8 places on the planet that give goosebumps

1. House of Winchesters

California

160 rooms, 40 stairs and one big secret. This is what the Winchester house is like - a huge estate in San Jose, where a mad widow and a whole family of ghosts lived. It all started when Sarah Winchester lost her husband and inherited his multimillion-dollar fortune. Later, the spirit of the deceased appeared to her, who announced the sad news: money was earned on human bones, all Winchesters are cursed, and the ghosts will take revenge. You can make peace with them only by starting to build a house. Preferably non-stop. Because if the hammering dies down, the woman will die.

Sarah immediately got down to business. The newly minted millionaire bought an old mansion in California and hired workers. New rooms, corridors, balconies and secret passages began to appear in the house. The floors were entwined with a web of stairs, which most often led to nowhere - Mrs. Winchester, who was gradually losing her mind, hoped to lead astray the ghosts that haunted her. The house grew by leaps and bounds, construction did not stop for more than a day, and as a result lasted for 38 years! Today, tourist excursions are taken to this grandiose mansion. You cannot fight off the group - otherwise you will instantly get lost in the labyrinths of creepy rooms. Where ghosts are said to still await their victims.

2. Aokigahara Forest

Japan

The gloomy forest at the foot of Mount Fuji would have been good for the Blair Witch. The sun hardly breaks through the dense trees of the national park; compasses stop working for people here. The Japanese themselves called this place "The Forest of Suicides": since the 1950s, more than five hundred people have taken their own lives in a remote thicket. In terms of the number of suicides, only the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is ahead of Aokigahara.

Instead of signs "Do not throw rubbish!" in the forest there are announcements with requests to think about family and friends. Psychological service telephone numbers are written everywhere. Video surveillance is being conducted. But people (most often they are clerks in business suits, tortured by office life) continue to die regularly: from time to time peaceful tourists stumble upon the bodies of the dead in the forest or "murder weapons" in the form of pills and rope loops. All in all, have a nice walk!

3. Overtone Bridge

Scotland

The old arch bridge is located near the Scottish village of Milton. Next to him is the powerful Overtone mansion, which could have become a haven for dozens of disgruntled ghosts. But we have no complaints about the house, but we have about the bridge. In the middle of the 20th century, strange things began to happen on it: dozens of dogs suddenly rushed from a 15-meter height, fell on stones and crashed to death. Those that survived came back and tried again. The bridge has turned into a real "four-legged killer".

Several hundred dogs have died on the bridge in ten years. They all jumped from the same parapet. No one could understand what pushed watchdogs into the abyss. Zoologists, veterinarians and other specialists tried to solve a terrible secret. It soon became clear that rats and minks lived under the bridge, on which dogs driven by the hunting instinct could rush. But there was another version - they say, the bridge is located on the border between the worlds of the living and the dead. Sensing something paranormal, the dogs followed the trail and died as punishment for their curiosity.

4 San Zhi Ghost Town

Taiwan

A luxurious seaside resort was built specifically for the local wealthy. Futuristic houses with round rooms and curved staircases were designed for those who are tired of the ordinary. However, already at the construction stage, it became clear that a curse lay on San Zhi. Dozens of workers died under strange circumstances: they broke their necks, falling from a height (even with safety cables), died under collapsed cranes. The local residents were sure that the town was inhabited by evil spirits. There were heartbreaking stories about the Japanese "death camp", which was once in these places.

In the late 1980s, the construction site died out. Investors were waiting for the "space" apartments of San Zhi to find their buyers, but all negotiations ended in nothing. Having learned about the ominous features of this place, superstitious Taiwanese refused to invest in real estate. As a result, the resort gradually turned into a ghost town. Pot-bellied houses are desolate, beautiful beaches are deserted, paths are overgrown with weeds. The authorities even wanted to demolish the abandoned resort, but were stopped by a wave of protests: local residents are afraid that after the destruction of houses, evil spirits will go for a walk in the nearest villages.

5. Poveglia Island

Italy

The tiny islet of Poveglia near Venice is surrounded by a thick fog of horror stories. For several decades of the XIV century, during the "Black Death" raging in the world, people infected with the plague were brought here - hopelessly sick people who had no chance to survive. Here, on the island, a "mass grave" was built, in which thousands of bodies were buried. There is a version that the corpses were not buried, but burned, which is why the soil on Poveglia is 50 percent human ash.

However, this is only the beginning of the horror film. In 1922, a psychiatric hospital was housed on the island. Almost all of her patients soon began to suffer from nightmarish headaches and complain that the clinic is literally filled with the ghosts of the dead. But this was only in the hands of the chief physician, who stuffed the mentally ill with antipsychotics and experimented with them. The island still has a dilapidated clinic building with barred windows, beds and wreckage of medical equipment. There is also a bell tower (now it serves as a lighthouse), from which, according to legend, the crazy doctor threw himself off in the finale of the story.

6. Jatinga

India

The village of Jatinga in the mountains of the Indian state of Assam has long been nicknamed the "bird graveyard". Every August, large flocks of birds appear in the sky over the local valley, which fall to the ground screaming. Mass suicide lasts several days in a row, some of the birds die, while the rest, as if under the influence of hypnosis, easily allow themselves to pull themselves together. The peasants call this eerie phenomenon "the nights of falling birds" and specially gather in the evenings by the fires to gaze at the almost incessant birdfall. Indians consider this to be a gift from God.

Bird watchers have been studying the Jatinga phenomenon for many years. According to one version, geophysical anomalies that knock migratory birds off course are to blame. Another idea is that the birds are caught in powerful winds, lose strength, and are carried away towards the village. Noticing the kindled fires, the birds rush into the light and, not calculating the distance, die.

7 Puppet Island

Mexico

You can get to this kingdom of fear in the country of the Aztecs by boat along the famous Xochimilco canals. The views that open up will appeal to fans of films about the killer doll Chucky: every tree and every building on the island is hung with creepy dolls with empty eye sockets, broken limbs and shattered heads. All this on the island was arranged by a guy named Julian Barrera. Once, when a girl drowned in the canal, he accidentally found a doll at the place of her death. Believing that the toy was associated with the spirit of the deceased, Barrera left it on the island. And then I found another doll. And he could not stop, continuing to collect the discarded dolls for the next 50 years.

The insane Mexican (who, by the way, liked to pawn by the collar) even built a hut on the island, where he settled. The collection of mutilated toys continued to grow. Once the island suddenly went under water (in Mexico this sometimes happens), and soon surfaced again, but its inhabitant had already disappeared without a trace. There are only dolls left, to look at which tourists who are not indifferent to horror stories travel today.

8 Mary King's Dead End

Edinburgh

400 years ago, Mary King (that was the name of the owner of most of the houses here) was one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. The situation changed when a plague epidemic came to the city. There is a legend that in an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, the authorities isolated all infected in one area, after which they surrounded the dangerous area with a blank wall. People were driven to a dead end by Mary King during several epidemics, and they died without any outside help. Among these unfortunates was little Annie - a little girl who was excommunicated from her parents and locked up in the "city of the dead" because she was infected. It is known for certain that only part of this legend is fiction. In fact, there was no wall, although there was a quarantine for the infected, whom the doctor visited.

Today the underground quarters of Edinburgh (over which the New City was built long ago) have turned into a tourist attraction. Why didn't they stop being creepy. It is better not to enter the stone labyrinths without a guide, and new batteries should be inserted into the lantern - there is nothing to do in the dungeon without light. There are stories that Mary King's dead end is teeming with ghosts of dead people, and some "lucky ones" are grabbed by the ghost of little Annie by the knees.