Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

May 21, 2016

New York City Horrors

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 9:04 AM

America is a land filled with myths and legends. In this blog article we will explore four myths that you probably already believe as fact. But have you ever been in NYC? If you have then you may be aware that danger lies behind every corner… Not from criminals, or gangbangers… But from the Mole People… Turn up the lights and read…

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The Legend of Cropsey

Tucked away on the very fringes of NYC and frequently ignored by City politicians, Staten Island seems the perfect breeding ground for chilling urban legends. The most-chilling of all may just be that of Cropsey.

Cropsey could well be the most terrifying ghoul of all. An escaped mental patient living in the empty Willowbrook Mental Institution, he was said to creep out at night and quietly ‘disappear’ children – hauling them away into the inky blankness of the institution, never to be seen again. In some variations, he had a hook for a hand. In others he carried an axe. But what’s truly terrifying about Cropsey is that he was real.

In 1972, children began vanishing from Staten Island. In total, five disappeared. The kidnappings were ultimately linked to local criminal Andre Rand, who is currently serving a 50-to-life sentence. Although he was never convicted of murder, Rand remains a prime suspect in the deaths of all five children. Chillingly for the residents of Staten Island, this urban legend managed to step out of their nightmares and into reality.

The Mole People

Imagine discovering another world existed beneath your feet; a vast society functioning in the darkness, hidden from view. Well, beneath the mean streets of NYC, that might just be the case. For decades now, legends of secretive mole people manipulating the city’s ancient subway lines have been whispered. And there’s more than a grain of truth to them.

It’s widely-known that many of New York’s homeless have found a niche for themselves underground. In 2000, a film called “Dark Days” was made that chronicled the lives of a group living in the Freedom Tunnel. But the urban legends of mole people go way beyond tiny collectives.

The idea of a subterranean society mirroring our own is a weirdly unnerving one, and legends of the strange and violent mole people continue to abound to this day. Are there really groups of modern Morlocks under NYC? We’ll leave it to you to decide.

57 West 57th Street Horror

If horror stories are true, then 57 West 57th Street is one place you have to avoid.

Owned many years ago by socialite Edna Crawford Champion and her volatile French lover Charles Brazelle, it saw the two slowly decay into something like lunacy. Screaming arguments would spill over into physical violence, until Brazelle finally beat his lover to death with a telephone. In the immediate aftermath, Champion’s bodyguards calmly defenestrated Brazelle, turning the apartment into a bloodbath. And then things got really weird.

The next owners found themselves in a world straight from the Shining. At night, phantom arguments swept through the living rooms. Footsteps clicked through empty halls. But worst of all were the visions. Although no accurate record was ever made, it’s said that those living there saw horrific, unexplainable sights. Sights that could drive you mad.

Today the apartment is an open space, frequently used to stage art exhibitions. But there are still those who refuse to step foot inside that building. The fear lingers to this day.

Check out more great myths by checking out my Paranormal book page on my website.

 

 

May 19, 2016

New ‘Fastest Reads in the West’ Book Released!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 12:00 PM

Hit The Trails With The Brand New Book in his new Western Series…

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Fiore strikes with his new concept in westerns. A concept he has claimed, and called “The Fastest Reads in the West.” Fast paced, action packed, shorter stories than your traditional Wester novel. This series of stories are true to the spirit of the west 

The third book in this, exciting and action-packed series is called “Stage Across the Trail.” It tells the story Sheriff Crosby leaving his home town to head west to apprehend a gang of bank robbers who have been terrorizing the locality. In this rip-roaring western adventure, you will watch a hardened Sheriff pitted against hardened criminals… but when guns are drawn will good, or bad win in this fight for survival? 

With three bestselling westerns already under his gun belt Frank F. Fiore strikes a chord with western readers around the world, and asks if you are willing to ride across the stage to do what’s right? 

