What better way to discover the deserted haunted asylums around the United States than to explore with the expertise of an author of the occult, paranormal researcher, vampire Eric R Vernor. Known to his fans under the pen name of Corvis Nocturnum, Vernor takes you on an adventure to the dark side to some of the well-known, dreaded sanitariums for the sick, abandoned, or mentally ill.
“Haunted Asylums” (Schiffer Books 2012) is filled with colorful photographs snapped inside the abandoned walls of these monstrous buildings. Some of the old hospitals still contain the gurneys, beds, autopsy tables, and other pieces of hospital equipment in the rooms. Photos of these gloomy, bleak rooms and hallways are enough to make one shiver.
Vernor takes you behind the barbed wire and locked doors inside of legendary asylums such as Oregon State Hospital where Jack Nicholson’s famous “One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest” was filmed. Enter the Gothic doors of Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts which later became the filming location for the movie “Session 9.”
The chapters are for the most part short but very informative. Readers will learn the history of each location, the year the doors were closed, and some of the paranormal phenomena left behind by the ghostly patients--lost and left behind in a world that abandoned them while they were the living.
The stories in “Haunted Asylums” are alphabetized by hospital name as you embark on an eerie journey across America to these horrific establishments. Some say the Earth is the insane asylum for the universe. Let Vernor lead you into the darken halls of these forgotten institutions and you be the judge—you’d be crazy not to!
Schiffer Books: www.schifferbooks.com
Contact the author at: www.corvisnocturnum.com