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A-Z Blog Challenge "Z" is for Zombies

Day twenty six and the letter "Z" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you! It's been a pleasure, and I can't wait until these stories are published! 

Adele's story concludes....


Back int ruins of Goldtown, in the old miner's cemetery, are grave even older than the first gold rush settlers. 
Some say that the reason the old Goldtown was moved to its current location off the highway (besides tourism and catching those travellers from Utah and California) is because of a mass up…

A-Z Challenge "Y" is for the Old York Jail

Day twenty four and the letter "X" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues....


Part of our tourism relies on our "old-timey" Western appeal, and at the re-furbished hotel (most of which was brought over from the old hotel from the abandoned mining town) they built it on the same spot as the old sheriff's office and jail. In fact that's one of the great appeals of having dinner at the old hotel--you and your guest can dine in an old jail cell. N…

A-Z Challenge "X" is for "X-Files"

Day twenty three and the letter "X" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues....


There's been a lot of speculation over the years about the existence of the secret branch of the government, specifically the FBI, known as the X Files. A government agency dedicated to strange, unusual, and possibly the paranormal. What better place to hide this supposed branch of government, but a stretch of desert that no one cares about and no one really knows exists (and pro…

A-Z Blog Challenge "W" is for "The Well to Hell"

Day twenty two and the letter "W" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues....

Current legend has it that back in 18887, when this was a booming gold mine community, the miners had drilled a shaft that was nine miles deep before breaking through to a cave. Intrigued and puzzled but this completly unexpected development, they lowered a brave man (others say it was a kid who was among the youngest of the miners, others say he simply lost a bet). As they leaned ove…

A-Z Blog Challenge "V" for Vanishing Hitchiker

Day twenty one and the letter "V" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues....
On the night Layla met her new husband (see "Killer in the Backseat"), Daniel had already had a strange encounter on the road. It always seems like bad luck comes in waves, doesn't it.
But Daniel was on the way home from college at UNR to his little hometown here in Goldtown, when he happens to see an attractive young woman on the side of the road. This being Nevada, and…

A-Z Blog Challenge "U" is for Ursula

Day twenty and the letter "U" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues....



Little Ursula was a girl who liked to lie about everything. She lied about what she had for breakfast, or what she dreamed about that night. She lived with her Auntie CeCe, who was what in the old days they used to call a spinster, but this one really was--an unmarried woman who made money by taking in other people's laundry and sewing.
As the months went by, Aunt CeCe noticed little …

A-Z Blog Challenge "T" is for Ghost Train Bride

Day nineteen and the letter "T" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues....

We have a train left over from the old mining days that is part of our modest tourist trade, and every Halloween it becomes the "Ghost Train of Goldtown" but there are people who will tell you it's haunted all year long.

One day, after the great war, before the train was shut down for good, it still used to run to Sparks and Needle, a man on his way to San Francisco had a …

A-Z BLog Challenge "S" Suicide Girl

Day eighteen and the letter "S" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
In this tragic story, a teenage girl committed suicide, she drew a picture, scanned and posted it online as a memory of something she left behind. After Solome's death, her story broke out and spread all over Northern Nevada. The local high school lore says that you get sucked into the portrait she drew, especially because of the sadness in the eyes. Maybe the sadness and anger of be…

A-Z Challenge "R"-Spooky Railroad Bus

Day seventeen and the letter "R" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
One day, on their way home from the school a half hour away from Goldtown, a bus full of children were crossing the old railroad tracks left from the mining days, and long since abandoned. Abandoned for close to 30 years by the time this story happened. As they crossed over the tracks, the bus stalled and wouldn't start again. As the driver struggled to get the bus going again, the …

A-Z Blog Challenge "Q"-The Quincy Sisters

Day sixteen and the letter "Q" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
This is a story about the Quincy sisters who were murdered mysteriously in their bedroom.
There was a little boy named, let's say, Johnny, who was one of those annoying kids who liked to forward chain letter emails (open this and forward it to 10 friends or else this little girl will die of cancer and it will be YOUR fault-those kinds of emails). He was so into it that he started maki…

A-Z Blog Challenge "P"- Poodle in the Microwave

Day fifteen and the letter "P" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I have a brand spanking new Facebook Page, so the more "likes" the better! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
Poor Petey the Poodle. It sounds like something out of a macabre children's book. This happened, supposedly, sometime in the mid-70's, and I found the archive piece in the old Goldtown Journal, complete with a gory and grainy black and white picture.
I personally think it was a slow news day and my predecessors at the Journal were looking for something to happen in our small town …

