Scariest Places on Earth: Island of the Dolls in Mexico

Just south of Mexico City exists La Isla de las Munecas, or “Island of the Dolls.” It has become an unlikely tourist attraction over the years, drawing tourists and photographers morbidly fascinated by the spectacle of thousands of dolls hanging limp from nooses or impaled on spikes, their soulless eyes staring blankly ahead. The tragic story behind the island began more than fifty years earlier. According to locals, a man named Don Julian Santana left his wife and child one day and moved to an island on Teshuilo Lake in the famous Xochimilco canals to live out his years as a recluse. Upon arriving at the island, however, he discovered the body of a young girl who had drowned in one of the canals, her doll floating nearby. To appease her spirit, Santana spent the rest of his life transforming the island into a shrine dedicated to her, decorating it with more and more broken and decaying dolls. In a dark twist, in 2001, Santana’s nephew found him dead in a canal–the exact spot where Santana had decades earlier discovered the corpse of the girl.

Kewpie Dolls, Barbie Dolls, and more hang from branches all over this spooky island.

Click a button below to read a preview from the USA Today bestselling novel Island of the Dolls, Book 4 in the World’s Scariest Places series.

“Don’t read it on your Kindle in a dark room. You will find yourself checking under the bed.” – Scream Magazine

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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:


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