Writing suspenseful stories often leads me to investigating creepy places and gruesome stories of real events. Oftentimes what the adage said is true: real life is often scarier than a fictional world.
Blame my interest in the macabre on not having YA books when I was a middle-schooler. Faced with reading sweet boring books with no violence, sex, or swearing (boring), I turned to Stephen King to get a taste of something scary and different, and of course, spine-tingling.
The first US psychiatric institution- early 19th century
Women doing laundry at the Texas State Lunatic Asylum, 1898
If the people weren't crazy when they went in these places, I'm sure the deplorable conditions once they arrived made them go insane. What places scare you the most? Graveyards? Dark alleys? Caves? Under your bed? Leave me a comment about your scariest places or experiences so I can incorporate some of your ideas into my next book.
'Til next time,