The 1st Annual Genre Traveler Photo Contest has begun and I’ve gotten some questions as to what kinds of photos would make good submissions. What destinations am I looking for?
Well, as stated in the contest rules, pretty much anyplace that a science fiction, fantasy or horror fan would find in interesting place to visit, be it a themepark attraction, film, novel or short story location, or just a place that has that certain “genre feel” to it.
But, to help jumpstart your imaginations, I’ve come up with some lists of ideas for each type of destination. Wednesday, I covered science fiction destinations; yesterday I covered fantasy destinations; and today I’ll cover horror destinations. These are just ideas — not specific instructions. So take a look at them and come up with your own take on genre travel.
NOTE: These are not listed in any particular order, pretty much in the random order they entered my head.
10 Ideas for Horror Destinations
- The Salem Witch Museum
- The Church in Bodega Bay that was in Hitchcock’s The Birds
- A creepy, old cemetary
- Castle Braun, Romania
- Your local, hometown haunted attraction
- Santa Cruz, Calif. — where Lost Boys was shot
- Immanuel College — where The Abominable Dr Phibes was shot
- Martha’s Vineyard where Jaws was shot
- The Hotel President at Geary and Polk in San Francisco — Fritz Lieber lived there when he wrote Our Lady of Darkness. The setting for the book is a few doors down.
- Lewiston, Maine — the setting of Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital
On Monday, I’ll post some resources for finding places to take pictures of.