The posts to this page will be excerpts and summaries of the tales to be found in Knightshade Manor. A compilation of all the files of the guests and caretakers who reside at Knightshade Manor. As you may or may not have already read on Raven’s page, the introduction letter explaining the Afterlife Institutions of which Knightshade Manor is the original facility, the first post will be that same letter developed for volume 1 of the 15 volume set of pulp magazines written by Raven Knightshade. They are horror and are not intended for the weak-minded to fully comprehend but as with all works written by Ms. Knightshade, they are intended to be entertaining, educational, and perhaps renew that sense of wonder of what we are truly living for.
The Following is the directory to the Manor in it’s entirety.
Manor Grounds: Aaron’s Pond
Aaron hosts a garden party with variant guests from various afterlife institutions, and while standing with his cousin, he sees a beautiful guest.
Manor Grounds: Coniferous Forest
Is a place where children and animals live and play. Ariel and Dr. Geoffrey oversee Forest maintenance and occupant activities. Ariel was a schoolteacher who upon death became a Banshee at the Manor and became responsible for leading wayfaring travelers through the forest to the Manor. Dr. Geoffrey was an M.D. who was unable to save Ariel’s life nor the lives of several children within the isolated colonial town situated in the Midwest.
Jeffery is a young boy who was one of a set of twin boys aged 8, and a victim of the plane crash, which brings Marie and Claire to the Manor. A set of Siamese twins, the two women had counseled several children at the Manor, preparing them for return to life, or transition to Kerringer’s Castle, a heaven for children.
Manor Grounds: Serendipity Pond
Sam was always afraid of the water, he never wanted to be near that water. His brothers always teased him about it, and would often throw him into the pond in the backfield. They thought it was hilarious. Until the one day, he was grabbed by something under the surface, the boys watched as he shot above the surface screamed once, and was pulled underneath, a fountain of red splashed into the air.
Manor Grounds – Knightshade Depot
Jessica finds herself stationed behind the reservation counter of a train station that appeared as the result of a phenomenal train wreck which involved an automobile and a locomotive on it’s daily route between Los Angeles and San Diego, California. As with all major disasters, the less morose and lively looking staff members are pulled to the front to handle the newly arrived guests. Caroline Knightshade has arrived to the Manor, she has taken over as the administration at the Manor due to Simon’s departure to locate his father Octavius, it is her first day working within the Manor.
Manor Grounds: Desert Sands
Elixir of life
The revenge of a small village that was encountered Mr. Smith, who had installed a water drainage system…drawing their water from their village, the women of the village gather around him and the means of which the company appeases the locals.
Mike found himself walking in a barren landscape, the oranges and yellows formed a haze blinding him. His throat was dry, more dry than he had ever remembered it being. The dunes formed before him as he reached the top of one, another formed. In the arid desert time stands still.
An introduction to the hotel, its staff and tenants; the hotel is quartered into sections and each floor consists of four sections that are portioned off from one another, according to the disorders of the guests. The only exception to this rule is the first floor where the caretakers and housekeeping staff reside. There is the entry hall where the reservations desk is located; this is the only portion of the floor that is open to the guests. Most of the interview sessions that occur between guest and caretaker occur in their room.
Within each of the staff member’s quarters are a sleeping chamber, a private bath, a sitting room, an office and whatever else they may desire. As each staff member is eclectic in his or her own way, each quarter is completely unique, including the structure and furnishings. Each chapter that contains a scenario where you the reader are invited to listen in on a conversation deemed appropriate for the public, take notes for you may need to know this staff on a more intimate basis at a future date.
As it is a rare occurrence any of the outbreaks amongst the Staff and the Marians that file is primarily included in the first floor documentation. However the most recent strike involved releasing the residents of the fifth floor into the rest of the Manor.
Aaron takes a stroll through the unused corridors of the fourth floor, where he encounters a homeless alcoholic, four made men watching their bank robbery, and takes a stroll into Atrium West to commence interaction with the inhabitants whose tale is continued in the file Fourth Floor Atrium West.
A Banshee born of the Irish countryside in a time where fairies were alive and active amongst the human residents. Where the residents heeded wee folkes and the voice of the wind that often warned of danger. Her inability to bear children in life, led her to being a caretaker of animals wild and domestic species and was trained as a schoolteacher. In her afterlife, she tends to these same beasts or their kin as well as watching the children who may wander into her forest.
An introduction to the current wife of Simon Knightshade. She is no longer in love with Simon but as they are bound to one another for spiritual reasons, she still resides within that Manor, for she is the mind and creative force that binds the staff and guests to the Manor.
