1. Island of the Dolls: south of Mexico, literally an island full of creepy discarded doll parts, supposedly dedicated to the soul of a little girl who drowned
  2. Aokigahara forest: a forest in Japan known as the suicide forest, if you walk around you’ll probably find the bodies of many depressed souls
  3. Lalaurie house: American Horror Story Coven fans, an entire episode was based off of this. It’s a house that belonged to this wicked lady that performed MANY, MANY hideous crimes towards her slaves. Don’t eat while reading what this woman did. 
  4. Catacombs of Paris: underground cemetery which hosts over 6 million bodies, only 1/2 a mile of this immense structure is open to the public. It stretches for 600 km. Here’s a supposed recording of a guy who got lost here
  5. Sedlic Ossuary:  also known as the Church of the Bones in the Czech Republic, holds the bones of more than 40,000 human skeletons, and they’ve all been artistically placed inside this small chapel. It’s haunting, gruesome, and just plain odd.
  6. Abandoned Takakanonuma Amusement Park: located in Japan and built in 1973, this park closed permanently again in 1999. Instead of dissembling everything, they abandoned the grounds. Rumor has it there were several deaths during its first run, so perhaps the ghosts still linger in the park.
  7. Forensic Anthropology Research Center (Body Farm): located in Knoxville, Tennessee, this is where decomposing human remains are studied for forensic science and other purposes. More than 100 bodies are donated to the facility every year, and then they are left there to rot and decompose. 
  8. Tual Sleng: located in Cambodia, it used to be a prison and is now a genocide museum. Horrible torture went on here, over 20,000 people have died. 
  9. Stanley Hotel: it’s located in Colorado, and is the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining. You can read about the hauntings here
  10. Poveglia Island: located in Italy, it served as a dumping ground for those who were sick because of the plague. It later served as a mental hospital, where rumor has it the doctor was driven mad by the ghosts and jumped out of a bell tower. It’s now for sale
  11. Overtoun Bridge Since the 1950s, dozens of dogs have leapt from the bridge to the waterfalls 50 feet below, at a rate of one every month. The most plausible explanation is that the strong smell of male mink urine, detected in the undergrowth beneath the bridge, has been luring dogs to their death.
  12. Bunny Man Bridge: a bridge in Virginia where there is alleged sites of a man in bunny suit terrorizing people with his axe
  13. Hashima Island: Hashima was used as a coal mining facility between 1887 and 1974. After petroleum replaced coal throughout Japan in the 1960s, Hashima was abandoned, and is now known as “Ghost Island”. What’s really cool is how you can explore this place on google maps!
  14. Tower of London: London’s imposing stone tower is, according to legend, haunted by dozens of regal souls, many of whom met their end within its grey walls. 
  15. Edinburgh Castle: One of Scotland’s most haunted sites, Edinburgh Castle is said to be home to a phantom piper, a headless drummer and a spectral dog. 
  16. Pripayt: an abandoned city in north of Ukraine where every left right after the nuclear disaster
  17. Iulia Hasdeu Castle built by Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu in Campina, Romania after the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Iulia. Hasdeu dedicated the castle and the rest of his life to Iulia. He became a practitioner of spiritualism in an attempt to reconnect with her spirit, and designed one room in the castle solely for the purposes of these daily spiritual exercises. Its walls are all black. Iulia reportedly haunts the castle still, walking through the courtyard in a white dress and holding daisies. Oh, and she still plays the piano each night.
  18. Hellfire Club: on Montpelier Hill in Ireland. Built as a hunting lodge in 1725 and reportedly became a gathering place for a small group of Dublin elites who met for debauchery and devil worship.
  19. St. Louis Cemetary: Numerous cemeteries dot the landscape but the St. Louis Cemetery is the oldest in the city. While many ghosts are rumored to call this place their home, Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, reigns supreme.
  20. Winchester Mystery House: located in California, the home was originally built by Sarah Winchester.  Sarah tragically lost both her daughter and husband to illness and later sought help from a spiritual advisor to overcome her depression. The medium warned Sarah that the Winchester family had been struck by a terrible curse, and would be haunted by the ghosts of the many deceased killed by the Winchester rifle.  The only way to appease the dead according to the medium, was to build a house for the lost souls… and never stop building.  This house is a result of that.
  21. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic AsylumGhosts of Civil War soldiers and former patients are said to be walking through the two and half miles of hallways. Visitors claim to see things move or feel the presence of spirits.