A-Z Blog Challenge "O"-Ophelia

Day fourteen and the letter "O" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
Ophelia was a beautiful woman who lived at the old mental hospital in the 50's. The story is, and I've verified this through my own curiosity by looking through the old town records, that she was admitted there when she was about 8 years old by her parents after she tried to kill her mother. She had long black hair that seemed to float in the air around her and she seemed like she was surrounded by currents of water--every time you looked at her, it seemed, it w…

A-Z Blog Challenge "N" -New Village of Goldtown

Day thirteen and the letter "N" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
Hidden in the mountains, nestled in the foothills, is a small town I've told you about before, Goldtown, an old abandoned mining town from two centuries ago. I"ve told you about it being a popular teen hangout, and tourist spot, but there's more there than I've explained.A rocky trail--I dare not call it a road--winds its way through the abandoned neighborhood, and what's I think the most surprising about this ghost town is that most of the original…

A-Z Blog Challenge "M" May you Live in Interesting Times...

Day twelve and the letter "M" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...

May you live in interesting times...no matter where its actual origin comes from, ancient Chinese proverb, local patois or Klingon philosophy this saying can be a blessing or a curse. If you've been reading my tales of the secret life of our town, you know that there's a lot going on here under the surface of things. Look closer.

Living in my little mountain town, I say its a blessing. The most common misconception is that little redneck towns are boring. And ther…

A-Z Blog Challenge "L"-The Lightning Struck Lovers

Day eleven and the letter "L" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
Remember that story I told you about the Devil's Chair, a few stories back? This next story, I suspect, sprung up for similar reasons. While I have my opinion that our Devils' Chair might actually have some truth to it, based on the evidence I've seen, this next one I'm pretty sure is all fictional. I've been to Lover's Rock. (Who with is none of your business!) And while the rock formation is there, and indeed looks like a couple in an embrace, I …

A-Z Blog Challenge "K"-Killer in the Backseat

Day ten and the letter "K" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues...

There's a lot of traffic that comes through our little town--mostly tourists, truckers and bikers. Although the highways don't seem that crowded, and the roads can stretch for miles and you might not see a soul for miles, there are stories about danger on the highway...

Driving at night around here is scary enough--you never know if you are going to be driving along and, swayed by the phenomenon of highway hypnosis, miss an animal darting across the road. A lot of peo…

A-Z Blog Challenge "J"Jinmenken

Day nine and the letter "I" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
This story has been around our little mountain town since the Japanese immigrants came here in the mid-1800's. They faded away, until the 1950's, and the surrounding broad planes of desert started getting lots of activity with nuclear explosions and testing sites. The legend reformed as the decades past, but the Jinmenken remain. For the most part, Jinmenken are dogs with human faces, who appear mostly at night and also by the sides of highways--so you can easily mi…

A-Z Blog Challenge "I"-Iron Maiden

Day nine and the letter "I" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...

A lot of the kids listen to metal music here. Basically your two choices are metal and country,a nd most listen to a combination of both.
It's considered unladylike fo a teenage girl to listen to heavy metal, so when Ismene went missing, that was the first thing al the old timers based her disappearance on. "You know that a girl like THAT can get into trouble."
Ismene had a fondness for Iron Maiden, and also for a boyfriend named Steve. She was a part of the…

A-Z Blog Challenge "H"

Day six and the letter "H" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!


Adele's story continues...
Part of my job is to tell you the truth. But a certain amount of trust has to be placed in me. I was there. I'm a writer, a seeker of truth. You can trust me.
I, like many small town reporters, has a police scanner. This is the story as I understood it: A teenage boy, a local and his date, also a local, drove his date to the old Goldtown hollows. Not unusual.But of course I've mentioned that there used to be a prison up here, up until the 50's.
By the time I got t…

A-Z Blog Challenge "G"-Ghosts of Goldtown

Day six and the letter "G" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

THE GHOSTS OF GOLDTOWN
Adele's story continues:
I remember writing
A teenager was found dead in his motel room after a day of camping with his friends in Sunset Canyon, home of "Nevada's Scariest Ghost Town. A lot of teenagers hear the legends about the ghosts towns and for the most part, that's what sustains our community. Our whole livelihod depends on ghosts and legends. There used to be a prison out here before they moved it further north, and has been abandoned since teh 1950's. I d…

