I’m happy to host Maralee Lowder on my blog today with a guest post. Mrs. Lowder is the author of “The Mortician’s Wife”, a novel about a haunted mortuary. She talks about the mortuary and whether or not it’s really haunted in her guest post. I’ll step aside now and leave the talking to Mrs. Lowder!
The most frequently asked question by people who have read The Mortician’s Wife is, “Is the mortuary really haunted?” My answer is always, “You better believe, it is!”
After finishing writing the book I became acquainted with Nancy Brown Warner, the woman who currently owns the building. I was a bit worried when we first met, fearing she might not be too happy with how I had represented her home. I needn’t have worried. She was not just okay with it, she was ecstatic that her home had been featured in the book. We quickly became best friends and remain so. Nancy has turned the old building into an outrageously beautiful home, which she is happy to share with her Bed & Breakfast guests.
On the night she and her husband first moved into the building they were visited by a very active ghost. Too tired to carry their bed upstairs, they placed it on the floor of the living room where they intended to spend the rest of the night. There was a fire burning in the fireplace, the lights were on in both the living and dining rooms and they were watching a DVD on the computer.
The first thing they noted as they lay in bed was a screeching sound coming from the dining room. Upon inspection, they discovered that one of the pins that held the French doors at one end of the room closed had been lifted up and out of its holder and was swinging on its chain. As they watched, the second pin was lifted by an unseen hand until it too was all the way out of its holder, allowing the pin to also swing freely.
Trying to ignore the strange event, they returned to bed. A few moments later the fire suddenly went out, along with the rooms’ lights…and the computer went black. Brad, Nancy’s husband, having had about enough excitement for the night, spoke out loud to whatever or whoever was trying to spook them. “Look,” he said, “we know this is your home and we respect your right to stay here. But this is also our home now too. We promise to not bother you, if you will please agree to not bother us.” (Or words to that effect.) He no sooner stopped speaking than the lights came back on, as did the computer. And…, yes, the fire in the fireplace also blazed once again.
This is just one of many haunting experiences Nancy has lived with from that day to this.
The hauntings, though pretty scary, are nothing like the hauntings I described in the book. The spirits that currently “live” in the mortuary, though unsettling, are playful rather than evil.
The Mortician’s Wife
Author: Maralee Lowder
Genre: Horror, Paranormal
Horace Carpenter has it all…a lucrative business as the only mortician in town, a home he can be proud of and a reputation of being one of the most popular men in town. Maybe he should be content with what he has. But he wants more.
Ada Hawkins, the daughter of the town’s only physician has lived a sheltered yet, privileged life. When she meets Horace at her 18th birthday party, the shy, physically plain girl is entranced by his good looks and suave manners. In six months they are married, and in less than one week Ada suspects she has made the mistake of her life.
And that is where the story might have ended…should have ended. Ada is to endure years of torment until her husband commits the most unforgivable act possible. From that day forward she lives for one thing only, not just to end the torment, but to do it in the hateful way possible.
She achieves her goal, only to discover true evil does not die.
Maralee Lowder saw herself as strictly a writer of romance novels…until she discovered a haunted old mortuary. There was something about the place that simply would not let her go. Was it really haunted? Were the stories she’d heard true that when the last mortician’s wife died over fifty years before no one had ever removed her possessions? That it remained exactly as it had been all those years ago?
As could be expected, her curiosity drove her to seek answers to those questions. And what she saw when she was given a complete tour of the building, from the rooms on the first floor where the mortician did his work, all the way to the fourth floor apartment at the top of the building, inspired even more questions.
Being a writer of novels, rather than doing research on the actual last mortician’s wife, she chose instead to let her imagination take over, answering the question, why did she choose to stay all alone in the huge building all those years? Was it haunted? And if it was haunted, who was doing the haunting, and why?
The answers to these questions are answered in Ms. Lowder’s fictional book, The Mortician’s Wife. As happens so often in a writer’s life, more questions came after she had finished writing The Mortician’s Wife. Some of the answers to those questions are answered in The Mortician’s Revenge, a sequel to The Mortician’s Wife that will available in October, 2013.
Ms. Lowder is currently busy asking herself more questions.