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1. White House

The White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been the home of every American president and his family since the John Adams administration in 1800. Homes in the US don’t get much more historic, and few are reported to be more crowded with undead souls.

The Legend

According to legend, the first First Lady to take residence in the mansion liked it so much that her spirit remains there today. Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, can reportedly be seen hanging laundry in the East Room from time to time.
Adams probably doesn’t get much chance to be lonely, as Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison, has also been spotted hanging out in spirit form at the White House. Madison, who designed the Rose Garden during her husband’s administration, allegedly returned to stop work on the garden’s removal years later.

That’s far from all of the haunting in this landmark. The Rose Room, also known as the Queen’s Bedroom, is said to be the spiritual hot spot in the White House. The ghosts of everyone from President Andrew Jackson to President Abraham Lincoln is said to occupy that bedroom.

Finally, many visitors and residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue claim to have seen Abraham Lincoln’s ghost walking the grounds. First Ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Grace Goodhue (wife of Calvin Coolidge) told of spotting Lincoln’s ghost in the appropriately-titled Lincoln bedroom. As well, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands claimed that, while spending the night at the White House, she heard Lincoln knocking at her bedroom door. (I’m sure it was perfectly innocent…)

But Is It True?

Most ghost stories seem to indicate that great traumas or intense emotions are what spark a haunting. Ghosts don’t want to hang out just ANYWHERE. They occupy those locations where significant events went down. And it’s hard to think of a more significant place where more dramatic decisions have been made than at the White House.

Still, with so many people walking through the White House every day, it seems an odd place for ghosts to be mucking about unseen. And a lot of the stories about White House hauntings are patently absurd, such as when Winston Churchill claimed to have been taking a bath in the White House, only to emerge nude and find himself face-to-face with Lincoln’s ghost.


2. Rose Hall House

Rose Hall House is one of the most famous and lavish homes in Jamaica. It was first constructed in the 1770s in Montego Bay, and was most recently refurbished in the 1960s. It is a popular tourist attraction.

The Legend

In 1820, Haitian-born Annie Palmer married John Palmer of Montego Bay. John owned Rose Hall at this point, and ran it as a plantation, utilizing slave labor. John died soon after returning to Rose Hall with his Haitian bride. According to local legends, Annie was a psychopath who used voodoo to dominate the men of the plantation. She allegedly manipulated the string of new husbands she acquired over the years, as well as the slaves who worked on the plantation, tolerating them for a time, only to murder them when she lost interest.

Annie was said to have a freakishly high sex drive. When she became bored with her three husbands, all who died under strange circumstances, she would make male slaves join her in bed. When Annie grew tired of a slave, she would murder them as well. This ritual repeated itself for years apparently, all right there in Rose Hall House.

It’s said that Annie was eventually killed in her bed by one of her victims, possibly a slave during the slave of the 1830s. Annie was buried in a special grave in the woods, but her spirit reportedly remains in the Rose Hall to this day. The site, in addition to being a tourist attraction, has been home to numerous seances and attempts to commune with Annie’s spirit. She has come to be known as the “White Witch of Rose Hall.”

But Is It True?

Almost certainly not. Aside from a novel apparently inspired by the house from the 1920s, there’s nothing in the historical record to suggest even that “Annie Palmer” existed, let alone that she was a voodoo priestess using the house as a homebase for a bloodthirsty rampage. The story seems in many ways concocted out of the most depraved fantasies of the local European residents. In a study of the legend from the Fortean Times in 2007, author Benjamin Radford investigated the “White Witch” legends and concluded that they were entirely fictional. Even the pseudo-scientific paranormal investigations of the location have failed to produce any compelling indications of a supernatural haunting.

3. Whaley House

Located in San Diego, California, the Whaley House was built over the site where James Robinson (nicknamed Yankee Jim) was executed in 1852 after a conviction of grand larceny. Four years after the hanging, Thomas Whaley purchased the land and constructed the home for his family. (Hence the name.)

The Legend

Yankee Jim was a relatively infamous character in the area, known for ambushing miners for their recently-obtained gold. Eventually, he and two other men were arrested for stealing a boat, and he was condemned to die. (To give you a sense for the way justice was meted out at the time, two of the jury members were also the owners of the stolen boat.)

On the day of the execution, Yankee Jim addressed the crowd that had gathered while standing in a cart. He said his execution was a miscarriage of justice, and argued that he was a good man who was known for donating to the poor. He was then hanged suddenly in the midst of speaking. In addition, the noose was set too low, allowing Yankee Jim’s feet to touch the ground and prolonging his death.

After moving into the home built atop the site of this execution, the Whaleys began hearing strange noises, including the sound of boots stomping around the house. Soon enough, the stories spread that the ghost of Yankee Jim was still wandering the grounds, angry about his overly harsh sentence.

In the 1950s, the county decided to have the home renovated and restored, and the workers began to notice strange things, like doors and windows opening and closing themselves, or strange sounds. Some reported seeing not Yankee Jim but the ghosts of Thomas Whaley and his wife at the top of the staircase. A few refused to continue working on the site. Even television personality Regis Philbin has claimed to have seen the spirits in the home.

But Is It True?

Here’s the most compelling evidence to date of the haunting of Whaley House, a photo that appears to show a smoke-like apparition:

See? Convinced?

4. Blickling Hall

BRIEF HISTORY LESSON: Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England. Henry grew displeased with her after she failed to produce a male heir (though she did give birth to a daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth). Henry decided he’d prefer to be with his new mistress, Anne Seymour, so he had Boleyn arrested and locked up in the Tower of London. It was there she was executed for high treason on May 19, 1536, and then buried. Blickling Hall in Norfolk was the home of the Boleyn Family from 1499 to 1507.

The Legend

The circumstances surrounding Boleyn’s death have made her a key figure of fascination in British history. Almost immediately after her execution, stories of her practising witchcraft and even laughing in the face of death started to spread. Even the Governor of the Tower of London, present at her execution, later said “this lady had much joy and pleasure in death.”

Each year on May 19, it’s said that a headless Anne Boleyn visits Blickling Hall. Apparently, she’s a nostalgic ghost. According to local legend, Anne arrives each year in a carriage, led by a headless horseman. Though it’s not exactly known where the head of the horseman lies, Anne carries her detached skull along with her for the ride. Anne’s brother, Lord Rochford, and her father, Thomas Boleyn, are also thought to haunt the grounds.

But Is It True?

There are so many stories about Anne Boleyn’s ghost appearing in various spots all over England, it’s a bit difficult to take any of them too seriously. For example, on Christmas, Anne appears yearly in Kent near the spot where she first met and was courted by King Henry, as well as in Essex near Rochford Hall, where she spent considerable time as a girl. Either Anne is seriously committed to being a ghost… or English people are just fascinated by her and thus “see” her everywhere.

5. Ballygally Castle

The Location

In North Ireland, overlooking the sea, is the picturesque Ballygally Castle. The castle was built in 1625 by Lord James Shaw of Scotland, who had rented the land from the Earl of Antrim. The home remained in the Shaw family until the 19th Century, when it was sold by James Shaw’s descendant, William Shaw. Today, it is operated as a hotel by Hastings Hotel Group. It holds the distinction of being the only occupied building from the 17th Century in Northern Ireland.

The Legend

Perhaps the most notable ghostly “resident” of the castle is Lady Isobel Shaw, the wife of Lord James Shaw. After Lady Shaw gave birth to a boy – the prized male heir for Lord Shaw – her husband locked her away in the castle’s tower, separating mother from child. While attempting to escape and steal back her baby, Lady Shaw allegedly fell to her death from the tower. Today, she is believed to wander the hallways, occasionally knocking on the doors to random rooms, looking for her child. (A plaque in the hotel notes her presence but refers to Lady Shaw as a “friendly spirit.”)

Madame Nixon (another former resident), also appears from time to time in the castle, wandering around in a silk dress. There is a room in the castle, located within the turret, that is locally known as “The Ghost Room” and isn’t rented out to guests.

Numerous other ghost stories have circulated relating to the castle. One former owner claims to have once set up an elaborate dinner party in an area known as “The Dungeon Room” only to return and find the table in complete disarray. Others have said that, due to all the battles that have taken place on or near the grounds, that the ghosts of dead soldiers still appear to visitors on the property. A variety of supposed “mediums” have detected restless spirits in various points in the castle as well, with one notably claiming that the hotel had more ghosts occupying its rooms than guests.

But Is It True?

The place certainly sees creepy. Here’s a shot of the “Ghost Room”:


Furthermore, former owner Olga Henry – herself a skeptic when it comes to hauntings – has some pretty creepy anecdotes about guests who received considerable scares. One in particular concerns a guest staying alone, who felt the presence and even heard the noises of children in his room.



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No matter how much we enjoy watching scary paranormal movies, there’s always the comfort of telling ourselves, “It’s not real.” However, that’s not to say that a paranormal encounter in reality isn’t possible. It is, and there’s proof. Want something that’ll actually make you keep your light on at it? Here are pictures of real-life ghosts that’ll scare the shit out of you.

