Exorcism at Earling Iowa

I’ve been doing alot of traveling through Iowa these last six months since I’ve moved here. I quickly heard of the small town of Earling exorcism in Earling Iowa for romantic suspense novelwhere one of the last sanctioned exorcisms was performed in 1928. The exorcism lasted more than 3 weeks. A local Franciscan convent was the setting for the ceremony. It was performed on a woman named Emma Schmidt who was said to have flown across the room. The ceremony was performed by Roman Catholic Capuchin Theophilus Riesinger.

You can find more of the exorcism here and more in depth here. It is said that the exorcism was based on the movie the EXORCIST.

exorcism in Earling Iowa for romantic suspense novelWe drove by where the convent once stood. The place had been burned down decades ago according to the locals.

The Catholic church across the street is amazing with domed ceilings, gleaming solid wood pews  and intricate designs and figurines throughout.

The church will be the perfect setting for one of my scenes in the book I’m currently working on, KISS ME BEFORE DYING. 🙂exorcism in Earling Iowa for romantic suspense novel

By | 2017-06-15T08:16:01+00:00 June 23rd, 2017|Freaky Friday, Phenomena Friday|0 Comments

What Scares You? Inspiration for romantic thriller novel…

catholic church iowa setting for romantic thriller book 2 I’m sure you have thought of what scares you. Spiders, heights, public speaking. But have you ever thought that a building might scare you? I was thinking of something as simple as a home or church, which can give a person a place of security, can turn completely different in a movie or book. Just think of a number of churches in horror movies. They don’t look so safe, do they? 🙂

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When I moved to Iowa, I didn’t realize how amazing some of the churches were in a number of the smaller towns, both historically and architecturally. Take Panama Iowa. St. Mary’s Catholic Church has such a beautiful interior. But what if it’s dark at night, and you need to enter the church, even break into the inside because if you don’t, you just might die? With Kiss Me Before Dying, I’m using a number of different churches to help with inspiration, and I have a character in the book that has to get inside if he/she wants to live. I’m hoping I’ll be able to portray an atmosphere that has a creep factor. Kiss Me Before Dying is another dark book. I’m about 1/2 done now. I’ll be sharing excerpts along the way. If it gets a good response by readers, this will be the first in a series. It will also be a stand alone full length novel.

catholic church iowa setting for romantic thriller book

I also visited Earling, Iowa, which is rumored to be the inspiration for the Exorcist. I did get chance to visit the place and get a couple of pictures of the building, both inside and out. I’ll share them at a later time.

By | 2017-06-06T11:33:56+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Freaky Friday, Phenomena Friday|0 Comments

Ghost Hauntings at Old Town Pizza

Oldtownpizza2I’ve always been interested in Ghosts. I personally have encountered a couple of situations I couldn’t rationally explain.

I went with my daughter to a ghost walk in Portland and visited Old Town Pizza. The restaurant is above the notorious Shanghai Tunnels, where men were kidnapped and forced into sailing aboard ships to Shanghai.

Going there for pizza alone I would recommend even if you don’t see any ghostly sightings. I thought the pizza was delicious with a cold glass of beer. I loved the atmosphere too. Dark and intimate with wood furnishings and antique lamps. It had a 19th century feel to it. Knowing there were sightings of a ghost added a spookiness to the place.

The ghost is believed to be a prostitute named Nina, who worked at the Merchant Hotel. There have been numerous sightings of Nina from diners and employees. She’s been seen in a black dress  wandering the basement and watching diners. Others have reported smelling a woman’s perfume on occasion. It is believed she’s been haunting the area for 100 years.Old Town Pizza

She was found dead at the bottom of the elevator shaft (strange how their was a death at the bottom of an elevator shaft at Jerome’s Grande Hotel, but that’s another story!) Rumors are that she was murdered, by being pushed down the elevator shaft because she turned in some of Portland’s more notorious underworld types, but no one was ever charged or convicted of her murder.

Actor Willem Dafoe was reported to be a regular in the 1970s at the restaurant.

I didn’t see Nina or any of my family. Not sure what I would have done if I had!

If you’re ever in Portland, drop by and try their pizza. Again it’s Old Town Pizza.

By | 2017-03-30T07:53:41+00:00 September 18th, 2015|Phenomena Friday|4 Comments