Here is the link to learn about and purchase this novel written by Raven Knightshade. A collection of Poems, Lyrics and Short Stories with an autobiographical tint.
Here is the link to learn about and purchase this novel written by Raven Knightshade. A collection of Poems, Lyrics and Short Stories with an autobiographical tint.
The bounty hunter Kevin Knightshade accompanied by his brother the afterlife counselor, Louis Knightshade commence this Book by seeking Simon Knightshade’s father Octavius who after centuries of exposure to the insane guests at Knightshade Manor has gone renegade into the world of the living to settle some old scores with the descendants of the people who murdered him and his family. As well as pick up a few lost souls who are long overdue at the Manor. While they are seeking Octavius, Simon appears on his motorcycle to lend a hand in the search with disturbing news, his lover and long-time companion Raven has left the Manor with a motive of her own, it seems she has learned of the descendants of her murderers and wishes to bring them to the afterlife institutions with or without their demise.
Here is a brief summary of some of the tales you will find in Dark Highways.
Simon and Kevin are in the field (the world of the living) tracing Octavius through his various victims.
Hotels have a life of their own, along the route 66, due to the number of spirits that have transpired due to accidents, and have rented rooms as they traveled across the country for decades. The hotels turn on their lights, and signs awaiting weary travelers. Vacancy flashing in neon, along the barren strips that had closed, the drive-in diners, souvenir shops, gas stations all come to life without a single stroke of a living human hand.
Three young college students on a Spring Break road trip drove from San Diego, California through Phoenix, Arizona on their way to the Grand Canyon. Early in their trip, alcohol was purchased, and while one drove, the other two drank in the back seat. The couple was named James and Caitlin, and the driver was Susana. After several hours of driving, they pulled over in Phoenix, Arizona to get a bite to eat. Then they were a party of two, leaving James to be the lone man, of his own choosing.
A woman finds herself stranded on the roadside in Chula Vista as her transmission died. Within the camper shelled area of the bed, are all of her material possessions and her two cats. She is an absolute state of panic. After waiting several hours from daylight to deep into the night, a tow truck finally arrives… what she has to do is completely unthinkable.
The Fourth of July is a holiday celebrated by the American people as the Day of Independence. A day that many citizens would gather at their family homes, have a barbeque, and an impromptu fireworks display in their yards. This was not the case for a trio driving from Iowa towards California find themselves driving into the city of Albuquerque. The truckstop was busy, filled with tourists, locals, truckers, and transients. All were drawn to the stop as it was a cheap place to eat, rest, shop, and refuel. As the sunset, the city commenced its annual fireworks display. Flashes of beautiful intense colors exploded from five different parts of the city. The truckstop was placed on a high vista on the outskirts of town, enabling a spectacular view. Many of the patrons stood on the grassy embankment and commenced an informal barbeque. During the celebration, and the smoke that formed from the volume of fireworks over the city, no one saw the spherical disc in the sky. It was included in the flash of all else.
Two young girls on a Spring Break road trip, drove from San Diego, California to Lordsburg enroute to New Orleans, Louisiana. Fighting fierce desert winds and limited visibility, they detoured off of the freeway into a mini-tourist trap. A museum, a gas station, a hotel, and a diner were all that stood off of the exit. As they were parking, a screech and several thuds were heard. A semi-truck had crashed into a smaller car, with two young girls in it who had slammed on their breaks in reaction to large tumbleweed rolling in front of their car. The thuds were the 16 other vehicles that collided into the fiery mess. As the girls in the accident were the same age and driving the same model car as the girls who had parked, they had an empathetic reaction to the plight of the diners who were now mourning their loved ones. Or was it a twinge of guilt?
A truck driver picks up a stranded woman walking the edge of the I-40 at 3 a.m. She arrives at the truck stop to await the decent morning hours to call the tow. After dozing in the truck stop she gets a ride to the car. She falls asleep in truck once the car is on the bed. Tow truck driver takes her to a side road. After attempting to rape her as she slept, she awakes and grasps a wrench, smashes his skull. She awakes to find herself in a hotel.
