So, you see, I meant to post something but then tour season started. And then it was summer, and my air conditioning broke. In there somewhere, the dog ate my homework.
As you can see, I can't even be troubled to come up with good excuses, so I won't insult you with any more crappy ones.
But in my defense, I haven't been entirely idle in the last few months (ok, year). I'm pleased to announce that my first book is hitting the shelves shortly. Capitol Hill Haunts is THE comprehensive ghostly history of the Hill, with Demon Cats, phantom bicyclists, and even buried treasure! All stories are 100% true (insofar as I made none of them up) and no ghosts were hurt in the making of the book (I presume).
Nor is it just tales of the big white building on the cover. Certainly, the Capitol is well haunted, but we take you beyond the federal buildings to the streets of Capitol Hill, and even a little past. The Navy Yard, H Street, Congressional Cemetery, and Gallaudet University all host a ghost or two, and quite a few houses as well. If you're looking to get a good feel for the neighborhood, than what better way then through the eyes of those who never left it?
To celebrate the book, let me welcome one and all to the Argonaut (1433 H Street, NE, just feet away from the haunted H Street Playhose) for our official launch party on Thursday, September 27th at 7 pm. Tickets are on sale now, and each one gets you one (1) beer and a signed and quite possibly beer stained copy of the book when you show up.
If you just can't wait until then, or want to get all your Christmas shopping done now, feel free to purchase the book online directly from my publisher, the indomitable History Press. You might note that purchases of $35 and over get free shipping, so why not get two? Or read about further Capitol Hill antics with my friend Robert Pohl's excellent Wicked Capitol Hill.
If you're interested in staying abreast of the book, please follow Capitol Hill Haunts on Facebook.
And yes, there might be a post or two here in the near future. And not just about ghosts!