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Also available from Amazon in the Fastest Reads of the West Series

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May 14, 2016

Some Interesting American Myths

Filed under: Jeremy Nash Chronicles — Frank Fiore @ 5:33 PM

America is a land filled with myths and legends.

Here are four myths that you probably already believe as fact:  Ole Betsy Ross, those boys down in Houston, the cowboy hat and Paul Revere… What could possibly be false about these great American icons?

Betsy Ross and the American Flag

The legend of Betsy Ross designing the first American flag is very pervasive today, mostly due to great timing. But the truth is that there is no historical evidence to suggest that Ross or any other person was solely responsible for creating the flag design with the 13 stars arranged in a circle.

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However, it should be noted that during her time Ross herself never claimed responsibility for this feat. According to Betsy, her contributions involved selecting a five-pointed star over a six-pointed one because they were easier to make.

The concept of Ross creating the flag came 35 years after her death, courtesy of her grandson, William Canby. He had quite a great story to tell that was supposedly passed down through the family.

It was all about how Washington himself came into Ross’ store one day and she impressed him by showing how easily a five-pointed star could be made, so he commissioned Betsy Ross to create the entire flag. It was a very appealing story, but Canby didn’t have any evidence to support it.

However, he did come out with it during the Centennial Celebrations. People were eager to learn about the first patriots of this country so the story gained a lot of publicity. Many of them preferred this version over the truth, whatever that might be.

The Iconic Cowboy Hat

The cowboy is one of the most iconic images in American history, but that doesn’t mean our understanding of it isn’t flawed. The iconic cowboy hat, the Stetson, might be what every cowboy wears in Westerns, but it wasn’t what they actually wore in real life until the very end of the Wild West.

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The Stetson wasn’t even around until 1865 and in fact, it became really popular at the end of the 19th century. Up until then, you can clearly see from the famous image of the Wild Bunch pictured above which hat cowboys preferred: the derby, also known as the bowler hat. The sombrero was also quite popular, but a gentleman might have preferred a top hat.

“Houston… We have a problem”

It’s a famous real-life line that turned into one of the most recognizable quotes in cinema history. It’s a little wrong, though. What was actually said in the mission was “Houston, we’ve had a problem”, but that’s not the real issue here. This is actually a case of misattribution.

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Most of us know the line from the Apollo 13 movie where Tom Hanks played Commander Jim Lovell and, since he’s the main character, he delivers the line. However, in real life, the line was initially said by backup Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert, played by Kevin Bacon in the movie.

Paul Revere’s Famous Midnight Ride

It is one of the most iconic scenes of the Revolutionary War. The image of Paul Revere on horseback, shouting “The British are coming!” turned him into one of the country’s greatest patriots. But this moment has little to do with reality.

In fact, the valiant Paul Revere on horseback can only be found in a famous poem titled “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which appeared 85 years after the ride itself. Obviously, since he was a poet and not a historian, Wadsworth took significant liberties in order to portray Revere as heroically as possible.

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Truth be told, Revere’s ride wasn’t seen as a big deal in his own time. It wasn’t even mentioned in his obituary. For starters, he didn’t do it alone. As he went along his route, he was joined by several others who helped him warn of the arriving British forces. We know of at least two other men who accompanied him: Samuel Prescott and William Dawes.

And he wouldn’t have shouted “The British are coming” for two reasons. One, this was a secret mission where he had to evade British patrols. And two, most people living in Massachusetts at the time were ethnically English and considered themselves British. If anything, he would have warned that the Regulars are coming.

Check out more great myths by checking out my book page on Amazon here.

May 13, 2016

“Gunfight At Black Ridge” Is Free Today on Kindle!

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 7:22 AM

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Gunfight At Black Ridge

Says Only One Thing…

It Could Be Your Town

And Asks One Question…

Would You Fight, or Walk Away?

