In the early days of The Doors Jim Morrison would say a Doors concert was like a séance, very appropriate for setting a Doors Halloween article! Over the life of The Doors Examiner we’ve had the opportunity to look at some Halloweeny things, hauntings, apparitions and stories, here are some of them.
The most famous Doors Halloween story is of course Morrison’s belief that as a child, in a car with his parents, in the early morning hours they came upon a wreck of an Indian workers truck, he described it as seeing Indians laying over ‘dawns highway’ and the blood on the road looking like ‘funny red paint’ but he also described it as “the first time he tasted fear.” You can listen in Morrison’s own words and telling of the story at the Indian and the Coyote. If you would like a more factual accounting of the incident plus recent research on the incident see the Dawn’s Highway website.
Jim Morrison is also said to be making some ghostly appearances. Brett Meisner took a picture of Jim Morrison’s grave in Pere Lachaise cemetery and upon returning home and upon closer inspection noticed in the background what looked like Jim Morrison, dressed in white shirt and leather pants. You can read the full tale at “Jim Morrison’s Ghost Appears…Again.”
Staying in the realm of ghostly appearances, the building that once was The Doors Workshop and offices is said to be haunted by Morrison. A few years ago the building was inhabited by a Mexican restaurant (the restaurant also no longer exists in that space) and the owners and employees said Morrison’s spirit was still there, in the bathroom where Morrison recorded his L.A. Woman vocals. Fortunately, the story “The Return of Jim Morrison’s Ghost” still exists.
Have time for one more Jim Morrison ghostly appearance? A woman who lived in one of the homes Morrison lived in during his teenage years in Arlington, Virginia claims that Morrison visited her in her/his former bedroom. She says Morrison laid down on the bed next to her. She says the ghostly visitation helped her through a rough period with a boyfriend. “Now Appearing in Arlington, VA, The Ghost of Jim Morrison.”
If you prefer to keep your Halloween and hauntings literary there are a couple books out there worth considering. The first is the literary mashup Quoth the Raven in the book Classic’s Mutilated. In the story Jim Morrison is transported back to meet Edgar Allen Poe and battle him for his soul. If you want to stick to non-fiction Dead and Famous includes Pam Courson’s final resting place.
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