Blog Hop: Top 10 Spooky Places + A Giveaway

Blog Hop Tour

FOREST OF WHISPERS & CASTLE OF SIGHS

By Jennifer Murgia

October 21 – October 30, 2017

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Top 10 Creepy Destinations !

So this is my little portion of the post where I give you a list of my top ten favourite creepy  destinations. I’m not gonna lie, some of these I looked up for writing this post but the first half were all ones I knew. If they were all ones I knew of prior to writing this post it all would have been abandoned fair grounds and amusement parks so… you know. Though I do promise you you will not reget looking into these creepy destinations either.

 

Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park ( Reopens once a year for ‘Autumn at Oz’ )

– In 1970, two businessmen opened a then-cutting edge theme park in Beech Mountain, North Carolina. Nestled in the mountains, the park was originally opened to keep local ski instructors and workers employed in the summer months.

 

 

Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China

Wonderland was an abandoned and never completed amusement park project located in Chenzhuang Village. Originally proposed by the Thailand-based property developer Reignwood Group, and designed to be the largest amusement park in Asia (to have covered 120 acres ), construction stopped in 1998 following financial problems with local officials, while a 2008 attempt to start construction again also failed.

The site featured a number of abandoned structures, including the framework of a castle-like building and medieval-themed outer buildings. Land was reclaimed by local farmers to grow their various crops while the site was abandoned. People have reported when visiting the site that, sometimes, there would still be parking attendants in the site’s parking lot, presumably to tend to onlookers and curious sightseers that came to visit.

Pripyat, Ukraine

In the 1970s, the town of Pripyat, less than 3 kilometers away from the reactor, was constructed for the plant’s personnel. Once a beautiful town by Soviet standards, its 50,000 inhabitants were evacuated 36 hours after the accident. Today a chilling ghost town, its buildings bear witness to the hasty departure. Dolls are scattered on the floors of abandoned kindergartens; children’s cots are littered with shreds of mattresses and pillows; and in a gymnasium, where teens once trained, floors rot and paint peels. Amidst the surrounding decay, decades after the catastrophe, nature reclaims the town: trees grow through broken windows, and grass pushes up through the cracks in dormant roads that once were glorious promenades – but the town remains unfit for human habitation for hundreds of years to come.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest in Japan has the unfortunate distinction of the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002.  In 2003, that record was beat with a number of 105 bodies discovered.

Japanese spiritualists believe that the suicides committed in the forest have permeated Aokigahara’s trees, generating paranormal activity and preventing many who enter from escaping the forest’s depths. Complicating matters further is the common experience of compasses being rendered useless by the rich deposits of magnetic iron in the area’s volcanic soil.

Due to the vastness of the forest, desperate visitors are unlikely to encounter anyone once inside the so-called “Sea of Trees,” so the police have mounted signs reading “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” on trees throughout.

Valley of the Mills – Sorento, Italy

the Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy was abandoned in 1866. This mill ground wheat, and a sawmill operated nearby as well. The mill was isolated from the sea by the construction of Tasso Square, which raised the humidity in the area and caused it to be abandoned.

New Bedford Orpheum, U.S.A

The New Bedord Orpheum is an old theater and entertainment building located in Massachusetts in the U.S. It was opened in 1912 and closed in 1959 – since then, it has stored tobacco and served as a supermarket. Now, the Orph Inc. nonprofit is trying to raise money to revitalize the building.

Salto Hotel, Colombia 

The Hotel De Salto opened in 1928 near Tequendema Falls in Colombia to serve tourists who came to marvel at the 157 meter-tall waterfall. It closed down in the early 90s after interest in the waterfall declined. In 2012, however, the site was turned into a museum.

Abandoned Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

The large complex was built at the end of the 1800s and helped Adolf Hitler recuperate from a leg wound incurred at the Battle of Somme in 1916. Parts of the complex remain in operation, but most were abandoned after the Soviets withdrew from the hospital in 1995.