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May 11, 2016

An Interview with Me by Nick Wale

Filed under: Westerns — Frank Fiore @ 4:46 PM

Frank F. Fiore has been one of the most interesting hit makers of 2016. His new book “Gunfight at Black Ridge” came out of nowhere and broke into the top 100. He has another on the way, and another, and another, and another. His next book will turn the western on it’s head and take the genre in a brand new direction. It’s called “Jonathan Smyth: Cowboy Sleuth,” and looks set to excite Western readers around the world… I think you’ll enjoy this interview with the mighty Frank F. Fiore!

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Why was it important for you to write a Western?

I love Westerns – including Western movies. I’m a big John Wayne fan, especially his movies.

How closely do Westerns mirror the American way of life?

They mirror the American individualist, frontier spirit that unfortunately is not reflected in the beliefs of most of our politicians today. Case in point: Fifty years ago, we were a gun culture. You would see kids drive to school with their rifle on a gun rack in the back of their pick-up and it was considered normal. Today, the sight of a gun throws people into catatonic fits.

How did you discover that you enjoyed writing?

I wrote a short story in grammar school about the bombing of Hiroshima by the Enola Gay. It was the story of a small tin truck from a tin drive in WWII that ended up in the Enola Gay. The teacher thought I was pretty sick – a ten-year-old, writing about a nuclear Holocaust. I thought it was pretty cool.

Tell us a little about your forthcoming book, “Johnathan Smyth: Cowboy Sleuth?”

Well, the idea came to me some time ago. I have always been fascinated in myths and legends, and I wanted to write about the myths of the western and turn them into action adventures western tales with a twist. You’ll discover the twist when the book is released.

But it is a traditional Western, right?

Yes, very much so, but it has other ingredients in it to make readers happy. I can’t tell you anymore, though. You’ll have to wait.

Mysterious…

Yes, very… Just like the stories themselves.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art for “Gunfight at Black Ridge.” Who designed it?

The cover for Gunfight at Black Ridge was designed by my publisher, Outlaws Publishing. He put together several ideas, and together we molded our ideas into the cover we currently have. We wanted it to be different—something that hadn’t been done on a Western cover before. That’s why we took the traditional image of a cowboy and added in what they would have called modern technology. It’s an homage to the changing West, the end of the war, the end of the frontier, and the beginning of modern America.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Colson Rogers – the protagonist. He’s a conflicted individual who stands up for what he believes to be right. His view of the world is black and white – not gray – and he acts on those beliefs.

How about your least favorite character? What makes he or she less appealing to you?

The sheriff. He’s greedy and would sell out his own mother for a buck. He is both a coward and a turncoat, sunning the duties and responsibilities he was assigned with. He is the direct opposite of Rogers.

If you could change a single thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

Nothing really. It’s a good story with good structure and introduces then dismisses strong characters. It exactly what Western readers have been asking for. You can’t deny a reading public the stories they want—if you do that, you’ll end up like some of the politicians standing for office today.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your series.

Gunfight at Black Ridge is the first book in a series of Westerns that will concern Colson Rogers. There are homages to “The Shootist,” “Rio Bravo,” “True Grit” and other famous Western movies throughout the book. If you’ve read the book, and seen the movies, you may be able to pick them out. If you do pick them out—let us know, and you may win yourself a free copy of my next book.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

My action/adventure series is entitled the Chronicles of Jeremy Nash. In the mold of reluctant hero Clint Eastwood, Jeremy Nash is unwillingly drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens his life, his family and his reputation.

Do you have a favorite gun?

My Smith and Wesson M&P, 9mm. It was my sidearm when I was a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Check out my author site at www.frankfiore.com and my blog at frankfiore.wordpress.com. You can also get in touch with me through my publicist (nick@nickwale.org).

What can we expect from you in the future?

