What a satisfying experience, during my years in Ogden, Utah, to have participated in the Tales from Beyond project; a collection of short stories compiled by D. Hattingh.
I was one of several local authors tasked with researching facts about O Town’s historic 25th Street and surrounding areas, interviewing shop owners (who go about their daily business while coexisting with their own personal ghosts), in order “write the stories as whispered to me” by assigned spirits on 2-Bit Street!
Over a 3-year period (2012-2014) we released and promoted the acclaimed Tales from 2-Bit Street and Beyond, Parts I and II, and Tales from the Wasatch and Beyond. Through dramatic readings, ghost tours, festivals, and plays, we made Ogden’s colorful history come to life, and I count myself lucky to have been a part of it!
My 3 stories; Carolina Blue, 205 ½ 25th Street, and Alison, featured in the original (now classic) editions of the Tales from Beyond anthologies, have been re-mastered and will be included in a new, *disquieting* collection of 7 Ghostly Spins, coming 2018.
“Best Captures The Essence Of Tales from Two-Bit Street and Beyond.” –2012 Tales Books Productions
The front page of La Domenica del Corriere’s January 25, 1925 issue, read:
"Curious American custom. In Ogden (State of Utah), the first train to enter the new railway station for the inaugural ceremony was pulled in by a "mob, ... of pretty young ladies from the town."
One such lady, became Ogden's urban legend of “The Lady in Blue”
Locals and visitors to Union Station, at the west end of historic 25th street in Ogden, claim to have heard an anguished scream uttered by a woman dressed in blue—she’s on the railroad tracks.
Meet Amelia, and learn the tragic story of how she came to be on the tracks of the newly inaugurated Union Station, wearing a carolina blue dress. Her haunting cries will continue to oppress the hearts of those who are unfortunate enough to hear them.
205 1/2 25th Street:
“Best Researched Short Story” –2013 Tales Books Productions
This haunting short-story features the legendary Rosetta Duccini Davie.
Raven-haired, red-lipped “Rose” was the seductive madam of the most elegant brothel on Two-Bit Street in the mid 1940's: The Rose Rooms.
Rose's kindness, in spite of her chosen profession, produced a lasting impression.
A good deed performed by her is treasured by the recipient who over the years enshrined the recollection and instilled it in the mind of her young grandson.
Now in his twenties, he is drawn to present-day 205 ½ 25th Street searching for a remnant of the woman he was taught to idolize. Within the ruins of the once affluent Rose Rooms, he'll have a paranormal encounter with Rose herself, a couple of decades after her death.
“Best Overall Story: Grammar and story-telling skills.” –2014 Tales Books Productions
The adage goes; No self-respecting theater house is without its ghost.
Legend has it that during construction of Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, a 12-year-old girl named Alison brought lunch for her father and at some point during her visit she died in a fall, either from scaffolding or from a balcony.
The friendly ghost of Alison, described as having shoulder length hair, reportedly haunts the boxes in the rear of the theater, though there have been sightings of her playing a piano, turning lights on and off, and occasionally sitting next to a lucky patron in the audience.