"The Haunting of Blue House"
Last night, an evening hiker setting out for a walk along State Road, heard an
odd noise that seemed to come from the old dilapidated Victorian mansion (which
everyone in town refers to as "The Blue House"). He looked back to see a wavering
light in the tower window. He gazed, mouth agape, a shiver of apprehension
fluttering in his chest, an icy sensation lifting the hairs on his neck. Then,
accelerating his pace, he quickly returned home via a different route.|
The Blue House, in its day, was just about the grandest mansion in town, with
its high ceilings, dark oak-paneled chambers, and its commanding view of the
valley. Built around 1897 by the local lumber baron, the house had been handed
down and passed through several owners since then.
But Blue House has stood empty, as old timers frequently recall, since that
October night in 1937, when someone broke in, apparently bent on robbery. Neighbors
heard shots and screams. The police were summoned, but by the time they arrived,
the house again stood silent: blood-spattered, ransacked, and empty! Its
occupants -- an entire family of six -- had vanished as if into thin air. No
trace of any of them was ever found.
Naturally, no one wanted to move into the place, so it stood empty for the
longest time. Furniture was stolen, kids threw stones through windows, a mysterious
fire destroyed the old barn out back, and time and weather continued to wear away
at the once-grand mansion.
What people remember most clearly, however, was Halloween night, 1953, when a group
of partying highschoolers dared that new kid to stay all night -- alone -- within
the walls of Blue House. The poor kid didn't want to, but they persisted and he
finally gave in. The following morning his tormentors looked on wide-eyed as he
emerged unsteadily from the house. His hair had turned completely white and he
stared out with strange, distant gaze! No one ever got him to speak a word of his
experience, and the family soon moved out of state.
As far as I know, he was the last living person to venture past the gaping doorway
to Blue House!
Since then, parents warn their children, "You be sure to stay clear of Blue House!"
Or they might whisper, between bridge hands at the club or over drinks at the Inn,
"I was driving down State Road last night and those sounds are coming again from
Blue House." Or, "Did you hear what happened to so-and-so when she went up to
And today the hiker is telling everyone who will listen about that light!
The Haunting Of Blue House was created using my favorite Chinese painting technique,
which you'll notice at play in many of my recent paintings. The way in which I
selectively wrinkle the special watercolor paper I use, before the paint is applied,
accounts for the impressionistic textures of foreground and distant forest.
Medium Print size is 9.5" x 7.5" within a charcoal-over-white
double mat, plus rigid foam-core backing, ready for framing in any readily available 14" x 11"
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and carefully roll it for mailing to you, together with a page of helpful framing
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