  22. Stepp Cemetery Legend has that it was founded by a cult called the Crabbites, who sacrificed small animals.  Another story holds that a mother of an infant who died was so distraught that she went to the cemetery and dug up the child’s body after it was buried.  Grieving, she took her own life. Visitors claim to have seen her ghost, dressed in black, weeping over her daughter’s grave, near the site of an old stump that has since rotted away years ago. 
  23. Moundsville Penitentiary: It is estimated that one thousand inmates died while being incarcerated at this fearsome, Gothic style prison.Today, many ghosts are said to be lurking the halls, but the most famous is the Shadow Man. Visitors have also claimed to see the ghost of a maintenance man who was stabbed to death by prisoners in the basement for snitching to prison guards about inmate activity.
  24. Gettysburg Battlefield: Gettysburg stands the test of time as one of the most haunted places in America. Over 50,000 soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies were killed and their ghosts are still seen and heard today by tourists to the field and town. Visitors also claim to hear the thunder of canons, gunfire and screams and moans of the battle’s victims. 
  25. St. Augustine LighthouseThe ghosts of this haunted lighthouse are rumored to make their presence known by appearing as creepy shadows and making unexplained noises. Legend has it that the daughters of the Superintendent of Lighthouse Construction drowned, and continue to haunt the building ever since their untimely death.
  26. The Myrtles PlantationRumor has it that ten deaths have occurred on the site. One of the most famous involves a slave named Chloe, who was supposedly killed by fellow slaves after an ill-fated attempt to poison another house mistress. Visitors have reported seeing ghostly children on the verandah, a curly-haired woman who mysteriously appears and disappears, and odd hand prints that mysteriously appear in mirrors. One visitor reported a cold spot hovering over her bed while a rattling closet door kept her awake.
  27. Bell Witch Cave: The site where John Bell and his family were tormented by a ghost now known as the Bell Witch is open to brave visitors who wish to explore the spirit world. It’s located in TennesseeVisitors claim that any object taken from the site is cursed, while many have reported encountering a violent force while on the property. Technology doesn’t work there either, with cameras mysteriously malfunctioning when users try to capture an image.
  28. Jacob’s Well: located in Texas. Jacob’s well is a tunnel opening (12 feet in diameter) in a small perennial spring that goes straight down for about 30 feet before leveling off into a huge underwater tunnel system. At least eight divers having died in this system trying to explore the caves.
  29. Death Zone in Mt. EverestLack of oxygen, exhaustion, extreme cold, and climbing hazards all contribute to the high death toll in this zone. Since rescuing or carrying an injured climber back to basecamp is impractical, they are typically left behind to die. About 150 bodies have never been recovered and it’s not uncommon to find corpses near the standard climbing routes. Even experienced climbers have perished in this zone. 
  30. Killing fields in Cambodia: Killing fields were a number of site where at least a million people were killed at the end of Cambodian Civil War by Khmer Rouge. Human bones can still be seen sticking out of the dirt paths. There is huge stupa full of human skulls with holes in them from where they were bludgeoned to death.
  31. Mariana Trench: Mariana Trench is currently the deepest known point on earth. It is deeper than average cruising altitude of commercial airliners and harbors some of the strangest life form known to men. Google some of the creatures. They are not cute at all. 
  32. Door to Hell: The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Turkmenistan. In 1971, a team of Soviet scientists set up a drilling platform looking for natural gases. The rig collapsed, and fearing the spread of poisonous methane gas, the researchers set the crater on fire hoping it would burn out in a few hours. That was more than 40 years ago. It is still burning today. 
  33. Snake Island: This is an island, which is so densely populated by poisonous snakes the Brazilian Navy has quarantined it and a biologist once said that when on the island you are “never more than three feet from death.” 
  34. Gates of Hell: located in New Jersey, this legendary passageway that leads to a network of underground tunnels and storm sewers, and some say to the lair of the evil one himself. 
  35. Skinwalker Ranch: located in Utah, it is home to many mysterious phenomena such as vanishing and mutilated cattle, sightings of unidentified flying objects or orbs, large animals with piercing red eyes that they say were not injured when struck by bullets, and invisible objects emitting destructive magnetic fields.

