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The Groundskeeper's Secret is a comic story written and drawn by Darren William Frydendall, featuring the Haunted Mansion's Horace the Caretaker, the Singing Busts (Rollo Rumkin, Uncle Theodore, Cousin Algernon, Ned Nub and Phineas P. Pock) Bones, Edgar the Raven, King Tut, Harriet, the Opera Ghost, the Brick Arm Guy, the Hearse Driver, and, in her debut, Mrs Fusslebottom.


One night, after concluding their usual performance of Grim Grinning Ghosts, the Singing Busts decide to shake things up a bit by telling the story of why Horace the Caretaker keeps walking the graveyard of the Haunted Mansion every night even though he seems incurably afraid of ghosts!



  • This story purports to explain the presence of the Caretaker in the actual The Haunted Mansion ride (1969) if the ride is to be taken as happening “in real time”, with the events happening over and over every time a guest arrives, as opposed to being a one-of-a-kind event which would more easily justify the Caretaker's fright but conflict with nearly all non-ride Haunted Mansion media.
  • The Singing Busts refer to Horace's dog as “his Bony dog”, in an apparent reference to the Ghost Gallery where his name is given as “Bony”.

Behind the scenes

This story was only ever printed in 2006 in Haunted Mansion #2.

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