He Haunts this Town

and Proud of it!

Welcome back to the wacky news from the magical whimsical side of Salem! I am Mr. Zac spilling all the odd secrets of this quirky town. Today I will tell you about the town’s favorite ghost. Mike was the first model Chris Dowgin illustrated for his Salem Trilogy appearing in A Walk Through Salem.

Many things about Mike and A Walk Through Salem are uncanny. Soon after publication Mike died of mysterious causes and found floating in the harbor not too far from his favorite fishing spot. His death still remains a mystery but what has not is, Mike always wanted to be a ghost. In fact, on the morning of his death, he at least visited 3 friends in their dreams.

What might have been the beginning of this fascination? He used to live in his wife’s family home where there was a ghost who would haunt the tunnel leaving the house in Chelsea. An odd member at the local poker games they held in a room off the tunnel. Later in life, Mike hosted a local ghost hunter’s film series for years. Now he haunts the harbor catching the ghost of the fish he caught and ate in the past.

So what else was weird about Mike and the book A Walk Through Salem? The funeral home and the church his funeral was in appears in the same illustration near the middle of the book. Also, he is the one who informed the author of many wonders under the Visitor’s center including Romanov Crown Jewels and Blackbeard’s skull. Maybe one day he will leave the wharf and stop aggravating his wife by smoking in her bedroom in the afterlife (which she still can smell) and take the rocket to heaven.

Till then he will be just chasing the ghost fish through Pickering Wharf…

Pick up the first book of the Salem Trilogy, A Walk Through Salem, at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, The Witch House, or Remember Salem.

 

Cheers
~Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

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Speak Softly and Carry a Big Sticky Wicket

The Newest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House Series

We return to Mr. Pelinger’s House once more! The house in Salem MA where anything can happen which has its own wormhole. This time around the Foster Siblings are entered into a game show that pits the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria as the celebrity guests in a game over which is the better country; England or America.

Here are some illustrations from the new book:

Come back every Wednesday and see which ruler beats the heck out of the other verbally, mentally, and in all other ways…

So who do you think is winning this week? Which country is better? Tell us below in the comment section.

Till next Wednesday have a Cherio Time!

~Mr. Pelinger

How an Illustration is Made

Are England’s Natural Wonders Better than Americas?

Below you will see how the latest illustration from Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket was made. This is the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series where Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battle it out as celebrity contestants in the house.

Every Wednesday as the story develops we will let you see the newest illustration and its process from sketches to the finished drawing. So now, sit back, and take a look…

England’s Natural Wonders:

America’s Natural Wonders:

Come back every Wednesday and see which ruler beats the heck out of the other verbally, mentally, and in all other ways…

So who do you think is winning this week? Which country is better? Tell us below in the comment section.

Till next Wednesday have a Cherio Time!

~Mr. Pelinger

Kids Really Get High Here!

On Sugar for 212 years…

Welcome back to the wacky news from the magical whimsical side of Salem! I am Mr. Zac spilling all the odd secrets of this quirky town. Here is a tale of how a candy company started from a shipwreck and became a favorite of luckier sailors.

The Ye Olde Pepper Company started in 1806 when an English woman named Spencer was shipwrecked and landed in Salem. She started making gibralters which the sailors took on their voyages. You still can get these sweet treasures made for those salty devils. Though not in their original location, they only went around the corner across from the House of the Seven Gables on Derby Street. Originally they were on Turner Street. Stop by and pick up some chocolate made on the spot or maybe some blackjacks.

Pick up the first book of the Salem Trilogy, A Walk Through Salem, at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, The Witch House, or Remember Salem.

 

Cheers
~Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

The Book A Walk Through Salem Where You are the Main Character

Available from Salem to California in Barnes & Noble….

A Walk Through Salem 2nd edition cover with the Unzipping Tree.

The magical whimsical tales set in Salem that has entertained thousands is in its second edition and available at Barnes & Noble and your favorite independent booksellers throughout the country. The tale that began when Mr. Zac invited you through the Unzipping Tree to see flying fish, churches turned into rocket ships, tall ships dropping anchor next to parking meters, and Vikings storming Dead Horse Beach! A tale filled with witches, werewolves, and Frankenstein’s Monster. A tale in which you are the main character…

Vikings stormin Dead Horse Beach in Salem from A walk Through Salem

Many wonderful illustrations turn local favorite locations into something of merry and mirth.  The tale has the flavor of Willie Wonka in ire, Alice in Wonderland in absurdity, and the “..you were there, and you!” feeling of the Wizard of Oz. Because the characters in the book walk the streets of Salem for real! Just not as magical during the sunlit hours…

The goodship Friendship sailing from Salem to Neverland past the moon across the stars with the Baron Munchausen flying past on a cannonball.

A tale in which you venture through, but may never return from. In it you acquire the aid of Mr. Zac who is posthumously played by Ed Wynn. This was his final and immortal part. It follows the structure of the Journey of the Hero laid out by Joseph Campbell. A format that Lord of the Rings, Percival, King Arthur, and Star Wars follows. Truly magical!

Mr. Zac from the Salem Trilogy illustrated by Chris Dowgin and published by Salem House Press.So pick up this tale and begin the Salem Trilogy and walk through the Unzipping Tree which appears every night after dusk on the Salem Common in real life and see where it takes you. You will not regret it.

The Dream bagger from A walk Through Salem Illustrated by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press.Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Witch House, Wicked Good Books, and Remember Salem. If your bookseller does not carry it ask for it by name from Salem House Press. Then pick up the next two books in the trilogy.

eBooks are available direct from Salem House Press with animated extras and Amazon.com. A Walk Through Salem was twice a winner of the Mass Cultural Commision Grant.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

Can you Name This Salem Local

Can You Name the Local Who Posed for this Illustration?

His nickname is Dr. P and the Prince of Derby Street. He wore a fashionable derby hat. He was a bartender at the PLAV. He worked at the power plant in Salem and  was brave enough to drink a Greek liquor made out of rattlesnake venom.

Can you guess his name? Place your guesses in the comment section below.

He appears in A Walk Under Salem. Continue your journey by reading this second book in the trilogy which is available at Barnes & Noble, Wicked Good Books, The Witch House, Remember Salem,  and on Amazon.com.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

Can You Name the Local from Salem

Can You Name the Local Who Posed for this Illustration?

See the great thing about the Salem Trilogy, is that they are filled with real people you will see walking down the street. Remember when you read the book in Salem as the main character, you are actually in the story and the people on the pages of the book are actually walking past you, if you time things right…

Its like that moment when Dorothy returns from OZ and realizes that the farm hands where in OZ as the Tinman, The Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow.

So can you name him? Here is a link to him playing harmonica with Sweet Pie (adult music).

A Walk Through Salem the fairy tale set in the whimsical magical side of Salem in which you are the main character. Available at Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com Or you can buy it directly from www.salemhousepress.com and give more of the profit to the author. Look for new AR version coming out this Summer.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.