J.M. Moore Discusses her novel “The History of the Barclay Hotel: A Collection of True Short Stories Both Epic”
J.M. Moore Background Introduction
“While living in the hotel, I heard many stories circulating about the crimes that took place there and I wanted to know the truth. I started researching it in 2008. The deeper I got into research the more tragedies I discovered. So much so, that I felt it would be a good idea to compile the stories into one collection….”
“I was walking home after work at night everyday by myself and passing by places that I had read were once crime scenes. Not to mention, I was living in that hotel all by myself. I admit, I was a little scared…”
“…The hotel has a rich history and the beginning of the book details what the hotel was like during its glory days then shifts to the numerous unfortunate events that happened there.”
In 2008, J.M. Moore started a long, dark journey. The Barclay Hotel, also known as The Van Nuys Hotel, sits in downtown Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1896, and It’s doors first opened in 1897. Since then, it has made quite a reputation for itself. Incidents and crimes that claimed the lives of so many, and left many others injured, The Barclay Hotel certainly has a dark and dreary past.
J.M. Moore has had the pleasure to live inside of The Barclay Hotel for several years, and has experienced the supernatural and paranormal events that dwell within the walls of this historic building. It is then when she got the motivation to research it’s history and write the book “The History of the Barclay Hotel: A Collection of True Short Stories Both Epic and Tragic”.
“The History of the Barclay Hotel: A Collection of True Short Stories Both Epic and Tragic” Synopsis
“This book was written to highlight the many happenings that took place in and around the Barclay Hotel located in downtown Los Angeles. There were a number of rumors and misinformation circulating regarding the many incidents such as suicides, murders, and mysterious accidental deaths that occurred in this 120-year-old hotel. Intensive and in-depth research was conducted on this hotel. Police reports, newspaper articles, coroner’s reports, and the like were uncovered and the factual stories of each of its over one dozen past visitors, have been brought to the surface in one complete collection.”
I had the pleasure to interview J.M. Moore about her book and her experiences at The Barclay Hotel. I was very intrigued by her story as she goes a little more in depth about the hotel. “The History of the Barclay Hotel: A Collection of True Short Stories Both Epic and Tragic” gives a snapshot of the incidents, crimes, and tragedies that occurred within the walls of the hotel. Various tragedies, ranging from accidentals, to fires, to suicides, to natural deaths. Even to more notorious tragedies linking two key serial killers: the “L.A. Ripper” and the “Skid Row Slasher”.
Tragedies aside, The Barclay Hotel is of historical significance. It’s been referred to as “the Titanic of hotels” back in it’s glory days. During a time when things were scarce, The Barclay Hotel was the first hotel in L.A. to feature full-service amenities, including in-room telephone service. People of all backgrounds took comfort within its rooms. The hotel has also been the popular attraction for directors and filmmakers.
Fast forward to the Present Day, The Barclay Hotel is now under new management and is up for sale, but the legend still lives on. Experience the hotel’s history as you read “The History of the Barclay Hotel: A Collection of True Short Stories Both Epic and Tragic”. The book embraces you as you journey within the confinements of the hotel page-by-page.
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