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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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Scariest Places in the World: 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 list goes on and on. However, it’s the old church emblazoned with upside-down crosses that’s believed to have inspired the moniker “Helltown.” Some say it’s the place of worship for the Satanists who populate the area, lurking along the closed-off roads, waiting to ensnare unsuspecting visitors.

The End of the World road. It’s been closed down for years.

Click a button below to red a preview from USA Today bestselling novel Helltown, Book 3 in the World’s Scariest Places series. It will give you the chills!

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Scariest Places on Earth: 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, if you’re ever in need of a good dose of the macabre. On the other hand, why not just curl up in bed and read a chilling novel set in their dark depths? It’s guaranteed to keep you turning the pages late into the night!

A section of the Catacombs of Paris that is open to the public.

Click a button below to read a preview from the Shadows award-winning novel The Catacombs, Book 2 in the World’s Scariest Places series. Enjoy!

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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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