Archive for April, 2014

Article by Suzanne Philips

Photo courtesy Harper Collins Publishers

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As anyone who has watched the Bravo’s hit reality series “Tabatha Takes Over” knows, Tabatha Coffey knows how to help struggling business owners find their passion and re-invent their businesses.  Coffey’s no-nonsense style and take-charge attitude has helped countless owners and their employees turn failing businesses into successful ventures.

Coffey is now bringing these talents to a wider audience with her new book “Own It! Be the Boss of Your Life – at Home and in the Workplace” (IT Books, Hardcover $24.99).

The book takes readers through what it takes to not only own a successful business, but ways to juggle your home life and take time out for y0urself.  Each chapter contains step-by-step instructions on topics ranging from customer service, hiring employees, management,  and how to turn a passion into a successful business.  Coffey uses examples from her own life and from growing up watching her parents businesses to illustrate each chapter. Each chapter also contains activites you can do to take charge of your business and “Own It”.

The chapters are easy to read and are broken down into sections, so that you can stop in part of the chapter and complete some of the exercises and come back to it later.  Each chapter also offers a summary at the end of key points that are covered in the chapters.

Coffey’s writing style is very conversational and one gets the sense that if you sat down with her to discuss any given topic, it would go pretty much as it does in the book.  Particularly the sections on Management and Customer Service should prove helpful even to business owners who currently have successful businesses.

There are even sections on taking time for yourself and the importance of having a life away from your job.  The book ends with an “Ask Tabatha” section where Coffey answers questions submitted by fans of her show.

If you are thinking about starting your own business or want to improve the one you currently have, “Own It” can make you look at things in a different way and provide you with the tools you need to be a success.

If you are in the Phoenix area, Tabatha Coffey will be speaking and signing books at the Phoenix Women’s Expo this Saturday, April 26th at 1:30pm

Washoe Club photo by Suzanne Philips

Washoe Club
photo by Suzanne Philips

The 4th Annual St. Mary’s Paracon was held this past weekend in Virginia City, NV, bringing Paranormal enthusiasts from all over to town to experience the best of what this haunted city has to offer.

Event organizer Doug Carnahan

Event organizer Doug Carnahan

Event organizer and host Doug Carnahan planned 2 days full of events for attendees of this annual conference.  Friday night the world-famous Washoe club held a meet-and-greet for attendees to introduce themselves and mingle while having a drink and listening to a great horror/paranormal show put on by DJ Kos.

DJ Kos

DJ Kos



Members of Northern and Southern Nevada Ghost Hunters

Members of Northern and Southern Nevada Ghost Hunters

After the meet-and-greet a limited number of attendees stayed at the Washoe club and investigated the upstairs floors.  This notoriously haunted location was made famous by the Travel Channel show “Ghost Adventures” when they caught video of an apparition during an investigation.  The investigation for the St. Mary’s Paracon was a great success with visitors conducting evp sessions, taking photos and communicating with the spirits that reside within.


Scott Gruenwald

Scott Gruenwald

Saturday started early with a full day of speakers on everything Paranormal.  Fan favorites like Scott Gruenwald who has been seen on shows such as “Paranormal Paparazzi” and “Paranormal Challenge” kept the audience entertained with his unique brand of humor and his funny take on the paranormal.  Other guests included commedienne and Paranormal investigator Karen Rontowski who brought some of her stand up comedy as well as a fun Paranormal trivia game which allowed the attendees to participate.

Janice's husband Bill, Robert George Allen, Janice Oberding and Terri Hall-Peltier at the Washoe Club Meet and Greet

Janice’s husband Bill, Robert George Allen, Janice Oberding and Terri Hall-Peltier at the Washoe Club Meet and Greet

Other notable speakers were Janice Oberding, author of a number of books on haunted locations in Nevada and one of the first female Paranormal investigators in the area. Janice spoke about the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, Nevada and her friendship with Caretaker Virginia Ridgeway.


Robert George Allen who runs the Goodsprings Ghost Hunt and Noel Sheckells who owns the Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada spoke about their ghost tours and their Lockdown experience, where guests can spend the night locked down in the Pioneer Saloon and interact with their resident ghosts, such as Paul Coski, a gambler who was killed inside the saloon.

Maria Lagana-Sales.  Photo copyright Maria Lagana-Sales

Maria Lagana-Sales. Photo copyright Maria Lagana-Sales

Psychic Medium Maria Lagana-Sales gave a great talk about how she realized she was a psychic medium and all of the great work she has done helping different paranormal groups. Sales also gave some advice on how to hone your own psychic gifts.


St. Mary's Art Center

St. Mary’s Art Center

After a short dinner break, guests returned to St. Mary’s Art Center (formerly St. Mary Louise Hospital) for an overnight investigation.  This haunted location, which was a former hospital run by the Sisters of Charity, boasts numerous reports of Paranormal occurences and it did not disappoint the group of attendees for this event.

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A huge turnout and a host of great activities made the 4th annual St. Mary’s Paracon a huge success.  Organizer Doug Carnahan is also putting on the Preston Castle Paracon in Ione, California in September.  More information about that event can be found at




The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean’s Cup short films, and the full cast of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix). Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, SFF will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels and fully immersive experiences – set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining.


The Stanley Film Festival is honored to recognize Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, Piranha) with the inaugural 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror award. The award will be presented by horror icon, Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers, The Shinning, The Stand, Masters of Horror), creator and chief organizer of the fabled master of horror dinners attended by great filmmakers past and present on Sunday, April 27 at the Stanley Awards Horror Brunch. Not only will festival goers be treated to an awards ceremony with some of the genre’s most prolific players, they will enjoy one hell of a gory brunch as well.


