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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Admit One Literary Theme Park Press (September 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615402801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615402802
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,034,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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You have to love an author that takes the whole family fun, wholesome image of Disney World and twists it into something spooky and malevolent...this book is spooky alchemy at its finest. --Peter D. Schwotzer, Famous Monsters of Filmland

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

Monorail Clear

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

Kristi Petersen Schoonover's short fiction has appeared in Carpe Articulum, The Adirondack Review, Barbaric Yawp, The Illuminata, Morpheus Tales, New Witch Magazine, Toasted Cheese, The Smoking Poet, The Battered Suitcase, and a host of others, including several anthologies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, is the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Winter Residencies, and is an editor for Read Short Fiction (www.readshortfiction.com).

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.

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I can't wait for more books in this delightful series.
Stacy
Add to all that Schoonover's writing style--very accessible, in plain language without literary adornment, and ... well, there you have it.
Zinta Aistars
It is as interesting a collection of short stories and twisted tales as I could have hoped for.
Robey

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg Lege on October 15, 2010
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I love October. The horror movies hit heavy rotation on TV. The air cools down. The leaves start to fall. The trick-or-treat scene on E.T. becomes real! Halloween!

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!?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stacy on October 29, 2010
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I loved this book! I usually prefer novels to short stories, however the premise of tales from Haunted Disney World intrigued me. Being a Disney park lover, I found the concept unique and was very interested in reading this short story collection. The book did not disappoint.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonid Korogodski on February 10, 2011
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Skeletons in the Swimmin' Hole is a collection of six short horror stories set in Disney World. Three of the stories have been previously published in various magazines, and three are new. The author, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, is an editor of Read Short Fiction ([...]).

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.
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By MaryAnn on April 30, 2013
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This book is filled with short stories and it leaves you eager to read the next story. This was a really good paranormal book. Good storyline. The characters are great. All I want from a book is to be well-written and to entertain me - and this one fits the bill.

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.
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