That’s all I got so far guys! I included the most well known terrifying places. Feel free to add to this list, in case I missed some special, horrifying place.

The horror doesn’t stop here though. I have lots more masterposts:

masterpost of horror games

masterpost of creepy online games

masterpost of creepy websites

masterpost of gothic/horror novels (yes I link you to a PDF version of the entire book!)

masterpost to make you feel better (when all the horror is too much)

masterpost of creepy wikipedia articles

The following aren’t masterposts, but they have an abundance of information

ways to contact the dead

creepy meaning behind nursery rhymes

creepiest glitch experiences

creepy facts compilation

compilation of horror pranks

paranormal science resources

map of monsters/ghosts/cryptids in the USA

alien abduction experiences

everything on the after-life (science too)

everything on astral projection

you are an incredible person

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Requirements to be a writer:

  1. Have a story idea
  2. Write down story idea
  3. Feed off of reader’s tears

Congratulations! You are now a writer.

❝ Some Things to Remember While Writing


If It Works, It Works

Are you worried about whether it’s okay to write a book with only one character? Or if it’s possible to kill off the hero at the end? Or if you can create horse-dragon hybrid?

Look, if it works for your story, it works. You are a writer. A creator. You’re supposed to be creative and daring and you’re supposed to put your passion into these stories. If you can make something work, for your story, then it works.

There is an Audience for Everything

There is literally an audience for everything. If you really love your idea about undercover robot lesbian cops who work in a coffee shop on a space station that serves thousands of aliens each day, then someone else will probably love it too.

You Have No Obligation

You do not have to show your writing to anyone, especially your first draft. 

You do not have to publish all of your stories online or elsewhere.

You do not have to change the ending of your story if a disgruntled fan wanted something else to happen.

Your Story Will Have Similarities

True originality no longer exists and the obsession with originality will prevent you from getting any writing done. It will make your writing suffer. Do not let the fear of not being original enough stop you from writing a great story. All stories have similarities to each other, even when they are vastly different.

This is okay. This is normal.

Your First Draft is the Written Version of “I’ll Fix it Later”

The first draft is where you are allowed to procrastinate on the details. If you write a scene that isn’t well organized or a major info dump, just tell yourself you’ll fix it later. The only thing you have to do in your first draft is finish it.

Later drafts are where you clean everything up by rewriting the entire story.

Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2014

❝ Writing Robots


When we think of robots we think of this little cutie or the disguised type that Michael Bay likes to blow up in his Transformers movies, but it doesn’t have to end there. Here’s the low-down on some other automated amigos.

  • Types

Androids: Man-made creations designed to look and act like humans.

Automaton: A self-operating, non-electronic machine. Generally made to resemble humans or animals.

Cyborg: Short for ‘cybernetic organism’, Cyborgs are humans with mechanical components.

Drone: Usually an armed, remote-controlled vehicle designed to operate without an on-board human pilot.

Mecha: Generally a large robot controlled by a human pilot, who wears the machine like a ‘suit’.

There are in fact more types of robot than I care to mention for the purpose of this article, but those listed above are the kinds we might find more commonly in our fiction. So how do we go about making our robotic characters more… well, robotic than their human counterparts?

  • Emotion

Robots (unless they’re an alien race from outer space) are created and programmed by human beings. It’s open to debate whether robots can be taught human emotions, although there are developments which suggest robots are able to recognise and interpret them.

