It’s closing time at a museum. Most of the visitors have already left the building as the lights flicker. A stuffed grizzly bear towers in the corner of the room near the exit sign. Everything about the dead animals looks real—from its razor-sharp claws to its piercing eyes. Is it watching you? That’s when you notice a thin, bloody stream of saliva dripping from its open mouth. The lights flicker again and shut off, blanketing the room in darkness. Suddenly, there’s a deafening ROAR! In the 11 spooky museums in this book, you will explore a shrine to black magic, a collection of preserved brains, a museum haunted by a famous dead artist, and a gallery that holds the severed head of a killer, along with many other peculiar places. Spooky Museums is part of Bearport’s Scary Places series.
Do the dead tell tales? Readers will find out in this scary trip through 11 of the world's spookiest graveyards. Among the stops: Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Rhode Island. That's where a little girl named Mercy Brown is buried. In the late 1800s, her family was hit by tuberculosis. First, her mother and sister died. Then Mercy herself became sick and died. In desperation to save his tubercular son, her father--who had become convinced that Mercy was a vampire rising from the grave each night to suck the life blood from her sibling--dug up her body, cut out her heart and burned it, and served the ashes to her brother. Such compelling historical nonfiction will keep readers eagerly turning the pages in this macabre exploration of the world of the dead. Spooky Cemeteries is part of Bearport's Scary Places series.
Most people stop at stations for a brief time when they travel by train or subway. As passengers come and go, the stations are filled with happy greetings and sad good-byes. But are the stations also filled with something more out of the ordinary? According to some, spooky ghosts and mischievous spirits have been spotted lurking in the shadows. Among the 11 creepy stations in this book, children will discover a haunted underground station in London that was once used as an air-raid shelter during World War II, and a stop along the Pony Express where the sounds of horses' thundering hooves can still be heard. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
Few sounds are as chilling as the metal bars of a prison slamming shut. Often, criminals are locked up in cells with other murderers, thieves, and robbers--sometimes for years, sometimes for life. Yet what about being locked up with a ghost? Some people say that the souls of those who died in prison are unable to rest in peace. As a result, ghosts and other spirits are often reported to haunt jails and prisons around the world. Among the 11 prisons in this book, children will discover Alcatraz, the legendary prison that housed some of America's most dangerous criminals, and which is said to still be home to some of their spirits; a Civil War prison where some people claim to hear the whispers of dead soldiers; and the Tower of London, where a headless queen haunts the hallways. The spooky photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more creepy stories.
To most people, an inn is a place for weary travelers who are hungry and tired to get a bite to eat and rest for a while. After a few days, guests usually check out and return home or continue on their journey. Some people, however, check into an inn and never check out. Their ghosts stay on, sharing their rooms with the living. Among the 11 eerie inns in this book, children will discover an inn in Gettysburg that is said to be haunted by the soldiers who died in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War; a small hotel in San Francisco that was once a girls' school and is now visited by the ghost of the headmistress; and a bed-and-breakfast in Florida that is haunted not by a person--but by a doll! The creepy photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
What dark secrets are concealed within the twisted corridors of an ancient labyrinth? Young readers will explore the mysterious tomb of Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. This underground crypt was constructed by over 700,000 workers about 2,400 years ago. An army of 8,000 life-size clay soldiers, each different from the others, was buried near the tomb to guard the emperor after death. To conceal the tomb's location, the architects who designed it were killed, and deadly booby traps were set up to catch anyone who disturbed it. The tomb remained hidden for hundreds of years! From secret caves to subterranean cities, the 11 spooky places featured in this book reveal the history of sinister happenings within their winding tunnels. Chilling tales and vivid, full-color photos will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more.
There are places around the world that seem to be under a dark spell. Mysterious events happen on these grounds, and many visitors report experiencing paranormal activity. These cursed places have the power to cause injury, disaster, or even death. But what is legend and what is fact? Kids will have to read Cursed Grounds and then decide for themselves. Among the 11 cursed places in this book, children will discover a city in ruins that people are afraid to enter to this day; a rocky creek that may be inhabited by a dead woman's spirit; and the frozen grave of a man who lived more than 5,000 years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more as they discover spooky locations around the world.