Thursday, December 23, 2010

Huge, Scary Creepy Crawlies

They're creepy, they're crawly, and they're all natural. Who says you can only find creepiness in the supernatural realm? Just spend a day in the Amazon rainforest and meet the Goliath bird-eating spider - the biggest, hairiest, creepiest spider in the world! Or go deep-sea diving in the Atlantic and encounter a giant isopod, which is the largest, heaviest known insect on the planet.

Better yet, you can see the creepiest of all creepy-crawlies right here, courtesy of YouTube!

Special thanks to the people who created and uploaded these videos!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Website of Honor: Lost Destinations

Lost Destinations has been one of my absolute favorite websites ever since I first discovered it six years ago. It has actually been on the Internet for eleven years, and is one of the longest-lasting urban exploration sites. Its webmistress, Shady, has explored scores of creepy places, taken hundreds of pictures, and written tons of brilliant, spine-tingling descriptions of these places. On the site you will find pictures of every kind of abandoned place you can possibly imagine - houses, businesses, old graveyards, and deserted New Jersey roads. Shady also has a paranormal subsection jam-packed with ghost pictures, videos, and stories.

I am really glad that Lost Destinations is still with us after 11 years. There have been so many wonderful sites that have been lost over the past few years. One of those casualties was Back in 2003 and 2004, it was an enormous site with as much content as Lost Destinations, if not more. Sadly, all that remains when you type in the address in your browser is a virtual obituary saying that "this domain is for sale". It has been this way for about four or five years now.

It is my hope that Shady will keep Lost Destinations for another 11 years. Keep up the good work, Shady!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Creepy Faces in Creepy Abandoned Houses

We see them in every town, and you may have one in your own neighborhood. Yes, I'm talking about creepy, run-down, abandoned old houses. Not surprisingly, some of them are haunted. The very advanced age and ramshackle condition are enough to make a house creepy, whether someone lives in it or not. When such a dwelling is abandoned, the creepiness factor automatically rises. Add to that a creepy ghost face staring at you from a broken window and then your hair will stand up on end.

First, I'd like to present some hair-raising videos of some hair-raising abandonments. Special thanks to YouTube and the people who made these videos and posted them.

There are many more videos like this, but I'll save them for another post. Let's move on to some photographs! Special thanks to Jim Eaton and the people who submitted these to his site

Abandoned House Has Occupant
Ghost in Abandoned House
Not So Vacant Trailer
Would You Rent This House?
Big Ghost in the Window - Not run-down or abandoned, but haunted
Spirit Taking Residence - Not run-down or abandoned either, but haunted anyway
Haunted House Being Moved

Our last stop is my virtual archives library. Here we have some spine-tingling real-life stories from the past involving abandoned haunted houses. Special thanks to the archives people at Unsolved Mysteries and all the writers of the following stories.

The Fiery Image in the Old Abandoned House
Was There Really a Party in the Abandoned House?
Vacant House....I Think Not!
My Stories from a Haunted House I Frequent
The Old Haunted House....Lovable Lion
The Potter House, Bowling Green OH
The House of Murder
The House, the Spirit, the Dream, the Attack, and the Truth
Don't Let Go of My Hand!

WHEW! That's gonna be all for now. Enjoy!