All posts by David Kummer

I live in a small, river-town on the Ohio River in southern Indiana. Along with taking care of younger siblings (I have eight total), I make time for writing in between school and sports. I've been writing since I was young, with As Trees Turned Away being my first published work and She being my first published novel. Along with writing, I am an avid reader and watcher of all things horror, and enjoy writing reviews on them for others who might want to know my opinion on them. When I'm not writing, I enjoy talking with my hilarious friends and amazing girlfriend, spending time with my loving family, watching movies, and working out to burn all of the calories I get from binge-eating Hawaiian Rolls. Those things are just irresistible, am I right? I'd rather get paid those for royalties than money. Slogan: Turn the page. Trace the plot. Tempt the panic.

Most Haunted Places in Madison, Indiana (And Hanover) PART 2

This one’s for you, Madison/Hanover!

—Comment below and tell me your own spooky tales—

Last time, we looked at some spooky stories, especially from Madison. This post, we’ll be looking at them with an emphasis on Hanover, or some more interesting Madison stories that I may have missed. To read that post, click here. To quote myself, “If you want me to go all history-nut on it, sorry. That’s what I have Wikipedia for. And yes, I will cite Wikipedia with no shame. Sorry, English teachers.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison,_Indiana

Springdale Cemetery, in downtown Madison, is one of the oldest graveyards around, founded in 1904. With over 100 years of history, it isn’t surprising that plenty of stories have originated from here.

This cemetery is one of the more interesting sites around town, and I actually heard about the history while watching a documentary on the Jefferson Proving Grounds. (Don’t judge me.) Every time I drive downtown, I see it over to my right. Especially at night, when all the lights of the city shine brightly and there’s this frightening little scene to the left, it makes me shiver. Like something straight out of a horror movie, Springdale Cemetery is something you won’t forget anytime soon, and not just because of the spooky looks.

One of the stories reported by multiple sources is a sort of ghost with a lantern that wanders up and down the tombstone rows at night. While the legs and light are always visible, anything above it hasn’t been seen. There are lights on the stones that go off at night, which makes it hard to guess what exactly it was these people saw. The fact that the lights were moving, however, lends some gravity to the theory it was something supernatural, something ghostly.

Another strange story has to do with the statue above, called “Let There Be Light.” It’s said that every year, on Easter morning, she will cry tears of blood that run down her stony face. Also, if you kiss her feet, it’s rumored that she will jump down off her pedestal and chase after you for a moment. While these sounds like ridiculous works of fiction, try reading again while you stand there in the dead of night or on a foggy morning. Ghosts, suddenly, seem a lot more real.

There are tons of ghost stories to choose from in Madison, Indiana. Eggleston Elementary School is said to be the home of more than a few ghosts, from stories about the death of a principal to a student who jumped out the second-floor window. And if you’re looking for tales about the ghosts from a train wreck, look no farther than Heritage Trail. 

But for now, onto Hanover where the residents have plenty of stories of their own.

Hanover

There aren’t a ton of stories coming from Hanover, although anyone who’s visited the town at sunset might be surprised by that fact. Small, self-contained, and independent, the town is friendly and charming during the day. And while the people don’t change at night, it certainly seems like the scenery does.

Just take, for example, the Hanover Cemetery. Many people who have visited report a sense of anxiety, as soon as they step foot onto the property. As soon as they leave, however, that feeling disappears entirely. Chills during the hot months, and the urge to throw up. A pinwheel that spins fast, at the same speed, no matter how much wind there is that day, and which might stop if you ask it to nicely. All of these, and more, are supposedly the results of Benjamin Bennett, a boy who drowned in the Ohio River and whose body was never found. His grave there is the site of many peculiar events, and may be at the center of everything.

One of the most influential and interesting sites is Hanover College, the university founded nearly 200 years ago. One of the former presidents, named Parker, has been seen and even heard, walking around the auditorium named after him. Other, less noticeable pranks, such as items missing, doors being locked behind somebody, or a knock on the door and then footsteps that seemed to go through walls. All of these could be chalked up to pranks by the students, except for the fact that often times nobody will claim them, and the items don’t always turn back up.

The most chilling story, by far, has to do with the bell on top of the Parker Auditorium. One night, nobody knows exactly how long ago, there was a loud ringing sound across the campus, waking students. It seemed odd, since the bell was only rung on the hour marks, and the time was in between. Another strange aspect was that the bell only rang one time, reverberating and then dying. There was no rhythm to it, no pattern, and no repeat. Just a single noise, and then not heard for the rest of the night. It was later discovered that a student had hung himself from one side, causing it to sound loudly. That soul is blamed for many of the strange occurrences across campus. Variations of this tale have it taking place in a dorm room, but something definitely seems to have happened that causes quite a stir around town… and still does.