A tow truck driver takes advantage of stranded motorists. She had an alliance with the local mechanic shop who would contact her when he had sabotaged the vehicles. The local hotel owner the Mustang Inn also housed the stranded motorists. The first vehicle stolen was the inheritance of a woman whose mother had suffered a long and torturous death and still possessed the car.
An emo-goth family where consistently focused on being depressed. The family didn’t really fit in with the world, die in a car crash. Rather enjoy being at the Manor. Being a tourist family…
Hunters find themselves camping in a lone uninhabited region of Texas. Between the wild boars and the dead gunslingers, a restful night was not to be had by these weary travelers.
Raven Knightshade has left the Manor to seek out the various souls that have somehow evaded her interpretation, it is up to Louis and Kevin to locate her before she starts killing in order to maintain accuracy in her precious archival collection of souls.
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 301a: Alex
Room 301b: Allen
Room 301c: Brian
Room 301d: Bobby
Room 301e: Justin
Room 301f: Jason
Room 301g: George
Room 301h: Jefferey
Room 301i: Dustin
Room 301j: Adam
Room 301k: Nick
Room 301l: James
Room 301m: David
Room 301n: Lance
Room 301o: Kevin
Room 301p: Calvin
Room 301q: John
Room 301r: Mick
Room 301s: Ryan
Room 301t: Stephen
Room 301u: Kelvin
Room 301v: Peter
Room 301w: Willy
Room 301x: Raymond
Room 301y: Lonny
Room 301z: Brent
Room 301aa: Charlie
Room 301ab: Tyler
Room 301ac: Chris
Room 301ad: Eddie
Room 301ae: Isaac
Room 301af: Terry
Room 301 ag: Jose
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.
Room 302A: Claire, Eric’s first victim
Room 302B: Lisa, Eric’s second victim
Room 302C: Nina, Eric’s third victim
Room 302D: Megan, Eric’s fourth victim
Room 302E: Shannon, Eric’s fifth victim
Room 302F: Karen, Eric’s sixth victim
Room 302G: 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.
This dear readers, is a glimpse of the first floor of the Manor, these short paragraphs outline the hospital often referred to as a hotel for the benefit of maintaining the illusion of our guests. Please read my introductory letters for each volume for further information. Which leads me to the next concern, some of these tales are dispersed in various volumes that were released periodically in 2005. As a result, I have kept the references to which volumes they can be found, as many of you may already possess copies of the fanzine and not to disappoint, but the tales in the book are richer in detail and more graphic in their portrayals of what transpired within each room.
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. Many of his tales can be found in the upcoming book Dark Highways.
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. Like his brother, Kevin, many of his tales also can be found in the upcoming book Dark Highways.
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 the 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, the current owner of the Manor and his son Aaron, a typical evening for the undead caregivers housed within a psychiatric hospital.
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 about the demonic investigation on meat market.
Lobby, First Floor Halls, Gardens
A plane crashes, bringing several guests to the manor. Volume 3 is where a majority of these tales can be found.
This is the summary of the tales you will find in the upcoming book Knightshade Manor. This is the directory with little tastes of the tales and the characters you will encounter once you leave this world and decide to take up residence in the afterlife institution Knightshade Manor, a psychiatric hospital for the dead disguised as a turn of the century mansion functioning as a bed and breakfast.
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.
Greetings to the living,
Welcome to Knightshade Manor.
As you enter my home and traverse the ancestral halls of the Knightshades you will see the portraits of founding members and current caretakers of whom you will become familiar as you reside within these sacred halls. Take care as you sit upon the antique blue velvet couches, they are my personal favorite. Do Not place any beverages on the tables without first resting it upon a wooden coaster provided in the container placed at the center of each coffee table. As for the lighting and heat, the residental demon housekeepers Marions will tend to the lights, and the fires in each of the three large fireplaces within the lobby. Salamander spirits weave in and out of the flames keeping a moderation on the temperature and volume of flame.
