Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Boo! Is There A Spooky House in Your Neighborhood?

I live in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. It's a wonderful historic town with brick sidewalks and ancient houses. George Washington even walked the streets. So it's no surprise that at this time of year, when the leaves turn red and gold, and the wind whips them around my ankles, that I can almost feel the ghosts of days gone by.



I never believed in ghosts until I moved to Old Town. My husband, Mars, and I inherited our house from his Aunt Faye. She was quite a hoot. I bought Mars out when we were divorced, and I admit, I love my big old, historic house. Things happen, little things that I try to blame on my Ocicat, Mochie, and my hound mix, Daisy. They can be pretty rambunctious, but the truth is that I know they're not causing the picture of Faye over the fireplace to slide off kilter.


In every neighborhood, maybe yours, too, there's a creepy house. In my neighborhood, it's Mordecai Artemus's house. It's actually a gorgeous mansion with a wonderful porch that wraps from the front around to the side. But it's still creepy. I never see any lights on because Mordecai keeps heavy curtains closed all the time. He's a recluse who hardly ever ventures out. There are rumors that he roams the streets of Old Town at night. Even worse, some people say he murdered his wife and stashed her in the house somewhere. Wolf, my boyfriend who happens to be a cop, says Mordecai is fearful and often alerts the police to noises when he thinks someone is trying to break in. It's never true. Our neighborhood is actually quite peaceful and safe.


Mordecai ventured out of his house, with his adorable Pomeranian, last year when my sister was getting married. Oof, that's a long story, you can read all about it in The Diva Takes the Cake. But after that, he retreated to his house again, and it remains huge and dark -- and just plain creepy.


Is there a creepy house in your neighborhood? One that the kids run by out of fright?

~ Sophie
Domestic Diva Mysteries

18 comments:

  1. No spooky houses in my neighbourhood, but I wanted to tell you that I finished reading Diva Paints the Town this weekend, and really loved it.
    We should be moving into a new house next year, and I am already planning on using many of your design tips.

    Thanks for a great read (one which made a toothache from hell seem almost bearable)

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  2. my great grandma looks after my mom and grandma

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  3. she's dead by the way. lol

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  4. When I was a kid there were a couple that were creepy. But now I'm in a subdivision in a suburb...nothing creepy about that!

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  5. Many in my town. I believe you about Old Town - my brother and his wife live there. Just looking at the old houses near the waterfront is enough to feed my imagination.

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  6. The house where I lived as a kid was spooky. Things appeared in and disappeared from the drafty, partially finished attic. The toilet in the basement flushed when no one was down there...

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  7. I lived in a 'redeveloping' downtown neighborhood and there is one tumbledown, vine-covered house that is very spooky! The dogs and I gallop past it even though we should know better. Still, in October, anything is possible ...

    I loved the adventure that involved Mordecai's house.

    MJ

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  8. There is a house down the street that is said to be haunted. I have never been in there so I really can't say for 100%. But it is rather interesting to look at.

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  9. Rayna, thank you so much! I'm glad my book made the toothache a little bit more bearable! I trust you're feeling much better now.

    ~ Krista

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  10. LOL! Anonymous, now that's spooky! Sort of the way Faye looks after me!

    Elizabeth, I think you owe it to your children to move to a neighborhood with at least one creepy house!

    Anonymous, I recently saw a picture of the waterfront that was very old. Oh my! It didn't take much imagination to believe there were brawls and sinister goings on. I love those old houses and the atmosphere in Old Town, but it's easy to think there could be ghosts!

    Janet, you have experience living with a ghost! Do you have any idea who it might have been?

    Krista sends thanks, Mary Jane! I can just picture you and the doggies dashing by the spooky house! LOL!

    Ooo, Babs. Now I'm intrigued. What's interesting about the house?

    ~ Sophie

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  11. I loved getting to know Professor Artemus' house in The Diva Paints The Town! Yes, I'd think it was creepy too; shivering just thinking of it.

    There is a really creepy house in my neighborhood, empty for years. The kids dare each other to go into it, and spun stories about captives in the basement. I think, actually, it might be a really nice old house with a little (okay, a lot of) TLC. It's brick, with ivy growing on it, under a darkening grove of oak trees, with winding brick pathways through its overgrown gardens. But I still don't like to walk by it at night!

    Especially now. As MJ says, it's October. Anything might happen.

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  12. Sophie,

    I inherited a big spookish house. So far my ghost is benign, unless I get too passionate with Wally.

    Skye

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  13. I used to live in a haunted house in England --- I saw the ghost myself and I've never forgotten it!! His body was buried in our churchyard - Thomas Jeffrey - age 18, died in 1875 by accidently severing an artery. He was quite handsome actually (though you never see a ghost's feet ... according to my sister who is a psychic) but I was TERRIFIED!

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  14. Sad to say, it wasn't a ghost but a strangely functioning handle on the toilet. It could go around in a full circle, and sometimes got stuck straight up. If the house shook (now, I suppose you'll wonder what shook the house - but there were 3 of us kids...), the handle would fall down and flush the toilet. It took awhile for us to figure it out. Spooky.

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  15. Krista says thanks, Laineshots. She liked thinking about creepy houses when she wrote The Diva Paints the Town.

    I love your description of the creepy house in your neighborhood, and I know just what you mean about not wanting to walk by it at night!

    Ooo, Skye! A ghost who is jealous? That could be very dangerous.

    ~ Sophie

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  16. You SAW him, Hannah? Aack! How could you sleep at night knowing he was around?

    Oh, right, Janet. Blame it on the poor toilet. I suppose the toilet was also responsible for the things that appeared and disappeared? ; )

    ~ Sophie

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  17. Weird stuff started to happen - taps turning on by themselves etc. In the end we had to bring in an exorcist ... but I do find haunted houses fascinating!

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  18. No spooky houses in my area. I love Old Town and had great fun when friends and I took one of the ghost tours there. This weekend is a "Talking Spirits" tour at a historical local cemetery and I can't wait. Too bad the tour isn't conducted at night!

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