Spooky Truth or Fiction ~ Calisa Rhose


I’m thrilled to be a part of the Wild Rose Press’s Haunted Garden Blog Hop! There are lots of blogs to have fun with from now through the week (26-31) with prizes at every single stop! All you have to do is click on the five links below to go to the next set and comment to win. Easy-peesy, right? So sit back and enjoy the ride.

I remember one year my sister, brother and I got to go trick-or-treating with my cousin and aunt. I recall how excited, but a little scared I was to be in the dark with my aunt in a strange town. Now this might seem odd and you may be chuckling, but you don’t know my aunt.

She was my mother’s baby sister, and where my mom and the middle sister grew up average women, Auntie went…her own way.

I’m a fan of that show, TRUTH OR FICTION, where they show three or four short stories of supernatural or questionable events and you’re supposed to guess whether they are true or false. I usually get them all wrong. 😆 But that gave me an idea for this post, and to keep from getting sued (or worse!) I’ve made my own mother and her two sisters as the subjects–so here goes…

Truth or fiction?

  1. Auntie liked her candles and often talks about visiting the Faith Healers on a regular basis. She’s given me remedies to heal a curse that involves throwing a blessed coin into the sea as she repeated a chant three (or five?) times. For me, this thought conjure images of a cloaked woman, dark hair blowing wildly from the edges of a huge hood, wide skirt billowing around her legs, as she strolls on a jagged cliff high above crashing waves…

I can almost hear her chanting the secret words the Faith Healer told her to before throwing the coin into the murky depths below.

  1. Auntie also told me to put a room temperature, raw egg under the bed of a sick person to draw out the fever–which will hard boil the egg.
  1. Auntie will do almost anything to prevent her picture taken (though she’s had her familial moments lol), because she claims every time (my) picture is taken, a little piece of my soul is stolen.
  1. She told me about a boyfriend who cheated on her once when I was around ten years old. At some point after that he was arrested for some misdemeanor. The next morning the man supposedly awoke in the jail cell, with bruises and sore all over and claimed “someone I couldn’t see beat me up all night.”

I guess Halloween doesn’t mean as much to me because I lived it daily day growing up.

But auntie wasn’t the only special one in my family.

My mother had her gifts too. I told the story last year of her guardian angel and the first time I saw him. Well, let me tell you about another talent she possessed before her death. I got her to sit and do a partial card reading for me when I was eighteen. I don’t remember the results of that reading, probably because ever since I was entranced by the story she told me that day. She would only do a partial readings, and then only if the cards fell right. If they didn’t she’d take them back and walk away.


I don’t pretend to understand how card readings work, but the story is that when I was around eight months old my mom read for her middle sister for fun one day. They laughed as one card after another revealed horrible details. My aunt would be in a car, in rain, and run off a bridge  and die before her twenty-fifth birthday.

  1. Less than a month later my aunt and her husband got into a fight that to this day is conflicted and mysterious, the events following that argument even more suspect and sketchy.

In the end it was my cousin, only four at the time, who revealed a mystery. According to my cousin (who claims no knowledge of this conversation today), that my uncle deliberately drove off a little bridge a few miles from their house, in a rain storm. The three kids, nor her husband were injured, but her neck was broken. Her death was recorded as accidental. Her twenty-fifth birthday came a few days after her funeral.

So what about me, you might ask? I’ve already admitted to seeing my mother’s guardian angel. That’s as far as I’ll go here.

Now for the fun part.

Do you believe these stories really happened? Why? Why not? I’ll reveal the answers on the 31st!

Hop over to these author sites for more fun and I’ll be choosing one lucky commenter to receive a Wild Rose Press gift certificate or two (value to be determined on number of winners I pick :)) after the contest ends on October 31.





About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site https://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com/ when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), https://www.etsy.com/people/cmselfridge and https://poshmark.com/closet/okieflips I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 10/26/2012, in Welcome and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Ooo, Calisa!! I’ve got the chills once again! WHY am I visiting these blogs about creepy stories? Probably because I can’t help myself. I don’t want to know – but I do at the same time – and I love my fabulous sister Roses 🙂
    Think I’ll get my hubby to hold my hand tonight!
    I say – true, to them all. Great blog!


