Horror Story Setting Inspiration: Overgrown Victorian Cemetery

It had been a while since I’d gone on one of my little inspiration-seeking excursions, but this trip was worth the wait. I spent a day at Mount Moriah, a previously-abandoned, still half-overgrown Victorian era cemetery just outside Philadelphia. Since opening in 1855, Mount Moriah spread to nearly 400 acres. Due to legal confusion over … Read more

Horror Story Setting Inspiration: Haunted Asylum

The past several Halloweens (my second favorite day of the year) I haven’t really done much to celebrate. So this year I decided to visit a rather famous haunted location I’ve been wanting to see for ages. I’m not going to get into the “where” aspect and the history of it all here. But I … Read more

Horror Story Setting Inspiration: Salt Marsh

For this week’s story setting inspiration photo, let’s head back to Milford, CT. (What can I say? It would be a great place to set a story.) The photo above was taken at Silver Sands State Park. What you’re looking at is a boardwalk connecting the park’s parking lot with its beach. Those trees you … Read more

Horror Story Setting Inspiration: Valley Forge

In search of more story inspiration, I went on another little photography excursion yesterday. This time I went to Valley Forge National Park in Southeast Pennsylvania. This post is mostly about the photo above, though I’ll share some others from the trip below. I grew up not far from this park, so I’m pretty familiar … Read more

Horror Story Setting Inspiration – Centralia, PA

If you’re familiar with the story of Centralia, you might expect it to be a creepy place. After all, the old Pennsylvania coal town is often called “the real Silent Hill,” because it inspired the setting for the film. Only a handful of people remain, the rest of the town claimed by the state government and … Read more

Love and Horror (and a New Work-in-Progress)

Today I joked to a friend that if I really wanted to hurt my characters, I’d write romance instead of horror. This came after he expressed concern over how many characters I killed off in the course of a story I’m working on (taking a break from the screenplay to polish a short story before a submission … Read more

Horror Story Inspiration: A Grave for 3 Children

Today’s horror story photo inspiration takes a closer look at a stone in the Milford Cemetery in Connecticut — one of my favorite places to visit, and one featured here before. I’m not sure if you can make much of the inscription out in the web-friendly version of this photo above, but it’s a grave marker … Read more