Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The clown breakfast bowl

A couple months after my visit to the haunted Clown Motel, my aunt gave me this lovely breakfast bowl. She knows me too well.

Apparently, she ate cereal out this fun bowl as a child in the 1950s. Like pretty much everything vintage and clown-themed, it is now scary as hell.

"The best part of waking up...is terror in your cup."

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The clown doll with the moving hand

The lobby of the "Clown Motel," in Tonopah, NV, is filled with hundreds of clown figurines. One of them is this life-sized doll.

"I call him 'Mister Creepy,'" the receptionist tells me. "He gives me such a weird feeling when I'm in here alone."

She swears that she has seen his left hand move on its own. Twice.

"I finally put that other doll on top of his hand to keep it from moving. But other employees have told me that it still moves sometimes anyway."

Many guests refuse to look the doll in the eyes. They can't stand to even stand near it for very long.

"We had a professional psychic come through here," the receptionist says. "She told me, 'This doll has something inside it.'"

Mister Creepy and hundreds of his friends await you here in Tonopah. Tonight will be my third night in the Clown Motel.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Journey to the Clown Motel: the beginning

The haunted clown motel. 

Located in a remote town in the deserts of Nevada, the entire motel is clown-themed. Clown dolls fill the lobby, and paintings of clowns are in every room. 

Some guests say they have seen the silhouette of a clown standing outside their window at night. 

As if that wasn't enough, an Old West graveyard lies right next to the motel. 

I will be spending the weekend there. 

I plan on writing a couple books about my time at the "Clown Motel" of Tonopah, Nevada...if I make it out alive. Stay posted for my frequent updates. You can follow my live posts on social media: 

Twitter: @SchmidtTales
Facebook: @HolyGhostStories

Stay tuned.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Meeting R. L. Stine

I had the honor of meeting renowned horror author R.L. Stine at the San Diego Writers' Conference this year.

Extremely affable, down-to-earth guy, and one of the most humorous public speakers I've ever heard.

And now he has a copy of my book, "Holy Ghosts."

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kramer in a jazz band

That moment when you discover Cosmo Kramer playing in a jazz band in Mexico City...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Author of "The Exorcist" on Johnny Carson (1974)

I came across this old video after reading that William Peter Blatty, author of "The Exorcist" and the film's screenplay, had appeared on The Johnny Carson Show.

The interview with him is fascinating, but so is everything else about the episode. The pacing is much slower and less flashy than modern TV, and the audience reaction more subdued. People had a greater ability to take their time processing what they were watching.

Despite the differences, though, the "current events" in Johnny's monologue are timeless: a pipeline that threatens the environment. A celebrity with controversial political views. And, of course, unthinkable scandals in Washington.

If only we had an Exorcist who could rid our world of these things.

Episode of "The Johnny Carson Show" from January 17, 1974. Blatty interview begins 51:40 into the video.