Electric Chair Ghost



White Lady of Worstead Church



The Pink Lady of Greencastle


Farm Ghost


Decebal Hotel Ghost


Fireside Ghost

The Newby Church Monk


Railroad Crossing Ghost


Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove


Mabel Chinnery’s Mother’s Grave


Lord Combermere


The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall


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1. Ghosts

When Jesus was walking on the water at night, “the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear” (Matt 14:26). We know it was not a ghost but Jesus. Some Bible translations call the Holy Spirit the Holy Ghost, but the word for ghost simply means “spirit,” so actually ghosts are not in the Bible. There was a time when King Saul called Samuel back from the dead, and God, as part of His judgment on Saul, allowed Samuel to speak to Saul (1 Sam 28), but all that Samuel had to say was that “moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines” (1 Sam 28:19).

2. Vampires

Some claim that Proverbs 30:14 is about vampires, which says, “There are those whose teeth are swords, whose fangs are knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, the needy from among mankind.” The context of that has nothing to do with vampires; rather, people actually devour the people’s wealth and create poor among the people. They are not feeding on the people but on the people’s wealth. The fact is that drinking blood of any creature, man or beast, is sin (Lev 17:10-14) because the blood represents life, and in the Old Testament, this was punishable by death.

3. Werewolves

I couldn’t find a single Bible verse that had anything to do with a reference to werewolves. Paul mentioned wolves many times that would come, as he said, “After my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29), and Jesus warned us to “beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matt 7:15), but these “wolves” are analogies for those who are cloaked in sheep’s clothing, meaning that they look like Christians, as sheep are often an analogy of the church. Even Peter used an animal in describing the nature of Satan, writing, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8).

Now you’ll know how to answer if someone ever asks you about whether are, or whether not are they mentioned in the Bible, and the answer is as you can see no. But this doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.

What do you think?

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Ghosts are notoriously camera shy. More times than not when someone claims to have photographic evidence of a ghost it is usually a Photoshop job, trick photography, or it is “orbs”. Orbs are actually just a light source reflecting off dust, bugs, or precipitation that is in the air and the only way your camera knows how to deal with this reflection are the balls of light that one often associates with orbs. Some photographic evidence of ghosts does exist, however. This photographic evidence has stood up to scrutiny and stood the test of time.

1. Group Photo


A squadron of the Royal Air Force assembled to take a mundane photograph, but after the picture was developed the squad quickly realized that this was no ordinary picture. Standing behind one of his mates was the two days deceased Freddy Jackson. Jackson was a mechanic for the Royal Air Force and served onboard the H.M.S. Daedalus. He had been working when we was killed in a freak-accident by an air plane propeller, but Jackson did not let his death get in the way of him showing up on time for the group photo two days later. Several of the other men in the photo confirmed that it was in fact Jackson’s face in the background of the picture.

2. The Lady of Bachelor’s Grove


This photo was taking at Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Illinois. While it does not get the press that Illinois Resurrection Cemetery does, many experts in the field of the paranormal consider it to be one of the most haunted graveyards in the world. So what is so unique about a photo of a women sitting on a stone in a graveyard? According to the people who took this photo the woman was not there when the picture was taken. The photo was taking by Mari Huff who is a member of the respected paranormal investigating group Ghost Research Society, so this helps lend some credibility to the story. In my opinion, it looks to be a staged photograph but I definitely think the photo’s authenticity is worth a debate.

3. Cowboy Ghost Or Mysterious Stranger


In 1996, Ike Clanton thought it would be a pretty cool idea to deck himself out in cowboy attire and have his friend snap a picture of him while he stood in Boothill Graveyard in the famous Tombstone, Arizona. Upon examining the picture Clanton noticed a man in the background of the photo that was not there when the photograph was taken. Clanton was intrigued by this and set out to recreate the photo with a friend standing in the background and discovered it was impossible to recreate the picture without having the legs visible.

4. Spirit in the Woods?


This photo was taken by Reverend R.S. Blance at Corroboree Rock near Alice Springs, Australia in 1959. In the woods with branches in front of her appears to be a transparent women. If a photo like this was taken today one would likely think that it was a fake ghost picture created in Photoshop, but Photoshop didn’t exist in 1959. Double exposure is also unlikely given how visible the areas in front and behind the women are.

5. The Fire Girl


On November 19, 1995 Wem Town Hall in England caught on fire. The fire raged on all through the night until the building was nothing but rubble. As firefighters battled the flames, a local citizen, Tony O’Rahilly, decided to snap some pictures of the event. In one of his photographs there appears to be the clear image of a little girl standing in front of the inferno. No one remembered a young girl being at the scene and there was definitely not a young girl in the burning building. Some believe this is the ghost of a young girl named Jane Churm who, in 1677, accidentally started a fire that destroyed many homes in the town. Jane also died in the fire. Perhaps the photo is just smoke creating the amazing illusion of a girl or perhaps it is a real ghost.

6. Ghosts Don’t Call Shotgun


The year is 1959. Mabel Chinnery had just spent the day at the cemetery visiting her mother’s grave. To finish off a roll of film she snapped a picture of her husband who was seated in the front seat of the car awaiting her. She had the pictures develop. While looking at the photographs she makes a chilling discover. In one of the photos her deceased mother is sitting in the backseat of her car.

7. Monk In Church


In the summer of 1954, Reverend K.F. Ford was taking pictures of his church that is located in England. While snapping pictures he accidentally captured one of the most famous and perhaps undeniable pictures of a ghost ever taken. In the picture is what appears to be a monk with a ghastly face. The photo has been examined and it was determined that it is neither a double exposure nor had the negative been tampered with.

8. His Favorite Chair


Have you ever had a favorite chair or perhaps a preferred spot on the couch that is just more comfortable than the other areas of the couch? So did Lord Combermere. Lord Combermere unfortunately got hit with a horse drawn carriage in 1891. During his funeral his family hired a photographer to take some family pictures. His burial took place over 4 miles away and while the family attended the funeral the photographer prepared the camera. When the plate was developed it appeared that the apparition of Lord Combermere was sitting in his favorite chair. Perhaps the coffin wasn’t comfortable enough.

9. Brown Lady


This photograph is considered by many to be the most famous “ghost” photograph. It was taken in 1936 at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England and still today cannot be explained. The photogenic ghost is thought to be that of Dorothy Townshend who lived in Raynham Hall with her husband, Charles Townshend, in the 1700s. Legend has it that Dorthy was a mistress to Lord Wharton and Charles found out about it. He then imprisoned her in a remote section of the Hall until she died from his abuses. Legal records show she died in 1726, but many believe this to be a sham, as Charles wanted people to believe she was dead, so he could punish her for her infidelity.

10. Stairway to the Afterlife


In 1966, Rev. Ralph Hardy visited the National Museum in Greenwich, England. While in the Queen’s House section of the Museum, Hardy snapped a photo of the beautiful staircase. Upon developing his photography Hardy made a shocking discovery. One of his photos showed a ghostly figure climbing the staircase. The figure was not in the photography when Hardy took the picture. The photograph and the negatives were examined by experts, some of which were from Kodak, and all have concluded that the negative was not tampered with nor is it a double exposure.

Are these ten photos proof that ghosts exist? Is this proof of an afterlife? The problem is that there is always room for a hoax or accidental fake when one does not have multiple witnesses and insurmountable evidence. These ten photos are absolutely amazing, regardless. Some of these pictures have undoubtedly given even the most hardened skeptic goose bumps and I don’t believe they should be simply written off as fakes and ignored. These photographs should continue to be examined and researched.


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Ghosts are both everywhere and nowhere. They are famously elusive when it comes to proving they exist, yet ghosts feature prominently in our culture. They are in television and film, from “Medium” to “The Sixth Sense.” Ghost stories are found around campfires and on bookstore shelves, in both fiction and nonfiction sections. Around Halloween, pop-culture images of ghosts haunt nearly every store, and hang as decoration in homes across the country.

Ghosts even influence some of our everyday customs, in ways we may not recognize (for example, the “bless you” heard after someone sneezes comes from an ancient belief that ghosts can enter the body during a sneeze). Here are some of the most famous ghosts of all time.

1. King Hamlet

Though ghosts appear in several of Shakespeare’s plays (such as “MacBeth” and “Julius Caesar”), King Hamlet is among the better known of the Bard’s ghosts and plays an integral part in “Hamlet.” Hamlet may be the central character in the play named after him, but without his father’s ghost, there would be no story.

King Hamlet appears three times in the play, each time during the night (apparently ghosts, like vampires, prefer darkness). The ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by his treacherous brother Claudius, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death.













2. The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman, the world’s best-known non-human ghost, is a seventeenth-century merchant ship said to haunt the high seas. According to sea lore, the ship, which often appears as a hazy image or a strange light, is said to be a portent of bad luck and doom.

The ship and its crew became eternally cursed when its Dutch captain refused to take safe harbor during a storm despite pleas from the crew and passengers. Instead the impudent Dutchman challenged God to take them down. The “ghost ship” has been reported on the ocean from time to time, including appearing off the coast of South Africa in 1923. Though never seen on land, The Flying Dutchman most recently appeared in movie theaters across the country in the”Pirates of the Caribbean” films.


3. The Bell Witch

The events that allegedly happened at John Bell’s Tennessee farm between 1817 and 1821 are said to be one of the classic American ghost tales. Bell shot at a strange animal on his farm, but the creature disappeared before it could be harmed. Several weeks later, the Bell family was tormented by a ghost that made terrifying sounds, shook the house, and physically attacked Bell’s daughter Betsy. The spectral assaults continued for several years, and at one point Andrew Jackson is said to have dabbled in ghost hunting and did his own investigation.