Along the far wall, is a large reception counter, where various caretakers and residents of the staff corridors take shifts at maintaining the large databases of check-ins and check-outs of the various Afterlife Institutions. As each guest arrives and proceeds to stand in line to await their check-in, a face-recognition software nanobot records their features and sends a file to the monitor of the caretaker who will record their entry into the Manor. It is through the psychic connection of all Marions and Marians within the Manor that Slurgh, kitchen demon and Sallyn head demon of housekeeping are aware of household needs and occupancy throughout the Manor. So you are aware all are watched in the Manor, everyone knows what and who you are as soon as you materialize within our domain.
I am Raven Knightshade, I am the archivist for the Manor. I have counterparts in all of the other Afterlife Institutions and it is through our correspondence that we are able to track the caretakers in the field and within the various institutions. I was given this assignment in an effort to keep me away from Dena my elder cousin and rival for Simon’s affections. She adored her father and hated me for being his lover. Before you get the wrong idea, we are not related by blood for ease of identification all of the same generation are called cousin as all elder males are uncle and females are aunt, regardless as to actual consanguinity.
To return to the topic at hand, through the maintenance of these files that we are able to process; within these pages are summaries of the psychological files within the Manor’s vaults that pertain to the lives of individual souls who due to inattention of their own mortality find themselves guests within the Manor. In response to the chaotic atmosphere that surrounds the guests and grounds of the Manor, once again various changes have occurred. For a description of the Manor, its purpose, past and present residents and employees please see any of the previous volumes of this journal, due to events that transpire continually at Knightshade Manor, the ectoplasm that surrounds the Manor and grounds, creates several additions to the Manor.
In room 209 resides Henry a business man, who graduated 18th in his class at Stanford majoring in Business Law. A man who marries for social status and gets her pregnant; trapped in the marriage, and meets a younger girl he desires… Henry was an average man. It had always been his ambition to acquire wealth, that’s all the seemed to be his focus as a young man. Once he had finished school, he had begun canvassing the local society pages to find his bride to be. One Tuesday morning he spotted her. She was a debutante, at the age of 21; she beamed beauty from the page.
In room 214 resides Brando, a bartender who could sometimes be found in the Salon on the first floor. His tale is of a speak easy in 1926, a day in the life.
Brando that’s what they called him. He had gone by that name for so long that he couldn’t remember when he had gone by any other. This is a tale of a young boss, who ran a casino and a speak easy. Lauren was his favorite dancer, a flapper who was also a love interest, the owner Luis, who was his confidante and partner.
In room 215 resides Luis, the owner of the speakeasy in 1926 who had gotten in over his head in some wagers and his bar and staff were to pay the dividends.
In room 216 resides Lauren, the premiere dancer who could be found entertaining in the Salon on the first floor. Her afterlife provides a deeper insight as to her day before the day in the life.
Contained within this volume 12, is a summary of some files maintained within the lower levels and basement of the Manor. As stated in all previous volumes, the intent of the staff is to facilitate the speedy recovery of all guests who find themselves within our domain, for, as always there is never a limitation to the influx of premature dead.
Sincerely, Raven Knightshade
Greetings to the living,
Welcome to Knightshade Manor, contained within these pages are summaries of the psychological files contained within the Manor’s archival vaults that pertain to the lives of individual souls who due to inattention of their own mortality find themselves guests within the Manor. In response to the chaotic atmosphere that surrounds the guests and grounds of the Manor, once again various changes have occurred. For a description of the Manor, its purpose, past and present residents and employees please see any of the previous volumes of this journal, due to events that transpire continually at Knightshade Manor, the ectoplasm that surrounds the Manor and grounds, creates several additions to the Manor.
Within this volume the guests are currently housed on the third floor – innocence lost. This floor contained imagery, furnishings and wall décor that emphasized a calming effect on the observer.
In room 311 resides Omar a man from El Salvador who had immigrated to the United States in his teens. He had spent many years away from home and once he was established financially into his early thirties he took a trip back home. Once back to his home town, he discovers a dark past that flows through his blood as it had through his ancestry. The beast greatly feared in the folklore of his people was alive and well within his soul.
In room 315 resides Celia, she in her life had dated Omar. Her old-fashioned notions led her to believe that she was to show her love by serving her man in all factions. The revelations of Omar in El Salvador took her down a path where she provided victims to feed the beast who she now owed her heart and obedience to forever.
