Scariest Places in the World: Suicide Forest in Japan

At the foot of Mount Fuji lies Aokigahara Jukai–better known in the West as Suicide Forest. It’s 13.5 square miles of dense forest, little wildlife, and decomposing bodies…a whole lot of them. Up to 100 are discovered there in any given year. It’s a dark and forbidden place (I know from firsthand experience!), and worthy to be on any list featuring the scariest places in the world. 

A sign at the entrance to the forest urges travelers suffering depression to turn back and seek help.

Click a button below to read a preview from the USA Today bestselling novel Suicide Forest, Book 1 in the World’s Scariest Places series–and discover for yourself what all the fuss about the forest is about.

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Mountain of the Dead – Available for pre-order!

First off, thanks to those generous enough to offer their time as a beta reader. Your feedback was greatly appreciated!

Having said that, Mountain of the Dead (book 5 in the World’s Scariest Places series) is now available for pre-order at a discounted price  on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo etc.

Finally, here is the blurb:

THE GREATEST UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Fact: During the night of February 1, 1959, in the remote reaches of Siberia, nine Russian hikers slash open their tent from the inside and flee into a blizzard in subpolar temperatures.

Fact: By morning all are dead, several having suffered gruesome, violent deaths. What happened to them has baffled investigators and researchers to this day.

It has become known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

Now, an American true-crime writer seeking answers to the enduring mystery sets out to retrace the hikers’ steps on their fateful expedition. However, nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover…

“Voracious readers of horror will delightfully consume the contents of Bates’s World’s Scariest Places books” – Publishers Weekly

Beta Readers Needed!

Hi everyone,

I’ve finished the fifth book in the World’s Scariest Places series. It’s called MOUNTAIN OF THE DEAD. I’ve been working on revisions with an agent, and now that they’re largely done, I’m looking for a couple generous people who would consider reading a copy of the book and providing a bit of feedback (which could be as much as you want, or as little as a paragraph or two detailing what you liked or didn’t – don’t worry, I’m good with criticism!)

If you are interested, please send me an email at jeremybatesbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

Would love to hear from you!

And here’s is the blurb for the story (it’s based on true events):

During the night of February 1, 1959, in the remote reaches of Siberia, nine Russian hikers slash open their tent from the inside and flee into a blizzard in subpolar temperatures, most without boots or proper clothing. By morning all are dead, several having suffered gruesome, violent deaths. What happened to them has remained unsolved to this day.

Until now.

Albert Smith, an American true-crime writer seeking answers to the enduring mystery, sets out to retrace the hikers steps on their fateful expedition. However, nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover…

PS: A movie was also made on the same topic a few years ago. I didn’t learn of it until a short while ago, but feel free to watch it – the plot is very different to my book…