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.
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.
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.
Some cities that once thrived have now disappeared, the sites sometimes turning into empty, ominous ruins. What dark secrets are hidden in these vanished cities? In this book, readers will explore the mysteries of the world's most famous lost cities and learn how these intriguing places were rediscovered. Among the 11 spooky places highlighted are the abandoned remains of a futuristic vacation town that was said to be cursed, and the crumbling ruins of an industrial town on an eerily deserted island. Fascinating histories and haunting photographs will keep kids turning the pages for more. Lost Cities is part of Bearport's Scary Places series.
A big, beautiful mansion sounds like a great place to live. But what if its many rooms hold only memories of pain and suffering? What if sad spirits haunt the hallways and ghostly screams echo out the large windows? No amount of money can stop a house like that from becoming a nightmare. Among the 11 mansions in this book, readers will discover a beautiful plantation where a ghostly hound howls on stormy nights; Manhattan's oldest home where a spirit shushes schoolchildren; and an architect's dream house that turned into a nightmare with the swing of an axe. Riveting true tales and full-color photos will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
What mysteries are hidden within a dark, deserted cave? People have used caves for shelter and protection throughout history, but some of these places have been marked by tragedy. Could the caves be haunted by ghosts who wander through their shadowy chambers? Among the 11 spooky places featured in this book, readers will explore a cave of lost treasure hidden by Spanish conquistadors over 350 years ago; a cavern where a 13-year-old boy discovered the largest underground lake in the United States; and a cave where the mournful ghost of a young woman searches desperately for her lost love. The mysteries of these eerie places and the spirits said to still haunt them will keep readers turning the pages.
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.
Morgues, funeral homes, and mortuaries are all places where the dead are kept before they reach their final resting place--the grave. Here, corpses are prepared for funerals or autopsied to find out the cause of death. According to some people, morgues are also places where ghosts reside long after the bodies of the dead have been removed from the building. What is legend and what is fact? Kids will have to read Monstrous Morgues of the Past and then decide for themselves. Among the 11 morgues in this book, readers will discover former funeral homes where the dead refuse to leave; a morgue in 19th-century Paris where over one million visitors came each year to view the dead; and a former disaster site in Chicago that is still haunted by a sobbing ghost called "The Gray Lady." The chilling nonfiction text describing the dark histories surrounding these morgues will keep thrill-seeking readers eagerly turning the pages for more.
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.
There is something both sad and creepy about an abandoned amusement park. Perhaps its because a place that was once packed with fun seekers has become slowly choked with weeds. Or maybe its because the sound of kids excited laughter has been replaced with the quiet creaking of rusted rides. When the only visitors are the spirits of those who died there long ago, an amusement park can be a scary place to visit. Among the 11 amusement parks in this book, children will discover a roller coaster left to rot after nearly killing its passengers, a theme park that is now home to alligators and snakes, and the ghost of a man who is still trying to take a ride on a Ferris wheel that stopped working years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
Over tens of thousands of years, the living have found different ways to take care of the dead. Some bodies are buried. Others are burned. Perhaps the creepiest method of all is turning the dead into mummiespreserving them so they almost look as if they were still alive. Are the tales of magic and curses that surround some mummies lairs really true? Among the 11 stories in this book, readers will discover mummies in a 7,000?year?old burial ground in South America; naturally?preserved bog bodies in Northern Europe; and the mummy of an American outlaw that was displayed at carnivals and haunted houses in the 1900s. Fascinating details about burial rituals, human sacrifice, and ancient cultures are sure to enthrall readers. Mummy Lairs is part of Bearports Scary Places series.
Most days, schools are filled with students learning in classrooms, studying in libraries, and eating in lunchrooms. Yet what about the reports that something more unusual has been spotted in these buildings? Are they true? According to some, ghostly figures and creepy spirits haunt the hallways of some of Americas most well-known schools, colleges, and universities. Among the 11 spooky schools in this book, children will discover an art institute haunted by a mischievous ghost and a university in Florida where a man with glowing red eyes mysteriously appears. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
Theaters are fun places to visitmost of the time. These beautiful buildings are usually filled with funny comedies, dramatic tragedies, and exciting musicals. Yet what happens when the most exciting and dramatic events arent happening on the stage? Many theaters have been the scenes of unusual deaths, tragic events, and are even said to be home to ghosts and spirits. Within the 11 tragic theaters in this book, children will discover the ghost of the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, and the spirit of a beautiful showgirl who keeps reappearing on the stage where she became famous 100 years ago. The haunting photographs and chilling nonfiction text will keep children turning the pages to discover more spooky stories.
