Here is an excerpt from The Trail in the Woods. Chapter 2, The Fog.
They drove to Salem and found the mental hospital at 2600 Center St NE. “I read that it’s the oldest mental hospital on the West Coast,” Bob said as he parked the car across the street from the red brick building. “I don’t know whether you know it or not,” Bob said looking at the hospital, but the 1975 film ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ starring Jack Nicholson, was filmed there.”
“That’s interesting. I saw the movie but didn’t know that it was filmed at that mental hospital. Let’s go in and see if the guy that the old man told you about is still there,” Janet said glancing up at the darkening sky where thunderclouds were gathering. “Looks like we could be in for more rain.”
They went into the hospital and found out that Tom Wilson was still there and what room he was in.
“Hi,” Bob said looking at the person sitting on his bed. “I’m Bob and this is my friend, Janet. We’d like to ask you some questions. You are Tom Wilson, aren’t you?”
The guy looked at both of them with a blank expression. It was like they weren’t even there. Finally, he spoke, “Yeah, I’m Tom Wilson,” he said with a slight western drawl. “What do you want?” He sounded irritated that they wanted to talk to him. Tom started thumping his fingers on the bed and continued while they watched.
Bob and Janet watched him tapping on his bed. He looked like he was playing a broken record with his fingers. After a couple of minutes, Bob interrupted his playing and asked Tom if they could ask him some questions. He didn’t say anything, but looked up and nodded his head slightly in approval. However, he never quit thumping out his rhythmic beating with his fingers. Bob looked at Janet and shook his head.
Suddenly Tom blurted out, “They won’t let me out of here.”
“Who won’t let you out?” Janet asked looking around and glancing towards the door.
“The aliens,” Tom said, looking terrified. He glanced around the room as though someone might be watching him and added, “They just keep me locked up in here.”
“The aliens are keeping you here?” Bob asked.
“Yes,” Tom said nervously and messed with his hair. “They’ve been keeping me here since 1985. They locked me up and won’t let me go. They claim I’m crazy, but I’m not. Hell,” he added, “if I was crazy, I wouldn’t be in this place.”
“You’ve been in here since 1985?” Bob asked.
“Yes, since that fateful day,” he said. “It was the day I got back from the abduction and told the authorities. They said I was crazy and brought me here and threw away the key.”
I hope you like the excerpt and will want to read the rest of the book. You can check out more of the book and more about me on my website. Thanks for reading, Stan