Q & A: The Cliffhouse Haunting

Tamara Thorne:

The mysteries of Cliffhouse…

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

Our readers have been asking questions about our new novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting.  We’ve collected some up to answer here.

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Is the Cliffhouse Lodge based on a real hotel? Yes, in some ways. It was built by an architect associated with Gilbert Stanley Underwood, designer of Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel, Grand Canyon Lodge, and the Timberline Lodge in Oregon among many others.  It also has roots in California’s Brookdale Lodge. The Brookdale’s natural stream in the dining room inspired the stream that runs through the lobby in the Cliffhouse Lodge.

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The story is set in the San Bernardino Mountains. Are they any real ghost stories attached to that area?

Yes, many, though we didn’t use any. Just Google “ghost stories San Bernardino Mountains, Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear” and you’ll find plenty.

Is the Blue Lady a ghost from real life?

There are many blue ladies in ghost fact and fiction…

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CONFIRMED: Laurell K. Hamilton will be on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! on June 25th, 2015

Tamara Thorne:

Coming to Haunted Nights LIVE! in June – Laurell K. Hamilton!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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CONFIRMED. Thursday, June 25th, our guest at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE​! will be Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake Vampire series and the Merry Gentry series. We are very excited. Tune in at 9pm EST on Thursdays for more guests. See the full guest list at: http://alistaircross.com/Guests

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Keep an eye out for Dead Ice, Laurell’s next installment in the Anita Blake Vampire series.

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New York Times Bestseller Kevin O’Brien joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

Prepare to be scared! Kevin O’Brien joins us tonight on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Tonight, on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’ll be talking to New York Times Bestselling thriller author, Kevin O’Brien! The link goes live at 6pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern. Just give it a click to listen: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairradio2/2015/05/08/nyt-bestseller-kevin-obrien-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector.  The author of 16 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery, and is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. In a review of Kevin’s last thriller, TELL ME YOU’RE SORRY, Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter, NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW, will be released this summer

NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW (to be released July, 2015):

In July, 1970, actress Elaina Styles was slain in a rented Seattle mansion…

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Richard Christian Matheson is on HAUNTED NIGHTS LIVE! Tonight!

Tamara Thorne:

Tonight on Haunted Nights LIVE! Richard Christian Matheson will be giving away several signed books! Read on for more.

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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RC Matheson is on Haunted Nights LIVE! tonight and here are the three personally signed books you can win: A hardcover of his acclaimed new novella, “RITUAL OF ILLUSION”, a hardcover copy of his first novel “CREATED BY” and “BATTTLEGROUND,” a coffee table book collection about the Emmy-winning TNT production of Stephen King’s short story, which is signed by everyone involved with the production. Listen in tonight at 6pm Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern, to listen. Click to the link below to listen and simply private message us on our Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE​! Facebook page for your chance to win one of these three books!

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Be there if you dare: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairradio2/2015/04/17/richard-christian-matheson-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

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RICHARD CHRISTIAN MATHESON is an acclaimed bestselling author and screenwriter/executive producer for television and film. He has worked with Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Bryan Singer and many others on Emmy winning miniseries…

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THE WALKING DEAD co-author Jay Bonansinga joins Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Tamara Thorne:

This Thursday…

Originally posted on Cross Talk:

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If you like THE WALKING DEAD, join us this Thursday on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, where we’ll be talking to Jay Bonansinga, who co-authors the New York Times Bestselling series!

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Jay Bonansinga is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two books, including the Bram Stoker finalist THE BLACK MARIAH (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist SHATTERED (2007), and the wildly popular WALKING DEAD novels.  Jay’s work has been translated into sixteen languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.  In the world of film, Jay has worked with George Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD), Dennis Haysbert (24), and Will Smith’s Overbrook Productions.  In 2009, Jay’s directorial debut, STASH, starring Tim Kazurinsky and Marilyn Chambers, won top honors at three separate independent film festivals, as well as premiering in 50 million households on ON-DEMAND.  Jay…

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Pleasure on the Prairie

Tamara Thorne:

Our September release is a little different from our usual fare!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

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Pleasure on the Prairie – The Wilder Side of Laura Ingalls Wilder

We are proud to announce our first narrative non-fiction book, Pleasure on the Prairie: The Wilder Side of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Laura Ingalls Wilder is fondly known for her Little House on the Prairie books where she told stories about growing up in the latter half of the 19th century. The last book in the series recounted the first four years of her marriage to Almanzo Wilder and was only discovered and published many years later.

