Stacey Longo at the Why Ghosts Love Me event

Kristi Petersen Schoonover at the Why Ghosts Love Me event.

Longo's table at the event

Schoonover's table at the event

Jennifer Cole, of Goshen, Longo, Schoonover, and Jayne Mackel, of Goshen

New England Haunted Happenings

Information compiled by David Price.

The Fear at Fenway.  Haunted House attractions at Fenway Park

October 28 – November 6,   5 p.m. to 11 p.m., $45 general admission.

Haunted Attractions featuring Brigham Manor, Hancock Hill Cemetery, and 3-D Freak Out.  Group Rates available for 30+


Nightmare New England (Spooky World) – Litchfield, N.H. Open 6p.m. through midnight

Haunted Attractions featuring The Colony, Catacombs, Torment, Willow’s Asylum, House of Eternal Darkness, Freak Show in 3-D

$35 general admission on Friday and Saturday.  Sept 30 – Oct 31

$30 general admission on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday Oct 9 – Oct 31

Group Rates Available for 30+



Lake Park Screeemfest.  Salem, N.H.  General admission $28

Amusement Park with Haunted Attractions featuring Dead Shed, The Village, Head Hunters at Cannibal Lake, Demons of Darkness, Merriment Incorporated, Pumpkin Palace.


Witches Woods at Nashoba Valley.  Haunted Hayride and Halloween Screampark. Admission $30.  Open Thursdays through Sundays.  Westford, MA.


Factory of Terror.  General Admission $20

Haunted Attractions featuring Bloodworth Dungeon, Gothic Nightmare, and Phobia Mayhem.  Fall River, MA.


Barret’s Haunted Mansion.  General Admission $20.  Abington, MA.


Haunted Ship at the USS Salem. Admission $15 to $25.  Quincy, MA.


Count Orlok’s Monster Museum in Salem, MA.  Admission $7


Festival of the Dead / Psychic Fair Salem.


Lakeville Haunted House.  Lakeville, MA. Admission $13.


Fright Kingdom, Nashua N.H.

Admission $20.  Haunted Attractions featuring Bloodmare Manor, Vampire Castle, Psycho Circus.  Open weekends in October.


Haunted Acres.  Candia, N.H.  Admission $25.  Haunted attractions featuring Quarter Mile Nightmare Walk, Graveyard of the Damned, Maze from Hell, 3-D Nuclear Accident House, Cell Block 13.  Open Weekends in October.


Dark Manor Haunted House.  Norwich, CT.  Admission $18.


Braintree Haunted House.  Braintree, MA.  Oct 23, 24, and 25.  Admission $8. This year’s theme is “Alice in Wicked Wonderland.”


Faces of Phobia.  Springfield, MA.  Weekends in October.  Admission $15.


Salem’s Haunted Happenings

David Price compiled this information.

Haunted Harbor Cruise

Lighthouse, Foliage and Chowda’ Cruise

Ghosts & Legends Trolley Tour

Tales & Tombstones Trolley Tour

Vampire Weekend at 13 Ghosts, a Vampire-themed haunted house, Oct. 7 through 10

Salem Chamber of Commerce Haunted Biz Baz. A Vendor type event Oct. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Salem Seance at Omen: Psychic Parlor and Witchcraft Emporium, Oct. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Develop your Psychic Skills on October 13.
Other Omen events: Book Signing with Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of Haunted Salem, The Encyclopedia of Vampires and Werewolves and Talking to the Dead on Oct. 22. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summon the Dead Seance Oct. 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29.

Hellboy. Live at Witches Cottage on October 8 and 9, 15 and 16, 22 and 23, 29 and 30. Free pictures with Hellboy!

Salem Chowder Fest on October 8, Pickering Wharf 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Haunted Corn Maze at Connors farm in Danvers on October 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29.

Count Orlok’s presents actor Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees) on Oct. 10, “Leatherface” Bill Johnson on Oct. 14 and 15, actor “Pinhead” Doug Bradley (Pinhead) on Oct. 21, 22, and 23. Actor Tony Moran (Michael Myers) on Oct. 28, 29, and 30. The time for all events are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Gulu’s monster movie madness. Classic horror movies every Tuesday at the Gulu Gulu cafe. Schedule: Oct 4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), Oct. 11 The Phantom of the Opera (1924), Oct. 18 The Golem (1920), Oct. 25 Nosferatu (1922).

Eerie Evenings at the Witch House. Ghost stories by costumed actors. Oct 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29

Salem Harvest Fest Oct. 15 for people 21 and older. Tasting craft beers, fine wines, and mead!

Haunted Movies series on Salem Common. Free movies. Oct 8 – Monsters Inc, Oct 15 – Casper, Oct. 22 – Hocus Pocus, Oct 29 – Beetlejuice.

Spectral Evidence – Ghosthunting 101: 8 p.m. to midnight at the Hawthorne hotel, Oct. 21.

Haunted Salem Village Oct. 22, 29, and 30 at Pioneer Village is open for people of all ages. For more information, check out the website http://pioneervillagesalem.com

The Vampire Masquerade’s Ball on Oct. 22 at the Hawthorne Hotel for people 21 and older.

Messages from Spirit World Seance at the Hawthorne Hotel on Oct. 23

Official Salem Witches Ball “Lords of the Underworld” Oct. 28. For more information, http://www.festivalofthedead.com/witchesball/

Zombie Prom, a zombie costume party, Oct. 28 at 9:30 p.m. at Vic’s boathouse.

Learn the Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Salem Common, Oct. 29 10 a.m.

Wicked Night on the Wharf costume party. Oct. 29 at Salem Waterfront hotel.

Haunted Conductors costume party Oct. 29 at Victoria Station

The Mourning Tea – Salem witch Victorian ritual at the Hawthorne hotel, Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m.

The Dumb Supper: Dinner with the Dead, Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

20th Annual Temple of Nine Wells Magick Circle, Oct. 31  from 4:30 p.m. to  7:30 p.m.

Salem Witches Magick Circle. Salem Common, Oct 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The 14th Annual Feast of Samhain, Oct. 31, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Finz restaurant. The event is hosted by the Witches Education Bureau.

Halloween Fireworks on Oct. 31 at 10 p.m. at the corner of Washington and Bridge Streets.

For more information, check out the website http://hauntedhappenings.org/