Monday, October 3, 2022

Poem #7: This House

Fall Poetry Series: Part of the apparitions project involved sharing poetry and photography from other talented writers and artists, in celebration of the book's publication and this incredible year of poetry. I promised another short poetry series this fall, which will encompass the poems I've shared in my non-poetry books, including This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost, Maryland Ghosts: Paranormal Encounters in the Free State, and Where the Party Never Ended: Ghosts of the Old Baraboo Inn. Alas, Breakfast with Bigfoot lacks a dedicated poem, but makes up for it in poop jokes. This week, we'll take it all the way back to This House, which opens with a poem of the same name. In fact, the book is named after this beloved poem, which I wrote in 1998 when I was 12 years old:

By day, it was empty. By night, it was haunted.
The house was old and caving in.
It was ancient, and it smelled awful, and it was musty.
It was hidden behind large, forbidding trees.
It was a careless house.
The walls were coming down.
One touch could send it toppling to the ground.
Shattered glass and rusted nails were its greatest qualities.
It was gray, and rotting, and ugly.
It was my favorite place in the world.

"This House," copyright 2022 Amelia Cotter (first published in This House: The True Story of a Girl and a Ghost)

Monday, June 20, 2022

Explore More with Amelia #1: Summer 2022

Welcome to my updated Newsletter format, introducing highlights from my recent adventures and projects, stories about cool people, places, and things to explore, and, as always, my upcoming appearances! I started a new job with the Lincoln Park Conservancy in March and am so glad to be living the nonprofit work life again! I also had surgery in May and am grateful to be in recovery. The list of places to watch The R.I.P. Files continues to grow, this time adding CONtv, Dish Network, FuboTV, Google Play, SmartTV, and Twitch. I have a new Contact Form and Subscribe button on my sidebar, so please subscribe by email and write to me any time! Thank you and Happy Hauntings!
~Amelia

Explore More...

Having a spooky good time at
The Haunted Galena Conference.
Galena, Illinois! Founded in 1826, Galena was named after rich lead deposits in the area and was a hub for the lead mining industry during the first part of the 19th century. Located along the bustling Mississippi and Galena Rivers, it was once a contender with Chicago to be Illinois' biggest city and was home to Union General and 18th U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. Today, Galena is one of the most haunted, romantic, and underrated small towns in the U.S., and is an Illinois hidden gem for foodies, history buffs, nature nuts, paranormal enthusiasts, and winery lovers. I happen to be all of the above and, therefore, Galena is one of my favorite places. I had the joy of being a guest at The Haunted Galena Conference in April and Jonathan and I had a blast. I recommend taking a ghost tour with The Haunted Galena Tour Company for an excellent overview of Galena's ghostly history. Haunted highlights are the DeSoto House Hotel and Dowling House in town, as well as the outlying (and on private property) Ably House in nearby Council Hill.

Spring and Summer Poetry Series Recap

Part of the apparitions project involved sharing poetry and photography from other talented writers and artists, in celebration of the book's publication and this incredible year of poetry. The entire series can be accessed under the Guest Posts label, beginning with Michelle Biller's "Buteo," and concluding with "Selected Photography," by Karl K, Wendy Moxley Roe, and John B. Stephens. I'm grateful to all contributors for sharing their wonderful work and look forward to highlighting more creators in the future, capping off the summer with a Poetry Workshop and with another short poetry series coming this fall.

New Release: apparitions

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apparitions explores the cycles of anxiety and depression, from the isolation of trauma and despair to the hope found in connection, reconciliation, redemption, and resiliency. Poet and storyteller Amelia Cotter invites readers to walk the liminal spaces between alienation and belonging, darkness and light, and the earthly and otherworldly in this lovingly curated collection of micro- and prose poetry, including haiku and haibun.

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Upcoming Appearances

June 22, 2022

Poetry Workshop with Amelia Cotter...and Bunnies! at Cuddle Bunny, Chicago
July 24, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Milwaukee Paranormal Conference at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 15, 2022

Haunted Chicago Stories at Cuddle Bunny, Chicago
October 23, 2022 at 7 p.m.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Guest Post: Selected Photography, by Karl K, Wendy Moxley Roe, and John B. Stephens

Note from Amelia: An early part of the apparitions project involved collecting the poetry and photography of other talented writers and artists to share as part of a greater anthology. This component of the project didn't quite come together for many reasons, but I wanted to share the finest work Jonathan and I received as part of our celebration of the book's publication and this incredible year of poetry. I've shared this spring and summer series alphabetically by last name, concluding with the beautiful and haunting photography of friends and fellow Fortean enthusiasts Karl K, Wendy Moxley Roe, and John B. Stephens. Their portraits below highlight some of Chicago's most haunted places, including Bachelor's Grove Cemetery, Graceland Cemetery, and the Congress Plaza Hotel. I'm grateful to all contributors for sharing their wonderful work and look forward to highlighting more creators in the future, with another short poetry series coming this fall:

Bachelors Grove Cemetery in Midlothian, Illinois.
Photo by Karl K.

Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Wendy Moxley Rowe.

Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by John B. Stephens.

"Bachelors Grove Cemetery," copyright 2022 Karl K; "Graceland Cemetery," copyright 2022 Wendy Moxley Rowe; and "Congress Plaza Hotel," copyright 2022 John B. Stephens