See a book, buy a book!

The simplicity of the above statement is not a line for a new children’s book, but brought to you by my imagination as preparation for the book signing I’ll be attending Saturday July 13th from noon until 4pm in Havre de Grace at the Spencer Silver Mansion at  200 Union Avenue.

The building, like much of the town, has a history of ghosts.

Another Havre de Grace house noted for its haunted history is the Senecca House.   Dr. Frank Wolbert lived there and on August 15, 1967 died there.  He was supposedly found strangled with his head bashed in after an evening spent with an AWOL marine who stole his car.  Facts about the doctor’s life are vague and mysterious, with even some stories claiming that the eccentric doctor kept a collection of shrunken heads and an alligator in his basement.  The Senecca house is currently home to doctor offices whose employees supposedly often deal with objects disappearing or being discovered in odd places.  When such things happen it is suggested that ‘Frankie’ (AKA Wolbert’s ghost) is to blame.

Picture taken of the Senecca House during a tour I guided years ago. Notice anything odd about the picture of the old empty house?

Other Havre de Grace tales of murder include the end met by a cab driver on the Havre de Grace back road once referred to as Lover’s Lane.  Plus the town’s ample population of inns often plays host to ghost.

I will be at the Spencer Silver to sign and sell copies of my book Midnight Writings.  Written while I led ghost tours for a local Havre de Grace group, one chapter revolves around regional ghost stories I’ve learned.  Other offerings include fictional tales I devised, such as Recipe For Writing about an author’s quest to achieve good stories and Proof Positive about a collector of items used by murderers whose evil powers may still  hold sway.

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Writer W. P. Rigler’s books of science fiction, fantasy, and horror include Midnight Writings and Stranger Thoughts.

I’ll also have copies of Certain Shadows I Have Known and my newest effort – Stranger Thoughts.  Stranger Thoughts explores the blurred line between horror and humor with sections of fiction, poetry, and quizzes as well as my frightening dating experiences.  Quizzes included allow the reader the identify what supernatural entity they might be dating.

Joseph Farley whose numerous writings include his newest novel Labor Day, a tale of a strange new world and its stranger citizens.


Other writers to be in attendance with their books include Labor Day writer Joseph Farley and children’s writer Patrick O’Donnell of Do Dinosaurs Have Dentists?.

Writer Patrick O’Donnell, author of the children’s book ‘Do Dinosaurs Have Dentists?’.

Author Signing Approaches

A month from now it will all be over  A part of the past.  A memory.  Hopefully a good memory.

July 13th there is to be an authors’ signing at the Spencer-Silver at 200 South Union Avenue in Havre de Grace, Maryland.  I will be in attendance with my books, as will children’s book writer Patrick O’Donnell and the imaginative author Joseph Farley whose diverse work includes the futuristic strangeness of Labor Day.image1

Writers will have copies of their work to sell and sign.  There may be some talks too.


Joseph Farley whose numerous writings include his newest novel Labor Day, a tale of a strange new world and its stranger citizens.
Writer Patrick O’Donnell, author of the children’s book ‘Do Dinosaurs Have Dentists?’.
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Writer W. P. Rigler’s books of science fiction, fantasy, and horror include Midnight Writings and Stranger Thoughts.


Written Works of W. P. Rigler

I have been writing for some time.  In school my meager tales managed to catch the attention of some fellow students.  I even remember one retrieving  a story abandoned in a trash can.  Things seldom change, eh?  Perhaps popularity has eluded me but I have produced a number of books available…somewhere.

The collection of W. P. Rigler books is mainly comprised of anthologies.  The first was created when I grew tired of rejection letters stating the story was well written and original.  The letter would then continue with reasons why it just wasn’t right for them.  Now you can judge for yourself.


SUMMONED SECRETS was my first anthology attempt.  Published at the start of 2012, its eighteen stories were born of such genres as suspense, horror, fantasy and science fiction.  My humble selections for best story offerings within include…

Bad for Business – An unscrupulous self proclaimed medicine man roaming the wild west meets an unfortunate fate when he is offered a wagon ride.

A Sin’s as Good as a Change – A police officer on an alien world investigates a murder which leads to an ancient plot.

Hot Times at the Horse Hoof Hotel – A mysterious stranger offers sisters at a run down desert hotel an offer that cannot be refused…at least one of them can’t.

The Whitechapel Wagers – A game of cards has sinister implications.

The Infinite Killer – When a man is disappointed in alternate realities can he kill himself?

Also included were twelve poems, reflecting my interest in the afterlife, fantasy, and just the bizarre in general.

MIDNIGHT WRITINGS from 2015 centered more on horror and suspense.


The stories included…

PROOF POSITIVE – A collector of items with horrific histories learns there might be more to his newest aquisition than meets the eye.

THE CUSTOMER – A bartender is quite fed up with a talkative client.  So much so that death might be the final statement.

BLOOD RITES – A man with a link to the Jack the Ripper murders is transformed into a vampire.  The short story version of my book Terror’s Taste.

