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Introducing Cate Davies: Atmospheric Welsh photographer, intrepid guide and muse thumbnail

Cate Davies is a Welsh born photographer, living in Wiltshire, Great Britain. I've loved her photos for years, tried to steal her technique and failed, so it brings great joy to my black heart for her to join me here. She has an eye for moody, atmospheric locations, and also shows me around the island - Click to read more

Megalithic mysteries and my appointment with destiny at Avebury circle and henge thumbnail

It’s 1972 and I’m eleven years old, hanging out in the Carmi Public Library, which is about the only place I’m allowed to hang out. I find a book on the shelf, plain black with a bit of red trim. Mysterious Britain is the title, and Janet and Colin Bord were the authors. I open it, skim through the - Click to read more

A megalithic darkness descending on Stanton Drew stone circles and cove thumbnail

"There among the stones they committed unspeakable acts. On the stones, against the stones. Their cloaks barriers to the storm of nature that raged around them, they were thrown aside and as two beasts they met in the circle in rut, in heat, in pure primal desire. It was a ritual of sorts, a wedding if you - Click to read more

The Ghosts of Avebury: Avebury’s Lady In White and My Lady In Black thumbnail

Hair stands high on the cat's back like a ridge of threatening hills. Sheepdogs howl, make tracks and growl --- their tails hanging low. And young children falter in their games at the altar of life's hide-and-seek between tall pillars, where Sunday-night killers in grey raincoats peek. Down to the stones where old ghosts play - Click to read more

A historic home in Salem finds its way into Lovecraft’s fiction thumbnail

The Crowninshield Bentley House c.1727-30. Click here to view larger and more images from Salem, Massachusetts. Part of the Peabody Essex Museum and available for tours, June through October126 Essex Street at Washington Square “I lied when I said she had gone away. I killed her. I had to. It was sudden, but we were alone and I was in my - Click to read more

Jerusha Howe’s bedroom at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn thumbnail

Room 9 is the room to get when staying at Longfellow's Wayside Inn outside Sudbury, Massachusetts. It's said to host the spirit of Jerusha, who has been known to snuggle up to male guests during the night, when they stay in the room alone. But don't come expecting much in the way of modern entertainment - Click to read more

Piracy in Charleston, S.C.: The adoption of the gentleman pirate, Stede Bonnet thumbnail

A town with an ugly past, trades debauchery for a more genteel reputation, and in the process adopts the gentleman pirate to keep pirate tourism dollars growing. Intentional or not, it seems to be working.

The Haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis: Dining and sleepovers with the ghosts of the upper crust thumbnail

Built on beer, the haunted Lemp Mansion is plagued by suicide and ghosts. It's also great for a traditional St. Louis Sunday dinner and overnight stay.

What makes a church a church? Carmi’s Emmanuel United Methodist church looks to leave history behind for greener pastures thumbnail

Carmi's Emmanuel Methodist Church has been a stalwart of north Carmi for over a century. As the neighborhood declined and the building has aged, is it time to move on?

The best haunted hotels and inns: Lemp Mansion – A house built on beer, brought down by suicides and debauchery makes for a great ghoulish destination thumbnail

The haunted Lemp Mansion in St. Louis, Missouri Ann Barrett: What did he do to make this house so evil, Mr. Fischer? Benjamin Franklin Fischer: Drug addiction, alcoholism, sadism, beastiality, mutilation, murder, vampirism, necrophilia, cannibalism, not to mention a gamut of sexual goodies. Shall I go on? Ann Barrett: How did it end? Benjamin Franklin - Click to read more