Sunday, January 25, 2015

In Less Than Nine Months...

Happy New Year everyone!

In under nine months, we will experience a bouncing baby Retreat, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the new faces, as well as the old ones. We have many repeat survivors trekking to California for their third year (over a span of seven, as the retreat is every other year). That kind of dedication to experiencing paranormal activity is wonderful, as is the dedication to simply experience the camaraderie at the Mansion. Our creative group often enjoys bouncing ideas off one another, hiking together, and of course...eating together. It's an experience unlike any other.

As we move through the next few months we will be finalizing the guest list, and releasing spots for Survivors who can't attend. I've updated the inventory in paypal, so you should be able to reserve again that way, after inquiring with me if there are spots left.

For those of you registered, you should be considering plane tickets right now. September is harvest season here in Wine Country, and prices will go up in June (also High Season). We won't be doing a day-trip anywhere, as the consensus last time was a preference to stay at the Mansion and write/create. That's all for now, folks. Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

World Fantasy Con, 2014

We would like to welcome newbies Sandra, Jean-Paul, and Tracy to HMR15!

In addition, I will be at World Fantasy Con 2014 on November 6-9, and available at the Mass Signing to answer any questions you may have. You may also register with me there via cash or credit. I will also have a limited quantity of books on hand from Year One and Year Two. The set makes a great gift (especially signed by some of the authors who will be at WFC) for the Holidays.

If you are looking for something to truly terrify you this Halloween, I invite you to review the evidence collected by Ghost-Girls by clicking on the "Evidence" tab of this blog. For a quick fix, put on your best noise cancelling headphones, and check out their "Best Of" evidence, where our Mill Valley Residence takes the cake as one of their most active locations.

See you in DC (well, Virginia anyway...)!

Monday, September 29, 2014

One Year Away from HMR15

Greetings and Salutations, lovers of the paranormal.

As September 2014 ends, the excitement around the 2015 Haunted Mansion Retreat begins. This marks the official countdown, and we urge those of you who had been considering coming next September to book your spot now. 19 spots out of 30 are already booked. People who attended the retreats in the past have first dibs, but those spots get released in the spring of next year if they find themselves unable to attend.

As before, we expect this retreat to be even better than the last. Each year that we return, the spirits remember us and attempt to interact with us more readily, at higher levels, and with more clarity. We invite you to review the past evidence to make your decision on whether or not to attend. Even without the paranormal aspects of the Mansion, people also find a weekend away at a stunning location, with delicious food and the camaraderie of like-minded creatives to be invigorating of mind and heart.

I will be on hand at World Fantasy Con this November if you have questions or would like to sign up. Since Paypal has changed its policies and access (you have to pay to have business access now), I am unsure about continuing to use them as primary payments. Square is much better, but penalizes you a percentage if the card is not present (ie., taking credit cards over the phone). I had originally set up an inventory system in Paypal, so if for some reason spots appear available on this website, but Paypal does not allow you to pay/reserve because the inventory is "out of stock," just drop me an email and I can give you instructions. The only issue I know of is the "Couple" feature, where you can pay for two persons at once. This website is up to date on attendance.

That said... We hope to see you in September of 2015, and Happy Hunting this Halloween!

Monday, June 9, 2014

San Mateo County Fair, June 14

Your fearless Hostess will be on hand at the San Mateo County Fair on June 14th, from 1-4pm to answer your questions, sign books, with sign-up available for the Haunted Mansion 2015 Retreat. The readings will commence at 1pm, and the signing is from 2-4pm. Stop by and say hello!

Monday, May 5, 2014

World Horror Con 2014, Portland, OR

Rain Graves, Loren Rhoads, Kim Richards, William Gilchrist, Weston Ochse, and Yvonne Navarro will be on hand at the World Horror Convention this week in Portland to answer questions and talk about the past retreats. If you would like to sign-up for 2015, visit Rain Graves at her table during the Mass Autograph Signing, or at any time during the convention. Visit the Damnation Books booth in the Dealer's Room to get your copies of The Haunted Mansion Project: Years One and Two, and have them signed by the authors. Credit Cards and Cash accepted. There may also be an unofficial-but-official reading and Q/A as a last minute schedule addition. :-)

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