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“Haunted Prescott” – a year in the making

Authors of “Haunted Prescott,” Darlene Wilson and Parker Anderson

Authors of “Haunted Prescott,” Darlene Wilson and Parker Anderson

Haunted Prescott” authors Parker Anderson and Darlene Wilson, owner of A Haunting Experience Tours, worked on the book 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 and 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.”

The two of them have already appeared at a couple book signings since “Haunted Prescott” has been released and are scheduled for more before the end of October.

One signing is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St. They will also be at Peregrine Book Company, 219 S. Cortez St. for a talk and singing at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, and Hotel Vendome, 230 S. Cortez St. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

When she started doing the tours 10 years ago, Wilson said, she knew of 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. The tours are now two hours long.

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. It has the best-known, including the stories surrounding the Hotel Vendome, Hassaympa Inn and The Palace, 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.

“Haunted Prescott” is available at Prescott book stores as well as online at www.ahuantingexperiencetours.com.

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