Author Archives: W. Keith Brenton

About W. Keith Brenton

W. Keith Brenton is a retired communication specialist, minister and passenger train conductor, living and writing in the historic resort village Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He is the widowed adoptive dad of Matt and Laura, and Pop-Pop to one grandchild. He enjoys drinking the local water, but unfortunately doesn’t look any younger than his actual age.

Fourth Book – New Title

Last night as I was walking, the working title of my forming fourth novel in the series changed in a flash of inspiration. And with the steps leading home, came the resolution of the main conflict in the story. I … Continue reading

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Eureka Springs Testimonials from the 1920s

This large and colorful brochure was issued by the city’s Commercial Club some time after 1919, the date of several of its testimonials to the curative powers of the spring waters. The quality of the color printing, staple binding and … Continue reading

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Did Eureka Springs Waters Actually Heal People?

In an earlier post, I asked a more generic version of this question: Did Spring Waters Actually Heal People? But let’s get more specific. What about the waters of Eureka Springs, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. What … Continue reading

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Ozarka Water and the Basin Park Hotel

The Ozarka Company and the new Basin Park Hotel, both managed by William W. Duncan, printed this very early 6.25″x14″ fold-out health travel and tourism brochure. The spring water company began operating under him in 1905 and the hotel opened … Continue reading

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New Synopsis

Today I wrote new copy for the synopsis of the series for its Amazon page, emphasizing the mystery aspect of the books: A quaint Victorian village in the Ozarks. A history of haints and hauntings. And a secret of seven … Continue reading

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All Aboard!

One of the sources of information for my novels is the award-winning 1993 documentary filmed by Claude Wiatrowski called “All Aboard for Eureka!” I’ve owned both the commercially-sold VHS and DVD copies of the film, and a couple of years … Continue reading

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Ghost Hotel

If you’ve read “The People of the Waters” trilogy, you know that one character, Nate, has his own encounter with spirits in the Crescent Hotel — a well-known haunt of ghosts for decades. This episode of “Haunting History” (2015) has … Continue reading

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A Good Day

The horribly-performed, off-key flutophone parody of “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic” has been stuck in my head all day, and if I have to suffer with that knowledge, I refuse to suffer alone. In spite of that mind-numbing … Continue reading

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Fourth book

Some thoughts are coming together for a fourth book in the cycle. They are definitely out of nowhere and a surprise to me. That’s the way I like ‘em.

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Skylark Mission Patch

I needed to design a mission patch for the uniform of my character Stan Lowell for the fourth slide (see previous post) in my Facebook ad slideshow, so I scanned the art I created when I was about 14-15 years … Continue reading

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