Guest Post: Loren Rhoads

I dropped by Armand Rosamilia’s blog yesterday to talk about the Haunted Mansion Retreat.

(Weird that WordPress puts the new comments at the end of the reblogged piece…)



Loren & Death

            In 2010, twelve writers and artists joined hostess Rain Graves and a team of ghost hunters for a long weekend at a haunted historical mansion in Northern California.  The first Haunted Mansion Retreat was so inspiring—and so scary—that most of us jumped at the chance to do it again in September 2012.  Some new blood was added to the mix and all of us looked forward to four days together in the haunted house.

            I rode with Rain and Sèphera Giron up to the mansion on Thursday afternoon. Once we arrived, Rain put us to work. Sèph and I went up to the second floor to put name tags on beds so that everyone could find their assigned spaces. Sunlight flooded through the windows, highlighting the crisply made beds and cozy rooms.  Mount Tamalpais loomed on the west, lush and green, enrobed in autumn.

            Sèphera and I…

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About Loren Rhoads

I'm the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel, as well as a space opera trilogy. I'm also co-author of a series about a succubus and her angel. In addition to blogging at, I blog about my morbid life at
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