The story tells that the small town of Tarrytown in New York (USA) has a valley whose name is Sleepy Hollow and where ghosts dwell in a haunted environment. The most famous of all the spectrums is undoubtedly the Headless Horseman, a former soldier who lost his head in battle and every night rides his horse looking for it through the streets of the village. Although this is the argument of the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, the truth is that the terrifying tale has penetrated so deeply into popular culture that even the name of the cemetery of Tarrytown changed its name to Sleepy Hollow, where the writer and creator of the story itself is buried. While we are talking about a fictional story, there are still many who feel a shiver when entering through the doors of this famous place.
The strange Monsters Park in Bomarzo (Italy)
Through the mouth of a grotesque stone shaped face, the strange Monsters Park stretches along the side of a mountain with the whimsical shapes of the trees, plants and some chilling sculptures. They say that this garden located inside the Castle Orsini in Bomarzo (Viterbo province, Italy), was commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini himself, since he wanted to have a garden with exotic animals and monsters, so great sculptors used their skills to create unknown creatures, beasts and large
Mary King's Alley (Edinburgh)
Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) is a city whose appearance inspired stories and ancient legends. Its streets and gray and black roofs create the perfect horror movie scenario. Some of these streets, located in the historic center of the city, were boarded by several buildings. However, one of them, the alley named Mary King's Close, keeps a grim story that lays dormant even though the City Council closed it to the public thanks to the construction of these surrounding buildings.
It is said that the locals in this area, one of the most affected by the epidemic of plague that ravaged Europe during the 16th century, locked the sick ones to die of starvation within the walls to not infect anyone else. Although these facts were denied later, it seems that their souls appear sometimes in the old alley.
The Bogotá River in Colombia offers an spectacular natural view in Tequenmada Falls, a waterfall of 157 meters which was used by El Salto Hotel in 1924 to become a luxury accommodation that housed the high society. Years later, the place worked as a restaurant and now it is a museum. Thanks to its elevated position, there were many people who ended up throwing themselves to the river, which sparked numerous stories and legends of ghosts that wander around the hotel. In fact, workers themselves say that it is common to hear piercing screams in the night.
Belchite (Zaragoza, Spain)
Belchite was an important town in the province of Zaragoza, Spain, in the early twentieth century. The first inhabitants of this place were here already in Roman times, although Muslims also left traces of their days in this territory into beautiful buildings of Moorish art. However, history is currently remembered in Belchite for its most turbulent past. As far back as in Roman and Carthaginian time and much later during the Carlist War, the town was besieged by the tragedy of bullets and deaths in the streets, but the worst of all battles was yet to come.
Perhaps the most famous town in the world for its traditional Halloween stories is Salem, Massachusetts (USA). In the late 17th century, widespread religious hysteria in Salem Village led the locals to accuse neighbors and acquaintances with unusual habits or attitudes, in their opinion, of questionable propriety. So, many women were accused in court of witches contacting with devil. The judges also heard the rumors and hearsay and it is known that twenty-five of these women were burnt at the stake for witchcraft accusations between February 1692 and May 1693. Salem is located north of the famous city of Boston, and thanks to that it has become a hot spot throughout the year and especially in the month of October and during Halloween, when the village is dressed up in orange and black and filled with pumpkins, witches and sorcerers who practice magic and hand readings in some stores of old wooden doors The town of witches is one of those places that every lover of terror should visit at least once in a lifetime.
Between 1975 and 1979, the Khmer Rouge era, the building that now houses the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, was famous for the torture and murder of the prisoners. It is said that the spectra of seventeen thousand of these prisoners dead still walk the halls of the museum and there are many stories of these ghosts roaming the building. Inside the museum abound photographs of torture methods.
The legend of Dracula is now a global benchmark for lovers of terror. The character of Bram Stoker's novel 'Dracula' was created inspired by Vlad the Impaler, ancient Prince of Wallachia, bloodthirsty and sadistic with their enemies, elements that Stocker linked with the famous vampire. However, historians claim that Vlad the Impaler inhabited in the Castle only for a few days when he was imprisoned. However, thousands of travelers flock to the place attracted by the legend of Count Dracula, associated perfectly with the architecture and dated decor of the castle.