Halloween is on the horizon, and for many of us that means binge-reading all the scary stories that we can get our hands on and being transported to terrifying locations! To help you get in the Halloween spirit YA horror and thriller authors Rin Chupeco, Natalie Richards, Patty Blount, and Allan Stratton share their favorite spooky destinations.
Rin Chupeco (The Suffering)
The Winchester Mystery House has always been on my bucket list of places to go. The strangeness of the place is a lot more tangible than other allegedly haunted houses, and oddly enough I feel like I would be completely at home here, since a sense of direction would be irrelevant and I don’t have any. I would also like to stay at the gorgeous Glamis Castle, where its lord allegedly sold his soul to the devil while playing cards.
Natalie Richards (My Secret to Tell)
Creepy buildings?! Um, no. Just absolutely not. So everyone’s seen a movie where someone’s creeping into a dark, scary house and a whispery voice says “Run away!” or something like it, right? Yeah, I’d be nothing but elbows and taillights. No need to tell me twice. If a house/ hospital/forest/castle is SPEAKING to me? I’m tapping out, thank you. I write thrillers, people! I know what happens!
But at risk of totally contradicting myself, I have to admit, I’ve never seen the cemeteries of New Orleans and I would absolutely love to visit them. I realize this is just ridiculous. On the one hand, I get twitchy walking past an abandoned house if it has a certain ooky look, even if I can logically tell myself there may not have ever even been a death in that house. But cemeteries? I find them generally peaceful and lovely. I admit, this may point to a serious issue in my brain, but I’m sticking with New Orleans cemeteries. There you go.
Patty Blount (Nothing Left to Burn)
Winchester House, definitely! I have read many stories about this property. Another place I’d like to visit is Gettysburg. Rumor has it that the battlefields are well-haunted by ghosts of fallen Civil War soldiers.
Allan Stratton (The Dogs)
Hands down, the Capuchin Crypt in Rome. This is a ceiling in one of its five Gothic chapels. I’ve been during the day, but I wouldn’t be caught dead there at night.
The crypts were started by Friar Michael of Bergamo, who arrived in 1631 with the bones of over 3,700 Capuchin monks. As you can see, he had an artistic bent. The skeleton in the center represents Death. The handle of the scythe and balance beam are leg bones. The blade and the balances are shoulder bones. The decorative circles are vertebrae. All the bones are nailed in place, as they are on the walls and ceiling of each chapel.
The chapels also have altars made of stacks of skulls and thigh bones, and arches ornamented with forearms. The lighting fixtures are made from bunches of fingers and toes.
Alone in the crypt, I found myself staring into eye sockets and wondering who had once stared out. What had they seen? What had they felt? Surely they’d all had parents just as I did. And one day, surely, I’ll be just as dead. Weird.
I definitely recommend that you visit the crypt if you’re ever in Rome. But anyone who can stay there through the night is braver than me.
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