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Or, Time To Check In To The Newest Haunted Hotel

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Kentucky Haunted Hospital is on its Way to Becoming a Hotel

Written by John Albrecht, Jr. in July 2014

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Owners of a Kentucky haunted hospital are working hard to make it a haunted hotel. The hospital is believed to be one of the most haunted places in the world and according to an interview from an inside source today, money from ghost tours of the hospital are being used to renovate the building and the owners hope that the hotel will be finished by 2020.

The owners of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium filed a zoning plan last spring to convert the former hospital into a hotel and in February the zoning committee voted in favor for city council to approve the zoning for the project.

Owners Charlie and Tina Mattingly have plans to turn the former tuberculosis hospital into a 120-room four-star hotel, convention center, and liquor bottling business. The hotel will cater to the haunted hotel tourists as well as regular guests.

“It’s the feeling that you get in the building and all of the odd anomalies that happen in here that most people relate that with paranormal activity,” owner Charlie Mattingly said in an interview with WRDB in June.

According to the plans, the first floor will be used for a 3,050 square foot restaurant and an 8,500 square foot conference center. The second and third floors will have 120 hotel rooms. The fourth floor will have meeting rooms and a museum focusing on the hospital.

“People won’t come here just because they need a room. They’re going to come here because they want to have an experience for the weekend,” Mattingly said.

On February 25, the Louisville Metro Council’s Planning, Zoning, Design, and Land Development Committee voted unanimously for recommendations to approve zoning for the Mattingly’s project. The Louisville Metro Council met and approved the zoning change request by a 21 to 0 vote.

The Mattinglys are working nonstop to make the hotel a reality by continuing to apply for various permits. So far they have been unable to secure any loans so all of the money from ghost tours is being used for renovations on the building. The Mattinglys make sure that they thank every tourist that comes into the hospital, and they let them know that the donations they give for the tours are turning a dream into a reality.

The Waverly Hills Sanatorium hospital was open for fifty-two years, from 1910 to 1962. It later reopened as a nursing home but it finally closed in 1982. Over the years, some of the the property’s owners have proposed to turn the building into many things, some of which include a prison and a 150-foot statue of Jesus.

The Mattinglys purchased the hospital and the 29-acre property for $230,000 in 2001, and in 2012 acquired an additional 80 acres for $800,000. They have been conducting ghost tours in the former tuberculosis hospital and they estimate that about 10,000 people come on their tours every year. The revenue from the tours is used to renovate the building and the surrounding property. The Mattingly’s say that they will continue to host paranormal enthusiasts when the building becomes a hotel.

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Or, My Thoughts On Why Episode 9 Is In Jamie’s POV
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Outlander the novel is never written from Jamie’s POV. None of the first 8 episodes of Outlander the series have been shot from Jamie’s POV. So, I have a theory as to why episode 9 of Outlander will (seemingly out of the blue) be told from Jamie’s perspective.

The next episode must end with the spanking scene.

Like in the book (which I’ve just finished!), the spanking scene from Claire’s POV feels brutal. We’ve been adventuring with Claire and, though she doesn’t follow Jamie’s orders to stay put, Claire is so brave and curious we don’t blame her for trying to escape. Therefore, her being spanked by her (up to that point) romantic and sensitive husband comes off as harsh and borderline abusive.

BUT, if we spend the episode in Jamie’s head we get to see how much mental and emotional anguish it causes him to face Randall again. We get to see how Claire’s actions put all the men’s lives at risk. We get to see firsthand the consequences of her actions.

I think, after all that, the spanking may feel more justified.

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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Or, A Very Flattering Review of Elixir

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Review (5 out of 5 stars):
I completely devoured this novel in one sitting (I think I read Elixir in a about 2 and a half hours.) The suspense was taut between the pages from start to finish–kudos to Abner for penning such a gripping book! I literally sat in front of the computer, glued to the monitor as I scrolled through the pages as fast as possible.
The set up isn’t drastically different from your typical zombie apocalypse set up: a virus has spread like the plague, making victims to become flesh craving monsters with bloodshot eyes. However, there seems to be a tiny, teensy, weensy fraction of the population that seems immune to this disease.
Maya, the main character of the book, is a 17 year old girl whose father works at a lab searching for the cure to the “zombie” disease. As many cities become over run by zombies, Maya’s father begin making preparations should it happen to their town. One day, while her father is at work, Maya gets attacked by a zombie and escapes by hiding in the bunker her father had installed for such scenario. After 14 days of hiding underground and no signs of her father ever coming back, Maya ventures into a very different world.
Remembering her father had mentioned something about completing the cure the day he disappeared, Maya embarks on a journey to his lab in the city to find this cure. On the way, she (unwillingly) picks up ab 8 year old girl. They soon get pursues by a pack of zombies and is saved by other fellow survivor–including a wannabe soldier named Pollard.
I really think Abner did an incredible job with building Maya’s character. She’s very unique, especially when compared to other heroines of zombie books. First of all, she’s not exactly what you would call bad-ass; she’s terrified of guns (not good in a zombie infested world) ever since her twin brother committed matricide. However, although no expert wilderness survivalist, Maya does keep her cool and use logic and reasoning to navigate through the dangerous new world. Also, Maya loves music and the author does an excellent job depicting this through descriptions (told from Maya’s POV) that make musical reference (ie. footsteps pounded to a staccato beat or something like that.) Also, I am so glad there was no insta-love and that Maya wouldn’t take any of that “I’ll die for love” kind of crap; no, she’s all about learning how to survive.
Even though there was no insta-love, there were some attempts of Pollard trying to strike up a relationship between him and Maya. I personally found those scenes awkward; I’m not sure if the author did that on purpose or not (since Pollard being an awkward sort of guy is pretty plausible.)
Anyways, final thoughts: Awesome read! You’ll fly right through it, especially if you love music and zombies. The book is an on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of read :-)
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The closer Derek got to North Carolina the worse he felt. On the flight from Juneau to Denver, he started chewing on antacids. By the time his third flight crossed into North Carolina airspace he was downing whiskey sours in pairs.

