“SCREAM” It’s real!

2 years ago 0

Last week I had one of the most surreal moments of my life: I held my book for the first time. I was at the Book Expo America, the biggest book expo in North America, signing advanced copies of my book (not the final thing, but you can pre-order here!), and it was the strangest thing I’ve experienced. I went on an emotional roller coaster as I walked up to my publisher, PublicAffairs— part of the Perseus Book Group–and saw my book sitting on the table. I couldn’t believe it was real. I picked it up and flipped through the pages, catching a word here and there that triggered memories of the moments I had written them.  The word “Leviathan” jumped off the page and I instantly recalled sitting in the converted church retreat last summer in the Poconos, writing with my friend Bessie (who by the way just successfully defended her dissertation,

Read more

Adventures at MidWest Haunters Convention

3 years ago 0

This past weekend was a mix of adventuring, interviewing, and industry networking. FYI networking in the haunt industry means dressing up and talking about spooky things over cocktails. From Thursday through Monday I saw six different haunts, road a ton of rollercoasters, and added another couple Guinness Book of world record activities to my completed list (I think I’m up to five but I need to check).   This all happened at the Midwest Haunters Convention in Columbus, Ohio followed by a trip up to Cedar Point with the ScareHouse crew on Monday. (If you want to see photos and tweets you can search the hashtag #MHC or #hauntconvention on social media. Actually, just follow ScareHouseScott). Starting with the Thursday haunt tours with Midwest—we went to the Haunted School House and the Haunted Laboratory, two haunts in one location that have been highly ranked across different outlets. From there I

Read more

My walk on the Edge–CN Tower EdgeWalk

3 years ago 1

I remember when I found out about the CN Tower Edge Walk— I was Googling ‘terrifying experiences’ and it was the first to pop up (well that and the water slide I’m going down in a month). I honestly thought that it would be one of the easiest adventures, easy in that I didn’t feel very scared. Coming out of my last adventure though, I was ready for some physical thrills. By the way, my sincere apologies for not giving photo credits to the amazing Amy Hollaman, a haunt and prison expert in her own right (she’s creative director at Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, a place you’ll learn more about next month [spoiler!]).   But historically I’ve never really been afraid of heights, I had been repelling, rock climbing, and done my fare share of climbing trees as a child so I felt confident about my resolve hundreds

Read more