It’s October and Halloween is already around the corner. Of course you can get your horror fix by snuggling up with popcorn and watching a scary movie, but you can also check out these creepy & literary spaces. What other haunted places do you know about? Share them with us in the comments below!
1. Burying Point Cemetery (Salem, MS)
Though not downright literary, Burying Point Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Salem and the second oldest known cemetery in the United States. Many interesting historical figures associated with the Salem Witch Trials are buried here, including Justice John Hathorne, the great-great-grandfather of writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne added a “w” to his last name to separate himself from his ancestor.
2. Haworth (West Yorkshire, Scotland)
The village of Haworth in West Yorkshire is also known as Brontë Country: home to the parsonage where the Brontë sisters lived and wrote their internationally adored work. Top Withens is the reputed inspiration for Emily Brontë‘s gothic tale of violent passion, Wuthering Heights. Also in the village is Haworth Parish Church, where Patrick Brontë preached, and where all of the Brontë’s (except Anne, who is buried in Scarborough) have been laid to rest. (via For Books’ Sake)
3) Sylvia Plath’s Grave (St.Thomas’ Churchyard, Heptonstall, West Yorkshire, England)
Sylvia Plath committed suicide in 1963 by gassing herself at her home in London. Many of her supporters blame Ted Hughes’ adultery as the cause of Plath’s death, and consequently the name “Hughes” has repeatedly been chiselled off her headstone. (via For Books’ Sake, Poets’ Graves)
4) Edgar Allen Poe’s Baltimore Home (Baltimore, MD)
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
The home where Poe wrote stories “Berenice” and “Shadow, A Parable” is now a museum where you can see Poe’s writing desk and chair and visit his nearby gravesite. According to legend, many of those buried in this cemetery were not dead and their spirits now linger to seek revenge against those who buried them alive.
5) Hotel Monteleone (French Quarter, New Orleans, LA)
This historic hotel has been designated an “official literary landmark” and boasts visits by writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Anne Rice, Truman Capote and John Grisham. It’s also known for being haunted with sightings of ghosts of children playing in the hallways and an elevator that stops on the wrong floor. Also in New Orleans lie many sites associated with Anne Rice, author of The Vampire Chronicles, including the home that was the inspiration for Rice’s Mayfair Witches and Lafayette Cemetery. (via FoxNews)
6) Stanley Hotel (Estes Park, CO)
The Stanley Hotel is the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. Stephen King was inspired after staying in Room 217, famous for many supernatural occurrences such as the sounds of children giggling, a piano playing, and items being moved from room to room.
7) Sleepy Hollow (Sleepy Hollow, NY)
This is of course the real life setting for Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Located along the Hudson River, visitors can roam the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman both roamed, and where author Washington Irving is buried. (via FoxNews)
8) Point Pleasant (West Virginia)
This small town has been famous for the many signtings of the Mothman, the famous figure that appears in Both Gray Barker’s “The Silver Bridge” and John Keel’s “The Mothman Prophecies.” You can find the mysterious figure in the form of a statue and at the Mothman Museum. (via FoxNews)
9) Dogtown (Gloucester, MS)
Dogtown is an isolated colonial ruin and 3,000-acre woodland plateau located between Gloucester and Rockport in Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Roughly 100 families established a Common’s Settlement in the area 1642; the settlement was located inland, and therefore sheltered and protected from pirates and the British Navy. However, after the War of 1812 coastal areas became safer, and the Dogtown settlement declined and disappeared. Only a handful of vagabonds, eccentrics, and war widows remained, and the area quickly gained a reputation for witchcraft; the feral dogs the women kept for protection gave the area its name.
Dogtown -with its tales of witches, supernatural sightings, drifters, pirates, and former slavers -has long held a powerful influence over artists, writers, and historians. The area’s peculiar landscape, eerily isolated and strewn with large boulders and rocks deposited from the ice age, seems to sharpen and magnify Dogtown’s legends. There’s a network of half-abadoned trails and numbered boulders marking the “cellar holes” of the former settlement. American artist Marsden Hartley described the landscape of Dogtown “as a cross between Stonehenge and Easter Island,” and poet Charles Olson based much of his epic Maximus Poems on Dogtown. In 1984, a brutal murder took place in Dogtown: a local homeless man crushed the skull of a schoolteacher as she was walking her dog. The murderer claimed he killed the woman because a spirit in the woods called out to him. (via The Richest)
10) House of Death (New York)
The “House of Death” located at 14 West 10th Street has been so nicknamed because of its 22 resident ghosts, most famously, the ghost of Mark Twain who resided there in 1900. Many visitors have reported various incidents here, including multiple sightings of Mark Twain’s ghost, a lady in white, and other mysterious presences. (via untapped cities)