The Ex-Hotel #ThursdayDoors @ImaginariumCon

The Imaginarium creative writing festival was the best yet! If you’ve never been, GO! It’s in Louisville, Kentucky, y’all. It has gaming (board and video), cosplay, kid minding/entertaining by Motley Kids, film screening, panels and workshops on just about everything writing-related, a vendor hall….

Per Bastet attended. We took turns staffing the book selling booth (did quite well, thank you!) and also did panels.

We offered our first-ever room party this year, and it was a roaring success. I forgot to take pictures of the food. ~sigh~ One thing was white chocolate rosewater truffles and one was watermelon salad, so you’ve already seen those, anyway.

But this post is about doors.

The hotel. (cue Psycho music) Last year, it was, in my opinion, substandard. After that round of complaints, they told the convention they were being bought by another company, who was going to do a thorough renovation. Then part of the hotel caught fire. They they said for sure they were renovating; how could they not?

I’m not going into details. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Ghost doors galore.

Our room was in the section with the bricks, not the burny one. On the first floor, which was good, because none of the elevators were working. Our room was several blocks-worth of parking lot from the convention center, but it didn’t rain much, so….

As you may imagine, we very much appreciated the editorial opinion of someone who may have had the room before us:

Here’s a close-up.

He’s my new hotel mascot. I’m calling him Mr. DeFuh.

The convention will be at another hotel from now on.

Thursday Doors is the brainchild of Norm Frampton, photographer extraordinaire. Visit his site, enjoy his wonderful photographs, follow his directions, and enter a world of doors.

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about a substandard hotel.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Ex-Hotel #ThursdayDoors @ImaginariumCon

  1. Ally Bean

    October 17, 2019 at 8:44am

    Not the most inviting motel I’ve ever seen. Kind of creepy, but then they all can’t be great. Glad you had a good time at your event. That’s what counts + pictures of doors, of course.

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      Marian Allen

      October 17, 2019 at 9:35am

      Imaginarium is the best event of the year, although Magna cum Murder runs almost even. 🙂

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  2. dan antion

    October 17, 2019 at 8:55am

    I’m glad the event went well, despite the hotel’s condition. I like Mr. DeFuh. I’ve stayed in a few hotels where he would be comfortable, or at least appropriate. Good thing we all appreciate ghost doors 😉

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  3. angela

    October 17, 2019 at 10:28am

    It’s a brain tackling writing prompt, thank you!

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  4. Norm 2.0

    October 17, 2019 at 3:45pm

    Oh you’re renovating? Great call us back once the renos are completed and we’ll consider coming back at that time…grrr!

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      Marian Allen

      October 18, 2019 at 7:54am

      Yeah, they renovated the rooms in the livable areas, like installing a grab bar between the tub and the toilet, so it can be inconvenient to both, rather than installing two where they would be useful. They left the bugs and possibly black mold. I’m just getting over whatever I left with. The con runners were furious that they’d been snookered. We will NEVER be at that hotel again.

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  5. janet

    October 17, 2019 at 5:32pm

    Yeah, not a winning hotel! Louisville, though, is a great place! Glad you had so much fun.


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      Marian Allen

      October 18, 2019 at 7:56am

      Louisville is great! The hotel was alllllllmost worth it, because it’s across Hurstbourne Lane from the Shalimar Indian Restaurant. I love that place! It has such handsome waiters good food.

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  6. joey

    November 3, 2019 at 6:40pm

    Gosh, that IS creepy!
    I’m glad you did so well 🙂

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      Marian Allen

      November 4, 2019 at 7:19am

      It wasn’t quite as creepy as a different festival we did that was held in an abandoned apartment store. They had to remove a dead raccoon before we could set up, and they never cleaned the toilets before, during, or probably after. Imaginarium is usually stellar in every way, but they signed a contract with some people who are NOT stellar. Next year, a REAL hotel!

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