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Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World Paperback – September 30, 2010
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I finished this book over 5 days ago, yet her dead animal story, "Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole," is still with me. Now that's a good storyteller! --Nicole Henke, Bless Their Hearts Mom
From the Inside Flap
Casey's brother had died while clutching a Magic Kingdom ticket.
Casey kept the ticket under a refrigerator magnet so he'd see it every night before he went to his job as a monorail pilot; Saturday, though, he notices it's missing.
At work, he locks up the monorail fleet for the evening and starts hurrying to his car, only to stop when he hears the whoosh of a train on a nearby beam.
"I know I secured them," he says on a call to his supervisor. "Should I go back and investigate? Someone could be joyriding."
"No one told you?" his boss replied. "We have special hours for guests who held non-expiring tickets at death."
More About the Author
Her horror novel Bad Apple is coming from Vagabondage Press Books in Fall, 2012.
She lives in the Connecticut woods with her housemate, Charles, three cats--Poe, Mikey, and Kali--and her fiancé, paranormal investigator and occult specialist Nathan Schoonover of The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show (www.ghostanddemon.com).
She has a passion for ghost stories, marine life, and Tarot cards and still occasionally sleeps with the lights on.
Her website is www.kristipetersenschoonover.com.
Top Customer Reviews
So, I am double delighted that my copy of this book arrived on 10/15 so that I can enjoy it into Halloween. I have had the pleasure of seeing and sampling some of these stories in their infancy over the past year and cannot wait to see how they ended up in print.
You know how Stephen King has that uncanny ability to tap into the familiar? Imagine that, but for a Disney fan...
Stephen King meets Walt Disney - what more could you want!?
Kristi Petersen Schoonover is a talented writer with a flowing, easy-to-read style. Her troubled characters and spooky storytelling captivated me and I read this book in a day and a half, always eager for when I could return to it. I found the references to Disney Parks in each story vivid and fun. Anyone who enjoys ghost stories will want to get a copy of this book, and this is must-reading for adult Disney Park fans.
I enjoyed all of the stories, but if I had to choose, my favorites were All This Furniture and Nowhere to Sit, and Charlotte's Family Tree. In the former, a wife goes nuts bidding on expensive Disney memorabilia such as a Small World boat, a monorail cabin, and cars from the Peoplemover. As the house turns more and more into a deserted amusement park, eerie things begin to happen. In Charlotte's Family Tree, a mother must confront the ghosts of her past in the Swiss Family Treehouse. Behind the haunting tales is the profound message that a person can escape from the world for a few days, but can never really escape himself. I can't wait for more books in this delightful series.
The namesake story is about a woman artist whose specialty is taking photos of dead animals. It speaks well for the quality of writing that such an apparently repugnant brand of art comes across as hauntingly beautiful, in the woman's point of view--so much so that when her husband acquires the ability to sense the last thoughts of the dead, her desperation from having to abandon her art is palpable. When she meets a strange man, one of the avid fans of her art, she cannot help but fall for him, forming an unusual love triangle. But she's soon to discover the dark side of the fascination with death, darker by far than her own.
Miss Reyna Gets Her Comeuppance on Flash Mountain is a very short story about a young woman who is deathly afraid of rollercoasters yet works for one. Why? It turns out Miss Reyna has reason enough for both in her past. One of the best stories in the collection, it ends in a resolution that's happy and tragic at the same time. The language is hypnotic--again, easing the reader into the main character's decision.
In a striking, but less haunting, parallel, Charlotte's Family Tree also features a woman who's afraid of one particular attraction in Disney World, so much so that she denies her daughter the fun of visiting the place. But when she's finally pursuaded by her husband, we discover what had happened between her and her mother at that same attraction when she was a little girl herself.Read more ›
While there is a lot going on, I absolutely loved it. It all ties in together at the end because, hello, that's what a good mystery book does. So I absolutely encourage all mystery fans to pick up this book and read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't usually write reviews but felt this book deserved one.
You have to possess a really creative mind to think of using Disney World as the focal point of a book... Read more
I was excited to get my copy of "Skeletons in the Swimmin'Hole" for Christmas, but after I read it, I was thoroughly disappointed. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by A. Ross
I bought two copies of this book - one for a Disney/Halloween fanatic and one for myself. I wish I'd only purchased the one because I don't think this book hits quite the spot I... Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Michael Akers