Discover 9,325 curious places—in your neighborhood and around the world
In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them. Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project. We depend on our far-flung community of explorers (like you!) to help us discover amazing, hidden spots, and share them with the world. If you know of a curious place that's not already in the Atlas, let us know.
The outlandish, the anomalous, and the curious from the last five thousand years
Dr Beachcombing lives part of his time in the village of Little Snoring in an undisclosed English county (not Norfolk…) and the rest of his time in an undisclosed village in Tuscany. He likes villages. He is particularly curious about the strange and the unexpected in records of the past: exceptions that prove or disprove rules. He increasingly suspects that there are no rules, but that’s another story…
Bleaq is an adaption of the word bleak, meaning gloomy and somber. The ‘q’ makes the name unique and – of course – look super fancy.
Bleaq is an art blog collecting visual inspiration focussed on the melancholic, bleak and dark side of fine arts, design, illustration, photography and fashion. There’s a new feature on Bleaq every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Your take-along guide to graves & graveyards
I started visiting graveyards by accident. A series of missed connections during the first Gulf War resulted in an unanticipated layover in London, where I just happened to pick up Victorian Valhalla, a guidebook to Highgate Cemetery. My husband Mason wanted to visit the graveyard because John Gay’s photos made it look so pretty. In fact, Highgate was ravishing, full of dramatic marble angels taking wing.
Engaging with Death's Past, Present, & Future
Welcome to Death Salon. We hold events that bring together intellectuals and independent thinkers engaged in the exploration of our shared mortality by sharing knowledge and art. Death is sanitized and hidden in contemporary culture to the point of becoming a taboo subject. We aim to subvert this death denial by opening up conversations with the public about death and its anthropological, historical, and artistic contributions to culture. In the spirit of the 18th-century salon, our curated intellectual gatherings hosted in cities worldwide.
The Land of the Freaks and Home of the Strange
Dirge Magazine is the premier dark culture magazine, covering counterculture arts and entertainment, lifestyle, and editorials. Sifting through generalized sites for things that fit your dark aesthetic can be tedious, and an abundance of redundant horror sites has created an explosive amount of coverage on a surprisingly narrow range of interests. While we appreciate what they do, we seek to expand beyond horror, into the strange, the subversive, and the beautifully grotesque. We want Dirge to be a place you can come to see things you haven’t seen before, or a fresh take on the dark side of something familiar. A place where news isn’t robo-barfed at you, but rather experiences are shared in a meaningful way.
If Monsters Don't Exist, Why Are They Out To Get Me?
EsoterX is an anthropological investigation of the ontological status of things that go bump in the night. The fact that monsters may or may not be corporeal is of no consequence, as Charles Baudelaire said, “I consider it useless and tedious to represent that which exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial”. Born in a log cabin behind the Institute for Psychical Research, I am an applied anthropologist by training, inclination, and neurosis, masquerading as a computational linguist and software engineer by day, busy accumulating obscure masters degrees in an attempt to assemble a set of letters after my name that spontaneously result in some sort of gematriac significance. And I’m convinced the universe is a far weirder place than we like to admit and the only reasonable response is that recommended by Hunter Thompson — “When the going gets weird, turn pro”.
Photos of cemeteries and haunted places
Grave Addiction contains photos I have taken at all of the cemeteries, haunted places, abandoned buildings, and historical parks that I have visited. I'm always exploring new places, so the site is updated with new photos and stories on a regular basis (I attempt to add new pages once a week, but sometimes that doesn't happen).
I call myself a “fortean”. Forteans are named for Charles Fort, a researcher of all things strange.
The basics: Born in Columbus, Ohio, began college studying to be a librarian at Bowling Green State University, degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from OSU, lives in an unhaunted house near Dayton, Ohio with her husband. Collects books, dollhouse miniatures and fish castles. Former church organist. Relentlessly Informative. I call myself a “fortean”. Forteans are named for Charles Fort, a researcher of all things strange.
Paranormal research according to Hayley Stevens
I’m Hayley and I’m a paranormal researcher who doesn’t believe in the paranormal. Instead I attempt to find rational causes for the weird things people claim to experience using scientific skepticism and rational inquiry.
Blogging off the beaten path
As you might have guessed, my life tends to get a little messy but I like to think it’s still chic– like a Jean-Luc Godard film or something. Nessy was raised a London girl (there I go talking in third-person), but one day I packed up my things and decided it was time to return to the land of my ancestors and cheese, and move to gay ol’ Paris. I fell in love and never looked back. (Highly recommended). My passions? I like food, singing, writing, abandoned places, old photographs and puppies most in life.
Aeron Alfrey creates unique imagery inspired by the macabre, grotesque and monstrous.
When I'm not tracking down monstrous imagery to share here I'm usually creating my own strange art seen at aeronalfrey.com
Exploring the intersections of death and beauty, and everything that falls between the cracks
Morbid Anatomy: Surveying the Interstices of Art and Medicine, Death and Culture
Mysterious Universe brings you the latest news and podcasts covering the strange, extraordinary, weird, wonderful and everything in between.