In room 313 a paranoid anxiety-ridden guest named Veronica spent hours replaying various events in her life which were easily observed by her caretakers who chose to view her from behind a one-way mirror. Her delusions were so strong that her adversaries and cohorts materialized and were visible to any of the psychically astute caretakers.
The guest who resides in 321 is Aaron, a young man who lived in the United States and had been exposed to Chinese medicine when visiting a friend in Chinatown. From the tender age of seven, where he witnessed the air spirits who reside in the afterlife institutions who provide healing to those who call upon them. He spent the rest of his life trying to follow a positive life path. He achieved a degree in Chinese Acupuncture and healed the homeless as a continuation of his life’s work. The events that led to his entry into Knightshade Manor are unclear as he does not recall what happened. His discussions with Dena were often more enlightening to her than she expected. She is after all only familiar with the European egocentric view of Western Medicine that was in its infancy during her lifetime.
Contained within this volume 11, is a summary of some files maintained within the lower levels and basement of the Manor. As stated in all previous volumes, the intent of the staff is to facilitate the speedy recovery of all guests who find themselves within our domain, for, as always there is never a limitation to the influx of premature dead.
Sincerely, Raven Knightshade
Greetings to the living,
Welcome to Knightshade Manor. Within these pages you will find summaries of the psychological files within the Knightshade archival vaults housed within the lower levels of the Manor. These files consist of the notes and interpretations of the caretakers after numerous interviews, observational studies and controlled experiments wherein the guest was free to exhibit all behaviors and actions they desired.
As with the previous installments of this journal, the tales pertain to the lives of individual souls who due to inattention of their own mortality find themselves guests within the Manor. In response to the chaotic atmosphere that surrounds the guests and grounds of the Manor, once again various changes have occurred. For a description of the Manor, its purpose, past and present residents and employees please see any of the previous volumes of this journal, due to events that transpire continually at Knightshade Manor, the ectoplasm that surrounds the Manor and grounds, creates several additions to the Manor.
This is a continuation of Knightshade Manor. I have neglected to write for these past months. As I have been out in the field. A result of this is there is a serious backlog on the files that have to be reviewed and analyzed. The following are a quick summary of the files contained within this volume.
The residents on the sixth floor reside in the Manor as a result of having transpired in Dark Highways, a forthcoming series outlining the fieldwork reports from Raven Knightshade, Kevin Knightshade, Louis Knightshade and Dena Knightshade. Multiple deaths and single deaths as result of accidents that occurred on the various roadways, tracks, and lanes of transport involving vehicular hazards, mass-transit wrecks, and isolated incidents that bear further investigation.
As I read through these files, there are many incidents that are linked to one individual. As part of my field research I chose to follow this young woman as there were several souls connected to her and the open road. In room 602 Staci finds herself in a lone hotel called the Palomino in Tucumcari, New Mexico. Her memories involved her vehicle break down on the freeway and the not so friendly female tow truck driver; who introduced herself by showing her handgun to Staci. Now, a considerable amount of time later; Staci stood in the hotel bathroom staring at the flecks of blood on her face and her shirt.
In room 603, Staci once again appears in another hotel room, she had been driving for four days, and had stopped in various places throughout her travels. As she had neared her destination, her vehicle began to overheat. As she reached the outer boundaries of San Diego, her vehicle stalled. She called a tow, and an eastern European driver appeared and hauled her truck up onto the truck. He had an old trick and drove extra miles thus he ran up the rates on the truck haul. Pulling off into an obscure part of town he did that which a proper gentleman would never dare to request of a woman.
In room 604 we will find Gary, an executive a major soda manufacturer who finds himself trying to convince a tribal people on the edge of a major desert to allow the building of a factory on their sacred grounds. The residents who offer their own form of justice to this single representative of an external world of which they had no interest to be enmeshed.
