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It's real and it's all over at my blog at www.goblinbooks.com.

I took a 17 mile hike to get these shots, and I got eaten alive by mosquitos.  But the results are utterly spooky.  Enjoy.
My most recent book, about Dracula in history and pop culture, just came out from Three Rivers Press. It's called "Sundays with Vlad," and I want you to check it out at www.vladlives.com, and buy one or three copies. Otherwise I'll have to go back to my job at the cracker factory. I'm a big wheel down there.



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xjenavivex
Oct. 13th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your sacrifice. I enjoyed the shots. I hope the bites no longer itch.
paulbibeau
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked them. I enjoy muttering complaints to myself while I wait to die out in the wilderness, so it was kind of a fun time for me.
xjenavivex
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
So is there a story in all of this for you? It seems like a great find.
paulbibeau
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm sure of it! Fiction or nonfiction? I can't say. I'm going to dig into the story of that ship that wrecked and the families who lived at Wash Woods. There's a witch ducking that happened in this town as well. The victim was a woman named Grace Sherwood. But that's for another post.
xjenavivex
Oct. 13th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
This is exciting. I did quite a bit of research for "Dream Catcher." The area in question was in Maine. The same town was wiped out completely no less than three times. It makes for interesting history. I can't wait to hear more from you!
willows_misery
Oct. 13th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm in Chesapeake and have been meaning to make a trek out to Wash Woods for a couple years now... Just sort of forgot about it.

Maybe one of your photos would entice some my friends to join me. Thanks for posting them. A few of us are into scouting out allegedly haunted locations that are nearby (such as Elbow Road and The Cavalier Hotel, as well as some places that aren't as well known).
paulbibeau
Oct. 14th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Do you have the LB Taylor books? The Ghosts of Tidewater, Ghosts of Williamsburg, Ghosts of Richmond, etc? They're a wealth of info on that sort of thing. My advice about the park is to look up the Back Bay website and call to find out the times of a tram that goes through Bay Back once a day or so. It cuts your time in half. I didn't take the damn thing. The other, probably better option, is to bring mountain bikes. The trail is an unpaved road with rocks in places. But I saw people biking it. An 8 mile walk there and an 8 mile walk back is hard. But a bike ride that far is not as bad. Good luck! Tell me how it went.
willows_misery
Oct. 14th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
I have the Tidewater edition. I have another one, Ghosts, Witches & Weird Tales of Virginia Beach by Lillie Gilbert, Belinda Nash & Deni Norred-Williams (just happened to have it nearby) that appears to be published locally. It's pretty good also. There are a few places in them that my friends and I really want to check out (like Old House Woods up near Matthews County).

I went biking in Back Bay years ago (I was probably a young teen), but not as far as Wash Woods. The last time I had planned to actually go out to the ghost town I was going to take my bike... only to find it had been donated to a charity a couple weeks earlier (I didn't use it much back then)... But I've acquired a new one since then and don't have an excuse not to go now. I'll let you know if I make it out there.
paulbibeau
Oct. 14th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
I've never heard of that other book, but I will get it. I want to blog about crazy spookarific Tidewater stuff. We live in an odd little community.
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