We are working on a new type of Western series call the ‘Fastest Reads of the West.’ Shorter stories in the range of 10,000 words each. Then we will do a very different Western series called ‘Jonathan Smyth – Cowboy Sleuth.’ Not gonna say much about it now, but it’s something never done in a Western before. Sort of an Indiana Jones meets the X-files. Then there’s another new twist on a Western to come during that with a Rat Pack finish. Stay tuned – fun reading ahead.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Write great reviews on Amazon. Reviews help drive sales. And, of course, buy my books.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Write. Write. Write. And don’t stop writing. Before my first Western, I have published 6 other novels and working now on my 7th.

In a shootout who would win—John Wayne vs. Clint Eastwood?

Hmmm… Good question. Clint would say nothing and shoot, but Wayne’s shootout would be more entertaining — “I shouldn’t shoot you, pilgrim. I shouldn’t shoot you—the Hell I won’t!”

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May 5, 2016

The Woman with My Face

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 3:03 PM

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about last week’s mystery. Was it true, or false? It was, in fact, FALSE! You can read that myth here, if you missed it… But it was as real as a chocolate fireman.

Now this week’s creepy tale may have some validity. It’s the story of one girl and her struggle with her identical twin… or should I say her evil identical twin….

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I moved to Idaho in the early eighties. Shortly after I moved to this small town people would come up to me and continue strange conversations. The first time I remember this happening was when a young woman, about my age, came up to me and asked if I was going to attend the party she’d invited me to.

“Are you coming to tonight’s party? It’s going to be a blast,” she said.

“I have no idea what you are taking about,” I replied. “I think you must have mistaken me for another person.

She looked stunned, but left me alone. I thought it was all a coincidence. Later I attended a local market and one of the men who was running a stall there started to yell at me that he had told me never to come back to the market after stealing from him. He actually followed me across the market and continued to keep screaming. I turned and tried to explain to him that I hadn’t been to the market before and he called me a liar. My mother tried to explain to him that neither of us had been to the market—and that we had actually been in a different city to watch a movie. He didn’t believe us, and we left.

Later my friends started accusing me of ignoring them on the street. Some of them even broke off contact with me. Then it was my mother’s turn. She accused me of staring at her at a coffee shop. Apparently I had been sitting across from her staring at her. I tried to explain that I hadn’t been in a coffee shop—but she was adamant.

This went on for months. I was completely on edge all the time, and I often thought about killing myself to end the misery. Towards the end of 1986 I saw her. I was crossing the road near Walmart and I saw her across the street. She looked exactly like me, dressed similarly to me. She had the same hairstyle, the same height, and when she looked directly at me I felt like my life was being drained. I felt like she wanted to take over my body. It was like looking into a broken mirror—I broke off eye contact with her and walked in the opposite direction.

A few months later I saw her. She was in the same store as me and was pushing a pram with a little girl in it. I tried to actually get close enough to see them clearly, but they kept walking in the opposite direction.

A friend of mine saw her a few years ago—but nothing since. I keep wondering if she is a real person, or a ghost? Is she a vision of me in the future? That could be possible. I did eventually have a daughter and I have a pram that is exactly the same as the one that woman had. All I really know for sure is that my doppelganger made my life hell for a few years in the 1980’s.

So, did this unfortunate woman really come face to face with herself, or was it all just a fake tale to tell at parties and social gatherings? Is it really possible to find someone with your face, in a town you moved to at random? It’s up to you to decide…

Find out next week if this story is true, or false, and until then… sleep well!

For more urban myths fictionalized in exciting action/adventure stories, check out my book series ‘The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash‘.

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April 28, 2016

Man’s Best Friend – Even It’s a Ghost

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 8:44 AM

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about last week’s mystery. Was it true, or false? It was, in fact, true! You can read that myth here, if you missed it…

I lost my 16-year-old dog, Blondie, to cancer. Since then, he returns occasionally at night to visit. More often he will jump up on my bed at night, always at my feet as he always did. This wakes me.

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Then I feel him walk up to my knees and sometimes the small of my back and lie down. The sheets tighten and I can feel every step of his weight as he walks up. I also feel his body heat in the area where he lies. Usually, I just roll slightly, stroke the area where he lies and return to sleep.

