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I think I may have gotten my love of dark and creepy things from…

My Grandma.

I suspect she’d be surprised to hear this, but in a way it makes sense.

My grandma’s house was across the road from a gray, weather worn, abandoned house and barn. On nice summer days we’d walk back there and peek in the windows. We’d wonder who lived there and why they left. I was never scared–even when we found a fox skeleton–only curious. We would imagine the house when it was young and whole and lived in. Imagine women in long dresses and men who were men–as Grandma used to say.

I suspect Grandma would’ve enjoyed going with me and Kathleen on our Abandoned House Adventure!


On a beautiful day in October, a few days before Halloween, me and fellow writer Kathleen Groger spent the day exploring.


Here’s what we found…


This place looks like it was once an old school house that someone tried to convert into a home.

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This is the rearview.

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The roof has collapsed and the structure is in poor shape, but…

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The outhouse looks ready for use!

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After we left the school house, we quite randomly we found this place…


One wall still had intact wallpaper…


A neat old sink…

A skeleton…


Out back there was an outhouse. I must be weird because I find these old outhouses fascinating.


Am I the only one that gets yicked-out at the thought of people sitting there going to the bathroom with someone right next to them? I think that’s a third smaller, child-sized hole on the far left. Potentially, three people could’ve been all sitting there at the same time.

This gives me a deep gratitude for flush toilets and privacy!


And the entire reason for our Abandoned House Adventure day…

(See that fence? I cut my thumb on it climbing back over when we left. Thankfully, Kathleen is a mom and therefore was prepared with a handy Band-Aid).


Back in early summer I contacted Kathleen about exploring this place. I had spotted it behind a large overgrown pasture. We decided to wait for autumn when all the ticks would be dead before exploring.

At one point this house was beautiful. In it’s own eerie way, it still is.

You can’t see it in this photo, but there used to be a porch that spanned the entire front. The porch has completely collapsed and we had to step on its roof to enter the house.


There are strange iron shapes on all sides of the house. Anyone know what they are?


A beautiful light switch. I love the old stuff more than anything I can buy in store.AbandonDay10

This design that ran clear up to the top of the stairs. The upper floor was too unstable to step on.


This was our last stop of the day.


Anyone care to try a sip?


The flowers are dead in this photo, but even though the property has been abandoned for nearly twenty years, they still bloom every year.


I love the simple beauty of this tree.



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About Kathleen:

Kathleen Groger wrote her first story in elementary school about a Pegasus named Sir Lancelot. It had no plot or conflict, but it sparked a dream. And after a fifteen-year career in retail management, the bulk in big box bookstores, she decided to pursue her love of writing. She writes paranormal, fantasy, suspense, horror YA.

She lives by the mantra that a day is not complete without tea. Lots of tea. Kathleen lives in Central Ohio with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. When not writing or editing or revising, you can find her reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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About Abbie: Abbie Roads writes dark emotional novels featuring damaged characters, but she always gives her hero and heroine a happy ending… After torturing them for three hundred pages. Her first novel will be coming out October 2016 from Sourcebooks.

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