Regardless, a lack or restriction of emotion is just one element you can use to differentiate your robotic characters from your human ones (assuming that is what you want, of course…!).

Most robots are depicted as relying on logic over emotion. They fail to be compromised by their ‘feelings’, either because they don’t have any or they are programmed to assess situations logically in order to find the most suitable conclusion. As a result, they cannot be emotionally damaged or have their feelings hurt. They will not weigh one person above another due to love or affection. If what is happening before them is deemed logically correct according to their programming, they will not intervene.

Drones and Mecha are even more emotionless than any other type of robot, generally because they are controlled by a human (either within the machine itself or at a distance in real-time). They are tools to be used by humans and therefore have no opportunity or ability to give input on what they are being ordered to do.

  • Behaviour

Even though some robots - like androids - are created to replicate and relate to human beings, there will be notable differences between their respective behaviours.

In psychology, there are numerous key theories of what causes and motivates human behaviour. Regarding robots, it can be assumed that the majority will work through something like stimulus-response. For example:

Stimulus: I’m injured. Response: Shut down minor functions and reroute power to preserve higher functions.

Assuming your robotic characters are programmed down to the last binary sequence to absolutely not deviate from their coding, their behaviour will be stiff and abrupt, with no time allowed for consideration between actions. This means there will be a lack of empathy and anxiety when it comes down to decision-making.

Robot characters are also less likely to develop habits that are not necessary to their functionality and purpose. Humans - when put under stress - may bite their nails, tap their feet or pace. Since robots can sometimes lack these emotions, then they are less likely to display the kind of behaviour that humans use as social cues. This can make it difficult for humans to read a robot, especially if its tone is flat and it has no ability to change its expression. Alternatively, robots may misinterpret certain human habits or find themselves unable to read seemingly obvious social cues.

There may be certain behaviours and routines that your robot character displays that would not be necessary for a human to do (such as ‘updating’ knowledge, going into ‘stasis’, adjusting internal mechanisms, etc). Just as animals all have their own unique habits compared to us, a robot might have specific mannerisms of their own.

It’s also interesting to look into what kind of self-destructive behaviours a robot might learn or develop. Strong anxiety, depression or prolonged stress can affect a human negatively, even causing them to do things that cause them harm. If your robotic character doesn’t totally lack an emotional side, it might be worth thinking about how they may adapt to long-term stresses.

  • Movement

Most androids (disregarding some exceptions) have awkward, stiff movements as a result of being mechanical. They lack the fluidity of movement that humans have, as they are not made up of muscle and joints, but instead wires and mechanisms. It can be difficult for someone to develop a robot that has utterly realistic movements. Some even lack the body parts to replicate specific movements (such as having wheels instead of feet, for example).

Remember, for Mecha, the movement is going to be heavier and slower, just as it is with the likes of the Cybertronians. Their size doesn’t permit for delicate, graceful movements when moving around human cities and architecture. This doesn’t mean they lack precision or an ability to use complicated combat styles, it just means they’re more likely to break things when moving from A to B.

Cyborgs are part-human and part-robot, so they could display a mixture of both types of behaviour. Where they may come across as perfectly human in one minute, they may act out strange, ‘alien’ behaviours to the human eye in the next. For example, not blinking or yawning, sleeping with their eyes open, focusing on one thing for long periods of time without shifting their weight, not breathing, etc.

  • Sounds/Scents

One way to bring a robotic character fully to life is to describe what kind of sounds it might make, and even how it might smell. That sounds strange.. it’s not like they’re going to be wearing cologne or perfume, but machinery does have a scent to it as do humans and animals. Also, because robotic characters are full of small mechanisms and processors, they may emit sounds as they move or engage in internal procedures, kind of like how our computers/laptops ‘breathe’ and make clunky, rumbling sounds when they’re switched on for long periods of time.

These are just some things to get you thinking, but nothing beats your own research! Please see below for further resources and a list of the robots you absolutely have to know about…! Hopefully these will encourage you to click further afield and discover more about developing robotic technologies in our world.

