Thursday, October 27, 2011

Getting Your Money Back on a Haunted House with Guest Blogger Robin Badillo

Considering Robin's fabulous vampire books, I figured she say Stoker or Rice were influences. Boy, was I wrong! Demon pig, anyone? 


To this day, I can’t say why I pulled it from the shelf of my high school library. Perhaps it was the title, maybe even the ominous glow of that attic with the spooky window panes. It may have even been the forked tail dangling from the H in Horror that forced the little voice inside my head, which should have been yelling NO!, to tuck tail and run, taking its warning with it.

Then again, the devil may have made me do it. Bwuahaha!

Who knows, I may not have noticed anything in particular about it at all.

What I do know is that it scared the bajeezers out of me. (FYI: bajeezers is a word my fourteen-year-old daughter made up for when there aren’t proper words to describe how you really feel without swearing)

To be quite honest, the story began rather slow, maybe even a bit boring so it must have been the promise of what I had heard was between the remaining pages that kept me reading.

The book, written by Jay Anson, was released in 1977, just a couple of years after the events depicted in the book supposedly occurred. The legitimacy of the facts are still controversial. Anson was said to have met with the actual couple, The Lutzes, and although did not officially collaborate with them for the book, did listen to around forty-five hours of tape recordings made by the couple explaining their experience in the actual house.

The first movie, staring none other than James Brolin, hit theatres in 1979. I read the book in the mid-eighties, at the age of 16 or so. I do remember seeing it on television a few years later, though I must say that the book left a deeper impression than any of the movies ever did.

If I had to take a stab at the reason why, I would say it was because I had to piece the scenes together with my imagination as I read, and that burned profound images into my brain that remain today.

I had nightmares for weeks after reading the book and always the same thing… flies gathered on the window outside my bedroom… buzzing…watching…waiting….

I decided way back then, that there were a few things I would consider when I grew up and bought a home of my own and these tips are why FULL DISCLOSURE works for me!! Now I’m passing these tips onto you:

1) If a realtor tells you someone died violently in a home you’ve considered buying and you elect to purchase it anyway and have it blessed, please listen to whoever you bring in to bless it, especially if they are blinded soon after, claim to have heard voices telling them to ‘Get out’, develop “stigmata” type blisters on their palms or all of the above.

2) If after moving in, you discover ANY room in the house that the family dog refuses to enter or if he/she cowers and/or whimpers when near said room, please take into consideration that the animal is called “man’s best friend” for a reason and… MOVE!

3) If you find hidden rooms, too small for occupancy that happen to be completely painted RED for no reason and the dog looks at you like you’re crazy for venturing in, please refer to tip #2 again.

4) If you find yourself waking every night at 3:15 a.m. with an inexplicable desire to walk down to the boatshed, rethink your options… this is a good time for a family meeting.

5) If your child claims to have an imaginary friend named Jodie, in the form of a demonic pig with glowing eyes, skip the psychotherapy and MOVE… immediately. DO NOT wait for said pig to float outside the bedroom window in the middle of the night, terrorizing your family.

6) If your spouse claims someone other than you is hugging her in the middle of the night and you both know for a fact she was ALONE in the room, don’t seek marriage counseling, she isn’t cheating… MOVE, before the entity snuggling up with her decides to move past first base.

7) If unexplained welts appear on you or your spouse while you’re in bed and this wasn’t from some kinky foreplay you’re just too embarrassed to admit to… MOVE… demons are one thing… demon Dom’s are quite another!

8) If flies gather outside your windows by the thousands, in the middle of winter… MOVE!

This isn’t a typical infestation, even if you’re in Texas. Yes, we have flies, but they don’t come in droves and cling to windows unless it’s slathered in honey and if it is… you’re weird and just asking for trouble.

9) If your husband spends an unusual amount of time sharpening his axe and even more time chopping wood without speaking or perhaps behaving stranger than normal… MOVE, the wood chopping is just a prequel to what is coming next … and it won’t be wood he plans to split in two.

And finally # 10) If your husband is shirtless and looks like Ryan Reynolds while he’s chopping wood….um, call me, I’ll take the problem off your hands right away and you can keep the damn house!!


Personally, I prefer sexy vampires and muscle-bound shape shifters any day, though I find all things paranormal intriguing and quite entertaining.

I hope you agree on November 15th when my latest novel, Midnight Beckoning releases right on the heels of Halloween!!

This novel has it all…incubi, damphyrs, vampires and even winged demons straight from the pits if hell. It’s a bit of a reach from my regular vampire novels, but still filled with romance, action and maybe even a couple of twists to keep you busy.

Happy Halloween!!

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  1. I can't remember who it was, but someone made a comment about this sort of thing I completely agree with:

    "Wow. Look at this place! The hardwood floors! The chandeliers! The curving balcony! The---"

    (thundering spectral voice) GET OUT!

    "Too bad we can't stay!"

    I have to confess, if that ever happened, I'd leave sparks on the floor getting out of there...:)

  2. Oh, no, I couldn't watch this movie and when the movie came out, I wasn't into reading, but I doubt I could have handled it! Wow, so scary! MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!

  3. I loved this movie when it came out, but was too chicken to read the book. I still am. lol

    I used to tease my brother at night while he was sleeping by singing the music from the movie. Only when I was really angry did I use my dolls too (he had a huge phobia of my dolls for years).

  4. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, everyone!!
    I love a good horror movie, but not much rattles me like the events in this book. Some people just can't take the hint when they aren't welcome. LOL!
    Rosa, I have one word for you...KARMA!! LOL!

  5. GREAT post, Robin. Amityville Horror is another classic. For me, it ranks up there with Salem's Lot. Campy movie production, but scary all the same.
    Also, while looking at houses to buy, I will ALWAYS completely skip any house that has those pie-shaped windows. Creeeepy.

    As for #10 on your tips, sorry, Robin, I get first crack at Ryan. I called dibbs. :-)

  6. Jenn, the only way you can get dibbs on Ryan is if you give up your claim on Johnny Depp. You don't really want to do that, do you?

  7. My husband and I claim that we build our own houses just for fun.... Actually, we're afraid of any lingering spirits!

    Good blog and nice cover for MIDNIGHT BECKONING. Can't wait!.

    I believe there's enough of Ryan's manhood to go around for all of you!

  8. I must agree with Suzan, Jenn!
    You CAN'T have them all!
    Although, if you changed your writing genre, you very well could have your cake and eat it, too! I'm just sayin'.... Hehehe!

  9. LOL! You and your husband are very wise, Meb. Just make sure wherever you're building isn't some ancient burial ground... uhhh, on second thought, forget I mentioned it. LOL!

  10. I tell you, these things that "could" be real...I give a wide berth. I had a couple of weird incidents with houses, and definitely, eased on down the road. I wasn't interested in trying to clear anything, talk to anything, buck up and be brave, or hope that good triumphed over evil. LOL...I've seen those movies, and have no desire to live them! Good blog, Robin!:) Just right for the season!:) Lo

  11. Thanks, Lo! I wholeheartedly agree!!
    "I ain't afraid of no ghosts"... LOL!, but I'm not inviting them over for dinner either. Hehehe!

  12. Great post...I had forgotten about that book. What a fright-fest...whether true or not!