The New England Grimpendium: A Guide to Macabre and Ghastly Sites in the Northeastern U.S.

The New England Grimpendium: A Guide to Macabre and Ghastly Sites in the Northeastern U.S.

by J. W. Ocker


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Every place has a dark side, but New England's seems a few shades darker than most. This region is full of the grim, the gruesome, and the ghastly ... and all of it is worth visiting, for the traveler who dares. The New England Grimpendium catalogs hundreds of macabre sites, attractions, and artifacts, all drawn from the firsthand experiences of J. W. Ocker, who covered 7,000 miles of New England roadways venturing to these eerie locations.

From a visit to the private collection of a demonologist to a midnight jaunt in an insane asylum cemetery to an overnight stay at a murder scene, Ocker leaves no gravestone unturned in his quest to chronicle the dark heart of New England. This morbid travelogue includes locations connected to legendary personalities of the macabre, infamous crimes and tragedies, horror movies, and classic New England monsters, as well as notable cemeteries, tombs, and other memento mori. So if your nightmares are a bit undernourished or your day trips a bit too sunny, The New England Grimpendium is the guide for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881509199
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 09/20/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

J. W. Ockeris the Edgar Award-winning author of Poe-Land. He runs the website Odd Things I’ve Seen, where he chronicles his visits to various oddities of culture, art, and history. His writing has been featured in Rue Morgue magazine,, American Exorcist: Critical Essays on William Peter Blatty, and Studies in Australian Weird Fiction. Ocker lives in Nashua, NH.

Table of Contents

1 Horror Legends and Personalities 13

Joan Bennett 14

Joseph Payne Brennan 16

Aleister Crowley 18

Bette Davis 20

Charles Dickens 22

Myrna Fahey 24

Edward Gorey 25

Margaret Hamilton 28

Nathaniel Hawthorne 29

P. T. Barnum 32

Shirley Jackson 35

Henry and William James 37

Stephen King 39

H. P. Lovecraft 41

Increase and Cotton Mather 44

Elizabeth Montgomery 46

José Clemente Orozco 47

Bobby "Boris" Pickett 49

Edgar Allan Poe 51

Claude Rains 54

Edith Wharton 55

Rob Zombie 58

2 Infamous Crimes, Killers, and Tragedies 61

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast 62

Birthplace of H. H. Holmes 65

Black Dahlia Memorial 67

Spooner Well 69

Grave of the Boston Strangler 71

Hartford Circus Fire Memorial 73

Graves of the Smuttynose Murder Victims 76

The Station Fire Site 78

Art of Jack Kevorkian 80

Colebrook Murder Victims Memorial 83

Deerfield Massacre Mass Grave 85

Grave of Sarah Ware 87

Josie Langmaid Monument 88

Birthplace of Ted Bundy 90

Boston Massacre Site and Mass Grave 91

James Allen's Book of Skin 94

Great Boston Molasses Flood Marker 96

Cocoanut Grove Fire Plaque 98

3 Horror Movie-Filming Locales 101

Beetlejuice (1988) 102

Dark Shadows (1966-1971) 104

Flowers in the Attic (1987) 106

Friday the 13th, Part 2 (1981) 108

Ghost Story (1981) 110

The Good Son (1993) 112

Hocus Pocus (1993) 113

The House by the Cemetery (1981) 115

I Spit on Your Grave (1978) 117

In Dreams (1999) 119

Jaws (1975) 121

The Last House on the Left (1972) 123

Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971) 125

The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) 127

Session 9 (2001) 129

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) 132

The Stepford Wives (1975) 133

Stephen King Film Adaptations 135

Warlock (1989) 140

What Lies Beneath (2000) 142

The Willies (1990) 144

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) 146

4 Notable Cemeteries, Gravestones, and Other Memento Mori 149

Grave with a Window 150

Center Church Crypt 152

Grave with a Glow 154

Skull Cliff 156

Grave of Midnight Mary 158

Phineas Gage Landmark and Skull 160

Sugar Hill Cemetery 162

Grave of Ocean-Born Mary 164

Adams Memorial 166

Memorial Arch of Tilton 168

Hope Cemetery 170

Blood Cemetery 171

Grave of a Knight Templar 173

Boston Tombstone Skull Iconography 175

Skull and Bones Tomb 177

Panarchy Tomb Room 179

Mexican Tomb Figure Collection 181

Grave with a Grudge 184

Green Mount Cemetery 186

Grave of Sarah Winchester 189

Spider Gates Cemetery 190

Grave of Susanna Jayne 193

5 Classic Monsters 197


Hill Abduction, Part I: The Route and the Graves 198

Hill Abduction, Part II: The Bathroom Shrine and the Artifacts 202

Incident at Exeter 205


International Cryptozoology Museum 207

Lake Champlain Monster 210

Feejee Mermaids 212

Dover Demon 215


Goody Cole 217

Grave of the Witch 219

Witches of Salem 221

Salem Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial 223

Colonel Buck Memorial 225

Witch Rock 226


Grave of Mercy Brown 228

Ray Family Plot 231


P.T. Barnum's Pa-lb 233

Grave of the Mummy 235

Boston Museum of Fine Arts Funerary Exhibit 237

Hands of the Mummy 238

Mummy of Massachusetts General Hospital 240


Devil's Footprint 243

Demon Murder Trial Sites 245

Moodus Noises 246

Moulton Mansion and Cenotaph 248

Snedeker House 249

Lithobolia, the Stone-Throwing Devil 251

Zaffis Museum of the Paranormal 253


Emily's Bridge 257

Hammond Castle 259

Dungeon Rock 261

Country Tavern Restaurant 263

Haunted Lake 265

Ghost of Charles Dickens 267

Ghost Town of Monson, NH 268

TAPS Headquarters 270

Hoosac Tunnel 272

Lady in Black 274

Creepy Plants

Roger Williams Root 277

Drowned Forest 279

Dummerston Vine 280

Famous Monsters

Witch's Dungeon 283

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery 285

Frankenstein Cliff 287

Flying Monkeys 288

Acknowledgments 291

Index 292

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The New England Grimpendium: A Guide to Macabre and Ghastly Sites in the Northeastern U.S. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
cmdrsue More than 1 year ago
I started reading J.W. Ocker's blog "Odd Things I've Seen" years ago and have always loved both his topics and writing. Now he's condensed some of the very best spooky, creepy, and just down-right odd things into this awesome book. Definitely something to pick up for the Halloween season! I'll be giving copies to all my ghost-story loving friends this Fall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you ever want to know where or what grim strange things have happened in New England this book will help you out. Full of weird, wacky and funny stuff including of course Stephen King. This book fills the bill. Get it now.