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The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen thumbnail

The Great God Pan, a novella by Welsh born Arthur Machen (3 March 1863 – 15 December 1947), was cited by Stephen King as maybe the best horror story in the English Language. Originally decried for its strong sexual and horror content, it is almost tame in comparison to today’s literature of the same genre - 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

Yorktown Ghost Stories: Colonial era ghosts still haunt the streets of this landmark village of the American Revolution thumbnail

 Nelson House, c. 1730, Colonial National Historic Park, Yorktown Battlefield, Yorktown, Virginia. Click to see more Yorktown pictures from History and Haunts The Nelson House is an imposing edifice by anyone's standards. Three stories tall and on a hill overlooking the James River, the house was believed to be for a time, the headquarters of - Click to read more

Hiking Rockefeller State Park Preserve: Looking for Spook Rock, Hulda the witch and the non-headless horseman origins of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow thumbnail

At last she came to a little house, and an old woman was peeping out of it, but she had such great teeth that the girl was terrified and about to run away, only the old woman called her back. "What are you afraid of, my dear child? Come and live with me, and if you do - Click to read more

The real mystery of Long Island’s Shep Jones Lane thumbnail

Shep Jones Lane is notorious for being considered one of Long Island's most haunted spots. The road begins paved before petering out, leaving one seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and actually passes through the Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook, as well as property belonging to the Nature Conservancy. Hikers and strollers alike are common - Click to read more