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Blueprint for Murder is a comic story written & drawn by Jon Hastings. It features the Ghost Host (here identified with Master Gracey), as well as Mr Davis and Mr Coats, identified as the Coffin Occupant and Floating Candelabra respectively. The names of Crump, Atencio, Ravenscroft, Sklar, Anderson, Mister Frees and Yale G. are seen.


The Ghost Host tells the story of the two architects whom, as Master Gracey, he hired to build the Haunted Mansion. That story soon turns somber as the two rival craftsmen start plotting to assassinate each other and take all the credit for this one-of-a-kind architectural creation!



  • In the Library scene of Walt Disney World's The Haunted Mansion (1971), a two-volume book entitled The Art of Deception, written by one Claude Coats, can be seen. It is unclear if the story's "Mr Coats" and he are to be taken as the same individual.
  • The reliability of the Ghost Host's story is called into question by The Haunted Mansion (2016) and Mystery of the Manse (2005), which both state that the Ghost Host was not the first owner of the Mansion, whereas he (as Master Gracey) is here shown to have been the one to supervise its construction.
  • The Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Book (1994), meanwhile, implies that Master Gracey himself was the Coffin Occupant, rather than Mr Davis.
  • The 2011 changes to the queue area of the Walt Disney World The Haunted Mansion|Haunted Mansion (1971) added tombstones for individuals whose names appear in this story as the authors of books read by Coats and Davis: Frees and Ravenscroft.

Behind the scenes

This story only ever published in October of 2005 in SLG's The Haunted Mansion #1.

Mr Coats and Mr Davis are caricatures of Haunted Mansion imagineers Claude Coats and Marc Davis.

Comics & prose based on The Haunted Mansion
SLG Publishing
Mystery of the Manse & The Interview
Mystery of the Manse: Part OneMystery of the Manse: Part TwoMystery of the Manse: Part ThreeMystery of the Manse: Part Four
Mystery of the Manse: Part FiveMystery of the Manse: Final ChapterThe InterviewThe Follow-Up InterviewThe Final InterviewMisery of the Manse: Part 1
Anthology Comics
Room for a ThousandBlueprint for MurderWhile the Fifi is Away…Talking HeadsThe New Groundskeeper
Unlicensed & Unofficial
Kelly Green's Haunted Mansion Fancomics
Ghoulish DelightI Can't EvenImpending Doom Is FunnyPrisoner's EscapeIt's THAT Time Of Year • RudeOriginsThe Best Pal He'll Ever Have
TragicNever Think Out LoudJoining the PartyMeanwhile in the AtticHoliday SpiritLack of CommunicationGracey, Please
Missy and the Hitchhiking GhostNot The Reaction He Wanted
Emma Mosier's Haunted Mansion Fancomics
The Museum of the Strange and UnusualThe Ghost Host Doesn't Like FlashHattie and Connie's First MeetingPacking • Hatty and Emily Reunion
Ghost LoveThe Misadventures of Miss GhastHappy HauntsCharlie's Head Is In The Hatbox
Coff-In!Seekers of the WeirdDisney Kingdoms' Haunted MansionCookie Creeps
Short Stories
Spooky TenantsFamily SecretsA Chat with the Hatbox GhostA Haunted Mansion Tale
Solo Books
The Story and Song of the Haunted MansionThe Haunted Mansion Read-Along BookMagic from the Haunted Mansion
Ghost GalleryHaunted Mansion Pop-Up BookHaunted Happenings
Short Story Collections & Book Series
Enter If You Dare!
The Fortune-TellerThe Face in the MirrorMusic To Their EarsThe Eyes Have ItLate For The Wedding
Tales from the Haunted Mansion
The Fearsome FoursomeMidnight at Madame Leota'sGrim Grinning GhostsMemento Mori