Laura did not choose to write about the years when she and Almanzo ran the Rocky Ridge Health Sanitarium. But now the story can be told.

What few people know about Laura and Almanzo Wilder is that after they built their home, Rocky Ridge Farm, they also built a health sanitarium of the kind so popular around the turn of the century…

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COVER REVEAL FOR THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING!!

Tamara Thorne:

The Cliffhouse Haunting cover reveal is here!

Originally posted on Thorne & Cross:

At long last, our cover for The Cliffhouse Haunting is ready to be revealed. We love it, and would like to thank our cover design artist, Kealan Patrick Burke, for perfectly capturing the SPIRIT of our book!

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When the Blue Lady Walks…

Since 1887, Cliffhouse Lodge has been famous for its luxurious accommodations, fine dining… and its ghosts. Overlooking Blue Lady Lake, nestled among tall pines, Cliffhouse has just been renovated by its owners, Teddy and Adam Bellamy, and their daughter, Sara.

Cliffhouse has not always been a place of rest and respite, though. Over the years it has served many vices, from rum-running to prostitution – and although the cat houses have been replaced by a miniature golf course and carousel, Cliffhouse retains its dark history; darkest during the Roaring Twenties, when a serial killer called the Bodice Ripper terrorized the town, and a phantom, the Blue Lady, was…

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It works if you work it…

Tamara Thorne:

Alistair Cross spills some of our secrets…

Originally posted on Cross Talk:

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When I joined forces with Tamara Thorne in 2012, people warned me that collaborations are difficult and often don’t work out. Tamara no doubt received the same warnings and worse – she was, after all, an already-established novelist with over a dozen books under her belt. Undoubtedly, there was some nail-biting going on behind the scenes… but we knew there was no need to worry.

Tamara and I had both collaborated previous to meeting each other, so this isn’t new territory for us. We both come from a place of professionalism; ours is a strict tantrum-free work zone with a rigidly enforced no-drama policy. It helps, of course, that neither of us engages in drama to begin with.

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We stuck together, ignored all advice, and extracted any meddlers with prompt micro-surgical precision. For two years, we’ve had our noses to the grindstone, working eight-plus hour days, six and sometimes seven…

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THE CLIFFHOUSE HAUNTING

Tamara Thorne:

Our surprise… We kinda wrote another novel while we wrote the one we were talking about publicly.

Originally posted on Cross Talk:

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The Cliffhouse Haunting

Coming in March, the debut novel of horror authors, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross!

The Cliffhouse Haunting

by Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross

Coming in March from

Glass Apple Press

Horror Authors Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross Explore the Unknown in New Supernatural Thriller

They say when the Blue Lady walks, death walks with her…

Cliffhouse Lodge has been the center of the little town of Cliffside in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California since it was built in 1887. Overlooking Blue Lady Lake, Cliffhouse was built by the Bellamy family and has been newly renovated by owners Teddy and Adam Baxter-Bellamy and their daughter, Sara.

In the 1880s, Cliffhouse served as a restaurant, hotel, cathouse, theater and tavern, and during Prohibition became a hangout for rum runners. Later, its hot springs attracted the wealthy; even presidents have stayed there.

Today, the lodge is famous for…

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NIGHT MOVES is available now!

Tamara Thorne:

Available on Amazon for your screaming pleasure…

Originally posted on Cross Talk:

Guess what is available! Yup…

What Walks the Halls of Ravencrest?

Belinda Moorland is locked in a nightmare where reality and the supernatural collide. Trapped in Ravencrest’s east wing, she has encountered three gruesome nuns who gibber and bleed as they follow her down the darkened hallways. And what about the spectral little girl from another era? Is she Belinda’s friend, or just another monster?

In Episode 5 of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, the tension mounts as the territories of the living and the dead blur together to create a miasma of terror and dread.

People Are Talking About The Ghosts of Ravencrest

The Ghosts of Ravencrest is riveting. The characters are wonderful, the subplots are perfect, and the setting is stunning and well-researched. This series is like a roller coaster that goes up and up – the Mannings are literary gold.”
-QL Pearce, bestselling author of Scary Stories…

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