Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Meet Robert Pruneda: This Week's Treasured & Tipsy Timeslip Traveller

Travel and make-believe go hand in hand. Whether we're in the present or the past, in a haunted castle, an enchanted forest or a broken down building, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and traveling the world can bring the imagination to life.

Please join this week's guest, horror author, Robert Pruneda, as he takes us on a spooky journey into the haunted places of the United States. #Amityville #TheStanleyHotel #TheQueenMary #MuseumofDeath #ClintonRoad #Alcatraz Island #Travel #AuthorInterview #TreasuredTipsyTimeslip #RachaelStapleton #RobertPruneda #Horror 

As a horror author, it’s only natural for me to want to visit locations that are considered haunted or just downright creepy. Since I grew up in Austin and still live in Texas, I’ll stick to locations throughout the United States that I’ve never visited. So hop in the car with me while we travel across the country for a spooky adventure.

The Stanley Hotel – Estes Park, Colorado
Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, so it only makes sense to visit the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, which was the inspiration for Stephen King’s novel The Shining. He used the Stanley as his model for the Overlook Hotel after he and his wife Tabitha stayed in Room 217 (the haunted room in the novel) while they were vacationing in Colorado on October 30, 1974. How fitting, right? They were also the only overnight guests before the hotel shut down for the winter. Many people believe it is haunted, and of course, we can go on a ghost tour while we’re there. When I eventually make a visit to the Stanley Hotel, I’ll be sure to stay in Room 217.
The Queen Mary Hotel – Long Beach, California
Another hotel I would love to visit is the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. I first discovered this location while watching a special “Haunted Locations” special on the Travel Channel. I think movies like Ghost Ship (2002) and Triangle (2009) triggered this desire for me to stay on the Queen Mary without actually going on a haunted cruise. I’ve never been to Los Angeles either, so when I eventually make my way there, I plan to stay at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach. Honestly, I would travel to California just to go on the various paranormal tours available and learn more about this fabled haunted ship.
Museum of Death – Los Angeles, California
If a horror author is going to stay on a haunted ship so close to Los Angeles, it would be a crime not to visit the Museum of Death. That place is probably one of the creepiest locations on earth, which is exactly why I want to visit it. From what I’ve read it even has a real guillotined head on display and various torture devices. Not to mention actual crime photos of the Charles Manson murders. I know it’s a bit morbid to want to visit a place like this, but hey, it might give me some inspiration for a future novel. J
Alcatraz Island – San Francisco Bay, California
While I’m visiting California, I would make a trip down the coastline to visit “The Rock” in San Francisco. Aside from the obvious historical reasons, people also visit Alcatraz Island because of strange occurrences that visitors and park rangers have reported, including the faint banjo twangs of the infamous gangster Al Capone. The National Park Service manages all tours to Alcatraz Island, so there aren’t any official ghost tours, but they do give night tours. That seems like the perfect way to explore such a historical sight, while also getting in a bit of that creepy factor. Who knows? Maybe Al Capone will even play a few tunes for me on his banjo while I’m there.
Amityville House – Amityville, New York
The house located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York is the most haunted place in America according to many experts in the paranormal field. Made famous for Jay Anson’s The Amityville Horror: A True Story and subsequent series of movies, the Amityville house has quite a fascinating history. I recommend reading up on it if you don’t know the actual story behind the original movie. Hollywood embellished what actually happened, of course, but the The Amitvyille Horror is based on a true story. Personally, I would never live in that house, but I sure would love to visit it and chat with the current owners.
Clinton Road - West Milford, New Jersey
If I’m taking a road trip across America in search of some hair-raising destinations, then on my way back home to Texas I’ll travel down the most haunted road in America . . . Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey. I recently discovered this ten-mile narrow, winding stretch of highway while doing some research on the Internet. I have to admit, the information I read about this road gave me a bit of the heebie jeebies. I’ve driven down some spooky roads before, but none that had so many stories of hauntings, serial killers dumping bodies, Satanic rituals, phantom trucks, and even a ghost boy who likes to toss quarters at you. That’s just a few of the things that can potentially give you goosebumps while traveling at night. You can imagine how your mind could play tricks on you if you’ve done a bit of reading up on the folklore about Clinton Road.
Other Locations
Those were just five eerie locations out of many that I would love to visit. Others, to name a few, include the Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans, the Trans-Allegeny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia (and other abandoned asylums), and the St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida.
Have you been to any of the destinations I mentioned? If so, I’d love to read about your personal experiences or other haunted locations in the comments. Also, be sure to enter my Rafflecopter contest for a chance to win a copy of my supernatural occult horror novel Devil’s Nightmare, published by Forsaken.





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Devil’s Nightmare
Devil’s Nightmare Series
Book One
Robert Pruneda

Genre: Horror

Publisher:  Forsaken Imprint
Booktrope Publishing

Date of Publication: July 15, 2015

Cover Artist:  Laura Hidalgo

Book Description:

Veteran homicide detective Aaron Sanders thought he’d seen it all, but nothing could have prepared the seasoned detective for the mutilated remains of a kid’s parents or the equally vicious deaths of three boys at another crime scene.

As Aaron works to solve the cases and protect his only witness, an orphaned child, he learns of an ancient curse that leaves him questioning all he’s ever believed. Now, to save himself and the child, Aaron must confront his own inner demons, and some he never knew existed. But if he does, will he make it out alive? 

Devil’s Nightmare is an occult suspense horror novel by Robert Pruneda, who shakes readers with his visually graphic scenes, supernatural twists, and disturbing settings in this first installment of the Devil’s Nightmare series.


About the Author:

Robert “Sharky” Pruneda is a native Texan, video game “enthusiast” [addict], and fan of all things horror. He left a career in the newspaper industry in 2011 to pursue the life of a nocturnal author, brainstorming new and creative ways to creep out his readers. He doesn’t only write horror though.

He also pens the occasional family-oriented tale just to keep from going completely nuts with all those creatures of the night whispering in his ears. When he’s not pulling ideas out of his twisted brain, you’ll likely find him on social media or fighting alongside his fellow gaming buddies where they all get shot up into Swiss cheese (or turned into little bite-sized chunks because of “Sharky’s” obsession with explosives). Medic!

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 Image Credits:
Clinton Road - Daniel Case at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [LGPL (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Queen Mary Hotel - Mike Fernwood from Santa Cruz, California, United States (The Queen Mary  Uploaded by Altair78) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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  2. Thanks for hosting me during my blog tour, Rachael. I enjoyed putting together that list of creepy destinations for your readers.

    Cheers!

    Sharky
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