Houston area romance writers recently took part in an unusual research event. Under the guidance of psychic/medium Dona Strohben and the members of Houston Ghost Town, several members of the Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America participated in an investigation of the Spaghetti Warehouse Restaurant in downtown Houston. Electromagnet field (EMF) readers and cameras, tape recorders and dowsing crystals were some of the tools used to look for signs of ghostly activity in the 100-plus year old building that was originally a cotton warehouse and then later was used as a pharmaceutical warehouse.
Legend has it that a young pharmacist fell to his death down an elevator shaft in the building. The young man’s wife found his body and, one year later, she died of a broken heart. Their spirits allegedly haunt the old brick structure that is now a popular restaurant, searching for each other. Staff and customers alike have reported various mysterious occurrences that range from having their hair tugged to watching dishes rise into the air of their own volition. There are cold spots in various areas, and the second floor is reported to be exceptionally active.
Photos taken by some of the members revealed orb activity in the restaurant. Orbs are known in the paranormal investigation community to be manifestations of spirit energy—or dust or insects. These photos are currently under review by the investigators, as are audio recordings taken that night. Simple tape recorders can be used to capture electronic voice phenomena (EVPs): spirit voices that are not detectible by human ears.
So why would a group of romance writers take part in such an outing? Because writers will do just about anything for the sake of a story. And since paranormal romances are popular among readers, research via a “ghost hunt” can be very helpful to the modern scribe. Several members of the group have reported something very interesting—perhaps not paranormal activity, but definitely imagination activity. That activity, sparked by what they learned and experienced that night, will create characters and plots for new stories…stories that will in turn spark the imaginations of even more readers.
For more information on the Spaghetti Warehouse haunting, check out http://www.aerochug.com/x-2345-Arizona-Haunted-Sites-Examiner~y2009m3d4-Arizona-ghost-hunter-travels-Spirited-Spaghetti-Warehouse-in-Houston-TX
The Spaghetti Warehouse is located at 901 Commerce Street in Houston (77002).