In room 614 resides a young woman, who had all of the worries in the world taken care of, she was free to travel to where she desired, she was on her way home to commence her career. She noticed the lights blinking on the dashboard, and seeing the needle on the thermometer rise towards the hot indicator, she took the next exit off of the freeway. She pulled into a small desert town in New Mexico. Having pulled into a gas station, seeing the only available shade on the eastern edge of the building, she parked her car and waited for her engine to cool. Seeing the inevitable sign indicating that parking was for customers only, she opened her door, and walked into the small convenience store. If for anything to at least show face, letting the owner know she was purchasing something from his store. Little did she know that this was the beginning of a weeklong tortuous entrapment within a small deserted town in the middle of the New Mexico desert along that most famous of haunted highways.
Contained within this volume 9, is a summary of some of the files maintained within the lower levels and basement of the Manor. As stated in all previous volumes, the intent of the staff is to facilitate the speedy recovery of all guests who find themselves within our domain, for, as always there is never a limitation to the influx of premature dead.
Be aware not all tales held within this volume are outlined here… you must read the actual volumes for all details.
He is cousin to Aaron, Jessica, Raven and the others at Knightshade Manor. His mother is Caroline. His uncle is Simon. No one speaks of his father, for it throws Simon into a rage. A product of his wife’s infidelity. Thus, no one speaks of him.
During his lifetime, he was an accomplished renaissance man who studied art, music, science and various academic pursuits. Quite found of Salisbury Town, he can often be found within its multitude of art galleries. His role as general manager of the hospital is one that he adheres to slightly. His interests lie in other directions hence leaving Jonathan Carter more or less in charge.
A headstrong man, overweight smells of expensive cologne with a faint hint of sweat and cognac. A purveyor of the fine things, his brown eyes surveying the room of which he had recently entered. His skin ruddy from his life of excess. His brown hair finely trimmed with a purposeful dishevelment.
He tends to shift his weight from foot to foot as he stood. When he was hosting an event or conducting a meeting, he gave the sense of a large beast about to pounce. His aggressive personality required that he hold everyone in suspicion until they proved otherwise.
His deep baritone was music to one’s ears. He preferred to whisper to his family and friends when dealing with staff his voice could be heard throughout the corridors.
He is sexy, regardless of his weight. He finds lovers easily, though his appetites were voracious. He rarely pursued anyone for any significant length of time. He has a crush on Aaron and Raven. The three of them were inseparable. They attended many events together, like in the tale Serendipity Pond in Knightshade Manor Book I.
He had been a doctor in life, and had conducted several procedures while deeply intoxicated. The inevitable joke “what happened to my watch,” joke is attributed to an actual mistake Alfred had made.
His mother Caroline Browning was the heir to the hospital, she deeply trusted her son’s expertise, as he is the love child of Caroline and her brother-in-law, Justin; Alfred he had never been accepted by Simon, hence he avoided going to Knightshade Manor.
Alfred adores his mother, and loves working in the environment of which he is accustomed. Often, he once again operated on those patients that he had killed while that patient came to terms with their death. He experiences no remorse as he went through the actions that led up to the deaths of his patients. Part of the reason he stills works as a surgeon. His role as manager of the hospital requires a frequent interaction with administration from the various afterlife institutions.
Within Kerringer Castle, Alfred worked with Marina Kerringer when a pediatric patient was ready for release from Browning Memorial Hospital to the afterlife playground Kerringer Castle, where all one’s childhood dreams come true. The staff from Kerringer Castle would visit the Hospital to determine whether the children were ready to leave. Ariel would take them through the forest and play games while introducing them to the other residents of Kerringer Castle. Claire and Marie would observe as their counselors to determine their transitions to another afterlife institution or return to the living. The twins would accompany the children to the castle or to the world of the living to show them where they could spend their afterlife.
As per agreement with the afterlife institution, Knightshade Manor, the caregivers, Aaron, and Dena would periodically visit the Hospital to determine whether any of the patients would be checking into the Manor after they had healed from their injuries.
The agreement with Justice Hall were that anyone whose life consisted of supporting or breaking the law of the living would eventually reside in Justice Hall. Alfred worked exclusively with Chief Justice Jarod in transporting criminals back and forth between their institutions as if a spirit imagined an injury, they would be sent to the hospital via ambulance and healed. After which, they would be returned back to the prison.