Though some authors recount the Bell Witch tale as a true account, there is little evidence that it is anything other than a ghost story. Jackson, for example, never mentioned the Bell Witch case at all; it seems that the future president’s role was created from thin air, possibly to lend verisimilitude (the appearance of reality) to the fictional tale.



4. Casper

While Bloody Mary spends her time in the ghostly realms waiting to be summoned to dark bathrooms so she can scare kids, Casper (whose legal last name is “The Friendly Ghost”) is the white-outlined, smiling ghost who tries not to scare people. In the Harvey comic book series, Casper was often joined by friends such as Wendy the Good Little Witch and Hot Stuff the Little Devil. While some found the idea of a dead child’s ghost hanging around with a witch and a devil a bit creepy, the characters were made benign and kid-friendly with the addition of “good,” “friendly,” and “little” to their names. Casper had a revival of sorts with a self-titled 1995 film, a modest success that managed to avoid the direct-to-video graveyard.


5. Bloody Mary

“Bloody Mary…Bloody Mary…Bloody Mary…” With those words, many schoolchildren had their first experience with a ghost. According to folklore, Bloody Mary is a ghost of a woman who murdered her children long ago. If you want to see her, go into a bathroom (usually at school), turn the lights off, stand in front of a mirror, and repeat her name three times.

While countless children (and surely more than a few adults) have tried to summon Bloody Mary using the prescribed method, to date few if any have actually succeeded. Most either stare at their scared reflection in the dark mirror or lose their nerve after saying the second “Bloody Mary” and run screaming from the bathroom in girlish giggles. An updated version of the Bloody Mary legend was made into a horror film series “Candyman.”


6. The Drury Lane Ghost

There are many theaters in the Covent Gardens district in London’s West End. Plays have been produced in that area for over 300 years, and some of the world’s greatest actors have appeared there. Yet one theater is better known more for its ghost than its productions.

There is actually more than one ghost said to haunt Drury Lane’s halls and wings, including those of several actors. The most famous, however, is a “Man in Grey” seen as a nobleman carrying a sword. Any theater worth its salt (and many that aren’t) reputedly have a resident ghost treading the boards, and the Drury Lane ghosts carry on their part of theater tradition.

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7. The Vanishing Hitchhiker

“This didn’t happen to me, but my friend, she heard it from her hairdresser, it happened to her parents. It seems that they were driving along a lonely country road one night — it was really cold, maybe up in Minnesota, or Montana. Anyway, it was snowing and as they turned a corner they saw a barefoot young girl wearing a dress and a green shawl. Of course they stopped to help her, and she got in the back seat. She didn’t say much, and when they asked her where she lived, she pointed to a farmhouse in the distance. A few minutes later, when they pulled into the driveway, she was gone!

The couple were puzzled but got out of the car and knocked on the farmhouse door. A somber, grey-haired woman answered, and the couple explained that their mysterious passenger had said this was her house. ‘That’s impossible,’ the woman replied. ‘My daughter died near here twenty years ago, on this very night.’ Just inside the door, on an old wooden peg, hung her daughter’s green shawl!”

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8. The Ghost of Christmas Past

In Charles Dickens’ famous novel “A Christmas Carol,” cold-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge has a change of heart after being visited by several ghosts representing different eras of his life’s Christmases (Past, Present, and Yet to Come).

Ghosts are often associated with life lessons and morality tales, and these spooks are no exception. The ghosts aren’t wasting time rattling chains or scaring kids; instead the Ghost of Christmas Past rehabilitates Scrooge by showing him visions of his past Christmases. Scrooge comes to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas- no, not holiday commercialism but friendship and goodwill.


9. The Murdered Peddler

One day, in the early 1840s in Hydesville, New York, a young peddler arrived at the home of a Mr. and Mrs. Bell to sell his housewares. He was invited into the home by the Bells’ housekeeper and in fact stayed for some days. The maid was shortly dismissed from service but abruptly rehired a week later. The peddler was gone, but many of his items were now in use in the Bells’ kitchen. The maid thought little of it until she began experiencing strange, ghostly phenomenon, only to find out from the peddler’s ghost that he had in fact been murdered in her absence.

At least that was the story told by two sisters named Maggie and Katie Fox, who claimed to communicate with the ghost. Years later, the sisters admitted it had all been a hoax; there was no murdered peddler, and the spirit communications had been faked. Still, the sisters had inadvertently founded a religion called Spiritualism, which is still practiced today. The Murdered Peddler is the only fake ghost whose presence started a real religion.


10. Slimer

Slimer is the grotesque green ghost featured in the “Ghostbuster” films and cartoons. He’s green, he’s obnoxious, and he can spew slime… what’s not to love? In fact, Slimer proved to be so popular with kids that he got a starring role in the spin-off series “The Real Ghostbusters.” A reformed evil ghost that joined the Ghostbusters team, Slimer’s voracious appetite and guttural burps make him among the most memorable cartoon ghosts.



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The Deadly Clash of Press and Politics

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On 10 December 1887, Charles Kincaid, a reporter for the Louisville Times wrote an article describing the shameful actions Representative Preston Taulbee (D-KY) engaged in with a young female clerk and their frequent “trips” to the Patent Office. Congressman Taulbee grew frustrated as Kincaid exaggerated the story over the years, resulting in Taulbee’s character in constant question. On 28 February 1890, Taulbee spotted Kincaid standing near the southeastern stairway in front of the House Restaurant and lunged at him and pulled his ear. In retaliation, Kincaid pulled a pistol from his coat and shot the Congressman, wounding him severely. Taulbee died from the wound eleven days later at Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C. on 11 March 1890. During Kincaid’s trial, he claimed self-defense and was acquitted. Dark stains remain on the steps of the southeastern stairway where Taulbee’s blood dripped from the fatal wound. Staffers and guards have reported sightings of Taulbee ascending and descending the staircase where he was shot, searching for Kincaid in order to enact his revenge.

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Construction Mishap

10 Ghost Stories of the US Capitol

Very few people know that the Capitol was built mostly out of slave labor. Construction took place under rigorous and overwhelming conditions such as heat and snow. It has been rumored that, when the foundation was being constructed from 1794-1800, a slave or regular construction worker had taken shelter within the partially constructed foundation to take a quick nap. Unbeknownst to him, the foundations of the Capitol were laid around him as he slept, encasing him in a tomb of stone. His poor soul has been sealed up within the walls of the Capitol Building. At times staffers and visitors can hear pounding and scratching from within walls as the poor worker’s spirit frantically struggles to break free.

The Demon Cat of the Crypt

The ghost cat or ‘Demon Cat’ is a popular story. This creature haunts the basement of the Capitol building at night, usually spotted around the hall between the Crypt of the Capitol and the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Tourists can even see little paw prints on the floors of this hallway if they look close enough. The story goes that Capitol Hill, then Jenkins Hill, was once the home of a den of black cats, but once construction of the Capitol began (in 1794) the cat’s den was destroyed along with the family of cats. The mother cat now roams the halls of the basement of the Capitol building where presumably the den was located, searching for her young. Even though there are no unattended pets allowed in the Capitol, late night staffers and visitors have noticed an animal making quick dashes around this area of the building.

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Sightings of the creature have mysteriously been followed by tragic occurrences throughout the United States. One such account tells of a Capitol Police officer who noticed a quick black dash across the floor. As he moved closer to catch a glimpse of the animal, its shadow grew bigger and more menacing. Then, quickly, it disappeared. The next day, 1 November 1918, a story in the newspaper described the worst rapid transit system accident in New York City with over 90 deaths.

An Assistant’s Curse upon the Capitol

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One of Henry Latrobe’s closest associates was a man named John Lenthall who served as Clerk of the Works during the construction of the Capitol under President Thomas Jefferson. During 1808, the Senate chamber, which originally was on the ground floor, was being moved to the second floor and a chamber was being constructed on the floor below for the Supreme Court—now the Old Supreme Court Chamber. While Latrobe was in Philadelphia on business, Lenthall continued work on the vaulted ceiling in the Supreme Court chamber, hoping to complete the project before the return of his employer. On Friday, 16 September 1808, he began to remove supports on the dome. Moments after the supports were removed, workers heard a frightening sound as the ceiling began to collapse. Workers dove through doorways and windows to avoid the falling debris. All escaped, save Lenthall. Rumor has it that, with his dying breath Lenthall cursed the Capitol building.

Bathtubs and Vice President’s, a Deadly Combo

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In the 1850’s, the Senate ordered bathtubs to be installed in the basement of the Capitol to provide Senators with a means of refreshment from their demanding duties. Vice-President Henry Wilson was among those who frequented these tubs. He would often be seen rushing through the Capitol toward his office to prepare to preside over the Senate. Maintenance crew and police swear they saw Wilson running through the basement of the Capitol wrapped in a towel, rushing to his office. On the evening of 22 November 1875, Vice-President Wilson fell asleep while soaking in one of the basement tubs. After waking, he made his way to the Vice-President’s office (now S-214) where he was stricken with a terrible case of pneumonia. He died that night in his office. Staffers and guards have testified that the Vice-President’s office is haunted by his spirit. They have sworn to have heard sounds of coughing and sneezing in the office and echoing in the halls. Others have sworn that they have smelled a quick, faint aroma of soap like that used in the basement bathtubs.

