The idea that not just people, but even places can have memories makes just enough sense to have us believing we’re being watched even when we’re alone.
And some houses are better at tapping into those primal fears than others. Take this house listed on Zillow in South Carolina. The listing reads “upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances”. Sure there could be mere legal reasons to explain this listing note about keeping a buyer blind to their own upstairs, but whose first thought isn’t “a babadook hiding in the shadows?”
Texas – home to BBQ and chainsaw massacres – is as good a place as any to boast haunted property. Speaking of…
The Hewitt House (Granger, Texas)
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a classic film that lives up to its name as a no-nonsense, forward assault on the senses. Even watching the brief trailer for the 1974 film feels like a dare (watching the sequel that inexplicably stars Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger, less so). The film was remade in 2003, starring a real piece of property located in Granger, Texas.
The house is currently populated. The front even boasts quite the sign: Private Property & Road Keep Out or Go to Jail Or Worse Rest in Peace.
For one photographer, taking pictures even on public property is quite the adventure. With so many people that are constantly eager to get pictures, it’s probably more than a little frustrating for those that live there. Or maybe they’re frustrated because they’re at the mercy of cannibals armed with outdoor power equipment? The world may never know…
A Confederacy of Dummies (Richmond, TX)
This five bedroom, six bathroom house was listed for slightly over $1 million. Seems like a nice house., with a gorgeous backyard.
What could possibly be the catch?
If you guessed a dummy on the ceiling riding a tricycle, collect your prize!
The previous owner was an artist, and filled the home with mannequins – literally from wall to wall. Who wants to walk around at night in a house that casts human shadows from literally every direction?
Indian Gap School (Stephenville, TX)
This now abandoned school is located on a cemetery.
It was abandoned in 1959. Despite its age, the condition is just enough to open up your own business in. Assuming you don’t mind your employers being chased by library ghosts.
A House on Haunted Hill (Mineral Wells, TX)
This house in Mineral Wells was supposedly turned into a brothel after its previous owner died. Presumably this is where the ghosts of the women preside:
Some of these houses may be low on a scale of 1 to Amityville. If you’re a real thrill seeker, Zillow has a list of the most infamous haunted homes: from Fall River’s Borden House (home to literal axe murderer Lizzy Borden), the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana involving a brutal past, to the McPike Mansion in Illinois, who visitors have claimed hearing the laughter of children and experiencing hugs by unseen women.
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