In recent weeks it has come to my attention that certain parties are using my ghost stories and those of my contributors as references for their own commercial enterprises.  If you or someone you know is writing a book on ghosts in the Pacific Northwest, PLEASE DO NOT!!! copy or use the following stories or any other materials within this website as references.  

Jefferson Davis (25 April 2003)



I am writing Weird Washington and I need your help

Recently I was contacted by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman, publishers of Weird New Jersey.  A few years ago, their website of strange and unusual happenings around New Jersey turned into a book.  That book turned into a second book of stories, and now they have over 20 books in their catalog.  

In addition to their state series of books, Mark and Mark have expanded their interest to a television show on the History Channel, called Weird US, and a related Website.    I contributed three stories to their latest book, Weird US presents Weird Hauntings.  I will be doing books signings in the Pacific Northwest, supporting this book later on in the fall.  I will also be selling copies of the book from this website, when it is officially released.

I guess they liked my writing, or they were just desperate to find an author in the Pacific Northwest to write one of their future books, Weird Washington.  Either way, I was lucky enough to get the job.  For those readers who have never seen any of the Weird Series, they are not just about ghosts.  The Weird Books include sections on roadside attractions, The biggest, the oddest, the oldest, graveyards, abandoned relics, and many other fascinating human and natural features that make each state in the Union so interesting.  To do the best job possible on this book, I need help from readers and their friends.  

This book has 12 chapters:

1) Local Legend

2) Ancient Mysteries

3) Fabled People and Places

4) Unexplained Phenomena

5) Bizarre Beasts

6) Local Heroes and Villains

7) Personalized Properties

8) Roadside Oddities

9) Roads Less Traveled

10) Ghosts

11) Cemetery Safari

12) Abandoned Places

To really capture the entire flavor of Washington State, my co-author Al and I  hope to have you readers suggest locations that figure prominently in local legends of the weird and strange.  Know of any cemeteries with unique or weird tombstones?  How about curses or interesting dedications?  Are their ghost towns, lost mines, abandoned shipyards or factories with strange and macabre tales?  Is there a haunted house that everyone seems to know about? Do you have first hand experiences at any of these places?  Please let us know and we will be in touch.  I cannot promise to include all places you might suggest, but I appreciate any proposals.  I will include a separate page listing places we want to highlight as the book progresses.


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