10 Ideas for Horror Destinations

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

  1. The Salem Witch Museum
  2. The Church in Bodega Bay that was in Hitchcock’s The Birds
  3. A creepy, old cemetary
  4. Castle Braun, Romania
  5. Your local, hometown haunted attraction
  6. Santa Cruz, Calif. — where Lost Boys was shot
  7. Immanuel College — where The Abominable Dr Phibes was shot
  8. Martha’s Vineyard where Jaws was shot
  9. 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.
  10. Lewiston, Maine — the setting of Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital

On Monday, I’ll post some resources for finding places to take pictures of.

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About the author

As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.