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Author Thomas Cook on Studio 10 Television

If you think Orlando, Florida, is only about everything Disney, you’re missing out. Orlando was once an open frontier where cattle were herded to market, fortunes were made and lost, and citrus was king.

Author Thomas Cook appeared on Studio 10 TV this week to tell readers more about his book. Check out the video here: http://www.studio10.tv/day/monday/segment.aspx/312132/Orlandos_Historic_Haunts

Orlando's Historic Haunts

Thomas Cook is a photographer and historian who specializes in the history of central Florida. He has called Orlando home since 1984 and has worked for the University of Central Florida’s History Department, the Orange County Historical Society, and the Orlando Public Library. He has also lectured and written numerous magazine articles on central Florida history. His love of history and his interest in the paranormal compelled him to create Orlando’s first professional ghost tours in 2000.


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Coming in March: Extraterrestrial Abductions Day & A Big Ghost Show by author Terrance Zepke

March not only brings the beginnings of spring, but also some fun national holidays (although I wouldn’t expect your employer to recognize them!) Here are my five favorites:

3/8 was Be Nasty Day (Be snippy all day, you’re allowed!)

3/14 National Potato Chip Day (FYI: potato chips were invented on August 24, 1853 by New York Chef George Crum. Thank you, George!)

3/17 St. Patrick’s Day (FYI: In honor of the Patron Saint of Ireland, this day recognizes and celebrates Irish traditions, customs, ancestry, and history). Best places to get in the spirit: Boston, Mass; Chicago, IL; New York City; Savannah, GA; and Dublin, Ohio.

3/20 Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (Go home, ET!)

3/22 National Goof Off Day (Good luck explaining that one to your boss!)

PLUS: This month is The Texas Society of Paranormal Investigators “Texas Ghost Show.” The big event will be in Beaumont, Texas on March 18 & 19. There will be so many great speakers, vendors, and more. For example, one of the vendors will be the Museum of the Weird, which is exhibiting some really weird stuff, and among the many special guests will be Aron Houdini, the last of the living Houdinis and a world class escape artist (of course!) and Chris Walden from Shadow Hour.
For more information, visit www.thetexasghostshow.com

Terrance Zepke, Guest Blogger
Author of Ghosts and Legends of the Carolina Coasts, The Best Ghost Tales of North Carolina, and Ghosts of the Carolinas for Kids

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Pineapple Press Ghost Books

Are you looking for Florida ghosts? Georgia ghosts? North Carolina ghosts? South Carolina ghosts?

Look no further! We sell a ton of regional ghost books that are sure to scare you.
Check out this link to learn more.

Here is a listing of our ghost titles:
Ancient City Hauntings
Ghosts of St. Augustine
Oldest Ghosts
Florida Ghost Stories
Haunting Sunshine
Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore Vols 1, 2, 3
Ghost Orchid Ghost
Haunt Hunter’s Guide to Florida
Best Ghost Tales of North Carolina
Best Ghost Tales of South Carolina
Ghosts and Legends of the Carolina Coasts
Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts
Ghosts of the Carolinas for Kids
Ghosts of the Georgia Coast
Haunted Lighthouses and How to Find Them

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The Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora, Florida, a guest post by Greg Jenkins

Spirits of an Old Florida Inn

The Lakeside Inn is one of central Florida’s best kept secrets. This modest Inn with its bed and breakfast charm, surrounded by huge canopy trees and resting on sparkling Lake Dora, is a true remnant of a more civilized time and culture from Florida’s past. Originally built in 1883 as a simple 10-room inn, it now offers Great Gatsby–like bungalows situated near the lake, a grand lobby and reception area, and the elegant Beauclaire dining room and Tremain’s Lounge. Guests desiring a brief escape from our fast and weary world will experience a fabulous, yet restful stay here. Although this lovely town offers many restaurants, antiques and variety shops, it’s the Lakeside Inn that serves as the brightest beacon to those venturing to Mount Dora…And apparently, it serves as a beacon for ghosts and other sundry spirits too.

The Lakeside Inn boasts of at least four resident ghosts. Reports of haunted experiences and accounts come from both staff and guests. Two of the spirits haunting the area in and around the Lakeside Inn are young girls dressed in costumes from various time periods. The first apparition is of a girl around the age of nine. She is believed to be Amy, a child who disappeared from the hotel around 1890. She wears a red dress and is seen standing near the lobby fireplace. Another spirit is of a girl around the age of twelve, seen sporting a blue dress, often seen smiling at a dining room table. She has been credited with moving chairs and chandeliers around the property.

Another spirit is that of a small man wearing a top hat. He has been witnessed walking through the lounge, and into the restroom, only to then disappear. Finally, there is the specter of a gangster who stares out a gable window. This dapper-dressed gentleman is believed to be the spirit of one of the many gangsters that stayed at the Lakeside Inn during the 1920s. Though he’s not dangerous, he is a bit intimidating to witnesses.

—Greg Jenkins

Greg Jenkins has close to 20 years working in the mental health and medical fields, and is currently a mental health therapist and case manager with several psychiatric and medical facilities. Since an early age, Greg has had a profound interest in the supernatural and fringe science, and after a personal experience with the unknown in 1987, he began his journey into the realms of parapsychology and all things mysterious. Greg is a folklorist and collector of oral traditions and urban legends, and is an associate member of England’s Society for Psychical Research. He has written a series of books called Florida’s Ghostly Legends and Haunted Folklore and Chronicles of the Strange and Uncanny in Florida. Reach out to Greg on Twitter @HauntedFolklore. His blog can be found at http://psiresearcher.wordpress.com.

LAKESIDE INN: 100 North Alexander Street ~ Mount Dora, FL 32757 USA

Toll Free 800.556.5016 or Local 352.383.4101

Email: info@lakeside-inn.com

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