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On Ghosts and History: Patrick Whitehurst

Today, I’d like to welcome fellow historian, writer, and friend, Patrick Whitehurst, to my blog.

Grab a coffee and put your feet up. It’s time to take five minutes out of your day to read about his journey into ghosts and history.

Over to you Patrick…

It’s hard to remember when I first decided to tackle a book about ghosts, particularly one that focuses on my childhood home along the central coast of California. From my earliest memories I was aware of ghostly encounters and haunted places, likely due to the sheer volumes of such stories in Monterey County. I grew up in Seaside, California, and moved to Arizona at the age of 22. From there I carried the memories of those ghostly tales with me, not to mention beat up copies of author Randall Reinstedt’s books of paranormal tales of Monterey. For a young man accustomed to such things, I was surprised to learn there were no such books in northern Arizona, though there were plenty of stories. I rectified that with a little self-published (and long out of print) book called Legends, Ghosts & Superstitions of Williams and the Grand Canyon. While I’ve learned a lot about writing since then, in both fiction and nonfiction, my love for all things paranormal has remained constant. And in early 2019, after having moved back to the California coast, I set out in earnest to explore the haunted places of Monterey County.

Haunted Monterey County is a detailed love letter of sorts. It takes a journalistic look at the ghost stories, some truly terrifying, along the shores and interior of this celebrated, luxurious piece of California while at the same time offering historical insight to the area’s rich history. For me, writing about history and its connection to the paranormal was an opportunity I couldn’t resist, a chance to reminisce with my childhood self about those chilling stories I knew so well and connect it to the history I love to write about as an adult, examples of which can be found in my Images of America books. It also offered a chance to provide new stories of paranormal incidents along the central coast, as well as updating stories that have been around for some time.

I’ve dedicated the book to Mr. Reinstedt as a way to thank him for opening my eyes to the strange and bizarre side of human existence. I was also lucky the book sparked the interest of California artist and fellow history fiend Paul Van de Carr, who provided a number of fantastic art pieces for the book. It’s my hope Haunted Monterey County inspires future historians and ghost hunters just as I was inspired as a child, under the bedsheets, in the dead of night, so many years ago.

Haunted Monterey County is now available on pre-order from the History Press. It will be released on 30th September 2019.

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Many thanks Patrick. Fabulous blog.

Happy reading everyone,

Jenny x


My First Time: Patrick Whitehurst

Today I am joined by a good friend from the other side of ‘The Pond’. Patrick Whitehurst is a multi-talented, multi-genre author. He first came to my attention with his erotic writing, but is now best known for his fabulous ‘Barker Mystery’ crime fiction. So, how did it all begin?

Over to you Patrick…

First Time

Can you remember writing the first story you actually wanted to write, rather than those you were forced to write at school? What was it about?

The first story I wrote that I actually wanted to write was a short story about a man in a cabin who fought off a werewolf attack. The story was likely influenced by my love for Stephen King. I was 16 at the time.


What was your first official publication?

My first published story was a non-fiction humour piece about Valentine’s Day that appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun, a daily newspaper out of Flagstaff, Arizona.

What affect did that have on your life?

From that point on, my short non-fiction and even art began to appear more and more in northern Arizona publications, which led to college and a degree in journalism.

Does your first published story  reflect your current writing style?

Not at all! Back then I tried to sounds smarter and write with my humour than I do these days. For me, the simpler the style the better and the more accidental the humour the better.

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What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently editing “Mantula,” the story of a man born into the body of a tarantula. He teams up with a quail, himself a former meth addict, to find a cure for their affliction. With Catholic saints, curses, an evil centipede, and more; it’s the weirdest novella I’ve ever produced. Portions of the story are told in the form of faux news stories, memes and comic books. Mantula should be available on Amazon in March.


Patrick Whitehurst is a fiction and non-fiction author who’s written for a number of northern Arizona newspapers over the years, covering everything from murders to Rotary luncheons. In his spare time he enjoys painting, blogging, the open water, and reading everything he can get his hands on. Whitehurst is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and currently lives along the central coast of California.
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Many thanks Patrick.
Happy reading,
Jenny x

Author Patrick Whitehurst Gets His Mystery On

Hi, everyone! Thank you to Jenny Kane for having me on her site to talk about the mystery genre and writing – two subjects dear to my heart.

I think most of us have a special place for mysteries, whether that’s watching “Sherlock” or reading “Gone Girl,” which we’re all hoping will be a kick-ass movie this year.


I got into mysteries in the 1970s as a kid, with “Columbo” and “The Rockford Files,” then “Simon and Simon” and “Magnum P.I.” in the 80s. From there I veered into print mysteries, where I fell in love with Sherlock Holmes and Poirot, then Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe. Pulp novels quickly became a fascination with me, from Tarzan to The Shadow, and later with modern pulps like The Executioner, The Destroyer and the Nick Carter: Killmaster series.

These days I read nearly everything I can get my hands on, including favorites like Stieg Larsson and James Ellroy, and many, many others. And, while I get turned on by all of them, I’ve found many recent works lack a certain element of fun and, on top of that, a thrilling sense of adventure. I decided to change that when I sat down to write the Barker Mysteries.

Barker is sort of a blend of characters: Holmes meets Tarzan in a way – but he is a man with no memory of his past. He lives with a pack of dogs under Old Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, California, and ends up in various situations, from kidnappings to murder plots and everything in between. More than anything, I wanted “Monterey Noir” and “Monterey Pulp” to bring readers into a world of adventure and intrigue, with a little romantic flair thrown in, and not leave them too “heavy” when it’s over.

I also chose to make my lead character a homeless man in the hopes that I could present that segment of our population in a way that might surprise readers. I created a strong, handsome detective who lives on the fringes of society. He’s a homeless man, but not someone to pity.

Both Noir and Pulp hit Amazon and other digital novel sites in 2013. Currently, “Monterey Confidential,” the third entry in the series, sits on my desktop as a work in progress. Unlike the first two, which contain a number of short mysteries that connect to the larger story, Confidential will be a single, longer story that brings Barker face to face with a man from his cloudy past. He’ll also leave his comfort zone of California, for the hot desert of Arizona.

And that’s the great thing about mysteries, whether fun or heavy, the genre is wide open – and as popular as ever – something I should probably thank Benedict Cumberbatch for providing!


About Patrick Whitehurst

Patrick Whitehurst is an award-winning journalist, artist and author of the Barker Mysteries, first released in 2013 by Deerstalker Editions – a small press publisher based out of San Francisco.

Besides Monterey Noir and Monterey Pulp, he’s written two regional non-fiction books for Arcadia Publishing in their Images of America series. His books, “Williams” and “Grand Canyon’s Tusayan Village,” focus on the rich history found in the two Grand Canyon gateway communities. His fiction has appeared in various anthologies and newspapers around the country.

Over the years, Whitehurst has served as president for the Northern Arizona Authors Association and worked as a book reviewer for Kirkus Discoveries.

Visit Patrick online at for his thoughts on writing, writers, excerpts, and more.


Many thanks for coming to visit today Patrick!! I love that you love Columbo (one of my earliest TV memories) and Sherlock!! Gotta love a bit of Benedict!!

Happy reading,

Jenny xx











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