For a change, this time I also threw a few articles into the mix.  They dealt with my monstrous mini-adventures in the world of filmmaking (in brief appearances I’ve portrayed both zombie and vampire – I preferred the later as there was no bloody makeup used plus I had a line!) and my time leading ghost tours in Havre de Grace.  Plus I reminisced some about my previous writings.  Seem familiar?

TERROR’S TASTE – Centers on plots to control the world dating back to ancient Atlantis.  One ritual includes the Jack the Ripper murders, and when a man involved with one of the murdered prostitutes is transformed into a vampire, a quest for bloody vengeance is unleashed.  There are more characters and subplots at work then in the short story version contained in Midnight Writings, but at around a hundred pages it is still a fast read.


CERTAIN SHADOWS I HAVE KNOWN – A hit man is dubbed a shadow stalker for his willingness to carry out a gangster’s supernatural contracts as prescribed.  The hit man doesn’t believe in the paranormal, but that changes after the surprising revelations of his last kill.  I am quite proud of the work, but at a hundred and twenty pages it is further proof that in both writing and reading matters I am a literary sprinter and not a literary marathon man.

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STRANGER THOUGHTS – My newest work again combines short story and poetic offerings.  Short story offerings include…

Within the Water – A husband can’t get over his wife’s death at sea and experiences odd sightings in his new house’s pool.

Wicked Reign – A small western town is the threshold of a curse and monsters.

Buried Treasure – A pirate’s chest contains more then plunder, horror waits within.

Her Car – A murderer can’t seem to escape the judgement of his killed wife’s car.

Forbidden Visions – A writer’s study of a mysterious book involves a missing woman and a late mystic whose cult supposedly actively lingers on.

Plus Stranger Thoughts contains a section entitled The Ultimate Guide to Dating While Avoiding Supernatural Menaces which combines my true life dating experiences with a humorous history of dating.

Summoned Secrets and Midnight Writings by W. P. Rigler can by ordered via lulu.

Certain Shadows I Have Known by W. P. Rigler and Stranger Thoughts by W. P. Rigler can be ordered via Amazon or from their publisher Rowanvale Books.

Wicked Intent


As it is October here, the nights are getting longer and the ghoulish is most appreciated so I thought I’d share some macabre musings and writings.

While I’m sure everyone can select a favorite frightening author, the two that first leap out at me are H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.  Truly beware should leaping occur in a dark room.

Of the two, I prefer Lovecraft with his supernatural immortals battling to retake the Earth.  There is the spark of great mythology or comic books in his work.  I’ve been asked if I’ve written Lovecraftian tales.  I haven’t directly, but as I look back at my work I see his fingerprints on some stories.  The Body from MIDNIGHT WRITINGS tells of a man’s enigmatic disappearance followed by the destruction of a town.  It’s up to the reader to decide what’s truly happened, including who or what’s responsible.  An Unusual Occurence Within Wilkins Woods reports what happens to a couple returning late at night from a Halloween party.  Did they encounter aliens?  Could aliens be the next replacement for paranormal god-types?

MIDNIGHT WRITINGS also contains tales of suspense and psychological horror.  Those stories would be indebted to Edgar Allan Poe.  I like Poe, but find myself more appreciating his tales then enjoying them.  His writing style, echoing his era of writing, is very dense – I find even much more so then Lovecraft’s which is quite dense.  Poe has been credited with many short story firsts, including concocting the first detective story with Murders in the Rue Morgue.   I’ve been compared to Poe, but think that’s more of a kind reference due to our working in the same genres.  I would in no way compare myself to Poe.  Poe inspired tales could include Reason to Kill, Recipe for Writing and The Customer.  Reason to Kill tells of a murderer with one slight problem – he seems to keep having his actions witnessed.  Recipe for Writing is the story of a writer who finds his work fueled by his own suffering, so he takes matters into his on hand.  The Customer is a character that a bartender has had enough of.

Poe even made an unearthly appearance aiding a henpecked husband in To Praise Poe, found in my book SUMMONED SECRETS.  That book also contains poetry.  The Raven is Poe’s melancholy masterpiece of his many famous poems.

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Ghosts – From Campfire to Silver Screen

Ghosts.  Spirits.  Spectres.  Hallucinations?

The stories of wayward souls haunting the living, or even certain objects, have long been intriguing listeners and storytellers.  Anyplace is suitable to spin a ghost yarn, from ye olde campfire to the modern movie complex.

I’ve long been interested in tales of the paranormal.  I’ve written quite a few horror tales, but never a genuine ghost story.  Maybe I’m just not enough of a believer for spectral inspiration?

I have wandered about some of Maryland’s noted ghost haunts.  Doors have opened on their own before me at Fell’s Point and at the historically preserved Hollingsworth House in Cecil County.  I used to lead ghost tours in Maryland.  While a few patrons of the tours thought they glimpsed occasional oddities in the windows of the Seneca House, the ghosts as a whole were very politely quiet during the tours.  More then I can say for the  occasional human heckler in passing.

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Excuses, excuses…

Number one excuse at Space Cadet School – “The alien ate my homework.”

Number one excuse for test failure at Zombie University – “I don’t have the brains for this.”

Number one excuse for tardiness to Werewolf Obedience School – “There was a full moon.”

Number one excuse at Coven Culinary School – “The bat wings weren’t fresh.”


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