Alfred spent much of his leisure time as a supporter of the Arts, his favorite citizen was Claude. He often purchased artwork from the local artists to display in the corridors of the hospital.
At the Abbey, Alfred worked with Sister Grace, although they have an agreed upon hatred. He preferred to meet with Ocean, as she was more eclectic and fitting to his tastes. He had an off and on again relationship with Ocean and her spiritual and hippy ways allowed for his infidelity and allowed for stability when he sought it.
The afterlife institution of Howard Place consists of a large lobby with a variety of seating and end tables set up to provide a temporary resting area for the recently deceased. The colors are neutral, and the entryways and exits are maintained by the Sylphs who manipulate the waves that surround the building to prevent escape of the guests until they are discharged. As each guests can have a variance of time, there are areas that reflect each major chapter in mankind’s existence. The time spent at Howard Place can be short while, minutes perhaps. However there are guests who have been awaiting centuries, they are not as of yet ready to be discharged.
Brett Stevens – used to be a shy introverted science geek. In his life, he lived a medial existence, rarely taking risks. His career choices involved the hospitality field. He preferred jobs where he could be invisible and not be responsible for anything for which he needed to answer. His affection for his scientific pursuits were never fully understood or appreciated in his lifetime. In Howard Place his role was of primary liaison between the guests and the afterlife institution to which they would relocate.
Chet Brown – a short man, his blond hair, greased into a pageboy style. His piercing blue eyes assessing all that they see. His face was often in a compassionate expression as he felt empathy for all that spirits that found themselves at Howard Place. Part-time lover of Alfred Knightshade, the director of Browning Memorial Hospital. His crush on Brett leads to an on again off again relationship that spans centuries.
Sara Swanson – her blond hair held up in a large bun, and her dark skin her mulatto blood evident in the shape of her eyes and the curvature of her lips. Forced to dress in long flowing skirts and tight bodice whether it be rain or shine during her life, she had chosen to spend her afterlife attired in breeches and a loose shirt such as the fashion choice of the men in Victorian England. Regardless of what she personally chose to look like, the guests at Howard Place illumined her attire into whatever familiar garb that suits their fancy. Her experience of hostess of the finest hotels and residences in life prepared her for her afterlife of hosting the wayward guests of Howard Place. A private person she never allows anyone to know her true personality.
Marilyn Peron – is an elderly Filipino woman who maintains the image of Howard Place. Her personality was one of a wheeler and dealer. The game of negotiation inspired most of her conversations, and her thoughts.
Marion/Marians – are elementals who are perceived by some as demons, while others sees them as angels. They change as per the individual’s personal needs. They act as housekeepers, porters, desk clerks, receptionists, and staff in all afterlife institutions they may be found.
Bradley – is a tall man whose youth is unable to be gauged by all who see him. His role of guests’ relations director enables him to interact with everyone within Howard Place as well staff of other afterlife institutions. It is his final decision as to where guests are to be relocated upon leaving Howard Place.
Lorenzo – is an elemental who maintains the grounds, and buildings of Howard Place. It is his meticulous attention to detail that drove him to this task as caretaker with no recognition of his works. His Latino features were handsome and his physique of one who had spent his lifetime in physical labor. He was proud of his body and had kept the illusion in his afterlife.
Sofie – is the file keeper for this afterlife Institution. Her horn-rimmed black frame glasses she peered at all of the guests, staff and visitors of Howard Place. Her charming smile and short stature were her easiest identifiable traits. Her death during childbirth gave her the maternal instincts required to draw confessions and stories from all she meets. She has a propensity for loose skirts and flowing blouses. Her Romanian ancestry evident in her features; her blue black hair curled around her pale white skin. Her coral lips, and large green eyes provided an inspiration to many of the guests who left Howard Place to reside at Salisbury Town.
Sylphs – elementals who control water, all forms of water. They have an elaborate system of water walls that contain boundaries and images to keep the guests of Howard Place unaware of any other existence. The behaviors and desires of each guest are reflected on the walls. It assists the staff in relocating the guests to another afterlife institution. The sylphs have green skin, blue eyes and hair of shades of green to blond. They are thin, and can change into any form based from water.