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Since it’s almost Halloween, it seems appropriate to do a guest blog about my visit to Salem, home of the infamous Salem Witch trials. I’ve always been interested in that dark period in American history, so when I went to Massachusetts to research before revising my YA paranormal Shadow Hills, that was a necessary side trip.
I also went to the house that was the basis for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, The of House of the Seven Gables. It even had a really cool spiral staircase that was hidden behind a wall panel! (I wish I had a photo of it, but unfortunately we could only take pictures of the exterior.)
But to make sure I satisfied the cheesey side of my personality, I also went to a wax museum. Even though I find them creepy, I think that badly done wax figures are hilarious. And the ones I saw in Salem were really badly done. Some of them were basically wax heads stuck on sticks with clothes thrown around them. To illustrate:
Special thanks to Ms. Hopcus for the guest post today! If you haven’t read Shadow Hills yet, I suggest you do it now! Find Anastasia Hopcus on her website or on Twitter.