Undead Debates

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The Senate chamber was occupied by the Senate from 1810-1859 before relocating to the new Senate wing. While the Senate was in this chamber, Senators Daniel Webster and Henry Clay (former Speaker of the House) gave many famous addresses, particularly surrounding the countries great debate regarding slavery and the future of the Union. These men are known as two of the greatest orators of the time. While neither of these men died in the Old Senate Chamber, there have been reported sightings of the ghosts of these Congressmen standing in front of the now-empty seats, moving and gesturing as if giving a speech.

Not So Quiet Librarians

Ghost Story of the US Capitol

The current Speaker’s Hall was once the location of the Library of Congress until the space was unable to contain all the books it was required to hold. The first building for the Library of Congress was completed in 1897. During the time that this area of the Capitol served as the Library, it was bustling with librarians carrying out their necessary tasks. While there are not accounts of deaths in this hall, echoes of booking slamming closed and carts wheeling them around have been reported. Ever seen the opening scene of Ghostbusters at the library? Yeah, just like that!

Tortured Soul of a Soldier

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During the Civil War, Washington D.C. was heavily fortified and many of the Union wounded were taken care of in the city. One place where supplies were stored and medical treatment administered was done was the Capitol Building. Poor surgical practices were the only medical option for wounded soldiers and infections were common. One soldier is known to have undergone excruciating pain late one night during a surgery to remove a bullet buried deep within the victim’s chest. The soldier died on the operating table in the front of the Capitol Rotunda. If one listens late at night, the wailing of the soldier can still be heard, and some have even claimed to have seen him wandering the hall in the front of the Rotunda, still clothed in his army uniform. On one occasion, an anonymous staffer in the 70’s recalled hearing a soft moaning drifting from Rotunda as his Member was being interviewed in Statuary Hall. The staffer left the interview to investigate and again heard the moaning when, out of the corner of his eye, he thought he saw a man in a navy blue military uniform walk across the front entrance of the Rotunda and disappear.

Dancing Statues

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It’s no joke that staffers on Capitol Hill have noticed that statue movement is often occurring. What’s even more eerie is the feeling late at night that staffers get from the statues, mostly in National Statuary Hall, watching them as they walk by. In the late 19th Century, stories began to circulate that the statues came off their pedestals and danced on New Year’s Eve. Supposedly, this has become a tradition with one account testifying to have seen Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant shaking hands. Sure, Many midnight security guards have sworn to have seen this occur…… (and Monkeys might fly out of my butt!)

The Ghost of John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams served in the House of Representatives for the 22nd – 30th Congress. On 21 February 1848, Representative Adams rose to give a speech before the House when, in the midst of speaking, he faltered and fell into the hands of his colleagues. Adams was eventually carried into the Speaker’s room (now the Lindy Boggs reading room) where he died two days later. The sofa upon which Adams died still sits in the Lindy Boggs reading room and his bust, also in the room, causes many female members meeting in the suite to feel uneasy because of the blank stare and often changing smirk. Staffers have also reported seeing the ghost of John Quincy Adams walking around the reading room and the Old House Chamber as if going to and from giving a speech to the House of Representatives.


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1. Great Blue Hole (Belize)

Great Blue Hole (Belize)

Located in Belize’s Barrier Reef Reserve System, the “Great Blue Hole” is about 60 miles away from Belize City and is believed to be the world’s largest sea-hole. It’s 125 meters deep and 300 meters wide. It was created as a cause of sea level increase about 65,000 years ago.

Its almost perfect circular shape made it very popular among tourists who often visit this place, being the most attractive for scuba divers who are exploring its depths. Divers are also attracted with plenty of rare animal species and forms of life which can be found only in this place.

2. Diavik Mine (Canada)

Diavik Mine (Canada)

The Diavik Diamond Mine is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Yellowknife in Canada. It produces 8 million carats (3,500 lb) of diamonds annually. The mine is so huge and the area so remote that it even has its own airport with a runway large enough to accommodate a boeing 737. Photo Courtesy of “The Diavik Diamond Mine.”

3. Glory Hole, Monticello Dam (California – US)

Glory Hole, Monticello Dam (California – US)

Located in northern California, the Monticello Dam is the largest morning glory spillway all over the world. This funnel-shaped outlet, allows water to bypass the dam when it reaches capacity, as it swallows a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second (1370 m³/s). The distance from the funnel to the exit point – which is situated in the south side of the canyon – is about 700 feet. This type of spillway is basically a giant cement funnel. The hole’s largest diameter is 72 feet and narrows to about 28 feet. For obvious reasons, swimming near the glory hole is both prohibited and stupid. There are buoys strung across the lake to discourage boaters and swimmers from approaching the glory hole and the dam. Furthermore, the glory hole is well fenced off from the land. During the drier months, when Lake Berryessa’s water level is well below the rim of the glory hole, skateboarders and bikers sometimes use the spillway’s horizontal exit as a half-pipe. (Source)

4. Bingham Canyon Mine (Utah – US)

Bingham Canyon Mine (Utah – US)

Bingham Canyon Mine is the largest man-made excavation on earth. Also called Kennecott Copper Mine, it is an open-pit mine located in Salt Lake County, Utah. It is easily visible as a large layered multi-color, barren protrusion on the side of the Oquirrh Mountains, which lie on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. It is currently the largest open-pit mine in the world, and the world’s largest man-made excavation. The mine is 2½ miles across, and ¾ mile deep.
Kennecott is the second largest copper producer in the United States – providing approximately 15% of the country’s copper needs. Minerals were first discovered in Bingham Canyon in 1850, but exploitation did not begin until 1863. At first, mining was difficult, but a railroad reached the canyon in 1873, prompting massive settlement and extraction of the minerals. By the 1920s, 15,000 people of widely-varying ethnicity had settled in the canyon. Large residential communities were constructed on the steep canyon walls. Natural disasters were a common occurrence in the heavily-settled canyon. The population declined rapidly as mining techniques improved, and several of the mining camps began to be swallowed up by the mine. By 1980, when Lark was dismantled, only Copperton, at the mouth of Bingham Canyon and with a population of 800, remained. Today, mining operations continue at full-swing in the mine, and it is now the largest open-pit mine in the world. (Source)

5. Mirny Diamond Mine (Siberia)

Mirny Diamond Mine (Siberia)

It’s an absolute beast and holds the title of largest open diamond mine in the world. The mine is 525 meters (1,722 ft) deep and has a diameter of 1,200 m (3,900 ft), [1] and is the second largest excavated hole in the world, after Bingham Canyon Mine. The airspace above the mine is closed for helicopters because of a few incidents in which they were sucked in by the downward air flow. (Source)

6. Kimberley Big Hole (South Africa)

 Kimberley Big Hole (South Africa)

Kimberley is the home of De Beers Consolidated Diamond Mines, some of the world’s richest diamond mines, and it is still considered to be the capital of the world’s diamond industry. As the centre for the diamond fever of the late 19th century, its foundations began to be dug in 1871 when a diamond was found on a small hill called Colesberg Koppie. Digging began and only a few months later more than 30 000 men were frantically excavating for diamonds in an area covering 300m by 200m. They made short work of the hill and soon plunged down into the earth to a depth of 1100 metres to create what came to be known simply as the ‘Big Hole’. 28 million tons of dirt was removed, yielding 14.5 million carats of diamonds and resulting in the creation of the largest man made hole in the world. It was here that the famous Star of Africa was found, a magnificent 83.5 carat diamond. (Source)

7. Well Of Chand Baori (India)

Well Of Chand Baori (India)

Built back in the 10th century, the incredible well of Chand Baori, India, was a practical solution to the water problem in the area. The arid climate forced the locals to dig deep for a dependable water source, one that would last throughout an entire year. Chand Baori well is 30 meters deep, it has 13 floors and 3,500 steps. Legends say that ghosts build it in one night and that it has so many steps to make it impossible for someone to retrieve a coin once it’s been dropped in the well. (Source)

8. 200ft Sinkhole (Guatemala)

200ft Sinkhole (Guatemala)

This is the scene in Guatemala after a 200ft deep sink hole swallowed up a three-story building. The enormous crater appeared in the Central American country’s capital, Guatemala City, as it was being ravaged by torrential rain and mudslides during Tropical Storm Agatha.

Agatha, the first named storm of the 2010 Pacific season, slammed into Guatemala and neighboring El Salvador at the weekend, dumping more than three feet of rain in the region. The enormous crater appeared while the city was being ravaged with high winds, torrential rain and deadly mudslides. (Source)

9. Morning Glory Hole (Wyoming – US)

Morning Glory Hole (Wyoming – US)

This is one of the most prominent and prettiest thermal pools in the Yellowstone park. The “Morning Glory Pool” was given its name in the 1880 for its resemblance to a morning glory flower. It is a hot spring pool that is colored by the heat loving algae that grow in it. However, this pool was once in danger of losing its colors when the Grand Loop Road used to pass close to it, which increased the likelihood of thoughtless visitors throwing coins into it – thus causing the pool to cool and jeopardize the existence of the color-causing bacteria that thrive within. Today, you’ll have to do a little walking along the Upper Geyser Basin to get to the pool, and it’s well worth the exercise.

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Anime in general is pretty unique and vastly interesting when it comes to imagination and story-telling.A lot of anime are very futuristic, eccentric, bizarre, etc.
When thinking about anime, not many think about the horror that can be created with these same genres in mind.
If someone, like a friend, were to say “let’s watch something that’s in the category of Horror”, you would immediately think about movies, not really anime. Hopefully, that will change when you check out these selections of anime that are based on horror.