Could a spirit of the dead really come back to haunt the living? If tales of ghosts are just fictional stories, why do so many people report seeing these supernatural beings? What would it be like to be the restless spirit of someone who has died, and how can you tell if ghosts inhabit the house you live in? In Ghosts and Other Spirits of the Dead, children will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of ghostly encounters. Kids will get all the information they need to help them spot or sense the spirits of the dead and to protect themselves from being haunted by ghosts. Children will also investigate the truth behind ghost stories by first exploring the fears and superstitions of different cultures that might explain the origins of the stories, and then looking at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. If you love a spine-chilling horror story but also want to investigate the truth behind these myths, this is the book for you!
Could a creature really defy death by existing on human blood? If vampire myths are just stories, why have people continued to report seeing vampires for centuries? From Count Dracula to Edward Cullen and Bella Swan, both history and popular fiction have been fascinated by these creatures of the night. In Vampires and Other Bloodsuckers, children will read historical stories and modern-day accounts of vampire encounters. Children will explore the truth behind vampire tales, and examine the fears and superstitions of different cultures that might explain the origins of vampire stories. Kids will also look at the scientific facts that might explain the seemingly unexplainable. Could vampires and other bloodsuckers really exist? Check out this book and decide for yourself!
Could a human really change into a savage, bloodthirsty, wolflike creature? In Werewolves and Other Shape-Shifters, young readers will investigate this question and more as they read historical stories and modern-day accounts of werewolf encounters! Packed with spooky illustrations and historical photos, this title profiles some of the most famous werewolves throughout history and explores the fears and superstitions of different cultures that might explain the origins of werewolf stories. Kids will also look at the scientific facts that might explain the existence of werewolves. Could werewolves and other shape-shifters really exist? Check out this book and decide for yourself!
The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a nearly escape-proof prison located on a small island in San Francisco Bay. Americas most dangerous criminals were imprisoned there and endured harsh conditions, including solitary confinement in dark cells. Though the penitentiary was shut down in 1963, visitors have reported hearing mysterious cries from empty cells and seeing ghostly figures that suddenly vanished! Have the troubled spirits of former inmates been sentenced to haunt Alcatraz forever? An exciting narrative format brings the hair-raising history of Alcatraz to life, while providing plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to learn more about Alcatrazs spooky prison.
The mummy of King Tutankhamun, the Egyptian boy king, had not been disturbed for over 3,000 years. In 1922, archaeologist Howard Carter and his team discovered the ancient tomb and examined the dazzling treasures within its chambers. However, soon after the thrilling discovery, a member of Carters team became ill and died. Stories of other deaths connected to the tomb followed. Had an ancient curse doomed those who entered the pharaohs tomb? An exciting narrative format brings Egyptian history to life, while providing plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and illustrations and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to unlock the secrets of the mummys tomb.
In 1692, two young girls who lived in Salem, Massachusetts, began acting strangely. They made odd sounds for no reason, flapped their arms like birds, and had fits in which they choked and screamed as if being attacked. Had they been bewitched by an evil spell? People in their village were terrified. As rumors of witchcraft spread, many villagers were accused of being witches. Were seemingly ordinary people actually being taken over by evil spirits? An exciting narrative format brings a dark episode of American history to life, while providing plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and illustrations and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to discover the truth about the Salem witch trials.
Great medical triumphs have taken place at hospitals. But are these medical buildings also a great place to go looking for ghosts? According to some, they are. Ghost hunters believe that the spirits of dead people often linger in the locations where they spent their final moments. So what better place to look for these restless souls than in a hospital? Among the 11 hospitals in this book, children will discover a huge medical facility abandoned by everyone but the ghosts of long-dead patients; a hospital that is so creepy it was used as a set for horror movies; and a temporary hospital built on a Civil War battlefield that is now considered one of the most haunted spots in America. Chilling tales and the dark histories surrounding these medical buildings will keep readers eagerly turning the pages for more.
Vlad Dracula was the Prince of Wallachia, a region of Romania, in the Middle Ages. A cruel tyrant, he became known as Vlad the Impaler because he killed his enemies by impaling them on sharp stakes outside his castle. Tales of his ruthless violence spread far and wide, and later inspired the legend of Count Dracula, a bloodthirsty vampire! An exciting narrative format brings a bloody chapter of history to life, while providing plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and illustrations and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to discover the truth about Vlad Dracula.
Marie Laveau was known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. In the mid-1800s, many people in New Orleans believed that voodoo practitioners could contact the spirits of the dead to ask for their help. Marie Laveau was said to use magical charms and potions to place or remove curses on those she wished to help--or harm! Did this voodoo priestess really have the power to contact the spirit world and cast spells? An exciting narrative format brings a fascinating period of American history to life, with plenty of creepy details to satisfy young horror fans. Chilling photos and illustrations and clear, age-appropriate text will keep readers turning the pages to discover the secrets of the voodoo queen.
Presents famous ghost stories and briefly examines the claims, ultimately stating there is no hard proof of ghosts.
Presents famous haunted houses such as the Borley Rectory, the White House, and the Amityville horror, and briefly examines the claims, some of which have no scientific explanation and some of which were hoaxes.