Cue the creepy organ music and cut to the clanking chains and creaking doors.
The Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert is celebrating lost treasures, ghosts and other unexplained phenomena with its inaugural Weird Tales Festival on Friday and Saturday in Ridgecrest, Calif.
The Weird weekend begins Friday evening with a dinner and the world premiere of "The Desert's Lost River of Gold" by documentarians Ted Faye, Jamie Hall and Allan Smith.
Saturday's Weird events continue with a downtown treasure hunt, a screening of the cult classic "The Ghosts of Death Valley Junction," a presentation and workshop by the ghost hunters of California Paranormal Private Investigations and a program by noted treasure hunter W.C. Jameson.Ridgecrest is west of Death Valley at the intersection of highways 395 and 14, about 2 1/2 hours northeast of Los Angeles.
Tickets to the dinner and movie premiere are $60 per person, $99 per couple. Other weekend activities are $5-$15. For more information and tickets, go to Weird Tales Festival, the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert or call (760) 375-8456.