Dark Shadows


It was a dark and stormy Halloween night……..

It really was!

Since we never get trick-or-treaters here on the rancho (kids around here are too smart to hike miles between candy payouts) and I didn’t feel like cooking (do I ever?) Len and I went out to dinner.  By the time we got home that wonderful rain was falling and the electricity was out.  I sure didn’t feel like wrestling with the generator (remember, I didn’t even feel like wrestling with a frying pan).  So we went old-school and fumbled around the house gathering candles and lighting matches.  We got everything set up and lit up and flopped down on the couch.  There we were, staring at the stone above the mantle and, check it out, WE were the ones being stared at!

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Can you see the 2 ghostly faces in the stone?

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Now this is weird.  I’ve lived in this house for 15 years and I’ve never seen these faces before this night.

Is my house haunted?

By day, they’re not visible.  See?

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When I was in junior high I used to race home after school to watch a soap opera called Dark Shadows.  It was 30 minutes of pure black and white fright featuring a tortured vampire soul, Barnabas Collins, and various werewolves, zombies, and a generally freaked out population in Collinsport, Maine.  Curses and hexes were launched almost daily.  The acting was melodramatic, the photography very dark, and the storylines slow moving.  I loved it!

It’s a good thing I’m not superstitious or believe in ghosts (the bad ones anyway) or Barnabas may have given me a hickey a long time ago.


Now that I’ve seen the faces in the stone, should I sleep with garlic just in case?

There is real love just as there are real ghosts; every person speaks of it, few persons have seen it.   –Francois de la Rochefoucauld


  1. Frank Rivera says:

    Another Halloween beverage and you may have noticed the ” spooked” cocker spaniel in the bottom left of the third photo!! I better call PETA.

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