Sometimes you just never know what you're wandering into around here.

You just never know what you’re wandering into around here.

Ready for some more flashy fiction compliments of Rochelle and the Friday Fictioneers?

This week, the genre is historical fiction and the picture prompt is courtesy of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The woman can write and take pictures!

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Cleveland, Ohio. 4308 Franklin Blvd.

4 BD, 4.5 BA, 2,625 sq ft. 20-room historic sandstone Gothic castle built in 1860. One of a kind, rustic mansion with old world charm. Lots of character! Original everything! 1999 fire only adds to unique atmosphere and patina of wooden doors that close on their own! This is no drive-by listing. It’s a must-see property. A must-hear one, too! Listen carefully for babies crying. No babies. Just crying. It’s perfect for discouraging extended company.

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$399,900 or best offer. Owner financing available.

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This story (all 99 words) is inspired by one of America’s most famous haunted houses: Franklin Castle in Cleveland, Ohio.

It was built in 1881 for Hannes Tiedemann, an immigrant from Germany who made good in the US. Tiedemann may have gained significant wealth, but people, especially children, were dropping like dead bodies around him in his castle.

It is currently being subdivided for multiple occupancy. Makes sense. It is already occupied by several different souls already, right?

No, this is not the set for the Munsters. It's The real Franklin Castle in Ohio.

No, this is not the set for the Munsters. It’s The real Franklin Castle in Ohio. Maybe a color picture would have made the place look less spookier…

Do you believe in the paranormal? Do you believe in the normal? Think about that and let me know…