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Or, Ghosts Populate Pleasanton, CA

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Hunting the Ghosts in Haunted Pleasanton

Written by Pale Dale Roberts in July 2014

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One of the most haunted hotels in Pleasanton is the Pleasanton Hotel: In 1864, five years before the first railroad arrived in Pleasanton, John W. Kettinger built the 1st hotel in Pleasanton, it was called the Farmer’s Hotel – later it was purchased by Henry Reimers in 1891 and burned to the ground on March 18, 1998 and re-built. At one time the hotel was called The Riverside Hotel and there was a minor fire in 1915. A long time resident of Pleasanton named Dwayne Simmons says that on one particular night he saw a man on fire walking on the back street, he was startled on what he was seeing and was prepared to call the police, then the man on fire vanished before his eyes. The location was very close to the hotel. Could Dwayne have seen a victim of this hotel’s past history with fires?

GHOST IDENTIFIED: MAN ON FIRE.

Many people say that upstairs at the Pleasanton Hotel is extremely haunted, the upstairs is the hotspot. People hear and see things. Doors will shut on their own. A terrified young woman has been seen wandering the hallway and many people believe she was a murdered prostitute.

GHOST IDENTIFIED: THE SLAYED HARLOT.

Every October here in Pleasanton, they have a Ghost Walk. According to Denae, she lived in a building at St. Mary’s – when you leave the closet door open, the activity begins. St. Mary’s was once a brothel. She tells me that a woman was murdered there. She says that the closet gets very cold, you can even hear a woman breathing in the closet. St. Mary’s was built sometime in the 1800s. Denae also tells me that pots and pans would fly out of cabinets. The rocking chair once started rocking and there was an old lady rocking it. As she watched this old lady, she finally just dissipated.

GHOST IDENTIFIED: THE ROCKING CHAIR GRANDMA

Pleasanton-California-ghosts-1OTHER GHOSTLY NOTES:
1. Gay 90s Pizza – is very haunted. A patron who does not want to be identified says that one time he was ordering a pizza and the pizza flew from his hands and landed 5 feet in front of him. He said that incident scared the crap out of him.

GHOST IDENTIFIED: PIZZA SNATCHING PHANTOM

2. Tunnels underneath Main Street, Asian railroad workers worked these tunnels. Detrick Sanders says that when everyone is in bed and Main Street is quiet, you will see the heads of Asian men pop up from the streets where the tunnels are located at. Detrick saw this one time and it reminded him of ground hogs, the heads would pop up and look to the right, to the left, straight ahead and go back into the street. It was the most strangest sight he ever saw and he claims he only drank two beers that night.

GHOSTS IDENTIFIED: ASIAN HEAD POPPERS.

3. Dentist Office – Victorian building – used to be house, very haunted. A man with eyes on fire was seen there, the apparition came out of the window and floated to the ground. A couple walking past the office, looked at the ghost and it looked back at the couple and simply laughed with his blazing red eyes and then vanished.

GHOST IDENTIFIED: FIRE EYES.

4. Union Jack Pub – torn down – haunted. The ghost of a woman wearing a pink nightgown was seen floating over the land where once stood the Union Jack Pub.

GHOST IDENTIFIED: LADY IN PINK

There is a nice bridge walkway that will take you to Del Valle Parkway. Marcus Wilcox says his mother once saw a troll like creature underneath this bridge. The troll like creature was yanking the fur off a live rabbit. When Marcus’ mother saw the creature, he ran off into the thickets and vanished.

CRYPTID IDENTIFIED: PLEASANTON BRIDGE TROLL

6. The Rose Hotel: People that have visited the Rose Hotel say that lights turn off and on, a full body apparition of a male ghost has been seen moving a big dresser. Other heavy items have been moved, but according to Swala Jasine she saw a ghostly muscular man move that dresser.

GHOST IDENTIFIED: ROSE HOTEL FURNITURE MOVER.

I did some EVP work in the Pleasanton Hotel and captured a woman moaning and crying. Inconclusive, because it could have been a real woman in one of the rooms actually crying. I didn’t hear the crying with my own ears, but did capture it on my digital recorder.

Stopped off at the Pleasanton Museum at 603 Main Street and learned from the curator that in the Summer of 1917, the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook was filmed there.

The indigenous Indians that resided in the East Bay were many. Here are just a few: Ompin, Carquin, Huchiun, Saclan,Cholvon, Souyen, Taunan, Tuibun, Chupcan, Volvon, Julpun, Tamcan, Ssaeam, Tatean, Yulien, Luecha and some more! With all of these Indian settlements and all of the history of Pleasanton, you would have to believe that this place is haunted.

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