It’s What’s On The Inside ( That Counts )

When I was in New Orleans for Halloween a few years ago, I ran across this doll.

It might look scary and it does look like a Halloween decoration, but it’s actually suppose to protect you from ill will, bad spirits and harm.

So I bought it and brought it home because I was not having the best year, at the time.

When I moved I lost track of it, but you know- I think that if I really need it, it will show up out of nowhere and I’ll find it on my bookshelf.

Like it did the last time.

But that’s another story.

Bancroft Manor: Creating Dossiers

Generators and Inspiration


I created this with The Horror Story Plot Generator,

Not only is playing with the generator fun, but it helped me work out some ideas for my Bancroft Stories By Me Project.

I’m not sure that I’ll keep the Cursed Guillotine in my projects, because as a rule Guillotines are pretty much cursed from the day they are put into service  so I don’t find them that interesting,  but the plot generator is great way to learn to organize an outline and it help you learn to focus on the elements that create a story. so it’s a fun tool to use.


The Curse of the Cursed Guillotine

A Horror Story
by animos

Whilst investigating the death of a local Pirate, an intuitive Funeral Director called Jingle Gravesend uncovers a legend about a supernaturally-cursed, cursed guillotine circulating throughout London. As soon as anyone uses the guillotine, he or she has exactly 55 days left to live.

The doomed few appear to be ordinary people during day to day life, but when photographed, they look translucent. A marked person feels like a quiet dog to touch.

Jingle gets hold of the guillotine, refusing to believe the superstition. A collage of images flash into her mind: an old-fashioned cat balancing on a slimy Pirate, an old newspaper headline about an unfortunate accident, a hooded rabbit ranting about hands and a drinking well located in a deserted place.

When Jingle notices her eyes have dog-like properties, she realises that the curse of the cursed guillotine is true and calls in her friend, a Bounty Hunter called Erasmus Ferndale, to help.

Erasmus examines the guillotine and willingly submits himself to the curse. He finds that the same visions flash before his eyes. He finds the old-fashioned cat balancing on a slimy Pirate particularly chilling. He joins the queue for a supernatural death.

Jingle and Erasmus pursue a quest to uncover the meaning of the visions, starting with a search for the hooded rabbit. Will they be able to stop the curse before their time is up?

Bancroft Manor Project

The Uninvited Guests

The Beach was gone, the sky was gone, the guy with the Frisbee and no one to toss it to was gone and the bad tempered lady who had snapped at my dog when he ran up to her wagging his tail  was gone too.

I hope a shark got her.

Right now, at this very second it was just me and my dog and we were standing in the hallway of a dusty  house  and I hoped an empty house. I was hoping it was empty because it looked exactly like my Grandmother’s house.

Nobody went into Grand’s house without an invitation, not even her family

My Grandmother’s house was not a normal house, which made sense because my Grandmother was not normal. Her house was haunted and cursed and she was the reason for all of those things.

My Grandmother is a Witch, you see. And she’s not one of those friendly witches with an herb garden and a black cat with a cute name like Maggie or Cinders.  She’s the kind of witch with  a black dog with yellow snakes eyes and a black goat named Bixby and the last time someone made her really angry it rained toads and the sky turned blood red for almost a week.

” I hope this place only looks like Grand’s House, ” I said to my dog. ” Look, at the top of the stairs to the right. There’s that green door. Just like at her place. There can’t possibly be two of them. Right? I mean, two people or two house like Grand.”

My dog’s name is Hamish and he stopped sniffing at the wall and looked up at me.

” Let’s hope not. ” he said. ” You know what she does to people who show up in her house uninvited.”

” You can talk.” was my answer.

I know my dog is smart and he most certainly is my best friend that I always talk too,  but he doesn’t bark much, let alone been a candidate for the role of a talking dog. He doesn’t even fetch half the time I throw stuff for him and he’s a Retriever for Pete’s sake.

” And you can hear. ” Hamish’s tail fell and his ears swiveled back  which is what always happens when something confuses him.

We stood there looking at each other, trying to decide which one of us was the most amazed.

But we weren’t standing there in amazement for long   because at the top of the stairs somebody sneezed.

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Bancrost Manor: Stories by Me Week One

Looking Out

I work in downtown Seattle- so what I see is a lot of cement, steel, glass and paint:

Photo A.M. Moscoso

And sometimes I can get out of the city and the suburbs and I get to see things that are

alive and green and soft and most of what I see is changing minute by minute.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Hummingbird’s Nest Photo A.M. Moscoso

I find inspiration in all of these things.

