Setting is important in a story. In my novel CROSSED OUT I use a world I'm familar with: Sacramento, Ca. Sacramento is rich with history. I grew up in South Sacramento and thought I’d use the city as the setting for my paranormal CROSSED OUT. My one side of the family came over to Sacramento in the later part of the 1800s from Italy. My great-grandfather Francisco Baccellia had a number of saloons around the end of the 19th century. I loved the stories my grandfather would tell me about Old Town Sacramento. One story involved these sisters who would walk up and down the American River dressed all in black.
In keeping with the stories of Grandpa Baccellia, I thought I’d share some haunted spots:
1. Sacramento Historical Cemetery
My great-grandfather Baccellia was originally buried here but was relocated in the 1950s due to city relocation. Most of the founding fathers were buried here. Rumor has it that the cemetery is haunted. If your body was moved, wouldn’t you be kind of restless? The cemetery has annual events including a Halloween one.
Rumor has it that these forgotten tunnels were used to help transport things as the city used to flood every year before the Orville Damn was built. Lots of history here. They should be offering tours sometime soon!
Rumor has it that the California Section is haunted. There have been sightings of an old man with glasses looking over old books. Even better they say that the underground tunnels were connected to the library.
This river has taken many including those who thought they could handle the currents Some say the ghost of a man who drowned in the river is said to haunt the banks.
May died of encephalitis September 2, 1870, just a few months before her thirteenth birthday. Some 100 years later, a trunk was found in a hidden wall that contained some of her belongings. It contained a letter, with part of the bottom of the page missing. Some feel that May was trying to contact her mother from beyond the grave. Many people say they still feel May’s presence at her gravestone.
In CROSSED OUT, Stephanie encounters a couple of haunted places. One is a coffee house that isn’t all it seems. And another takes place on a deserted part of the McClellan Airbase. The base was closed in the early 90s and now has a museum and some other businesses though my stepfather says there's still deserted places there.
Stephanie is used to going to the sites of murdered girls. Find out more in my book available now at Amazon!