 

Click Here for more haunted locations in good old Indiana. See? We do have more than farms and basketball.

My October Thoughts on College Basketball

Because who said I couldn’t write about sports if I wanted.

Here’s a list of the

Ten Truths

for college basketball this season. (More articles like this to come)

  1. Lots of people gonna get in trouble by the FBI, throughout the season
  2. Kentucky is a top-25 team, but not a top-2 team. Deal with it.
  3. Grayson Allen will probably trip somebody, “on accident” of course
  4. The ACC will be the best conference again
  5. The SEC will be much better than normal (hello, 1-and-done’s)
  6. Lavar Ball is gonna talk too much, and we’ll listen too much
  7. Some team will win their first national championship (please, please, please)
  8. A #16 seed will beat a #1 FINALLY
  9. Gonzaga won’t make it to the Sweet 16
  10. We don’t know anything that’s gonna happen

She Watches Release Day

Today, at midnight (or around then), the Kindle edition of She Watches releases on Amazon. I’m super excited, and you should be too.

First off, there’s a Facebook party event tonight. Whether you’re reading this the day of, or in 2054, you can click over there and check out all the action.

Also, if you can’t wait, She Watches is already available to buy in paperback. Order your copy here!

I’ll be posting lots of new information about the book, and there will definitely be some big news about sales. This is gonna be the best launch I’ve ever had, and I’ll be keeping you all involved!

Plan for the Blog

We’re gonna have a couple different kinds of posts here, and over a lot of different subjects. Let’s have a quick tour through… the future.

First of all, lots of lists. Top 10 lists. Top 29 lists. Random lists in article. Lists in no order. We’re going to have every kind of list you can imagine, all the time. So, if you love lists, I’ll have them. If you don’t like them, deal with it.

Topics will be all over the place. Sports, horror, fantasy, other fiction genres, food, current news (not politics), and whatever’s on my mind. You all can suggest topics, of course. Let’s use those comment buttons!!

Those are the main points I wanted to cover. Any questions? Ask away in the comments, or comment on Facebook. That’s another thing. Friend me on there. It’s real fun.

Fear: What is the future for the podcast?

I’ve decided, after a lot of thought, to cut the first season of Fear a little bit short. I was planning to go for about 15 episodes before taking a break, but that pause is gonna have to come sooner for a lot of reason.

First of all, I want to spend more time focusing on this blog right here. Secondly, I want to write more, and be able to have more time for it. Thirdly, sports season is coming up for me, and school is time-consuming enough to really push me away from creative work (seems like it should be drawing me towards it, not pushing me away, but that’s a talk for another day.) So, below, here is the schedule for the rest of the episodes. I will be leaving up Fear on Patreon.com still, so feel free to head over and help get this thing off the ground again. I’m actually losing money right now by producing it, which sucks, I won’t lie.

Without further ado, here’s the rest of the schedule:

11/06/17- Serial Killer Episode #3: Menace

11/20/17- My Old Kentucky Home

12/04/17- Contemporary

Once I get these finished and planned on my host site, I’ll be posting more here, so be excited! Also, make sure you join my newsletter. It’s almost as fun as this site 😉

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Halloween Fun 2017

Coming this month (of October)…

Three SPECIAL podcast episodes *which you can only get on Patreon.com*

-A brand new, short story released on this blog

-Even more info about the upcoming She Watches

-And random prizes 😉

Bookmark this site and check back constantly. I’ll start off the prize-giving with today’s contest…

Leave a comment or message me at davidkummer7@gmail.com, and write me a SEVEN-WORD STORY.

Whoever wins gets a free copy of She Watches on Halloween!

 

Old Court Days Post 2

Started off the day with a nice pop tart. (Sorry it’s so large)

It was really great weather again, and I sold even more books than yesterday, so yeah that was real nice. I think I’m gonna have to order some books for the She Watches release at my local library.

Anyways, here’s some Snapchats from the day, and if any of you are on there feel free to follow me at davidkummer7. My username is usually something weird. As you can see, I have random musings a lot.

I’m gonna miss the caramel corn most of all

Old Court Days (Coming Soon)

I’ll be posting pictures, updates, and everything else right here as they come in! My first author event where I’m selling books goes down tomorrow, and through Sunday. If you’re near Madison, Indiana, come check out Old Court Days and buy some stuff 🙂

I’ll start you off with this picture of all the books I had to sign!