Friday, April 11, 2014

World Horror Convention, 2014 - Portland, Oregon

Greetings and Salutations for Spring!

With 2014 in full swing, we are delighted to announce that many of our Survivors will be at World Horror Convention 2014 this May, in Portland, Oregon. We would be delighted to answer any questions you have about the 2015 event, and you may also sign-up and pay your registration on-site via Rain Graves. We may organize a happy hour or a reading from the past books, with a Q&A for you to mingle and learn more about our experiences and what the weekend entails. New attendees are encouraged to seek us out and strike up a conversation.

Progress reports will begin this summer, and the official one-year mark will begin our quarterly updates. There is plenty of time to reserve your spot, but after World Horror Con and World Fantasy Con, time is of the essence. The last spots fill up fast. I will be posting the schedule for World Horror closer to the dates in May, as that generally becomes available to participants about two weeks prior to the convention. Until then... Have a spooky spring, with lots of unexplained phenomenon, hopefully debunked or confirmed by scientific tools for evidence evaluation.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Upcoming Readings + Q&A from The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two

There are two great readings coming up for The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. One is by Kim Richards, in the spooky setting of an actual mausoleum! The second is by S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, Loren Rhoads, and Rain Graves at San Francisco independent bookstore cafe, that will feature a Q&A session. Books will be available for purchase. Here are the details:

Wednesday, October 23 at 7pm - Kim Richards reads "Manifestation" from The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. This event includes other readings, though I haven't been given the details. Kim will have information available on the 2015 retreat, as well as books for purchase/signing.

(at The Mausoleum)
Santa Rosa Memorial Park
Franklin Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 542-1580

Sunday, November 3 at 3pm - S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, Loren Rhoads, and Rain Graves read selections from The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two at the Borderlands Books Cafe, located right next door to the bookstore. Q&A to follow, with information on the next retreat (sign-up available), and books for purchase and signing.

Borderlands Books & Cafe
866 and 870 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Haunted Mansion Project reading at Borderlands Cafe

Join us as we celebrate The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two

In Autumn 2012, 20 horror writers returned to a haunted house in Marin for a second writing retreat with ghosts. Contributors to the book The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two will read short stories and memoirs documenting the four days they spent together getting frightened and inspired. Readers will include Rain Graves, S.G. Browne, Fran Friel, and Loren Rhoads, formerly of Morbid Curiosity magazine.

November 3, 2013 at 3 p.m.


Borderlands Cafe
870 Valencia Street (Between 19th and 20th)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Cafe phone #: 415-970-6698

Monday, September 16, 2013

KillerCon, Las Vegas - September 19-22

I will be at KillerCon in Las Vegas, NV this weekend (arriving late on Friday night), participating in panels, readings, signings, and whatever else comes my way. I will also be on hand to discuss The Haunted Mansion Writer's Retreat and books. Anyone wishing to sign-up for 2015 may do so through me (Credit Cards accepted). I will also be doing tarot readings as time allows - probably all day Sunday. Drop me an email if you'd like a 15-30 minute slot before 3pm on Sunday, or sometime on Saturday (not below mentioned). As always, if you've had a reading by me before, you get a discount.

My Saturday Schedule:

12:00 pm: “Poetic Prose vs Purple Prose. When Is A Rose Just A Rose?” Moderator: Bailey Hunter Panelists: Michael Arnzen, Rain Graves, Christopher Rice, Ellen Datlow, Tom Monteleone

2:00pm: Reading by Rain Graves

(Quite possibly from HMP:Y2) 4:00pm: Mass Signing! (All Your Favorite Authors Signing In One Place.)

(And of course...various unscrupulous and infamous parties, Friday and Saturday).

I will have copies of Year One and Year Two books for purchase, and there will be several Survivors attending who will be on hand to sign them for you.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Haunted Mansion Interviews

Last August, I was approached by Rain Graves, mastermind of the Haunted Mansion Retreat, and invited to serve as editor for The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two.  Of course I immediately said yes.

Once the book came out, I had a brainstorm: I could interview the contributors to the book on my blog.  They could talk about what influenced their contributions to The Haunted Mansion Project – and I could sate my curiosity about their experiences (supernatural or inspirational) at the Mansion last year.

Here are the links to the Haunted Mansion interviews, in alphabetical rather than chronological order:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

New Evidence from 2012 - Courtesy of

Nikki has posted Part One of a series of evidence videos from the 2012 retreat, for your viewing pleasure...