Hashima Island, Japan

Hashima island in Japan has a wide array of nicknames, including Battelship Island (for its shape) and Ghost Island. From the late 1800s to late 1900s, the island was populated because of the access it granted to undersea coal mines. However, as Japan gradually switched from coal to petroleum, the mines (and the buildings that sprung up around them to support their workers) closed down, leaving an isolated ghost town that reminds some of a ghostly concrete battleship.

The Carlton Villa – New York

The Carleton Villa was built in 1894 for typewriter magnate William Wyckoff as a summer residence and large spot for entertaining. Wycoff’s wife died of a heart attack a month before he moved in, and on his first night in the mansion he suffered a heart attack in his sleep and died. Wycoff’s youngest son inherited the villa after his father’s death, but within a few years the family lost much of their fortune in the Great Depression and the house fell into disrepair.

 

 

About the Author and her Books!

 

shp-author-photo-jennifer-murgia-updated-headshotJennifer Murgia writes moody fiction for teens—from paranormal fantasy (ANGEL STAR, LEMNISCATE, THE BLISS), to contemporary gut-punchers (BETWEEN THESE LINES). Her latest, FOREST OF WHISPERS, a 17th century historical mystery (about witches!) was a School Library Journal Fall 2014 HOT TITLE, and a 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Literature Award Winner. The sequel, CASTLE OF SIGHS, released October 27, 2015 from Spencer Hill Press. She is the co-founder and coordinator of YA FEST and currently resides in Pennsylvania.

Literary Representation:

Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor Literary Agency ~ amanda@macgregorlit.com

 

 

Connect with Jennifer:

Website: www.jennifermurgia.com

Email: jennifermurgia8@gmail.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.murgia

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenniferMurgia

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/jennifermurgia/

Goodreads TBR: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18506004-forest-of-whispers

 

About the Books:

FOREST OF WHISPERS

Raised by an old fortune-teller within the dark veil of the Bavarian Black Forest, Rune has learned two valuable lessons: only take from the forest that which you can use, and never, never look anyone in the eye in the village. For something terrible happened in the forest long ago . . . and now, the whispers of a long-dead mother with a vengeful secret have come haunting.

Forced to flee all she has ever known, Rune soon learns of a legacy she is bound to — one that is drenched in fear, witchcraft and murder — a birthright that stretches beyond the grave to the trees where Rune is no longer safe.

CASTLE OF SIGHS

Some secrets cannot be kept–in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another. After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon, and something darker seems to have been awakened, as well.

Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs–shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping she will find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

And the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew.

 

 

Giveaway!

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Blog Hop Participants:

 

10/21: EAPL Teens – Top Ten Witchy Reads – Graphic #1

            http://eaplteens.blogspot.com

10/22: Heather – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #2

            http://yankeedragon4booknerds.blogspot.com

10/23: Penny – Top Ten Creepy movies – Graphic #3

            https://www.facebook.com/penny.k.wright?fref=ts  

10/24: Ashley  – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #4

            https://afterthelastpage.com

10/25: Melissa – Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #5

            http://melissaseclecticbookshelf.com

10/26: Adriana Gabrielle– Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #6

           https://adrianagabriellewrites.wordpress.com

10/27: Zachary – Top Ten Creepy YA books – Graphic #7

            http://www.zachsyareviews.com

10/28: Paula – Top Ten Urban Legends – Graphic #8

            http://herbookthoughts.reads-it.com

10/29: Brooke  –  Top Ten Creepy Destinations – Graphic #9

            http://www.thecovercontessa.com

10/30: Kimberly – Top Ten Urban Legends – Graphic #10

            https://booksaremetal.com

It’s Time For A Tag! || One Lovely Blog Hop

Hello Readers!

I was so excited to find out I had been tagged by author Kathrese McKee on her blog for this post and I finally have gotten around to doing it! *cue excitment*

The rules for the hop are:

  • Share 7 Lovely Facts about myself.
  • Share links to blogs I enjoy reading.