One night I heard Blondie barking in my sleep. Even though I reached my hand out to pat him—he wasn’t there. But he kept on barking. I woke up to find my room filled with smoke. My house was on fire. I rushed downstairs and tried to open the door. I normally lock it—but for some reason that day the door was open. As soon as I stepped outside I could see that my house was completely ravaged by fire. Blondie saved my life that night.

So, did a phantom dog really save its owner from cremation? Do our pets really return from the grave to help us in our time of need?

Find out next week if this story is true, or false, and until then… sleep well!

For more urban myths fictionalized in exciting action/adventure stories, check out my book series ‘The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash‘.

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April 22, 2016

The Ghost Didn’t Say Goodbye

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 12:25 PM

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about last week’s mystery. Was it true, or false? It was actually true! You can read that myth here, if you missed it…

One night my mother told me that we could sleep over. She lived in a block of flats that old people lived in. There were two bedrooms; her room and the guest room. The guest room was quite small and contained antique, or at least old furniture. There was a double bed with a mahogany headboard that had a cord-pull light attached to it. To the left of the bed was a mahogany tall boy and right in front of the bed was a mahogany dressing table and chair. The dressing table had three mirrors on it; one big center one and two smaller side ones that could be angled to show you the back of your head. My little sister was snoring so loudly that in the middle of the night I woke up, but I was also hot, so very hot and that also made me wake up. The bed had loads of blankets on it and I reached out and pulled the cord on the light so that I could see to push some of the blankets off me.

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As I sat up, I found myself looking straight into the mirror. In the mirror there was an old, slim lady with white curly hair. She was wrapped in a huge white bath towel. Her head was bent down as if she was looking at the ground. With her arms crossed in front of herself, she was rubbing her upper arms with the ends of the towel. The room she was in was different to the guest room – it had brown wood paneling on the wall that stopped 3/4 or 4/5ths of the way up. It was finished off with a picture rail around it. Then the lady stopped rubbing her arms and she lifted her head and she looked up at me and smiled.

I slid under that ton of blankets and stayed there, with the light still on, until the room filled with daylight. I KNOW I was not dreaming. I was scared out of my wits. I have gone over that episode so many, many, many times in my mind and although as an eight-year-old child I was petrified; as an adult I also know that this spirit did not hurt me, nor did she do anything that makes me think she wanted to hurt me. Who she was or what she wanted me to see her for is a mystery to me.

So are the undead really coming back haunt people? Are the ghosts of yesterday still lingering around today? Would you be able to live through this occurrence??

Find out next week if this story is true, or false, and until then… sleep well!

For more urban myths fictionalized in exciting action/adventure stories, check out my book series ‘The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash‘.

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April 15, 2016

The Poltergeist That Wouldn’t Give Up

Filed under: Paranormal — Frank Fiore @ 4:26 PM

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about last week’s mystery. Was it true, or false? It was true! You can read that myth here, if you missed it… This week we are going to meet with a couple who have been haunted by a poltergeist.

As we pulled into the driveway, I looked at this house and, thought, I saw a very dark shadow in the window. I did think it was the realtor coming to welcome me into the house. When we found out that nobody was inside the house I just told myself that I was stressed and tired and it was nothing. The next day we arrived back at the apartment and unpacked a few more things.

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I decided to shower and get some sleep. My future husband was finishing up moving a few things around for me while I showered. I heard him at the bathroom door and he asked me what it was I needed. He says he heard me holler for him to “come here now.” I hadn’t said anything. He later commented that the voice was eerily like mine, but different. He could never put his finger on what was different about the voice. I have heard that poltergeists can replicate the voices of those it is near.

After getting out of the shower, I sat down and told him I was afraid to stay there alone. He understood, and agreed to stay. After he showered and we lay down and turned the lights off, we talked for an hour or so. Then we both said goodnight, and I turned over to get some sleep.

