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‘Haunted Prescott’ authors set for signings
Newly released book covers best, little known ghost stories

The cover for “Haunted Prescott” written by Parker Anderson and Darlene Wilson. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

The cover for “Haunted Prescott” written by Parker Anderson and Darlene Wilson. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Prescott historian Parker Anderson and Darlene Wilson, owner of A Haunting Experience Tours, have a new book that came out this past week and are scheduled for a number of book signings.

Titled “Haunted Prescott,” the two of them worked on it for about a year, Anderson said. Wilson noted the idea to do the book came after Anderson went on one of her tours. It contains a lot of stories Wilson talks about on her tours plus so many others, she said.

“There’s so many stories in here than anyone would ever have time to do on a tour,” Wilson said. “Parker was so good with the history, he knows it so well that it made it quite enjoyable. We learned a lot from each other too.”

Parker and Wilson have already done a few signings and are going to be at the Elks Theater and Performing Arts center, 117 E. Gurley St., from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 17 and 24. A signing is also planned at Hotel Vendome, 230 S. Cortez St., on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and there will be a talk and signing at Peregrine Book Store, 219 S. Cortez St., at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

Covered in “Haunted Prescott” are some of the best known ghost stories, such as the ones from Hotel Vendome, Hassayampa Inn and The Palace Saloon, Anderson said.

“We also cover the ghost reputations for Prescott Center for the Arts and the Elks Opera House and a few places like Rickety Cricket,” he said.

There’s also Marino’s Mob Burger, the Masonic Temple, ’Tis Art Center and Gallery, the Smoki Museum, and Sharlot Hall Museum.

When she started doing the tours 10 years ago, Wilson said she knew about a few places and that the tours were an hour long. Over the years, people kept coming to her with stories and more things kept happening to her, she said.

“My tours are now two hours long,” Wilson said. “This town is full of them.”

Anyone into the paranormal and hauntings will be fascinated with the stories and blown away by how many ghost stories there are in Prescott, she said.

“Haunted Prescott” is available at Prescott book stores as well as online at

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