It’s almost like a Time Capsule of sorts. Looking back at the things that mean something to me. (Many people have their own takes on this challenge and this is my take on it) Now those of you who know me in real life or talk to me on a regular basis might still know these things, but hey. I’m gonna give this a shot. So, for my 7 things I am going to pick out 7 facts about myself/things I cherish in life that I think have turned me into the person I am today.

Kind of like my own little story in 7 facts! Sound cool?  Okay, great! 😀 

 

Starting with #1.

1. The things I used to pretend to be were endless.

IMG_2114Most days, I was a fairy/super hero who could make plants grow at will and keep them alive for year or whatever I wanted. But there is one more main thing I often pretended to be. And that was a spy. The three people with me (in the picture on the left) are my sister and two cousins. (My sister is the one in the white T-shirt) and whenever we used to get together for family reunions/holidays or just whenever we saw each other (considering we used to live like 20 minutes away rather than 6 hours) we would play spies. Like, it was just an obvious thing. You would come downstairs and every.single.time you would find the basement either completely dark (if we were on a mission) or set up like some sort of training area and for HOURS we would play spies. We would go on missions and all sorts of things that really just got us all going for hours and hours.

 

2. Reading and Writing is my life!

Well I mean, that is pretty obvious since this is a writing and book blog, but seriously reading is such a big part of me… (I started reading a little earlier than most kids I knew) Writing followed a few years later. Reading and writing has shaped my thoughts and creativity and enhanced it more than I can explain. More so, in fact, that I can be a little crazy. Ask my best friends, they’ll tell you just that.

 

3. I LOVE to Explore!

Exploring is something I LOVE to do. Everywhere I look I see an opportunity to discover new places and see new things. When it comes to exploring I’m all over it and will lead the way….Unless its an old, creepy abandoned house…Then you’re going first in case a monster is in there…Then he will get you first and I can run away. Thanks in advance for your sacrifice… But ANYWAYS. I LOVE exploring. Thanks to exploring I found the most beautiful locations for photoshoots and just hiding away from people for a little while. I love exploring and don’t think I will ever be able to stop.

 

4. My Friends and Family mean the world to me!

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*This is not all my family or friends. Way too many people to fit in one collage of pics*

My family and friends are the people I have to thank for who I am today. Without them I don’t know where I would be. My family and friends have been so amazingly supportive of everything I do and absolutely fantastic.

Like seriously. I am so blessed to know such amazing people. ❤

 

 

 

 

5. Music is my LifeIMG_3056

I don’t remember a time in my life where music was absent. I grew up listening to music (since I was a wee babe) and still listen to music. I literally have it playing 24/7 and I have been to numerous concerts. Music is my life and I LOVE it!

 

 

6. I was encouraged to dream.

A lot of that dreaming came from my reading from a young age and always told by my family manafest_fighter-e1396310291983that I could be whatever I want to be…I just have to work to be whatever that is. (Yeah, maybe I understood that as maybe there was some way I could become a mermaid if I tried hard enough and that still effects me…but whatever) As I grow up I’m seeing things as becoming more achievable! I can literally do anything! and I think part of that was because I was encouraged to dream and still am being encouraged. Dream, reach for them and accomplish them!

I’ve only been more encouraged as I go on, AND reading this book (on the left) has been a fantastic help too!

 

7. Tea is what I live off of.

FullSizeRender(10)Yeah yeah, so I might have kinda run out of anything else thats super interesting but this one is true. Mum and Gram blame it on the fact that I’m half British and thats probably true because my Gram, being British, always had/had tea around the house when I was a kid and I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I remember….and it’s sort of turned into an obsession heehee. But oh well. 😛

 

So that is the end of my post 🙂 Hope you enjoyed it and thanks again to Kathrese for the nomination 🙂 Oh! and with that said here are my nominations:

Carissa Barrows @ Digressions of a Demented Scribe || Rachel Day @ Stained Glass Windows ||  Leah @ Leah K. Oxendine || Victoria Howell @ Stori Tori’s Blog || Rae @ What Happened To The Wallflower ||