In this list you will find anime that has everything a horror story should have. For example, gore, tragedy, death, monsters, zombies, killers, etc. Get ready to clear your daily schedule, turn off the lights, invite some friends, and maybe have popcorn ready.

Although, popcorn might be a bad idea, don’t want to create a mess or choke on a piece of popcorn. Now that would be scary!

1. When They Cry

When they Cry

After Maebara moved to a new, quiet town of Hinamizawa, he spends most of the time in school living a carefree life playing games with friends. It is in this town that appearances can be deceiving. Stumbling upon some news one fateful day, he discovers a murder occurred in the very town he’s in.

It is then that mysterious and horrific events begin to unfold in front of him, learning that his close friends may not be close at all. As stories take place in different scenarios, unbelievable events begin to take place in a very horrific way.

This anime may seem cute at first, be it will have you hugging your pillow!

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2. Parasyte (JPN: Kiseijuu)


This anime is very good and I noticed that the anime came out many years ago. The anime series going on as I type is probably the best adaptation to the manga I can imagine.

The anime follows a 17 year-old named Shinichi Izumi, who lives in a quiet neighborhood of Tokyo. One night, weird looking creatures begin to surface on Earth, host onto humans while taking control of their brains. They become known as Parasytes, and they enter through the nose or ears in order to control their host. One day, Shinichi encounters a Parasyte, but it was unable to enter his ear or nose and instead burrowed through his arm. Preventing it from traveling further into his body, he contained it in his arm and began to restrain its influence while being able to develop a strong bond and work together.

Thus, helping Shinichi keep his untainted brain from being hosted by other Parasytes as he struggles to survive.

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3. Mononoke


This anime contains a number of short horror stories that are both scary and influential.

The anime follows a character only known as the Medicine Seller, and follows a storyline similar to Mushishi. The Medicine Seller encounters spirits called, Mononoke, and sometimes fights them to the point of destruction. He gains knowledge by learning their name, truth, and reason for existing in the world. So he can exorcise the demon back from whence they came.

It’s kind of hard to describe this anime without spoiling the series entirely. But, I assure you, its worth watching!

4. Requiem from the Darkness


This anime is pretty good. Its full of crazy encounters and lots of unsettling situations that would make a normal person go insane.

This anime takes place during the Bakumatsu of the Edo period where a young writer named, Monosuke, begins to do research for his next project of writing a book that contains 100 ghost stories.
While doing research for old myths and legends, he comes across a very mysterious group of three characters who call themselves the Ongyou. This group claims to be detectives who investigate the truth behind the legends in order to bring those doing wrong to justice.

Every time Monosuke crosses paths with the Ongyou, he faces the horrible truths and must battle his morals while seeing things no one should see….

Requiem from the Darkness

5. Tokyo Ghoul


This is another great horror anime to watch. The story follows Ken Kaneki, who survives an encounter with a woman who is later revealed to be a ghoul. Ghouls are human-like creatures with a hunger for human flesh who hunt and devour anyone crossing their paths. The woman critically injures Kaneki sending him to the hospital. After undergoing surgery and recovering from the hospital, he learns that some how, he has turned into a half-human/half-ghoul. Needing to eat human flesh in order to survive he seeks help from those like him to teach him how to deal with living as a ghoul, interact with others in the ghoul society, and how to keep his identity a secret from other humans around him.

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6. Another

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This anime takes place in 1972, where a student named Misaki unexpectedly died halfway through the school year. As students and teachers were devastated by the sudden death of Misaki, they continue on with their lives believing Misaki is still alive which leads to a strange presence in the graduation photo. Forward into time, Spring of 1998, transfer student Sakakibara meets Mei Misaki and is seemingly ignored by her classmates and teachers. Soon, they’re all caught up in a strange phenomenon where the students and their relatives begin to die in mysterious ways. Sakakibara and Mei must find out how to survive after discovering that the killings are related to the death of Misaki in 1972. This anime series is a must watch.

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7. Hell Girl

Hell Girl

Taking place in many areas but mainly in the immense sea of the internet, a very special website can be found and accessed only at the stroke of midnight. The website is know as the Jigoku Tsushin and is rumored that if someone has a grudge, all they have to do is enter a post about that person and they will soon be judged in some of the most scariest ways. In doing so, the Jigoku Shoujo (a little girl) will suddenly appear and drag whoever torments you into the firey depths of hell. All that is known about the girl is that she lives with her equally mysterious grandmother, has three magical dolls as her servants, and whenever a post on the Jigoku Tsushin moves her emotionally, she becomes the Jigoku Shoujo.

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8. Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

This series follows the life of a girl who moves with her family to the hometown of her deceased mother. At her first day of school, her little brother, neighbor, and two others from school decide to visit an abandoned school building next to theirs to discover that it is haunted. After experiencing several encounters with ghosts, the girl learns that her mother was responsible for sealing many of the ghosts who haunted the school and town. The ghosts free themselves because of urbanizations that took place in the surrounding areas and are now terrorizing the school and town once again. The girl’s mother left her book of exorcisms with instructions on how to exorcise the ghosts.

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What do you like about horror anime series? Do you watch them with the lights off? Or do you ask a friend to enjoy it with you because secretly, you’re too scared to watch it alone?!

Let us know in the comments below!

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Horror movies often promote themselves as being based on true stories but many seem to stretch the meaning of the word. Setting the movie in a world where the ‘true to life’ events are so off the wall its no longer believable. Other movies based on real life crime stories are known to actually downplay the events. A recent film called Perfect Sisters, portrayed the story of the Bathtub Sisters who maliciously drowned their mother in a bathtub and nearly got away with it. The real story is much more gruesome than the film makes it out to be and promote sympathy for the sisters involved and casting them as the protagonists. The real story was much more dark than two teenagers finally snapping on their alcoholic mother and her abusive boyfriend but instead plotted her murder calculatingly with no signs of remorse. The sisters reportedly were giggling as the autopsy photos were shown in court.

Still real life horror stories have a way of sticking with a viewer more than other genres.  Real life sociopaths and serial killers make us think before walking alone at night and be the reason for sleeping with the light on. Despite many true to life movies based on real events to fabricate a good portion of the film some are more true than people would expect and the accuracies are enough to haunt anyone’s nightmares. The world can be a cruel dark place and as this list of horror movies will show terrifying things can happen outside of the world of fiction and your nightmares. Maybe checking under the bed doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

10. The Conjuring, 2013


The Conjuring was released in 2013 and advertised as true story based from the case files of Ed and Lorraine Warren, two paranormal investigators. After the release of the film, people were questioning the accuracy of the chilling events which originally seem to be too terrifying to possibly be true. The paranormal team investigated the Rhode Island farmhouse in the 1970’s and what they found was so disturbing the events stayed locked away and weren’t discussed. Ed Warren has passed away and his his wife, now 86, didn’t comment on the film but a friend who knew the family well claimed everything in the film including the presence of the witch really transpired. A family member living in the farmhouse has written a book about her personal experiences claimed the film was well done and quite accurate with the exception of a few minor differences and added there were plenty of experiences that didn’t make the movie.

9. The Haunting in Connecticut, 2009


The 2009 film The Haunting in Connecticut did take many artistic liberties with the story of a family who moved into an old mortuary in the 1980’s. Carmen Reed, who lived in the house, claimed the story was altered to be more “Hollywood” but there were many disturbing accuracies. One scene in the movie when the shower curtain nearly suffocated her niece. The scene really happened, but it was Reed and not her niece trapped in the curtain. The seances in the film never happened in real life but the exorcism was real and actually downplayed in order for the film to get a PG-13 rating. The true events couldn’t be put in the movie because they were more intense.

8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was banned in several countries after its release because of the level of violence. It portrays the story of a group of friends who appear at a chainsaw wielding serial killers house and his family of cannibals. The killer is nicknamed Leatherface because he wears the skinned face of his victims as a mask. In reality, the film is based on the real life case of Wisconsin’s Edward Gein in the 1950’s.  Crazy Ed, the real life serial killer, liked to wear the skinned faces of his victims and decorated his farmhouse with human remains. There is no concrete proof Gein was a cannibal but some evidence points to the possibility. The police found a human heart in a pan on the killers stove when they arrested him. When the police asked if he was planning on eating it he asked them if they thought he was crazy. The killer is also the inspiration for Hollywood’s Silence of the Lambs and Psycho.

7. Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984


In 2012, the New York Times included this film on The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made list. It is a memorable film about a disfigured boogeyman like character that enters his victims dreams during the night to kill them with a glove of razors. The movie is not promoted as being based on real life, but there are some startling overlaps that relate to unexplained deaths in Southeast Asia. Men were dying in the middle of nightmares with no clear cause of death. One was the 21 year old son of a physician, who was told to sleep by his family and claimed people didn’t understand, that he had nightmares before and this was different. Later during the night the family heard thrashing and screams and he was dead by the time they arrived.

6. The Girl Next Door, 2007


The movie is based on a novel of the same name and a real life crime that took place in Indiana in 1965. The movie is of a teenage girl who was getting tortured by her aunt in unimaginable ways. In reality, Sylvia Likens was tortured by Gertrude Baniszewski and her children and other neighborhood children. The prosecutor at the trial called Likens death as possibly the most terrible crime that ever happened in Indiana. The movie did alter the truth in some ways. Liken was never raped by any of the boys but was forced to use a coke bottle on herself in front of them.

