Uncanny, eldritch, spooky, mysterious… These are words I use a lot as the editor of Tripping Magazine. That’s tripping as in travel, not the other thing. Tripping Magazine showcases destinations of paranormal interest. If you like to tour haunted houses or watch the skies for aliens while staying at a nice B&B and doing a bit of souvenir shopping, then Tripping is the magazine for you.

As an added benefit, Tripping focuses on the United States. In these tough economic times, why travel halfway across the world to see an abominable snowman when we have our very own Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest? If you’re lucky enough to hear our sasquatches grunt a word or two, you won’t need a foreign language dictionary to understand it, and the water is always safe to drink.

I spend most of my day on the computer, ferreting out the odd and unexplained. Our most recent feature, about perpetually young Doreene Gray and her aging portrait, came as a result of online gossip from an unpaid intern. Some think that’s a little unethical, and I have to agree. Internships are nothing but indentured servitude with coffee. Regardless, our visit to Port Townsend, Washington, was an odyssey of family secrets and disappearing paintings. There was also a plague of slugs.

Sometimes fate steps in and brings us a story. We were first on the scene for Charlotte Baskerville’s ghostly Chihuahua because the wife of Tripping’s owner is related to her – Charlotte Baskerville, that is, not the Chihuahua. The fact that the location for that story, Manitou Springs, Colorado, has several haunted businesses and an annual coffin race was icing on the spectral cake.

As it happens, I’m writing this while on location for our next feature, in central Florida, close to Silver Springs natural theme park, where Creature from the Black Lagoon was filmed. Head writer Michael Abernathy, photographer Suki Oota, and I are braving scorpions and alligators in search of Daeodon, a monstrous prehistoric pig. This story came about as the result of a YouTube video. Some of my favorite search terms on YouTube are attack, shocking, and you won’t believe this. The results can be questionable, but I’m always entertained, and that is the main thing.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Day in the Life of the editor of Tripping, the travel magazine of supernatural destinations.

You can read more about Angus in The Portrait Of Doreene Gray, the second book in the “Tripping Magazine” mystery series. The first book in the series is Chihuahua of the Baskervilles.

** Thanks to the Esri, I have one (1) copy of THE PORTRAIT OF DOREENE GRAY to give away. Contest open to residents of the US only. Contest ends July 22. Leave a valid-email address with your comment. Book will be shipped directly from the author. **

Meet the author
Esri Allbritten is the author of the Tripping Magazine mystery series, which falls somewhere between Agatha Christie and Scooby Doo. In addition to sushi, bowling and madrigals, she enjoys discovering quirky, real-life towns and wreaking fictional havoc in them. Esri lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, Angel Joe, her cat, Musette La Plume, and her Chihuahua puppy, Josie O.

Books are available at retail and online booksellers.

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