Clara & Marie Office Space
The Siamese Twins psychologists have an office within the Manor of which they utilize when children arrive to the Manor to ascertain whether they are to return to life, or continue onto Kerringer Castle. A brief introduction to these amazingly patient staff members.
A brief introduction to the eldest of the current generation of Knightshades. She is the wisest thus the least tolerant of the indiscretions of her family members nor the guests. A private person, she often finds that she inadvertently discovers all of the secrets held within the Manor. Her stoic mannerisms are the only means she can maintain to avoid being assigned family drama which is above and beyond what she desires. She deals with Marion’s cleaning around the living, and another dissention amongst the demonic staff, as the amount of guests have increased, and they desire to import more cousins, hiring of the damned.
Dr. Geoffrey Shaw M.D. Pediatrics’ Office
As with the other Staff Members who work at the Manor and reside elsewhere, he has an office set up with the variant tools, supplies and machines that span the centuries and adapt to the needs and illusions of the current guest.
A brief introduction to Jessica, a new arrival to the Manor. Her recent death allows for her to still look like one of the living and as a result she is one of the first staff members most guests interact with upon reaching the Manor. A meeting with her cousins, and her first impressions of the Manor are shared in this short description.
Jessica’s Chamber and Lobby
As the sun set Jessica is summoned to assist with the guests that just crashed into the afterlife and realm of Knightshade Manor. After receiving orders from Dena, and is informed that she is to welcome new staff as well as several new cases; she is properly introduced, as she invites in new staff members, to assist with the temporary overload of cases, along with her Siamese twin. Two other male Knightshades also arrive, with the intention of a temporary visit, of course it develops into an extended stay for all concerned.
A brief introduction into the chambers of preferences of Kevin Knightshade a cousin of the siblings that reside within the Manor. His afterlife is spent mostly on the roads seeking renegade spirits who are avoiding their final destination.
A brief introduction into the life and chambers of newly arrived Louis, whose focus is working with guests who were the victims of the renegade spirits who afterlife cause further destruction once they are no longer trapped in a physical body. However, they reek havoc on the lives of those who they harmed in life, until they are caught by the trio of Bounty Hunters.
Marion or Mary quarters
This is an area in the Manor that houses the housekeeping demons and porters found throughout the afterlife institutions. A short story concerning they daily lives of a few members of this elite housekeeping service.
Having recently returned to the Manor after several months in the field; she has interacted with several patrons and donors of the Manor. Her primary goal was to steer the living away from the Manor, and even visited other sites that would provide better accommodations for some of the living who have chosen to leave their lives at an inopportune time. She has returned to the files, and as before, is clearing out the patients and their misfortunes as quickly as possible, for more guests are arriving each night. My primary goal was to interact and interview potential guests as a means of convincing our patrons that the Manor provided specific services and that their financial contributions were indeed utilized to their fullest potential. My personal primary goal was to seek out the competition and determine if perhaps our guests would be provided better accommodations for some of the living who might be erroneously placed in our care.
Simon’s Quarters Volume 1
This is an introduction to Simon and his son Aaron, a typical evening.
Simon’s Quarters Volume 3
This is the beginning of a tale of a meeting between Simon and Dena, and the delegation of responsibilities. The main characters are Dena and Simon. She has asked him to check in on one of their oldest inhabitants, someone he is familiar with due to his personal experience with the Moche. Their choice of worship led a few of the sacrificed to the Manor. One of the priests, finds himself linked to his victims, and is brought to the brink of madness each night. This tale is continued as Room 337.
Simon’s Chambers Volume 6
This is an introduction to Kevin Knightshade who meets with Simon; Simon has a vision, with the following symbols. Castle, guard forced to watch a young Simon, high-pitched tones a staircase, rusted chains, torture chamber
The Head Demon who oversees all of the Marions and Marians that work within all of the afterlife
institutions. He acts as a liasion between the staff and the demons.
Dena meets with Louis, discusses his responsibilities.
The demons revolt, causing the usual uproar. This sets the staff on edge, Dena handles and after awhile, so does Simon.
Slurgh offers new twist in demonic investigation on meat market.
Lobby, First Floor Halls, Gardens
A plane crashes, bringing several guests to the manor.
Second Floor – Heartbreak Corridor
All of the guests who reside on this floor and in the Northern quarter have perished due to a misgiving or misinterpretation of the experience and meaning of love.
The story of two people falling in love, different lifestyles, and same genders… two lesbian lovers who through public pressure decide to marry men and realize that it was a serious mistake, jealousy surfaces, Andy kills Sophie’s husband. This leads to some problems. Settling in the Mediterranean, they move to a chateau in the South of France, away from the village where no one realizes them or their past, they cultivate a vegetable garden, and they are happy until the guilt of the murder resurfaces, as the spirits of their husbands begin to haunt them. This is an introduction of the first murder they committed which drove them from their American hometown. A continuation on this file may be included in a later volume, for they have yet to complete the cycle of death.
