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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | The Hooded Grave Cemetery

The Hooded Grave Cemetery

Bill at Asenath’s grave.

Shortly after Krystalyn Drown posted my cover and interview on her blog, See the Stars, one of her blog followers realized he lived near the actual caged graves and drove out to take a look at them with a friend.  Soon after that, he contacted me to ask whether anybody else had seen glowing lights turn up in photographs of the graves.

Uhhh … I’ve never been there after dark.
I’m not sure I’d liketo be there after dark.
But Bill Concini is obviously braver than I am.  He and his friend were out at the Mt. Zion Cemetery (aka the Hooded Grave Cemetery) around dusk and took pictures of themselves and the graves with their cell phones.
And they noticed something strange.  Bill is pictured at two different graves, and the photos are taken with two different cameras.  In each one, he’s surrounded by a glow.  By contrast, all the photographs taken of his companion have no glow, no matter which camera was used.
Bill at Sarah Ann’s grave. (different camera)
Two possible explanations:
1.  Bill just has a glowing personality!
2. Sarah Ann and Asenath took a real shine to Bill.
Honestly, this cemetery spooks me out no matter how many times I visit it.  Did I mention that ALL the headstones are for women and children?  My daughter and I searched the cemetery and couldn’t find a single headstone for an adult male.  Is that creepy or what?  Granted, some of the headstones are probably missing (plenty of the ones still present there are broken), but only women and children?

Same camera, seconds earlier. No glowing light.

That might make a whole ‘nother book.

A special thank you (and a tip of the hat for bravery) to Bill Concini and his intrepid companion for these photos!  

16 Responses to The Hooded Grave Cemetery

  1. Sarah says:

    Or maybe Bill is just a better photographer? Heck, forget it–the other explanations are more deliciously creepy. I can’t wait to read your book, Dianne!

  2. SA Larsenッ says:

    That is interesting!! Makes one think, huh?

  3. K. I’ve got chills:) That said, my 16-year-old self SO wants to go into that cemetary with a ouiji board:)

  4. Fun stuff! That said, I love exploring cemeteries in the daytime, but at night? Uh, no thank you.

  5. Ooooh, this is awesomely creepy!

  6. Interesting post, and very interesting fact about the graves….

  7. mshatch says:

    that is definitely one spooky cemetery. I wonder what the explanation is for the all-girl graveyard? Is it a church graveyard or a town graveyard?

  8. Linda G. says:

    Oooh, deliciously chilling!

  9. LJ ODonnell says:

    Isn’t it supposed to be spooky? Maybe the cages are there to keep something (insert spooky music) out… Something that comes to the cemetery after dark… Something that followed them home and knows where they live, for now.

  10. Suze says:

    I have always had a fondness for cemeteries. My favorite time of year, for the sheer introspection and stillness it inspires, is right around the corner. A perfect time, I think, for this sort of ‘headstone counting’ and rumination.

    Intriguing post, Dianne.

  11. *shivers* I could also be a light issue coming off the camera, but I think that would show up consistently in all pictures, wouldn’t it?

  12. Demitria says:

    So creepy but yet so intriguing!!

  13. Lydia Kang says:

    I’ve been to a cemetery at dusk but not in the dark! Creepy!

  14. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss dianne!
    yikes! for sure thats jeepers creepers stuff. ack! you got me laughing on bill having a glowing personality or they took a shine to him. ha ha
    …hugs from lenny

  15. Tonja says:

    Isn’t that cool how a glow can be so creepy? Eeek.

  16. Not sure about going to a cemetery at night. Don’t think I’m brave enough.