02 June 2007

Local Flavor of the Haunted Variety

I'm packing this morning to attend Lori Foster's annual Readers and Authors Get-Together in Cincinnati this weekend. Lori always plans fabulous events and I'm anticipating a fun weekend in my old stomping grounds.

I grew up in the Dayton area, and spent my share of time in Cincinnati over the years, attending Reds games and eating at Skyline Chili. Wherever I travel, I always surf the Web ahead of time to check out the local flavor, and not just restaurants.

Most historic cities like Cincy have a ghost walk or two. According to Forgotten Ohio, one of the most haunted areas in the Cincinnati area is Buffalo Ridge, a heavily wooded area west of the city near the Indiana border. This is one of those every-town-has-one legends that teenage boys use to scare the bejeezus out of their girlfriends!

"The many legends associated with this creepy wooded road seem to center around an abandoned crematory located somewhere far back on the Ridge, which may or may not have been the site of a cult sacrifice at some point in the past. The ghosts occupy this building and sometimes wander across the road as well.

"An abandoned house with dilapidated barns and junked cars on its lawn is also the site of some scary happenings. Lights are seen there at night even though no one has lived there for years. If you go up the driveway supposedly you will see a witch in one of the windows.

"A park along the road is haunted by the ghost of a little boy who was killed in the road by a hit-and-run driver who was never caught. The stain his mangled body left smeared on the asphalt has never gone away. Possibly associated with this is the malevolent black van with tinted windows that is said to chase unlucky travellers on Buffalo Ridge. Is it the vehicle that ran the little boy down years ago?"

Oooh, creepy! Where's my husband? I need to pretend I'm scared. [wink]

Have a good weekend!

Coming Nov. 1 in print: "Wildish Things" in Samhain Publishing's Love and Lore anthology
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