A story with depth, emotions and desires, a domestic quarrel, marriage club explained -This is more of a New York couple living in a middle-income apartment building, where they were intrigued by romantic invitations amongst neighbors, ultimately ending in a double homicide. He was named George, (see Room 207) and she was named Claire, they were alive in the 1940’s during the time of the war, and that is what overshadowed all that they did, and discussed. Her indiscretion involved a young Italian man who was visiting his relatives. Simon was the caretaker for all of the individuals concerned.
George’s Indiscretion – This is a continuation of the above file, there are aspects of this case that is unknown to Claire, and since the lives and deaths are intertwined it is best of each case is taken into separate account. Due to the memory of her murder, he and his wife were not able to live in the same room together. The events discussed in room 205’s file, preceded the events listed in this file. Due to the high emotion in both cases from the guests, it is difficult to determine the actual events that occurred, the high level of denial, on the part of both concerned parties has led the diagnoses to be that they are to work out the best possible pattern amongst themselves, and once this is accomplished, all four of the victims can be released to return to earth to change whichever behavior led them to perish. George’s indiscretion involved a widowed war bride named Marie, who lived a floor below them.
A young woman who feels her age, begins to explore life, for she was denied it in her youth…Autumn Dreams, winter visions Death by Spontaneous Combustion, a real hot one in Aaron’s opinion, of course. Dena was her caretaker.
Eternal Life – Raven’s life story.
A young professor Harold Schiller was murdered by his wife Marie-Claire, and her new lover, Goerge was a British Musician.
Sharena breaks out of her small town.
Rene’s Resolution – a young woman finds herself in a mirrored room, with no recollection of how she got there.
Room 299 Dance Hall
Aaron attends the Masquerade ball of Marie Antoinette.
Third Floor – Innocence Lost
The guests who reside on this floor, have been eternally changed, for better of worse, they have grown.
Room 301 Meeting Hall
The 31 victims of JWG were all young boys who were lured into working for JWG. He would murder them, one by one, and leave the bodies around the house as a waxworks display. He was a socialite still even in the afterlife. This file is covered in Room 509 and Room 301a-ag.
Room 301 ag
Room 302 Meeting Hall
The seven victims of Eric are encountered by Louis, who travels to each of their chambers to meet each of them. Dena suggests a group therapy session but Louis preferred to work with each individual on a one-to-one basis. They all gather and find that they have more in common than just being murdered by the same killer. Due to the volume of victims that serial killers often incur, the meeting hall is segmented into on main foyer and meeting room with doors labeled by letters to partition of to the guests in this case, the victims occupied rooms 302A-302G.
Claire, Eric’s first victim
Lisa, Eric’s second victim
Nina, Eric’s third victim
Megan, Eric’s fourth victim
Shannon, Eric’s fifth victim
Karen, Eric’s sixth victim
Jen, Eric’s final and only surviving victim
A man who after losing all that he has finds meaning. Aaron was the caretaker on this particular case; he was laying on the chaise lounge in his room. His was set up as a gentleman’s lounge. Aaron likes to visit with this guest as he could smoke the finest cigars, and admire the various artwork surrounded by fine oak paneling. It reminded him of the olden libraries where gentlemen of old would gather and have a brandy discussing worldly matters. All of the comments and notations made by Aaron are italicized so that he can keep track of the interactions with this long-winded guest.
A southern boy gets himself into a bit of trouble, as she slides into his car, to take him to the edge, his choices are what may bring him back. According to the narration of this particular guest, I choose to write it in the format that he presented his tale. Ms. Trouble had typed in this introduction using text messaging as she straightened her red leather miniskirt, and turned her hip out to revealing light white thigh, virgin flesh. She finished the text message just in time to wave down yet another unsuspecting lonely young man. She and her kin had brought us many guests over the centuries, they had started out dressed as young noblewomen or men, waving down horse riders or stagecoaches, and as each generation had changed their style so had these demons, which for lack of a better name were surnamed Trouble.
Jean – a guest who during her life was a sadistic woman who worked as a park ranger, who is abandoned by her crew and left to wander the forest.
Room 318 part I
A young male college student whose life was quite uneventful until he entered college, he never got the chance to graduate due to his mistaken eavesdropping on some shady administrators within the university. He was murdered, for information that he knew regarding scientific testing within the Psychology department, in accordance with the zoology department.
