LOST SOULS OF LAKEWOOD
By Best Selling Author Charlie Hodge
Lost Souls of Lakewood - the History and Mystery of Blaylock’s Mansion is a fascinating, informative, thought provoking and sometimes whimsical historical-fiction novel centered around the haunted mansion near Nelson, British Columbia. Veteran B.C. journalist and novelist Charlie Hodge weaves a great story, in a chronological manner, spotlighting the numerous unique characters who lived on Lakewood lands from approximately 1750 until today.
Included within the 297-pages are tales of Selwyn Blaylock (the superstar metallurgist who built the iconic mansion), Canadian hero Newton Wolverton, con man Clifford Chase, legendary unionist Ginger Goodwin and numerous other great Canadians.
For more on Hodge see Bio.
GHOSTS HAUNT LAKEWOOD LANDS AND BLAYLOCK'S MANSION.
WHO ARE THEY? WHY ARE THEY THERE?
Straight out of a fairy tale or thriller movie, Blaylock's Mansion leaps into stunning view as one traverses a gentle curve in the road. Surrounded by spellbinding gardens and majestic trees, the 16,000 square-foot Tudor-Revival style architecture deep in the harsh, spectacular mountains of southeastern British Columbia captures the eye and the imagination.
Selwyn G. Blaylock learned all about harsh and spectacular things. In 1899 the young metallurgist graduated from Quebec's McGill University and ventured to Trail, B.C. During the next three decades his meteoric rise to President of Consolidated Mining and Smelting (later known as Cominco) had tremendous impact around the world.
Yet Blaylock was to pay a price in several ways. His life carried the great weight of expectation and demand, blended with responsibility and accountability. Some might suggest guilt.
The controversial death of union organizer Ginger Goodwin remains linked to Blaylock, as does his role in "the bomb" dropped on Japan.
Many believed Selwyn to be a haunted man.
Blaylock was not the only unique, larger-than-real-life character to live in the mansion or on the large property known as Lakewood. A number of fascinating characters also resided there before and after him.
Some of them never left.
From First Nation hunters, Hudson Bay Company workers, two mayors, freemasons, and a Civil War hero to a smooth-talking, high-rolling con man from California, veteran Canadian writer Charlie Hodge brings to life a variety of real and fictional characters and their common denominator in Lost Souls of Lakewood - The History and Mystery of Blaylock's Mansion.
It features several spellbinding tales within the main story, each one worthy of it's own novel.
Lost Souls of Lakewood is a must read for anyone with an interest in history, mystery or ghosts.