Friday, October 17, 2014

Scary October: The Queen Mary

In celebration of my favorite month, October, I'm featuring a different scary place every Friday. This week it's a ship that I had the privilege of visiting in 2011: The Queen Mary.




The retired ocean liner rests in Long Beach, California, where it is open for tours every day. The luxury liner had 49 total deaths during its time of service, leading the ship to be labeled "haunted" in recent years. Guests have reported hearing children playing in the nursery and feeling strange things in a cabin where someone was murdered.



The spookiest place on the ship is the pool area.



They told us the changing rooms were a vortex of negative energy. I thought that sounded a little absurd, especially without explanation, so I decided to go back there. It was dark and spooky, but I think that part of it was due to the power of suggestion.



Haunted or not, the ship is well worth a visit. Take a rest on the deck while you're there.




Oh--and I'm hosting a giveaway. Click below to enter to win an Advanced Reader Copy of 25 Roses.





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53 comments:

  1. I love visiting supposedly haunted places and giving myself a spook! This would be an awesome place to visit - 49 deaths while in service!

    Love that October is your favorite month. It is one of mine, or it was anyway. In south africa we don't really get very festive with the holidays and no one really dresses up but I always try :)

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  2. That's a lot of deaths.
    Touring the older ships is always cool, haunted or not. We have several here on the East coast that I've visited, some more than once.

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  3. If I am ever in Long Beach, this will definitely be on my list of places to visit. This places is super spooky. Ghost Hunters visited there during season 2 and said one of the tour guides has seen and heard a little girl giggling around the pool and theatre. Creeeeeepy.

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  4. Abandoned ships like this one don't really require that big of a push for peeps to think it's haunted. I mean just look at it! Confined spaces, creepy echoes, I've got the chills just looking at your pics. Happy Friday!

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  5. reminds me of that Russian haunted ship Lyubov Orlova which floats around the oceans with swarms of rats being its only crew...

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  6. ha ha...your definition of spooky is different than mine.

    Where are the vampires/zombies/orcs or goblins.

    I'm just sayin'

    (Can you tell I'm presently re-editing my MG high fantasy series I published several years ago?)

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  7. As a kid, I loved to read all things scary, even comic books that were scary. Of course, that led to a Stephen King phase later in life, ha ha.

    I kinda tend to believe in ghostly presences and I definitely believe in bad vibes stuck in bad places.

    Have a good weekend, Stephanie! Great contest - I'm crossing my fingers!

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  8. You're a brave lady Stephanie. I'd tend to stay away from spooky stuff. 49 death is really high but I agree with you about the power of suggestion to get the mind going.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. That would be a cool place to visit - it does look a little spooky.

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  10. I agree about the power of suggestion, but really, any large structure that's been abandoned probably seems spooky.

    Can you email me your email address so I can send you some photos that I won't be posting on my blog?

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  12. The power of my imagination and paranoia would have found me seeing ghosts and spirits! That dungeon looks spooky. Yes, I call it a dungeon. lol

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  13. Oh my goodness, more easily scared the older I get, the reputation of this ship alone has me covered in goosebumps.

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  14. i don't do spooky. nope. :)

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  15. Okay this seriously looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing all the pictures!

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  16. I would love to visit The Queen Mary. Thanks for sharing the pictures (you look lovely :) )

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  17. I started 25 Roses last night and am really enjoying it. My daughter said I can't tell her about it because she's reading it next. :)

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  18. Touring ships is always interesting - no matter their age or their background. I enjoy the Tall Ships festivals that happen during the summers, and then I just love being on the water in nearly any kind of craft. :)

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  19. I would love to tour this ship. Very much so. It's a long way from Central California though. A long way.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  20. amazing and creepy all at once. I have a thing about deserted pool areas...shudder...over the summer I read about Disney's abandoned River Country water park...the pictures were fascinatingly horrifying. I couldn't look away!

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  21. Say they are haunted and makes for a good tour whether they are or not, or at least makes them some money haha that is a lot of deaths though

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  22. A haunted boat...now that would make a good movie. Though it's probably been done and I just haven't seen it.

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  23. Makes me think of the Flogging Molly song Queen Anne's Revenge. It's probably a different boat, but both have that spooky element. *shiver*

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  24. Hi Stephanie! My sister lives in Long Beach, so one year my mom and I stayed on the Queen Mary. It was a hotel at that time. Is it still? I remember there was a tattoo convention being held there too. Fun to see all the artists.