A-Z Blog Challenge "F" Funhouse Mummy! /PJV Hop

Day six and the letter "F" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! I'm also trying to generate some traffic through the PJV Hop, so I"m kind of combining posts. Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues...
There is a little store here, tucked away just barely out of sight in our one-streetlight on our one main street is an old gas station, not the one that's currently in vigorous use by the many campers and trailers that come through here--this was the old Sonoco that shut down in the 70's due to gas prices and an oil embargo.
It's currently in ownership of the B…

A-Z Blog Challenge "E" Exorcism

Day five and the letter "E" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop or Facebook)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues...A lot of folks around here pride themselves on being good, solid, God-fearing people. I'm not even sure about telling you this.
Reporters are known to be gossips, you know? People usually tell me something if they want it in the paper. That is, if they want everyone to know about it.
But I hear things, that's my unique vantage point in this town. A lot of people settle here because our part of the world is so isolated, and the religious folk are no exception. People…

A-Z Blog Challenge "D"

Day four and the letter "D" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter! Thanks everyone for all your comments, I am still trying to catch up, but if you leave your blog url, I *will* get to you!

Adele's story continues...
THE DEVIL'S CHAIR
A lot of people come here as a half way point between destinations. So we see a little bit of tourism,from people on their way to or from California or to and from Utah. Most people are employed here as motel and restaurant workers, and gas station personnel. We have a very modest grocery/general store.
Should I tell you this story? It's not exactly something they advertises in our thin brochures. In order to capitalize on any tourists, there was a weak moveme…

A-Z Blog Challenge "C"-Chupacabra

Day three and the letter "C" for the A-Z Blog Challenge. If this is your first time here, my A-Z challenge is based on Urban Legends, and follows the life of a small town Nevada reporter, Adele.
If you are stopping by from the challenge (or anywhere else, like the Parajunkee Hop)-feel free to join the Bluestocking Club, or follow me on Twitter!  

Adele's story continues...

Bodies often end up drifting up like flotsam pushed up on shores. No surprise, the entire state of Nevada was once underwater, and you can see the mark it has left on the landscape: its in the cliffs and the canyons, in the roll of the sage covered ridges and hills. Hikers often stumble on random skulls--mostly animals picked dry by carrion. Cattle often wander away from their herds, and die of hunger and exposure, and their rib cages rise like white wings from between rocks and cedar trees.

This is what happened to me one afternoon.

A big hobby of people out here is to go out antler hunting--if you don&…

A-Z Blog Challenge "B"

BLOODY MARY
Adele:
He wouldn’t acknowledge the baby as his. Didn't want his wife to find out he’d been with the babysitter. It’s such a hard thing to keep secret in this town. Everyone knows who babysits who, who is married to who, who had a checkered past—who to trust and who not. There are people you can wait a few days to accept a check from, and others you want the cash up front. So when a teenage girl gives birth in her bath tub, its really hard to keep quiet. Why she called me, I’ll never know. I am the social center of this town, being the little busy body that I am. The following informationw as found scribbled in many loose journal pages when I went to check the house after Angela called me. No trace of Angela, the baby, or the husband has ever been found.
This is not a game. this is real.
Why won't he talk to me anymore? What did I do? It's his ba-
I tried to get him to open the door. He was sittin' on the couch, playing video games—
Shattered glass.
Built a hous…

A-Z Blog Challenge "A"

This is my first time participating in the challenge, and I hope to create a short story collection out of this by the time the month of April is done! My theme is Urban Legends, so today begins with "Area 51". Adele is the thread of these pieces--a small town reporter for a rinky dink newspaper. So how does some one in a small town encounter all these Urban Legends? Read on to find out and maybe some of her stories will surprise (and maybe) intrigue you! Hope you enjoy!

My name is Adele, and I'm a journalist working for the Silver Star, the tiny little newsletter masquerading as the town newspaper in a small town in the middle of rural Nevada.

Anyone who called me told me what the lights were like, and wanted me to get out there as soon as possible to investigate. I had to turn my phone off. Passed right over my head, rushing at tremendous speed. It was like a parade of lights. They weren't trying to hide anything, it was right there above town, inprotected airspa…