5. The Amityville Horror, 1979


The original 1979 film was based on the true story of the Lutz family and images that were allegedly seen when they moved into there New York house where a family had been brutally murdered. The movie is based on a book of the same name documenting the Lutz’s real life experience, although did take some creative liberties. The book was still placed in the true crime section of bookstores. The movie does exaggerate on some important facts and is far from being a documentary, but much of the film allegedly did happen, including human-like apparitions and beds slamming up and down.

4. Jaws, 1975


The classic 1975 horror film Jaws is the reason many people developed a fear of sharks.  The movie is based on a novel of the same name and is the story of a police chief from a small island going on the hunt for a killer great white shark. It is based on a string of very real shark attacks on the Jersey Shore in 1916. The original shark attacks happened during the tourist season and after the first one, authorities downplayed the danger and left the beaches open while a group of vigilantes entered the water and hunted the killer shark. Some events and characters seem to overlap but the author denied the correlation although the 1916 attacks were on the minds of writers for the film Jaws and the character Brody even mentions them. It’s unclear if a single rogue great white shark was responsible for the real attacks or if bull sharks were involved because some attacks happened in freshwater.

3. Eaten Alive, 1977


The film Eaten Alive tells the story of a small town hotel owner who is a serial killer that feeds the bodies of his victims to a large pet crocodile. The story is based on a similar story of Joe Ball, an operator of the Sociable Inn in Elmendorf, Texas in the early 1900’s.  Ball was also an alleged serial killer who kept a pond full of alligators next to the Inn.  After police questioned him about the disappearance of his wife and former girlfriend, a handyman claimed to have helped Ball dispose of the bodies. It was known Ball often fed animals to his alligators and they searched the pond but never found human remains. Despite the lack of evidence, rumors claimed Ball had killed as many as 30 women and fed their remains to his alligators. Ball committed suicide in 1938.

2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose, 2005


The film follows the trial of Father Richard Moore who was charged with negligent homicide after the death of Emily Rose during a failed exorcism. There is some fact in the movie. A German girl, Anneliese Michel, died of dehydration and starvation after months of intense exorcism attempts by two catholic priests. She had been undergoing psychiatric treatment for years for the disorders experts believe to be schizophrenia and dissociative identity disorder. The priest and Michel’s parents were found guilty of manslaughter and inspired the church to reform exorcism policies.

1. The Exorcist, 1973


The 1973 classic horror movie tells the story of a 12 year old girl who is plagued by a demonic possession. Her mother tries to get her child back and two priests perform an exorcism. There is some truth to the story and the film is inspired by a 1949 case of a young boy. The boy went on to survive the exorcism and live a normal life but his case was not nearly a drastic as the movie portrays. The exorcist was not only inspired by a true story but started the trend on basing horror movies on real life cases.

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Looking to expand your freaky film horizons? From ravenous bears to a deadly cabin in the woods, here are 10 of the best modern horror movies out there.

The bloody writing is on the wall of your favorite cinema – we’re in the middle of a modern horror movie boom.

Old school SLASHER FLICKS have morphed into superbly spooky features celebrated for their inventive plots. Quality screamers are oozing out of the global film festival circuit and scoring major releases in theaters or popping up in your favorite streaming services.

Interested in expanding your freaky film horizons? Grab the popcorn and dim the lights. Here are 10 of the best modern horror movies out there.
















Critics are raving about this one, calling it sublime, creepy, and the scariest movie of the modern age. What makes the film so alluring is director David Robert Mitchell’s deft hand at subverting the age-old horror movie cliché – those who “do it” are always the first to get offed. What’s more, It Follows nails the retro-horror synth score (no offense,JOHN CARPENTER).


DOWNTON ABBEY’s Dan Stevens makes for one creepy bad guy as a well-mannered soldier with a terrible secret. But horror genre newcomer Maika Monroe – who currently stars in It Follows – steals the show. Director Adam Wingard certainly knew how to pick his scream queen for this high-octane thrill ride of a mysterious stranger and the violent deaths that follow him wherever he goes.


Adam McDonald’s debut feature about a couple of doomed backpackers just hit VOD last Friday, and it’s a gem. The film, which switches out the backwater hillbillies ofDELIVERANCE for a very hungry black bear, aims to do for the woods what JAWS did for the ocean. Get ready to be shocked straight out of your hiking boots.




One of the best horror movies you haven’t seen, Honeymoon debuted at SXSW last year. The eerie thriller follows a couple, Paul (Harry Treadway) and Bea (the fantastic Rose Leslie from GAME OF THRONES), on their post-wedding vacay to a lake house. One night, Bea vanishes into the woods and comes back, shall we say, different.


MUMBLEGORE at its core (it even stars JOE SWANBERG), You’re Next is a one-set film that flips the idea of the scream queen on its severed head. A pack of animal-masked killers stalks a family reunion, picking off loved ones one after the other – that is, until one of the hunted fights back.


Horror movie scribes get so caught up in concocting a killer twist ending, they often forget to plug all the little plot holes. No so with Jennifer Kent’s excellently crafted Aussie creature feature, which sent shivers down the spines of moviegoers everywhere.



Just when you thought every idea under the sun had been done to death, director Ana Lily Amirpour puts out a pitch-black Iranian vampire western, breathing new life into the blood-sucking genre. The gist: A skateboarding lady vampire drains dudes who disrespect women. Righteous.


You never really know what you’re going to get with filmmaker Ben Wheatley, but that’s part of the fun. The director stunned festival-goers with his first feature, KILL LIST, which begins as a relationship piece, mixes in mob drama, and ends with – well, if we told you, we’d have to kill you. A year later, he released Sightseers, a dark modern horror movie set in the British Isles about a couple’s weekend getaway-turned-erotic killing spree.


A hit at last year’s SXSW FESTIVAL, and currently making the rounds in select cities, Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s mockumentary about a crew of vampy bachelors breaks ground in both the horror and comedy genres. Not familiar with the darkly funny pair? Waititi’s the original voice behind the quirky EAGLE VS. SHARK, while Clement is one half of the kiwi comedy folk monsters, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS.




A cabin in the woods is where bad things happen. Think you’ve heard it before? Well, think again when script writer/puppet master Drew Goddard is pulling the strings. Goddard’s brilliant reimagining of classic horror tropes comes packed with the hunk, the vixen, the stoner, and, of course, the virgin. But that’s where the clichés end.

Stills from “It Follows” via Northern Lights Films; Still from “Honeymoon” via Fewlas Entertainment; Still from “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” via Say Ahh Productions; Still from “The Cabin in the Woods” via Lionsgate




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There are plenty of scary movies and horror films for film lovers to choose from, but what about anime fans? Don’t worry, there’s lots of dark anime and good horror anime for fans to enjoy! This list of horror anime has been ranked from best to worst by fans of the genre. When it comes to scary anime, if you want only the best, this list of top horror anime will help you find it!












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The world is a  very scary place, and we are definitely afraid of dying. In fact the only thing worse is living, because then the immortal souls of the damned which have been cursed to life in an endless purgatory even when their physical bodies have expired can come and bother us, with all their wailing and tapering off to have no legs. Basically ghosts tell us that everything sucks because when you live you get haunted, and when you die you haunt. There’s no way of winning.

Why are we so obsessed with ghosts? Well, it’s probably got something to do with the ubiquity of ghost stories in Western culture. From the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall to the Amityville Horror, there are ghost stories that everybody knows and is rightfully spooked by. We shouldn’t restrict our terror to our own fair isles and states, however; after all, there’s a whole world of spine tingling tales out there, stories of ghouls and ghosts from all corners of the Earth, which’ll blow the Mary Celeste out of the water and make the Enfield poltergeist look like a mere public nuisance. These are 7 terrifying ghost stories from around the world.


1. Screaming Trees At A US Mental Asylum


A place originally named “Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane” isn’t going to be the happiest place on Earth – and, for copyright reasons, could never name itself as such either – but through a ghost into the mix on top of that, and you’ve got a recipe for true horror. Dr George Zeller, the first director of what is now called the Peoria State Hospital, was one of the first to document the story of the spirit that came to be known as “Old Book”.

The hospital had existed in a different form before Zeller reopened it in 1902, with a new and more enlightened view of how mental health issues should be treated. In fact the original building had never been used, constructed to look more like a castle’s battlements than a place for progressive treatments. The eeriness truly began during Zeller’s time there, though, as recounted in his book Befriending The Bereft.

It was decided early on that anybody who died whilst working or attending the hospital would be shipped off to relatives or, if they were unclaimed, buried on the asylum’s grounds. It was the latter fate that befell Manuel A. Bookbinder, a patient who worked with the burial crew until his death. Zeller and hundreds of other patients and employees saw Old Book’s figure at his funeral, weeping over by the old elm in the potters field.

Since then Old Book – a nickname, but Bookbinder wasn’t even his real name; he had suffered a breakdown whilst working at a printing press, and nobody knew his actual identity – was seen at dozens of funerals on the grounds, crying by the old elm. Even today visitors claim to hear his otherworldly sobs coming from the tree. As if an old, abandoned mental hospital wasn’t creepy enough on its own.