Adding to the 4-day celebration of horror, TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: The Stanley Edition has been created specifically for SFF 2014. TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE is an ongoing series of audio dramas penned by luminaries from the world of contemporary horror. The Stanley Edition will proudly feature SFF attendees Martin Starr (Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead), Jocelyn DeBoer (Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead), AJ Bowen (The Sacrament), Ana Asensio and noted director and writer Larry Fessenden and additional special guests. The performance will be held at the Historic Park Theatre in downtown Estes Park on Saturday, April 26 at 4:45pm.


“Our festival is a celebration of horror in all its forms, with live performance being chief among events to get excited about. The eerie atmosphere of the Historic Park Theatre will provide the perfect backdrop to perform the Stanley’s very first live radio play,” says Stanley Film Festival Program Director, Landon Zakheim. “Larry Fessenden, Glenn McQuaid and their troupe of players bring a tremendous sense of creativity and talent that will make this one of a kind experience a highlight for years to come.”


Rounding out the weekend is a series of panels. SpectreVision cofounders Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh Waller will present a panel about their film production and music management company and their future plans. Additional panels include Who Watches This Stuff?: Buying, Selling, Distributing and Exhibiting Horror Films Today as well as a panel focusing on the New Wave of horror featuring Ti West, Travis Stevens, Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden 


Panel moderator Ryan Turek ( and Fangoria Entertainment’s Rebekah McKendry will also bring their hit Los Angeles horror event, Dead Right Horror Trivia, to the Wheel Bar in Estes Park on Friday Night. Scare yourself with how much you actually know about horror. While this event is free and open to the public, pre-registration is strongly encouraged (see below for instructions and official Facebook invite to share).


“We could not be more excited to welcome such a sublime cast of characters to the Festival this year,” says Denver Film Society’s Festival Director Britta Erickson, “each guest plays a unique role in crafting this truly interactive horror experience for genre fans and filmmakers alike.”



  • LFO  Sweden/Denmark/2013 – (Director: Antonio Tublen, Featuring Patrik Karlson, Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg, Ahnna Rasch, Lukas Loughran)  Presented by SpectreVision, a hermit discovers he can control people’s minds through a unique pattern of sound frequencies, which he in turn uses on his unsuspecting neighbors.


See the future of horror with short films from local, national and international students. The Competition features a Juried and Audience Award with cash prizes going to the winning schools.

  • BANEFUL, USA, directed by David Roth: Five college students break into an abandoned insane asylum in this horror/comedy mashup. BURSTUSA, directed by Hannah Waterbury: A secluded female scientist must come to terms with the killer fungus she has contracted.BAREFOOTIsrael, directed by Amit AsrafNine moments in a life of a girl as she searches for the meaning of revenge. KELLERKIND, Germany, directed by Julia Ocker: A woman gives birth to a child. But the child is absolutely different from other children. PONDEROSA DRIVE, directed by Kirsten West: A realtor staging a foreclosed cabin finds the family still settled, making it known that no one’s leaving anytime soon. THE LOST BOYUSA, directed by John McSween: A father takes his family on vacation in the woods where they stumble into an ancient ritual for eternal youth. VELVET VOYEURUSA, directed by Quinn Williams: After the tragic suicide of his sister, Hayden hires three models to partake in a dark, visceral photo shoot, in order to interpret his sister’s beauty and pain. Hayden captures his vision, and his method is death. WORMBUGCanada, directed by Arlen Konopaki: After Henry swallows a bug in his sleep, very strange things start happening to him.



Saturday, April 26 1:30pm

In a genre often clogged with cliché and camp, new auteurs emerge with gruesome ideas and innovative executions that keep the horror alive. Learn secrets of the shoestring trade and production horror stories from those who lived to tell the tales.


PANELISTS: Ti West (The Sacrament), Larry Fessenden (Tales From Beyond The Pale, Wendingo), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead, Tales From Beyond The Pale), Travis Stevens (Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune, Starry Eyes)

MODERATOR: Ryan Turek (Shock Till You Drop)



Saturday, April 26 3:00pm

Founded in 2010 by partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, SpectreVision is a film production and music management company created to tell heartfelt, character-driven stories tackling real, social and emotional issues that test the boundaries of the horror genre.


PANELISTS: Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh Waller, Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Craig MacNeill (The Boy)

MODERATOR: Devin Faraci (Badass Digest)



Saturday, April 26 12:00pm

Get to know the buyers, sellers, distributors, and exhibitors of the finest in world horror as they discuss the realities of peddling genre cinema in today’s climate.


PANELISTS: James Shapiro (Drafthouse Films), Peter Van Steemburg (Magnolia Pictures) Crystal Decker Orren (Well Go USA Entertainment)

MODERATOR: Ryland Aldrich (Twitch)



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Historic Stanley Hotel

Historic Stanley Hotel

Stanley Film Festival:

Set at the notoriously haunted and historic inspiration for Stephen King’s THE SHINING, The Stanley Film Festival showcases the best in classic and contemporary horror cinema at the Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. Operated by the Denver Film Society, the festival is a labor of love dedicated to crafting a more interactive experience for genre filmmakers and fans.Presenting emerging artists and established luminaries within the genre, the four-day event features live shows, installations, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition, and spooky secrets within a frightening, yet elegant atmosphere that can function as a true horror summit for all.


The Stanley Hotel: Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park. Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155-guestroom hotel to its original grandeur. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.


The Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and it was just two years later that chief housekeeper Elizabeth Wilson was injured in an explosion while she was lighting acetylene lanterns in room 217. She survived the incident, but guests have reported sensing her presence in the room ever since. Other guests have reported lights flicking on and off, doors opening and closing and laughter and footsteps when no one else is around in other rooms and facilities throughout the hotel. The Stanley Hotel is consistently ranked the #1 haunted hotel in the world.