Antrim medium pens memoir ‘Spirit Adventures’

  • Karen Tatro of Antrim has written a new memoir, “Spirit Adventures,” chronicling her life as a medium. Courtesy photo

  • The Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, New York is a known haunted location and is where Karen Tatro first began embracing her abilities as a medium. Courtesy photo

  • Karen Tatro of Antrim has written a new memoir, 'Spirit Adventures', chronicling her life as a medium. Courtesy photo—

  • Karen Tatro of Antrim has written a new memoir, 'Spirit Adventures', chronicling her life as a medium. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/13/2021 9:43:31 AM

It doesn’t matter where Karen Tatro goes, those who know of her mediumship abilities always ask for details about the cases she’s worked on.

“But I could never tell the whole story because I’d be there for hours,” Tatro said.

Some of the cases she’s spent years on, returning to specific locations multiple times on a quest to learn more. Sometimes though, the search for answers would result in more questions that would later reveal more layers to the stories of the spirits she came in contact with.

In addition to meeting with individuals seeking clarity on what they believed to be a spirit residing in their homes or place of business, Tatro travels to locations around New England for events each year, typically upwards of 15. But in 2020, like so many others, Tatro saw her schedule all of a sudden include a lot of free time.

It was May, just after she opened the family’s seasonal camp on the Seacoast for the summer, that Tatro got an idea.

“I was sitting there one day and I thought, I should really write about all my adventures, the locations I investigate,” she said. “People ask me about all those things, so why not write a book that covers all of it.” That’s when she started writing “Spirit Adventures,” which she self-edited in the fall and self-published in December.

For Tatro, it was rather appropriate that she began writing in May “as it always seems to be in the month of May” where a change to her life trajectory takes place.

“People have said for a long time, ‘you should really write that down,’ ” Tatro said.

The experiences, the feelings, the discoveries were all there – it was just a matter of figuring out what to cover first. Tatro knew she had to include her many trips to the Shanley Hotel in Napanoch, N.Y., the site of her most profound experience and what really set her on the path to connecting with the spirit world.

Tatro first visited the Shanley in 2010 and “it was my first realization,” she said, into the abilities that date back to the time when she was a child.

“At the time I wasn’t really embracing my mediumship,” Tatro said. “But when I got there, that dust came off the shelf.”

She connected with the spirit of a woman, who was murdered there. As Tatro described it, the spirit clung to her. That’s when she knew “I had to learn to work through my abilities,” she said.

“After working through all of that was when I realized there had to be others in the world with abilities they were trying to understand,” Tatro said.

Other locations included in “Spirit Adventures” are an inn on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, a private horse farm in East Kingston and a family home in Fitchburg. The Massachusetts home was a unique case for Tatro as the family living there described being terrorized by a spirit that she named “Shadow Man.”

“That was a difficult one to work on,” Tatro said. But not all the spirits are up to no good. “Not every haunted place has to be a scary place.”

She said spirits that remain are often either attached to the location or merely waiting for someone.

“People in the after life are stuck in their emotions,” she said.

Tatro knows there are those who are skeptical of her abilities and if what she does is based on the truth or made up. And the only way to conceivably open their minds to the possibilities is to provide a personal look at what she has felt and embraced over the last decade.

“You really can’t make it up,” she said. “And it’s just so fascinating.”

Tatro has already started working on her second book of the series and has more than enough for future publications, including her many visits to the Rhode Island house that was the basis for the film “The Conjuring.” She’s also visited places like the Mount Washington Hotel, Wentworth by the Sea and the Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, Mass.

She’s always loved writing, previously penning a children’s book and digital magazine. Her love for the written word dates back to her childhood and putting together “Spirit Adventures” just seemed natural.

“Some of it was very easy to write because most of these homes and locations I’ve spent a great deal of time at,” she said.

Tatro emphasized that “Spirit Adventures” is not a ghost story.

“I talk about life and death, what these spirits have taught me living on the other side,” she said. “If you want to know me, that’s what this book’s about.”

While she’s visited many of the locations in the book on numerous occasions, Tatro said a call to a new place is kind of like the famous line from “Forrest Gump” about a box of chocolates – “You never know what you’re gonna get.”

“I have no clue what I’m getting into,” she said. “So I start thinking ‘what kind of person do I need to be today?’ ”

The book is currently sold at the Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough, and online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

You can also reach out to Tatro through her website, www.karentatro.com.


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