Would you visit a chateau said to be haunted by a woman with holes in place of her eyes?

If you don’t fancy testing your nerve, you could always read about it instead, in a fascinating book called Haunted Places by historian Robert Grenville.

It charts 150 of the world’s most spine-chilling places including abandoned hospitals, graveyards and castles. 

Other spooky locations include a Canadian hotel that is said to be visited by a bride who died on her wedding day and the famous Island of the Dolls in Mexico City, where people leave toys dangling from trees.

Some say they’ve heard the dolls talking to each other. 

Scroll down and prepare to be spooked by a selection of the creepy images from the tome…

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The entrance to Precious Blood Cemetery in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In 1955, Tropical Storm Diane broke a nearby dam, causing a flood that washed 50 coffins from their graves and their corpses were left behind in the town as the waters subsided. Today, the site is renowned for its apparitions, floating orbs and strange noises, according to Mr Grenville

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Some years ago in the Xochimilco neighbourhood of Mexico City, Don Julian Santana Barrera found a young girl half-drowned in mysterious circumstances, but he was unable to save her life. He later found a doll floating in the water that he assumed belonged to the dead girl. To appease the dead girl’s spirit, Barrera hung the doll in one of the trees. He hung more and more dolls in the trees, but began to feel that the dolls themselves were possessed by the spirits of young girls. In 2001, Barrera was found drowned in the same spot as the girl had been found some 50 years before. Since then the island has become notorious, attracting tourists who have brought their own dolls to hang in the trees. Some who have visited the island claim that they have heard the dolls talking to each other, and seen their heads moving.
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One of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries established to accommodate the rising numbers of Victorian London’s dead, Highgate, pictured, saw tens of thousands buried in its 17 acres over approximately a century from the time it opened in 1839. It was effectively abandoned after World War II, and sightings began to increase as it became more unkempt, culminating in the ‘Highgate Vampire’ scare, which saw journalists and camera crews trying to spot the undead. In the 1980s, a group of volunteers began to restore the cemetery, and sightings became less frequent. However, many visitors claim to have seen the ‘Mad Old Woman’ who searches feverishly for the children she supposedly murdered. Another common sighting is the ‘Shrouded Ghoul’, who floats staring at the sky, but disappears if approached.
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Originally intended as a place to reform young boys before they became criminals, the Ohio State Reformatory building was converted to a prison in the early 20th century before closing in 1990. Although no executions were held at the site, a number of inmates were unlawfully killed. Various movies have been filmed here, including The Shawshank Redemption. Helen, a warden’s wife in the 1950s, accidentally shot herself with her husband’s gun, and her spirit is said to haunt the old warden’s office. Visitors to the cell blocks have reported feeling strong forces pushing them, while the figure of a young man has been sighted running away from anyone entering the basement.
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During the 17th century, the plague struck Mary King’s Close below the City Chambers, which was inhabited by some of Edinburgh’s poorest. It was later partly closed off, with victims’ bodies allegedly still in place. In 1992, a Japanese psychic touring the close encountered ‘Annie’, a young girl supposedly left behind to die by her family, who tugged at her leg. Annie’s room has since become a much-visited attraction
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Dating back to the 14th century, Château de Fougeret in Queaux, France, pictured, has become known for its supernatural occupants since new owners took over the building after it had stood empty for many years. Visitors who have stayed overnight with the family report seeing figures and hearing voices ordering them to leave. The family themselves have had many encounters with the supernatural, including hearing and smelling people eating, and seeing strange figures at the window when they leave. A small girl named ‘Alice’, supposedly a child who died in 1924, sings nursery rhymes. Another figure that has been sighted and even allegedly photographed is ‘Felix’, a man who died in 1898. The owners also claim that an unknown spirit, possibly with a dog, plays with their own pet dog. The building regularly hosts ghost hunters.

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