2. The Stockholm Ghost Train


Stockholm’s Metro network is one of the best in Europe, travelling across every corner of the Swedish capital both under and overground. The Silverpilen (or “Silver Arrow”) was an old model of Metro train, so named because it of its shiny aluminum shell. Between its introduction in the sixties and discontinuation in 1996, it was usually used as a back-up train if others broke down; the interiors were more utilitarian than the usual cars, with signs of partly removed graffiti contributing to the reputation of the Silverpilen as “different”.

Adding to that reputation, or perhaps bolstered by it, are the numerous ghost stories and urban legends that have sprung up about the Silverpilen trains. Since it was used only when other Metro cars had broken down and needed replacing, the average Stockholm dweller rarely saw a Silver Arrow in action, adding further to the mystique surrounding them. Seeing them at night would be an especially spooky event, the unfamiliar car glowing as its metal shell reflected the street lamps, giving it an all-round ghostly look.

Stories about the Silverpilen usually connect it to the abandoned Kymlinge metro station on Line 11, the origin of the delightful saying “Only the dead get off at Kymlinge”. People claim that the train picks up its spirit passengers there and speeds through the city after midnight, only sometimes stopping to pick up passengers; they either disappear forever or later “get off” weeks, months or even years after they embarked. Still sounds better than the Tube.

3. Māori Villagers Risen From The Dead

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Mount Tarawera is responsible for one of New Zealand’s largest volcanic eruptions in history, which killed around 120 people back in 1886. Hundreds die in a natural disaster, during which the sky looked to be burning, black smoke filled the air and survivors were, naturally, panicking and fearing for their own lives? Why, those are the perfect conditions for a ghost story to take root!

And so it did, but not without a few more details to build it up a little. One of the biggest tragedies of the eruption were the dozens of Māori villages which were completely destroyed or buried, decimating the people’s local community. All of this devastation could have been predicted, however, by a ghostly vision that was sighted eleven days before Mount Tarawera erupted, an event that was so loud and so bright some thought it to be an attack by Russian warships.

A boatful of tourists returning from the Pink and White Terraces, a natural wonder which was later wiped off the map by the volcano, saw what appeared to be a war canoe approach their boat, only to disappear in the mist half a mile from them. Onboard also was a Maori clergyman who recognised it as a burial waka, which dead chiefs were tied to in an upright position and sent into the water on. Some had posited that the pre-eruption fissures could have freed the canoe from its resting place, but either way seeing a decomposed guy on a boat floating at you through the mist sounds absolutely terrifying.

4. The Samurai Who Loved A Ghost

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Besides being the place where the majority of your consumer electronics originate, Japan’s biggest export is of absolutely pant-wettingly terrifying ghost stories. The likes of The Ring and The Grudge, films remade to lesser effect in English, follow the tradition of kaidan –  literally “talk [of] strange, mysterious, rare or bewitching apparitions” – which date back to the Edo period. And they are all equally as bizarre, disturbing and gross as the hauntings of Sadako and Kayako.

One such story is Botan Dōrō, which translates roughly to The Peony Lantern, one of the most famous kaidan. It began as a moralistic Buddhist parable about karma that came from China, but was retrofitted into being more straight-up scary by an enterprising author Asai Ryōi, and spread in popularity thanks to his translation and later kabuki adaptations. And of course it was a hit – after all, it featured necrophilia!

Sort of, anyway. The basic story of Botan Dōrō is of a beautiful woman and a young girl holding a lantern the house of a widowed samurai. The samurai is instantly smitten with the woman and, from that night on, both her and the girl visit the house during dusk and disappear before dawn. A suspicious elderly neighbour peeks into the house one night and sees the samurai in bed with a skeleton. Unable to resist her charms, even when he finds out what’s happening, the samurai is lead by the woman into the local graveyard, where his body is found buried alive, again spooning the skeleton. CREEPY.

5. True Detective Comes To Windsor


This one, we admit, was partially chosen for the chilling illustration that accompanies it. It’s like the sort of thing you’d expect of the dark, murderous Yellow King from True Detective, albeit transplanted from the deep south to Berkshire. Herne The Hunter is said to haunt the county’s Windsor Forest and Great Park, appearing in countless folk tales and even scoring a cameo appearance in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor; his origin is said to lay further back than that, though, rooted in weird…Pagan…stuff.

Little was written down and preserved about Herne before Willy got there, describing him as “a spirit” and “sometime a keeper… in Windsor forest” who is seen to “walk round about an oak, with great ragg’d horns”. Which, to be honest, would be enough for us to go on: a ragged, spectral being with a terrifying face and great big antlers? It’d certainly put us off of our Centre Parcs holiday, that’s for sure.

Samuel Ireland provided more background to this spectre decades later, positing that in life he was a man of some social standing who, for some transgression, saw that he may fall into disgrace, and chose instead to hang himself in the very woods he overlooked. So he is damned to protect them for the rest of eternity, with sightings dating as recently as the 1920s suggesting he rides with demon hounds, a horned owl and other creatures of the forest.

6. Murdered Wife Haunts Library

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The life of Sophia Eberlein was a short, tragic one. Having emigrated from Russia to the United States as a young woman, she found herself married to Hugo Eberlein, a well-known businessman with whom she bore two daughters, Lillian and Alice. Following Hugo’s death in 1928 she remarried, taking up with a man named Jacob Bentz in her home of Harvey, North Dakota. It is unknown if this second marriage was particularly tumultuous, but what is known is that Bentz bludgeoned his wife to death not longer after.

Despite cleaning up the crime scene and trying to make it look like Sophia had died in a car accident, Bentz was caught out by a visit by Lillian who noticed the blood splatters in her deceased mother’s bedroom. Bentz admitted to the crime and was sentenced to life in prison, where he himself died in 1944. It’s a sad story, and one which has all the hallmarks of a later haunting: a violent, horrible death, at the hands of a loved one, the victim burdened with “unfinished business”.

Which is perhaps why, when author William Jackson began working in a library built on the land of the old Eberlein family home, he found himself the victim of cold chills, moving furniture and the glimpsed sight of the manifestation of the murdered Sophia. According to Jackson, the librarian’s office was built in the exact spot where Sophia’s bedroom was, the part of the house she was killed and apparently her final resting place. Spookier than the lady at the start of Ghostbusters, that. Definitely less funny.

6. The White Woman Of Belchen Tunnel


Underground tunnels for cars are terrifying enough on their own, and we don’t mean just because of that one UNKLE video. There’s the darkness, the claustrophobic feeling of being below ground, and the inhuman howl that traffic makes as it passes through, engine noise echoing off of the stark concrete walls. Yeesh. And at nighttime, when the traffic is at a minimum, it just gets worse, because if anything bad happens you’ve got no escape but to go forwards or turn around, and you could still be in the tunnel for what feels like an eternity.

Which means they’re not quite as unusual a setting for a contemporary ghost story as you might think. One such modern myth sprung up with regards to the Belchen Tunnel in Switzerland, which connects Basel to Chiasso, in the form of the “white woman” (“weisse Frau”) of the Bölchentunnel (“Bölchen” is local dialect for “Belchen”). Beginnings in 1981 stories of an old white-clothed woman began circulating, who appears out of nowhere and sometimes tries to catch a ride off drivers.

After being picked up by local tabloids Basel Police received dozens of phone calls of people seeing the White Woman. In 1983 were two jurists claimed to have picked up a pale, middle-aged woman who, when asked if she was okay, replied “No, unfortunately not. I am not well at all. Something really awful is going to happen, something very dreadful!” When the pair looked to the back seat where the hitch hiker had sat, they found she had disappeared. Probably the second most creepy thing a hitch hiker could do, but creepy nonetheless.

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There was fog in the low places and out of the blackness overhead fell a fine, steady rain. It made little ponds of the ruts in the lonely country road. Hugged by scrub pines, vines and underbrush the road straggled for perhaps a hundred yards. Then the woods stopped abruptly and there lay the wet softly gleaming rails at Maco Station.

Maco lies fourteen miles west of Wilmington on the Wilmington-Florence-Augusta line of what is now the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. It is today much as it must have looked to Joe Baldwin more than one hundred years ago.

Joe was conductor of a train headed toward Wilmington that rainy spring night of 1867. Just fourteen miles from home his thoughts turned to his family. Would his wife be up to greet him? Even his train sounded as if it were glad to be on the home stretch. There was something comforting about the chugging noise of its wood-burning engine. For the moment Joe forgot his shower of soot and sparks which he battled daily to keep his coaches clean.

It was time now to go through the cars ahead and call out the station. He glanced proudly at his gold railroad man’s watch. The hands of the watch read three minutes ’til midnight. Just about on time.

He tugged at the door at the end of the car. The night was so dark he couldn’t see the outline of the car ahead. As he managed to open the door, he swung his lantern a little ahead of his body. The foot outstretched to step forward stopped in mid-air. There was no car ahead! He was in the last coach of the train and it had come uncoupled.

Panic surged through him and for a moment he could hardly get his breath. His first thought was of the train which followed his own. He must signal them. They had to know there was a wild car in front of them. He raced back through the car. With one mighty heave he wrenched open the heavy door at the rear and was out on the platform. He felt his own coach losing speech and as it did he saw the huge, fiery eye of the train which followed him.

He began to swing his lantern back and forth, back and forth more furiously as the distance between him and the advancing train grew smaller. The pursuing train plunged on through the night, its cyclops eye burning balefully. With terrific impact it hurtled into the rear of the runaway coach completely demolishing it. In the collision Joe’s head was severed from his body.