    That pool is CREEPY, no lie. I'm sure it was the top of fashion to be in there, but no thanks!
    I entered the giveaway. Yay!
    Ceil

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  25. Hi Stephanie, Thank you for visiting my blog a while back. Appreciate when newcomers leave me a comment. This liner sure sounds interesting. We usually have haunted housed but never a haunted ship exploration. I'm so curious about why the pool is the most haunted.

    Jo
    Jo's Jumbled Jardinière

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  26. Sweet! I think I've actually seen a video filmed on the pool deck of that ship--it was just a clip about haunted places and reports of paranormal activity. I used to totally get into that stuff.

    Crystal's Blog

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  27. I heard that this ship was haunted and that area does look spooky. It would be a neat place to visit

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  28. Thanks for the tour. I enjoyed that.

    Greetings from London.

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  29. The no-water indoor pool at the Baltimore house looks rather creepy too. Maybe pools don't age well?

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  30. I haven't been to the Queen Mary since my daughter was about 13. She is now the mom to a 10 year old! Guess I ought to take Amara -- thanks for the reminder!

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  31. It's a lot of fun to visit, but I don't believe it's haunted. It's not creepy enough.

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  32. I went there one time back when I lived in California. It was fun.

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  33. The empty pool looks forlorn, but I don't believe in ghosts or whatever it is that haunts people. Sometimes we haunt ourselves with our memories.

    Love,
    Janie

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  34. Awesome that you got to visit! Did it inspire you to write any spooky stories?

    I love tours of abandoned buildings, but I've yet to try a ship. Must do that some time!

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  36. I agree about the Biltmore pool--creepy. They don't really talk about the Biltmore's haunted nature...not proper, I'm sure.

    Holli--At the time, we were shopping around a series about tween ghost hunters, but that didn't sell...so now I'm forced to admit that I just like visiting haunted places. People were far less judgmental when I had "research" as an excuse.

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  37. That would be so neat! I love taking ghost tours. I've never experienced any paranormal activity though. I entered your Goodreads giveaway! :)

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  38. Spent my honeymoon on the Queen Mary :) We've visited a few times over the years, nothing haunting in our adventures :)

    Glad you got a chance to enjoy its splendor!

    betty

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  39. Back in the 1980's I designed the lighting for a musical review on the Queen Mary. That required working into the wee hours of the morning. Let me tell you, that ship is definitely haunted.

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  40. The Queen Mary is one place that I have been and I get no spooky vibes from it. But they really tout the haunted thing this time of year.

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  41. oh yes it must be interesting to visit, I would be curious to do that as well.

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  42. Excellent post.
    Is that the ship that always gets compared to the Titanic?

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  43. The pool room and corridor certainly look spooky. I think you were very brave to go and take a look. I would like to visit, but I might just stay on deck! Have a great weekend, Barbara.

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  44. Goodness, that sounds spooky! I'll leave the visiting spooky places to you, and I'll take care of the staying home with a nice big glass of wine while just reading about it...:)

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  45. I'm a wuss and scary stuff tends to freak me out, but this looks like it would definitely be a fun tour! I'll have to remember this the next time I'm in SoCal!

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  46. Ooh good one. I didn't know about this ship.

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  47. I don't want to go on that ship. I was attacked by something supernatural in my own home once as a teen. Really don't need to give the chances of a second one any assistance. Glad you had fun though Stephanie and I'm still a fan of the scary stuff.

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  48. I love visiting those kinds of places that are supposed to be spooky... I wouldn't spend the night but I would tour with others :)

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  49. How cool that you got to visit! Great photos.

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  50. Haunted places are the best, and I'm with you, the power of suggestion goes a long way with some of these visits. I haven't been to this haunted ship but I'm definitely adding it to the list. What an awesome post. - I'm stopping by from Cranky's place to congratulate you on guessing the fake headline last week. Happy Haunting! :)

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  51. Sounds interesting! I would love to take such a tour on this ship.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. Of course I entered the giveaway. :)

    I would love to visit the ship. I like a good scare, although I never see anything at haunted places.

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  53. Ships already scare me, but that one looks really super creepy!! I have no idea how anyone would stay on it overnight!

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