Mountain of the Dead in Russia

In January 1959, nine Soviet college students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk (now called Yekaterinburg) set out on a skiing expedition to reach Mount Otorten. After being caught in an escalating blizzard on February 2, the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov, made the call to pitch their tent on the eastern slope of a […]

Helltown, Ohio, USA

Boston Township in Summit County, Ohio–the locals call it Helltown. Founded in 1806, the township has had more than its fair share of folklore and legends. A crybaby bridge. A giant roaming python. A haunted abattoir. A school bus abandoned in the woods, the driver and young passengers allegedly murdered by an insane killer. The […]

The Catacombs of Paris

Paris is known as the City of Lights–a beacon of fashion, romance, and culture–but beneath its cobblestone streets lies a dark secret. Hundreds upon hundreds of ancient quarry tunnels, filled with the remains of more than six million dead. The French call this vast labyrinth Les Catacombes, and there’s a section open to the public, […]

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 […]