This week the topic is: Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)… but seeing as I am in the midst of Horror October, I have chosen 10 creepy-ass locations from 10 creepy-ass books that I would love to visit, because I’m totally weird and enjoy being scared!
The Birthing House, house – Christopher Ransom
The bizzarro circus from The Pilo Family Circus – Will Elliot
You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?” Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place—peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous—where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself. When he applies the white face paint, he is transformed into JJ, the most vicious clown of all. And JJ wants Jamie dead!”
The Pet Sematary cemetery – Stephen King
The torture chamber from The Pit and the Pendulum – Edgar Allan Poe
Toledo Prison is notorious for the torture of the condemned. What minds have dreamed up the terror of the pit in the center of the cell? What is the significance of the painted figure of Time with his menacing pendulum? Why do the walls glow with heat?”
The White Witch’s Castle from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – C.S Lewis
The Overlook Hotel from The Shining – Stephen King
Hell House – Richard Matheson
Gormenghast castle from Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast
Gormenghast is a ‘gothic labyrinth of roofs and turrets, cloisters and corridors, stairwells and dungeons, it is also the cobwebbed kingdom of Byzantine government and age-old rituals, a world primed to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, and death.‘
I want to live there so bad!
Snowfield from Phantoms by Dean Koontz
They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California. AND CLOSER…
At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease.
But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined…”
The house from Amityville Horror – Jay Anson
Barrow, Alaska, from 30 Days of Night – Steve Niles/Ben Templesmith
I could have kept going for some time. Would you brave any of these?