Pretty awesome! Thanks GhostGirls!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Official Dates for The Haunted Mansion Retreat 2015 - September 24-27

Hello from Haunted Heaven! We are pleased to announce that the next Haunted Mansion Retreat will happen on September 24-27, 2015. We tried very hard to find a date in 2014 that our incumbents could work with (70% of whom wished to return in 2014), but alas, the dates that worked for all of us, did not work for the Mansion. They are booked up well into November and December, and some dates in 2015 we looked at were also booked up. Perhaps it will become a tradition, this last week of September...

As with last year, if you have attended our retreat in the past, your spot is automatically held for 2015, unless you indicate you absolutely cannot attend. That leaves 10 spots open to newbies, and one of those spots has already been reserved. When those 10 spots are paid for, I will (gently) approach our incumbents to ask if they might be persuaded to pay sooner, or give up their spot to others. In the next week or so, I will be opening up registration for those 10 spots only, and if you are going to KillerCon, you may see me personally to pay and secure your spot. We cap attendance at 30 people, to make sure the event stays intimate and purposeful. The mansion is vast, so 30 people still have a lot of breathing room to explore.

Basic Information You Should Know (this will eventually become a FAQ page in greater detail):

1. We do not offer refunds under any circumstances, so please plan wisely when you commit to attend and make your payment. If you cannot attend and must forfeit your payment, rest assured, the money goes towards the retreat to add a little luxury (more booze) to the experience (good booze). No one makes a profit, not even me. I pay for my room and board just as anyone else.

2. Your payment includes room and board, which means your room and each meal of every day you are there (Thursday dinner, Friday 3 meals, Saturday 3 meals, and Sunday breakfast and lunch). The mansion is also non-profit, so everything you pay for goes directly into your belly or into restoring the beautiful 100 year old house and grounds.

3. Both Paypal and Square charge service fees to me for accepting payments through them, which ranged between $11 and $14 for the 2012 retreat. We will be including that service charge in the cost of the room and board to mitigate it. I also purchase event insurance (required by the Mansion) to protect you and the Mansion, which for 2012 was $200, and in 2010 was only $100. We expect the numbers to be a little higher if we have more people this year as well. This too, will be incorporated into the price. You will see a breakdown, so don't worry. It will still be very inexpensive, and similar to NeCon prices. Rooms are shared occupancy, as well as the bathrooms, so keep that in mind. The rooms are nicely appointed, clean, and cheerful (during the day), as are the bathrooms.

4. Incumbent attendees get first pick of their rooms. That means most, if not all, newbies will be on the extremely spooky and active 3rd floor. 5. The Mansion is not a hotel, and does not operate like one. You can't add days or subtract days from your stay at the retreat. It is not for individuals, only groups of 15 persons or more. They arrange the contract with me for a headcount number, and the charges are per person, which means if someone cancels, I still owe them for that stay, per contract.

6. To protect the integrity of the event and the Mansion itself, we will not release the location except to paid attendees, who upon paying, agree not to disclose this information in writing...or pictograms...or telepathicly...even if you are spying for another country that NEEDS to know the location of all haunted mansions, everywhere. It's a no. The mansion is host to many different types of retreats, such as health and wellness, recovery, and other types of events. They do not want their business to suffer, which it likely would, if it were to become public knowledge that they are very active as a paranormal location.

7. A new Saftey Briefing Program will be the very first and required bit of programming to attend for 2015. All other programming will be light, so you have maximum time to explore, investigate both on your own and with our professional team, Ghost-Girls, as well as create. The mansion is very inspiring.

8. As with 2010 and 2012, if folks want to participate, there will be another book release based on our experiences, in 2016. Our process is simple: Round robin editors who volunteer their time and expertise are chosen after each event, and we work exclusively with Damnation Books for the release in trade paperback as well as eBook. Authors earn royalties after overhead costs are paid, and these royalties are paid quarterly.

9. We require image and video release forms for participants to give permission for their images to appear in evidence videos collected at the mansion, as well as photos shared by others. Those who do not wish to be immortalized in this way do not have to sign, and we will take great care not to show your mug in anything or on anything.

10. We recommend reading our archives (free) on this blog from September 2010 and 2012 to get an idea of what you will be experiencing, as well as evidence collected and posted over at Ghost-Girls, under "Mill Valley Mansion," and of course, our books, The Haunted Mansion Project: Year One and The Haunted Mansion Project: Year Two. eBook versions are also available for significantly less.

Not scared off yet? Good! Feel free to email me with questions before you commit to attend.

Rain Graves Hostess of Ghosts | Haunted Mansion Writer's Retreat