  2. A Karma can be a royal pain and it is plausible that the cheater got his just desserts…
    Candles are another plausible thing too cause of one of my mother’s family from Perry county is believer in this …
    As for the others nope… (but then again back in the day which I have an old medical book they had some strange medical treatments…)

    May not be online for the Oct 31 release due to Sandy and being in her direct path at the moment.. (last year mother natured treated us to a strange snow storm…)
    and power and internet is likely to be out

    Happy Halloween



  3. I agree, Karen. Lots to fiddle with should I ever write a mystery or witch story. LOL Glad you came by. 🙂


  4. I’m going to guess either 3 or 4 are true. But all are great stories and if it happens they’re all based in fact you’ll be lucky enough to never run out of story ideas 😀


  5. Tanya Hanson

    I love Aunty’s second one. I think I’ll try it LOL. Happy Halloween, Calisa. I believe in otherwordly things and suggestions, hints and helps but so far haven’t experienced any. More’s the pity LOL.


    • I have personally experienced more than I care to admit, Tanya. Not on a big scale yet, thank goodness?, but still have. You have to let me know if the experiment works! Happy Halloween!


  6. I believe the stories! At one time, I was a bit of a skeptic (even though I write ghost stories!) until on two separate occasions, two different mediums who had never met me delived messages to me that were spot-on. For no compensation whatsoever. Certain people have that heightened sense of awareness that allows them to connect with something otherworldly.


  7. Ooh these stories are so creepy, especially the one about the aunt dyiing in a car ‘accdent’ – that sounds like a good premise for a novel!:) The others sound pretty likely, but i’m not so sure abut that one, like Mae. But sadly I know men do sometimes kill their children after an agument with the mother, it happened a month or so in this area where a man’s wife left him and he killed himself and his two children. Tragic.


    • They do the strangest things. When I was a teen in Wash state there was a mother who threw her two babies (3 and 1 1/2 maybe) over a bridge into the Columbia River because “God told her to so they wouldn’t grow up into sinners.” :/

      But I think you read it wrong. My cousins are alive and rotten as can be to this day! LOL Thanks for stopping!


  8. i think some of it was true, i hope not about the aunt but strange things like that have happened and will again history has loads of stories like that

    happy halloween everyone


    • That’s very true, Angie. I’m often surprised, and a little doubtful of the truth in the show because it’s not as believable as the false ones at times. You’re entered.


  9. Jane Squires

    Maybe – maybe not – I hope some are fiction. Please enter me.


  10. There are definitely spine-tingling stories in there. I’m wise enough to admit there are a lot of things I don’t understand and can’t explain, but I’m going to be the skeptic in the group and say no to the card reading only because the details are so precise.

    And because I can’t imagine a man being that horrible to his children because of an argument with his wife. Ack!

    No matter what, this was a fun, clever post. Happy Halloween!


  11. I love your blog post Calisa! I believe it’s all true because things like that go on in my world all the time. If you embellished it a bit, so much the better. Ever think about writing paranormal? You’d be great! Thanks for sharing and setting a cool Halloween atmosphere.


  12. I love those truth or fiction shows too. I always guess wrong. So I’m saying everything is true except the beat up boyfriend. That one may have been wishful thinking. lol….
    Great blog post for Halloween. Enjoy the blog hop everyone.


  13. Joanna Aislinn

    Your stories are wonderful–the one about the aunt who’s neck broke in that car accident is pretty harrowing. You inspired me with a reminder of a creepy connection I’ve lived. Think I’ll post about it on….Halloween! Thanks for sharing your stories and for spurring me to write, lol.


  14. What a fun read. I agree with other commenters. You have a very interesting and family background to draw from. Now I want to try the egg experiment. : )


  15. Calisa, you have one interesting family…I can see why you became a writer! I have to make up paranormal stuff, you don’t. I’m jealous! Great blog.


  16. I say true! Of course, I would. It was about that weird at my house. Okay, no one did the egg, but the rest–oh yeah.


  17. I loved the stories! Could they be true– I lived with the paranormal, too. They could all be true. lol


  18. Holy crap. Holidays at your house must be a barrel of laughs. I’m going to send you a rabbit’s foot. Okay, going with true, but it’s not nice to scare your friends. 😉


  19. Fabulous and eerie stories, Calisa. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. I already know about your most unusual aunt, so am on board with those accounts. Given your unique background, I’m going with yes on them all.


  20. true or not, I have little chills going down my spine. But I’m gonna say true…because fact is waaaay stranger than fiction, in my experience. 🙂


  21. Spooky post-are they true or not? I hope not re: the aunt who died on the bridge!


  22. Love your stories, Calisa. And yea, I believe them. Why? Because nothing is more wonderful or more strange than family! And with your high cheekbones and being from out west, I’d bet you have some Native American blood running through your veins. IMHO, Native Americans are historically, more in tune with nature and the supernatural.


    • So intuitive, Lilly! I’m actually from and live in the Midwest (Oklahoma) but you’re right about one thing (can’t spoil the fun for everyone else :D), I’m part Cherokee. Thanks for coming to play! 🙂


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