Room 318 part II
Laurie – with her live-in (dead-in) spirit Stephen who was an excellent photographer, This one is for all of those ghost hunters who photograph orbs… perhaps they are taking pictures of you and what the result is a flash from their camera, and not dust particles.
Little Girl Lost. Becca had always been a quiet little girl, but it didn’t matter to her alcoholic father who was convinced she was the product of her mother’s adulterous nature. He went on a drinking binge one night, and killed them both. A story of a little girl, whose experience is immortalized in the lyrics of Pandora’s Baux’s Little Girl Lost.
A story of two children; falling down the stairs of their family home. The brother and sister were quite close, and it was one day they were walking to the downstairs. The boy slipped and fell his sister watched him fall and as he died, she held his hand.
The Moche were a prehistoric culture. Their choice of worship led a few of the sacrificed to the Manor. One of the priests, finds himself linked to his victims, and is brought to the brink of madness repeatedly.
Fourth Floor – Illusions Dance
Fourth floor Atrium West
An early American town inhabited by guests that lived in the same town, and due to their illusions, have envisioned their afterlife to be in the same town. They kept a secret.
Fourth floor Atrium East
A medieval town within the valley of the Carpathian Mountains, highly suspicious and superstitious, their afterlife consisted of battling these fears. Vampires, werewolves, mischievous imps, and variant forms of malevolent beings coexisted within the village.
A bored working class woman, unhappily married, mother of two sons, frustration at not getting what she wanted to out of life, she creates a new life for herself within the Manor after dying in the plane crash. It is up to her caregiver to remind her that she lived the life she truly did. She is the first guest to be placed on the newly built fourth floor of the Manor. Debbie desires a new life, and through death, gets it.
An author from the past who finds herself in the future via a time machine, leaving her life to find herself in the future. Her Victorian background and attire is confused by the museum patrons wherein she steps out of the time machine newly brought forth in a transportation exhibit.
Martin transgender male who dressed up as a female and worked for tricks at night. While convincing his family and friends that he was working as a security guard at multiple sites, so that he could never tell them where he might be during the night.
Cody was a young man who was obsessed with sex and the opposing gender. He had several woman on the line. He was delusional as to his own abilities to attract females. It was this illusion that brought him to the fourth floor, as none of his females had died nor had he as a result of heartbreak. He had found himself caught up in the pimp lifestyle, which led to his death.
Omar is a Hispanic man who lived in a world of illusions. His delusions included his attractiveness to the opposite sex, his machismo attitude towards all females, and his value within his social community. His misplacement on the values in life, led him down a dark path.
Celia is a Hispanic woman who also lived in a world of illusions, she was one of the females that had interacted with Omar in the chamber next door. Her manipulative ways led her to conceive a child with him. Her ability to turn a blind eye on the faults of Omar, as well as the faults of her other children, who were prostituting, drug dealing, killing, stealing cars and stealing other’s personal possessions. As for her purpose of residing on the fourth floor.; she needed afterlife lessons for her as well as the man that she refused to lose even after death. Her suicide should have brought her to the Bus Stop 5 where she would ride for an eternity. However she had somehow exited the bus and acquired the room exactly across from her man, to his disappointment.
Veronica was an anxiety psychological patient who missed out on life. Her obsession with herself closed her off from multiple opportunities and relationships.
Aaron a young man in his twenties had spent most of his adult life learning how to meditate, working towards an acupuncturist doctorate. He worked for several charitable organizations. He had an illusion of reaching enlightenment. However, he didn’t realize that enlightenment was quite further away than he expected. His personal attachment to material possessions and pleasures of the flesh were continuous challenges. He arrived at the Manor after a long bout with AIDS acquired during one of his sessions of acupuncture. The man in response to bronchial pain had coughed into Aaron’s face and eyes. It is in Caroline’s hope that he is able to recover and apply at Browning Memorial Hospital, as he was a proficient acupuncturist.
Two elderly people – lives (experience of old age and death)
Fifth Floor – Chaos reigns supreme
Second serial killer and his victims. His victims are all housed in Room 301a – af.
Eric, a troubled young man who began a short lived career in murder, killing six young college girls, he wasn’t contracted or encouraged to take up this profession, he did it out of morbid curiosity. It was the only way that he could satisfy his inner desires for the women of whom he made daily contact. Before the mortal authorities were able to put an end to his exploits; it was the first night that he was incarcerated that the desires within developed their own voice and forced him to kill one more time. The guard heard him arguing aloud with his mental tormentor and when the young man tied a rope from the cell ceiling, a rope with which to silence the voices within his head, the guard failed to stop him. As a result of his deeds and premature death, he found himself residing on the fifth floor of Knightshade Manor.
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