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Haunted by History Vol. 1

Haunted by History, Vol. 1

Bizarre Los Angeles’ first book title, Haunted by History Vol. 1, is now available for purchase. Click for more details!

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Haunted by History Vol. 1

Haunted by History Vol. 1 is now available on Amazon.com,  The Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum in Burbank, Book Soup in Los Angeles, Vroman's Books in Pasadena, the Valley Relics Museum in Chatsworth, Heaven's Gallery in Ventura, the Julian Gold Rush Hotel in Julian and the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Ghost Hunt Aztec Hotel Craig Owens

On Cinco de Mayo, a bunch of lucky folks had the a rare opportunity to see and ghost hunt inside of the (haunted) Aztec Hotel in Monrovia, CA. As the hotel's historian, I was happy to share the real history and to discuss the ghost legends. Apparently, a few folks claimed to have encountered the hotel's ghosts during the investigation. A special thanks to the owners, bar staff, Mystic Museum and Ghost Watch Paranormal for making this event a unique event!  
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Recorded live at the Mystic Museum last January. Because I never follow a script, I tend to have more fun when I let myself go. So this presentation is less of a sales pitch for my book HAUNTED BY HISTORY and more of an honest fireside chat about haunted Southern California, Bizarre Los Angeles, the paranormal culture, myth busting, etc.
Podcasters "Ghosting Around with Kathleen DeRose and John Cason" and "Hollyweird Paranormal" were present along with Erick from the Mystic Museum, and Kevin from Ghost Watch Paranormal. So my presentation turned out to be an All-Star event where we all had the chance to network and become friends.
Thanks LA Meekly for doing this. Please follow them. They are great! If you need hecklers, they are available!

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY recommends HAUNTED BY HISTORY VOL. 1 by publishing the following review:
"Photographer Owens distinguishes fact from fiction in this stimulating, heavily illustrated account of the supposed hauntings of eight historic Southern California hotels. Pulling together historical photographs and original documents as well as firsthand accounts, the author attempts to verify the ghost stories associated with each inn, dissecting their origins (often in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) and recreating the ghostly encounters in glamorously staged vignette photos. Owens’s research reveals that each hotel survived financial hardships and frequently changed owners, yet in many cases the reported sightings continued. There have been numerous sightings over the years of a young woman in Victorian-era clothing roaming the Hotel Del Coronado, believed by some to be the ghost of Kate Morgan, a hotel guest who killed herself in 1892. Owens suggests that the ghosts said to be in the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles may be connected to a series of bizarre deaths that occurred there between 1913 and 1922. Owens’s gorgeous photo stagings recreate the romantic and heady days of each lodging while adding dashes of visual humor, subtle sensuality, and haunting atmosphere. Lavishly illustrated and handsomely produced, the book’s entertaining and informative narrative dwells on the documented facts while dispelling most of the colorful myths." (BookLife)
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Ghosting Around

Please check out Kathleen DeRose and John Cason's latest podcast devoted to the Mission Inn's haunted reputation. While I wasn't directly involved in the making of the podcast, I was there in spirit (pun intended) since Kathleen and John referenced my book, HAUNTED BY HISTORY) throughout their show.

During the podcast, John plays three of my audio clips taken at the Mission Inn during my photo shoots there. After playing the final clip, he comments that the mystery noise sounds like a female voice calling out the name "Emma."

While most people believe (or at least have heard the stories) that the Mission Inn is haunted by the ghosts of original owner Frank Miller and his sister Alice, few people (including John) knew that Frank and Alice had an older sister named "Emma."

Coincidence? Hard to say because I never interpreted the mystery voice as saying the word "Emma." However, you may want to listen to their podcast and decide for yourself!

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PAST EVENTS

 

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With Ginger Pauley.

Book Signing Craig Owens Bizarre Los Angeles haunted by history

Last Saturday, October 21, 2017, I held an intimate presentation and book signing event at King Richard's Antique Center in Whittier, CA.  Was a lot of fun and I was able to answer many questions.
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On October 19th, Bizarre L.A. met with "Bizarre States," a podcast hosted by Andrew Bowser and Jessica Chobot.  I highly recommend that you follow their show...if you haven't already!
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Last Saturday. September 30, 2017, about 30 showed up at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula, CA, for a special presentation and book signing. My guest was Brandon Alvis with Apra Paranormal. We discussed haunted Southern California hotels as well as Alvis' new webseries, Ephemera. It seems as though the ghosts may have made their presence known. Sensor alarms were repeatedly triggered throughout the building during our entire presentation.

Glen Tavern Inn

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Last September 23, 2017, I gave a presentation and signed books at Dark Delicacies, located at 3512 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505. A sizable crowd turned out and we had a great time.

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Susan Slaughter of Ghost Hunters International and Steve Gonsalves of Ghost Hunters dropped by for a visit. I think you can tell that I was thrilled to see them both. I took my first selfie! Thanks Dark Delicacies for hosting the event!
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On Thursday, August 24th 2017, I gave a presentation entitled “What Makes Los Angeles History So Bizarre" at the (haunted) Andrés Pico Adobe Museum. Over 70 people showed up and every chair was filled. Thanks to all of you who came out to meet me and a special thanks to those who bought the book. Hope to see many of you again soon. Please patronize the Adobe at 10940 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345.

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