After a few minutes we heard a noise in the kitchen. We both sat up in bed, and looked over towards the stairs. We could both hear footsteps coming towards the stairs. The steps then went back into the kitchen and we could hear the refrigerator door slowly opening all the way, it then paused open for minutes, and then it just closed.

I lived there for several months and every night something happened. From pots and pans banging in the kitchen, to a voice screaming in the middle of the night. I started to ask the neighbors about the history of the house—but nobody really had any information. It started to get so bad that I really did consider just dumping the place and moving on. My father kept asking me to stay as he had paid several months of rent in advance, and doubted he would get his money back. It kept going on until one night I was literally lying asleep on the bed and the bed started violently shaking. I didn’t open my eyes. I just lay there in terror. The next morning, I called my future husband and he collected me. I moved into his place.

Years later I asked my father about the deal he had made when he rented the house for me. He told me that the realtor had told him that the house had been empty for many years after the previous owner had died. The house had been completely redecorated and used as a family home by a family who had left the house shortly after moving in. Dad had brokered a deal with the realtor for me to have a full house at a quarter of the cost. Nobody I have spoken to has ever been able to tell me any reason for the house to be so haunted—yet it is.

Is this terrifying tale of live after death true? Are poltergeists really haunting normal American couples every single day? Do you believe that the undead truly want to cause us harm?

Find out next week if this story is true, or false, and until then… sleep well!

For more urban myths fictionalized in exciting action/adventure stories, check out my book series ‘The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash‘.

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April 7, 2016

Ghosts of the London Line

Filed under: Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 7:55 AM

I know you’ve been waiting to hear about last week’s mystery. Was it true, or false? It was true! You can read that myth here, if you missed it… During the 1970’s there were a series of Vampire sightings at the Highgate cemetery in London. All of the experiences we told you about in last week’s blog article were completely true. Don’t forget to check out today’s great true, or false myth below!

During the 1990s, the London Underground was facing a very strange happening. Trains kept breaking down between Baker Street and Edgware Road. The affected trains would lose all power on the line between the two stations—travelers would find themselves in darkness, and commuters and staff started to become very concerned. The management was forced to conduct an investigation into what was happening and believed that a major fault lay under the section of track causing the power to fail on the trains.

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The Circle Line could well be the oldest underground railway line in the world. Its beginnings can be traced back to 1863. In the early 1900s, the track was renovated to become electrified, but when the breakdowns started in the early 1990s, electrical engineering experts could not find the problem, and for the first time, even the experts were stumped.

In desperation, the London Underground operators asked the public if they had any ideas what was causing the breakdowns. The overwhelming response was not sparks, smoke or any other such worldly thing. The majority of the responses suggested the paranormal.

One of those who answered the London Underground operators claimed that she had been travelling the line for fifteen years and alleged that she had always felt something was wrong with that section of the track. According to her, passengers passing through after leaving Baker Street would have “panic” attacks.

Another passenger who had been caught in one of the breakdowns explained that after the train broke down, the passengers noticed that there were several “figures” standing outside of their carriage. There were several accounts of these strange figures.

After receiving such strange reports, the operators of the Underground started to look into the engineering records of that part of the tube system. The records went back over one hundred years, and due to the diligent record keeping of the London Underground, it seemed that between the 1800s and 1990, workers on that section of track had found fragments of bone and teeth.

The British Museum was called in to help by the operators of the London Underground, and it was proven that the track ran over the site of a huge medieval plague pit that was said to have held the bodies of 20,000 victims. The management of the Underground had that stretch of track blessed and sprinkled with holy water. After that, the problem disappeared and has not returned… Yet

So is this terrific tale of the dead true? Are the undead stalking travelers on the London Underground? Would you travel alone under one of the oldest cities in the world?

Find out next week if this story is true, or false, and until then… sleep well!

For more urban myths fictionalized in exciting action/adventure stories, check out my book series ‘The Chronicles of Jeremy Nash‘.

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