A witness said that his lantern waved desperately until the last, then rose in the air, and inscribing a wide arc, landed in a nearby swamp. It flickered there for a moment and then the flame continued burning clear and strong.

Not long afterward lovers strolling near the railroad late at night reported seeing a strange light along the tracks. It would start about a mile from Maco Station – just a flicker over the left rail. Then it would advance, growing brighter as it came up the track. Faster and faster it seemed to come swinging from side to side. There would be a pause and it would start backwards, for a moment hanging suspended where it had first appeared, and then it would be gone.

Watchers over the years have said that the light is Joe Baldwin’s lantern and that Joe is hunting for his head. Once the light was gone for over a month but it always comes back. Joe seems to prefer dark, rainy nights.

After roads were built in the area, skeptics maintained that the light was merely a reflection. Several years ago all traffic in the area was blocked off while a group of observers watched for the light. Joe appeared swinging his lantern as usual. A short time before, a company of Fort Bragg soldiers armed with rifles decided to put an end to Joe’s nightly excursions. His lantern eluded both guns and soldiers.

Over the years railroad engineers have sometimes mistaken Joe’s light for a “real” signal. As a result the railroad ordered its signalmen at Maco to use two lanterns, one red and one green. And so, after more than 100 years, Joe Baldwin still haunts the track at Maco looking for his head.

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If you love horror movies, games, anime, comics etc, and you’re into cosplay, it’s time to start looking for that perfectly terrifying costume. For those who want to take it to the next horrifying level, these examples are a perfect place to start.

The art of cosplay takes “dressing up” to extreme levels, and over the years some creative fans have managed to create some of the freakiest looks this side of the big screen (and sometimes creepier).


I especially love the one form Silent Hill, my favourite horror game ever! Which one do you like?

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From airplane graveyards to ancient monasteries, you won’t believe this worlds wonders…

They’re not all so easy to get to, so we rounded up some pictures of a few spots that caught our eye – some of this places are natural, some man-made, but most importantly, all of them are awesome, scary, yet beautiful.

The Airplane Graveyard, Arizona, USA


Decommissioned Boeing B-52 bombers parking at an airplane graveyard in Arizona, USA.

Where do airplanes go when they die? Here. Decommissioned Boeing B-52 bombers span their wings across the sand in Arizona, in southwest USA. There are over 5,000 sitting in the ‘boneyard’.

Why Arizona? The dry desert air slows the decomposition of the planes – but somehow, we think it’s highly unlikely any of these birds will ever fly again.

Shiprock, New Mexico

The impressive Shiprock Landform seen from above.

Standing 500m (1,640 feet) above the New Mexico desert, Shiprock was a cultural centerpiece of the Native American Navajo community (and is still governed by the Navajo Nation). While it may look like a ship sailing across the desert, ‘Shiprock’ is also the name of the nearest town, about 17km (10.5 miles) away.

It’s been featured in numerous movies and novels, and remains a point of interest for rock climbers – and naturally photographers.

Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

Pleaple watching the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan.

The Door to Hell is a man-made fire – sort of. The site of a natural gas reserve in Turkmenistan, it was lit on fire by Russian engineers to burn excess gas back in the 70s.

It was expected to burn at most for a few weeks. It’s been burning for nearly 40 years. The hole is 70m (230 feet) wide, and in the centre boiling mud and flames can be seen. Will it take you all the way to hell? We’re not sure, but if you stand too close, there’s a good chance you’ll get to find out.

The Champagne Pool, Waiotapu, New Zealand

Steam rising off a geo-thermal pool.

It’s where Maori warriors came to soothe their aching muscles and spirits. The famous Champagne Pool of Waiotapu in New Zealand forms part of a series of springs said to be sacred. It was formed 900 years ago (that’s like yesterday in geological terms) during a hydrothermal eruption.

What gives it the unique colour? Metallic compounds present in the rock surrounding the pool. But the name comes from the constant bubbling thanks to the constant release of carbon dioxide (CO2 – just like a glass of bubbling champagne.)

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

Aerial view of the Blue Hole
The Great Blue Hole, Belize© Getty Images

While SCUBA divers can name numerous ‘blue holes’ this is one of the most iconic. The ‘Great Blue Hole’ is 124m (407 feet) deep and part of the famous Lighthouse Reef, 70km (43 miles) from mainland Belize.

Why is it so famous? The father of SCUBA, Jacques Costeau, called it one of the ‘top 10 places to dive in the world’ – and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s not the deepest though. For that, you’ll need to head to Dean’s Blue Hole, in the Bahamas, but it’s unlikely you’ll be able to appreciate its depth – it sinks to just over 200m (656 feet) – out of reach for all but the most extreme divers.

The Seven Giants, Siberia, Russia

Stefan Glowacz standing on top of a rock formation in Russia.
Stefan Glowacz stands on one of the Seven Giants© Klaus Fengler/Red Bull Content Pool

“The Seven Giants” jut out of the plains north of the Ural mountains deep in Siberia. The legend says they were originally soldiers in a race of giants on a mission to destroy the local Mansi people.

While remote (the average human needs a snowmobile or helicopter to get there) they are well known among Russians as one of the ‘wonders of Russia’. The 30-40m (98-131 feet) peaks were considered unclimbable until Stefan Glowacz ascended one in the Red Bull 7 Giants project.

Angel Falls, Venezuela

A unique view from above on the Angel Falls.

Angel Falls in Venezuela is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in the world – cascading down from nearly 1,000m (3,280 feet) above Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park. You may know it from the Pixar movie ‘UP’, even though they called it ‘Paradise Falls’.

Why is it called ‘Angel Falls’? The first person to fly a plane over the site was American aviator Jimmie Angel. He even landed a plane above the falls, which sunk its wheels into the marshy land – and stayed there for 30 years.

Split Apple Rock, New Zealand

Just off the coast of New Zealand lies a highly interesting geological absurdity – Split Apple Rock. It’s in the Tasman Bay, and in shallow enough water that you can wade to it, making it a popular spot for tourists to visit.

So, meteorite from space? Bowling ball of the gods? How it got like that no one knows.

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Haunted Houses is a long-term project in which I photographed over eighty haunted sites throughout the United States. The series was inspired by turn of the century spirit photographs and Victorian ghost stories written by women as a means of articulating domestic discontents. In being the medium through which the spirit of these houses was recorded, I continued the tradition of female sensitivity to the supernatural. When I photographed in haunted houses, I tried to open myself to the invisible nuances of a space. I photographed using a large format camera, with exposures often ranging from a few seconds to a few hours. Though the medium of the visible, photography makes the invisible apparent. By collecting extensive evidence of the surface, one becomes aware of what is missing, and a space is provided for the viewer to imagine the invisible.

Haunted Houses provides a unique way of understanding our relationship to the spaces we inhabit, and reflects romantic and dystopian notions of the domestic realm. The notion of hauntedness activates and highlights the home, revealing the hidden narratives and possibilities of everyday life.

These is just a few of them, because the project is new and have yet to work on it. Hope you enjoy this preview!

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America has only 238 years old (give or take a few decades). This means we’ve really only had 238 years to produce any haunted houses. As you read, you will find out that nothing compares to the spookfests that have been going down in Europe for over a thousand years. So, if you really want to get scared by some old world ghoulies,  you need to hop across the pond and check out these haunted destinations:


The Tower of London, London, England

If you want to find ghosts, then you need to go where people died horrible deaths. Say hello to the Tower of London. This fortress has a nine-hundred-year history of torturing and bumping off enemies of the crown. Among the most infamous apparitions reported at the Tower is the headless corpse of Anne Boleyn, who met Henry VIII in 1536 only to end up on the receiving end of the chopping block. There is also the White Lady who lives in the White Tower and likes to wave to children. Then there are the two little Princes who were rumored to have been put to death by Richard III to clear his path to the throne. Basically, you can’t swing a black cat in here without hitting a ghost.

The Paris Catacombs

When a city runs out of cemetery space, the best option is to bury the dead right underneath your homes in a series of winding catacombs. That’s how the Parisians of the late 1700s rolled. It is estimated that the catacombs contain the remains of up to 7 million former residents. The potential for ghostly sightings is off the chart.

Poveglia, near Venice, Italy

Not every haunted hot zone in Europe is found in tunnels or castles. Poveglia is an entire island that is haunted. It’s only 17 acres, but that was big enough for a quarantine station back in the 14th century. Ships carrying the plague were forced to disembark at Poveglia before sailing into Venice. That left a lot of folks waiting around to die. In 1922, they opened up a hospital for the elderly, which was rumored to conduct experiments on mentally ill patients. When you visit this location, you’re just asking for trouble.

Tokat Castle, Turkey

Here’s a fun little stop to make on your haunted European tour. Tokat Castle is where archaeologists believe Vlad the Impaler was once kept a prisoner. In case you don’t know, Vlad was the real-life individual who inspired gothic horror master Bram Stoker to pen Dracula. History tells us that Vlad or Dracul (the family name) was kept in this castle by the Ottomans around 1442. After he got out, he started his practice of impaling his enemies on spikes. You can bet that anyplace where Vlad went is haunted.

If you do travel to these haunted spots, be sure to bring plenty of holy water, garlic, and salt.  So, have you ever seen a ghost?