Mysterious Universe brings you the latest news and podcasts covering the strange, extraordinary, weird, wonderful and everything in between. We strive to maintain a balance of healthy skepticism and entertainment while never losing our sense of humour.
When I was very young, I was obsessed with ghost stories. I kept a small notebook with black pages in which I would jot down ghost stories I heard
On this site, and in a physical notebook, I will continue my childhood scholarly pursuits of understanding ghosts and society’s fascination with them. I look forward to making this personal project, public, and hearing your insights.
An Examination of the Relationship Between Food and Death in Rituals, Culture, Religion and Society.
Since ancient eras human beings have incorporated food into their observances of death in diverse and often macabre ways. Early burial feasts and offerings are depicted on Egyptian hieroglyphics and recently, what some anthropologists consider to be the first burial feast was discovered in a small cave in northern Israel dating back some 12,000 years.
The Open Graves, Open Minds project relates the undead in literature, art, and other media to questions concerning gender, technology, consumption, and social change. It extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the fabulous, and the magical.
The Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture Research Project is led by Dr Sam George at the University of Hertfordshire, in collaboration with Dr Bill Hughes. The Open Graves, Open Minds project relates the undead in literature, art, and other media to questions concerning gender, technology, consumption, and social change, and was initiated by a prominent and exciting conference in April 2010. It extends to all narratives of the fantastic, the fabulous, and the magical.
A walk on the weird side of history
Blogger of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Remarkably lifelike.
The Anomalist is a daily review of world news on maverick science, unexplained mysteries, unorthodox theories, strange talents, and unexpected discoveries.
The Anomalist is a journal and website that explores the mysteries of science, nature, and history. Although The Anomalist has changed since our first print edition appeared in June of 1994, and our website went up in November of 1995, our basic philosophy, expressed in the following editorial from The Anomalist:1, remains the same.
This website is dedicated to a study of early chirurgeons, and all the blood and gore that comes with it.
Surgeons are amongst the highest paid professionals in the medical world today. They are the “miracle-workers” of the 21st century, capable of saving and transforming the lives of their patients. Nevertheless, the place of the surgeon amongst today’s medical elite was not always guaranteed. At the beginning of the 17th century, “chirurgeons” [surgeons] were closely related to barbers and other craftsmen who learned their trade through apprenticeships. After the Restoration, however, chirurgeons broke from their medieval role and began participating in important medical debates. Their advocacy of practical medicine and experimentation distinguished them from their university-educated counterparts, the physicians, and helped elevate their role in the medical marketplace. This website is dedicated to a study of early chirurgeons, and all the blood and gore that comes with it.
Exploring the fringes of science and history. Caveat lector!
Adventures at the outer limits of science and history.
Do we believe in ghosts? Not necessarily, but ‘ghost’ is an excitingly loaded metaphor for the eternal unknowns that plague human consciousness. Our minds are wide open.
The Ghost Diaries is the online home for anyone interested in the unknown or, as it’s popularly known, the paranormal. What does “paranormal” mean? Quite literally, anything that deviates from normal reality. Therefore, this site will be home to news, entertainment and media pertaining to ghosts, spirits, UFOs, ESP, conspiracy theories, horror films, and a wide variety of unexplained phenomena collected from all across the world. The Ghost Diaries will also host all the latest findings from cosmology, astronomy, and the multiverse theory. We have a thing for dark energy…
Strange tales of the American South
Where we tell ghost stories, folk tales, myths, and legends from the dark backroads of the American South.
From the latin "occultis" meaning veiled or hidden
The Occult Centre reflects on the occult in pop culture, film, and television. An interesting cache of analytical essays revolving on such obscure topics as magic, conjure, and the contemporary.
Collecting the strange, the unexplained and the supernatural.
Launched in August 2015, The Occult Museum is a website dedicated to collecting the strange, macabre and the supernatural. Featuring a mixture of articles we also host a growing database of reader submitted ghost stories, paranormal photographs and media from around the world.
The Order of the Good Death is a group of funeral industry professionals, academics, and artists exploring ways to prepare a death phobic culture for their inevitable mortality.
The Order is about making death a part of your life. Staring down your death fears—whether it be your own death, the death of those you love, the pain of dying, the afterlife (or lack thereof), grief, corpses, bodily decomposition, or all of the above. Accepting that death itself is natural, but the death anxiety of modern culture is not.
Paranormal, Horror, and Dark History in UK and Ireland
The Spooky Isles is dedicated to British and Irish horror and supernatural-related entertainment. That includes ghost stories, horror movies, gruesome history, visits to haunted houses, ghost tours, exhibitions and all just about anything on these isles that can send a shiver down your spine.
We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.
One of us -- Loretta Chase -- writes historical romance. One of us -- Susan Holloway Scott -- writes historical novels, and as Isabella Bradford, also writes historical romance. There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show. We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.
A blog concerned with stories in, of, from and about the stranger places of Britain.
Stories that explore a Britain other than the one we think we know. A Britain where the ghosts are unquiet, where the woods are alive and where distinctions between the present, the future and the past are permeable.