Happy writing!




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The Psychology of Writing: Character Development and Anger



Sooner or later, your character is going to get mad. And I don’t mean “mad dog” mad, I mean steam-out-the-nostrils mad. Because anger is such a human emotion, it’s important to be able to portray an angry character without resorting to melodrama. Finding that realistic,…



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· Anonymous · asked:  I've got at least 10 unfinished stories that I could be working on, all of them require a lot of work in order to finish them, and there are so freaking many of them that I don't know which one to begin with. Not to mention they vary a lot in style and length, I have from 1k long short stories to 32k long books! I want to write, I want to work, but I can't decide which one and I'm getting more and more frustrated since I can't get motivated to do anything. What can I do in this situation?


Put all of your works in progress into a folder, whether it’s an actual folder or one on your desktop. Then, as difficult as it might be, you just need to go through it and choose one to focus on. When you make your choice, forget about all the others and put all of your energy into the one you choose. Check out these posts for additional help:

How to Give Your Story a Purpose
What to Do When Your Story Stalls
Finding Inspiration When You’re Stuck for an Idea
Take a “Vacation” to Re-Charge Your Creativity
How to Get Excited About Your Story Again

❝ Useful Writing Websites


I compiled most of the writing websites I’ve mentioned on my blog into one post. I find a lot of these sites useful, so hopefully they can help you out!

Imagination Prompt Generator: This give you a one-sentence writing prompt that will help you come up with ideas. I think it also allows you to set a ten minute timer for each prompt.

Wridea: I really like this site because you can write down simple ideas that you can organize later and put into a bigger project. You can share these ideas or the site will help you randomly match ideas. It’s great for brainstorming and building a fully formed outline.

List of Unusual Words — Here’s a site you can browse through that gives you a list of unusual words for every letting in the alphabet. If you’re looking to switch up your vocab, or looking to develop a way a character speaks, this is a good reference.

Picometer — Here’s a writing progress meter that can be embedded on your site or blog. There’s also the Writertopia meter that shows word count/current mood. 

Cut Up Machine: This website takes whatever words you typed or pasted into the box and rearranges your sentences. It’s not practical for writing a novel, but it might help with poetry OR coming up with ideas. Experiment with it and see what you can come up with.

Orion’s Arm: This is a great website to use if you want to research worldbuilding or if you have science questions. There are tons of resources you can use.

Word Frequency Counter: If you’re finding that you’re using the same words over and over again, this website should help. You’ll be able to count the frequency usage of each word in your text. This should help you switch up the words you’re using and understand where the problem might be.

Phrase Frequency Counter: This is same site explained above, but it counts the phrases you’re using.

My Writing Nook: This allows you to write or jot down ideas wherever you are. You don’t need to have your laptop in order to access it, so it might help you during this time. You can write as long as you have your phone.

Writer: The Internet Typewriter - This site lets you write, save, share, and/or convert your writing online. I tried it out and it’s pretty cool. It saves for you and is a great way to brainstorm or plan out some ideas.

The Forge - The Forge is a fantasy, creature, spell, and location name generator. It’s awesome.

One Word: This site gives you one word to write about for 60 seconds. This should help you get started with your own writing and will work as a writing prompt to get you warmed up. It’s a great way to get yourself motivated.

Confusing Words:  On this site you can search through confusing words that often stump many writers. It’s not a huge reference, but it should help you with some writing/grammar issues.

Cliché Finder: This site allows you to enter parts of your writing and it will search for clichés. If you find that you’re using the same phrases over and over again, this will help a lot. I haven’t messed around with it too much, but it looks useful.

Hand Written Fonts: If you’re looking for great hand written fonts, this is a great reference. All of them are pretty awesome.

Tip of My Tongue — you know when you’re trying to think of a specific word, but you just can’t remember what it is? This site will help you narrow down your thoughts and find that word you’ve been looking for. It can be extremely frustrating when you have to stop writing because you get a stuck on a word, so this should help cut that down. 

-Kris Noel