Bancroft Manor

She Really Did All Of That

You may not know who Carol Kaye is, but it’s very likely that you have heard her:

Carol Kaye  is one of the most prolific recorded bass guitarists in rock and pop music, playing on an estimated 10,000 recordings in a career spanning over 50 years.

Kaye played on hundreds of commercially released recordings and soundtracks. This list represents only a small fraction of her recorded performances but they are the most recognizable.

  • Donna and La Bamba – Ritchie Valens (1958)[29]
  • Deuces, “T’s,” Roadsters & Drums – Hal Blaine (1963)
  • Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals (1964)
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – The Righteous Brothers (1964)
  • These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra (1965)
  • The Very Special World of Lee Hazlewood – Lee Hazlewood (1966)
  • Batman Theme – The Marketts (1966)
  • River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner (1966)
  • Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys (1966)
  • Freak Out! – The Mothers of Invention (1966)
  • The Beat Goes On – Sonny & Cher (1967)
  • The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Harpers Bizarre (1967)
  • Wichita Lineman – Glenn Campbell (1968)
  • The Soul Brotherhood – Charles Kynard (1969)
  • Nancy – Nancy Sinatra (1969)
  • I Don’t Know What’s On Your Mind – Spiders Webb (1976)
  • Shades – J. J. Cale (1981)
  • The Wilsons – The Wilsons (1996)
  • Fast Man Raider Man – Frank Black (2006)

I hope you will check this video out and read a little about Carol too, she has a very amazing story and I think you will find it to be very inspirational.

Carol Kaye Website

The Girl Behind The Beach Boys

Happy Birthday Carol Kaye: A Career Of Hit Making & More Spotify Playlist

Bancroft Manor: Creative First Aid

Erasmus and Jingle Have A Chat

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Erasmus found Jingle exactly where she was everyday at around three o’clock in the afternoon.

She was in front of the window near the kitchens being “inspired.”

Today there was someone on the swing, twirling around and around seemingly oblivious to the man and woman watching them.

” So ,” Erasmus said. ” I suppose you may have heard we are down a Fortune Teller her at the Manor.”

Jingle raised her hand to the figure on the swing.

It continued to twirl.

” No. I hadn’t heard that.” She turned away from the window and Erasmus wasn’t she if that look of impatience and disgust was for him or the uninspiring Twirler outside.

” You wouldn’t have met up with her while you were out there looking for inspiration, did you.”

” Seriously Erasmus, what business would someone like me have with a Fortune Teller?”

” They have a way of getting at the heart of things, and if you have something to hide-”

Jingle turned back to the window and put her forehead against the glass. ” Yeah, well if that’s the case I just fell off your list of people to talk to. ”

Jingle turned to back to Erasmus and pointed to her chest. ” Haven’t had one in ages.”

Erasmus narrowed his eyes, which were very green and bloodshot ” That being the case, I don’t suppose you’ve seen anything unusual or out of place.”

” You’re kidding me, right?” she asked.

” No. I. Am. Not.”

“My first night here I saw a woman dancing on the stairs. She’s bad news Erasmus. She creeps me out, if you want to know the truth.”

Jingle cleared her throat, but to Erasmus it sounded like a growl.

Erasmus left Jingle to her quest for inspiration and he wondered, exactly what it took to scare a woman like Jingle. He wasn’t exactly sure he wanted to find out.

Bancroft Manor: Creative First Aid.

Beware the Dancing Woman

In a candle lit room in a house not to

far away from where we are now,

The Old Woman told her

she could read her future, see her past

in her cards.


She told the Old Woman

“I know your future  I can see

it clearly without cards,

if  you  even dare

to try to snoop at mine “


The Old Woman did dare and when she was done

her now faceless cards fluttered back to the table one by one

like falling leaves in a  nightmare forest

surrounded by darkness and laughing river and a woman dressed in white dancing along it’s banks.


She gathered her cards

she put them in her purse

she blew out the candles

and she left

the room empty


it was

as if

no one had ever been there at all.


Bancroft Manor: Creative First Aid


The Artist

In each of these pictures you can see the artist on her journey- she hasher paint brushes, her canvas bag- she is wearing comfortable clothes.

In these pictures you will see that she is moving around, trying to find a comfortable spot and then in the last picture you can see her change, you can see her enter the zone.

She is standing beautifully, like a dancer, like she is hearing music.

This is what writing is like for me.


Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M Moscoso

Creative First Aid: Bancroft Manor