Here’s what happened.
When most folks think of Georgia’s spooky spaces, they think of Savannah. But Atlanta has many haunting stories that generate new attention as the calendar approaches October 31. One of the most popular of them involves The Masquerade, a nightclub located in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward.
Here’s why it matters.
According to Haunted Hovel, “The Masquerade was built in 1890 and was originally known as the DuPre Excelsior Mill. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, the building became a pizzeria, then a small movie theater until 1988 when it became a nightclub, and it remains one to this day.” The club is known for its goth/heavy metal décor and themes.
Many patrons have reported seeing a tall, black man who appears and disappears in various dark corners of the club. He also likes to hang out in the equipment storage areas, where he turns heavy music amplifiers and speakers upside down. Other stories of paranormal activity involve spirits of people who died in accidents on the premises, including several girls who worked at the mill.
Haunting America adds: “There are rumors that vampires frequent the club and that one lives on the premises . . . or that it’s a marketing ploy to feed upon the current vampire craze . . .” All the stories just make The Masquerade more appealing.
Here’s an interesting fact!
During the 1960’s, “spook” was a U.S. American slang term used to describe espionage agents and black people. Both uses are now considered insults.