Halloween, and once again my website happily whores itself out to the
media that inevitably comes sniffing around this time of year asking for
a twelfth rehashing of Helltown or
This time, Gore Orphanage is the Halloween media darling.
Right now, you can find me pontificating on Vermilion's most notorious
site on FearNet. Charles Cassady, who wrote the new ghostie book
and Ohio Paranormal Research and Investigations ("OHPRI"),
are also featured in this video. If you get FearNet's on-demand digital cable channel,
go to the "Halloween" section of their menu, then go to "Scary
Streets." Click on "Gore Orphanage" and prepare to be blown away.
Or if you can't wait, you can just click below to witness the cheesy action
Also, Halloween morning at 10:00 on local channel
Fox 8, yours truly will again be featured describing the ghastly
orphanage story, as well as talking about haunted Maple Grove Cemetery.
will also be on the show to spin hair-raising tales about Franklin
Castle and Helltown. Hells yeah!
If you can't watch it or get the channel where you live, I'm pretty sure
you can catch a live stream of it on Fox 8's website by clicking
here. The video should be up for a week or
Happy Hauntings, kids!
The Gore Orphanage
Road bridge has been added to the Crybaby
Bridges page--as if you haven't read about that legend a hundred
times already. Also, Dead Ohio just finished shooting a segment on
Gore Orphanage for a series being produced by FEARnet. Updates on
the release date, etc. will be posted sometime in the future.
New! To help
boost your Haunted Ohio Summer, check out
South Bass Island Lighthouse.
Ok, ok. I've been a
little slow with the updates. Rather than toss down excuses
(and I've got a ton of 'em), let me just say that I have a major backlog
of photographs, notes, half-complete articles and other materials on
various haunted places and cemeteries. Not to mention the assload
of reader submissions. Or the graphic overhauls in the works.
I'm chugging along and plan to bring more goodies your direction soon.
Thanks again for all the stories, photos and cool conversations.
Finally, on a serious
note, I know that quite a few of you have heard about what happened at
Top 'O the World recently and the related tragedy. I admit that
there are some provocative circumstances (and unanswered questions)
connected to the site. However, it is too early to jump to
conclusions or say what the long-term ramifications will be.
Indeed, there may be no definitive conclusions at all. I would
strongly discourage treating this sad event as a freak show and trust
that ya'll will stay away from disturbing the park out of respect for
the family and law enforcement, at least for now.
For the ultimate Halloween
event, I am pleased to announce that
has risen from the grave! Check it out by clicking
Oh, and new updates have been added to the link page, including a
revised link to my friend
Flying Orb's website. Check it out.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm a
bit remiss in the updates department. Crazy shit, including the
deaths of close friends and relatives (yes, they do come in threes) has
left me less than enthusiastic about sitting in front of the computer
writing bad html codes. But, fear not. I've got tons of new
stuff to post, so stay tuned. And many "thank yous" for all of the
cool submissions. You guys rawk.
Of course, you can always
find my on myspace.
About a dozen new reader
submissions have been added to the Stories
and Submissions, including Egypt Road, Seven Barns, Edwin Shaw
Hospital, Abbeyville, Kirtland Witch's grave, Hiram College, Ridgelawn
Cemetery, the Ashtabula Train Disaster, and several entries on Mansfield
Reformatory (including pictures and a poem!). Also, new local and
national paranormal links have been added to the
In the shameless
self-promotion department, yours truly was interviewed by Action 19 News
for its special Crybaby Bridge feature that will air on Halloween night
at 11:00 p.m. on channels 43 and 19. The show should be a real
hoot, so be sure to tune in.
Oh, if you are looking for
some Halloween-themed live entertainment this weekend, on Saturday,
October 29th, 2005, Horror of
(!), The Shrill
(horror rock band
featuring members from Lords of the Highway and The Slack Jawed Yokels),
The Driven High
playing at the Lime Spider in Akron. The show starts at 9:30pm.
Admission is $2 (ignore the five dollar price on the flyer).
On Wednesday night
(10/26) at 6:00 p.m., we will be on the radio to discuss all things
ghostly in Northeast Ohio. Dim the lights, light the candles, and
tune in to the
State of Decay show on
WRUW 91.1 F.M.. Also, tons of new stories and submissions are
coming soon! Finally, the
has been revamped and moved to a new server.
has risen from the dead and is back on line! Welcome back, Chuck,
and just in time for Halloween. We missed you and your site
Witch's Grave in Kirtland.
New link added to the
links page. Also added a lot of new Stories
and Submissions, including: phantom trucks and ghost lights at
Hatchet Man cemetery, more Rogue's Hollow adventures, eerie pictures
from Fairmount Children's Hospital and Lock Four, a chilling campfire
tale about the ghost of Chief Logan at Yellow Creek, and strange
goings-on at Abbeyville (the next Helltown?).
Finally opened up a
MySpace account. You can check it out by clicking
Now for some shameless self-promotion. Dead Ohio has been
published in the new book, Encyclopedia of Haunted Places.
This huge, sturdy trade paperback edition contains hundreds of entries
covering ghostly locales from around the world. The book contains
research notes, strange photographs and first-hand accounts by
paranormal investigators themselves. Read our haunted Ohio
articles (including Franklin's castle, Johnson's Island and more), or
check out the sections on South Africa, Singapore, and even Pocatello,
Finally, for anyone who
missed the Horror of
59 show last night at Annabell's, they have another gig coming up on
September 17th at Pat's in the Flats.
Mansfield Reformatory and
Punderson Manor. Also, several new
Submissions have been added, including:
the "knocking game" at Abbott's Tomb, more shenanigans at Egypt Road, in
search of Spooky Hollow haunts, and a creepy peek inside a haunted house
in Jerry City (where's that????). Finally did some minor
housekeeping with the
links page, including adding a new link to a Michigan investigative
website (infrared ghosties, anyone?).
For those of you looking
to get your punk on this summer, check out this show coming to
Annabell's in Akron on Friday, August 19th, featuring the primo horror
punk band Horror of
59 (hey, they have songs about the Moonville Tunnel and Helltown...tres
Lots of new
have been added, which include: the Top Ten List of Evil Things at
Woolyburger cemetery, weird childhood anecdotes in Helltown, beer and
ghosties at Chestnut Grove cemetery, eerie headlights at Egypt Road, a
freaky tour of the Ridges in Athens, the wrath of the ghost of Old Man
Tinker at Tinker's Hollow, and a lesson as to why you should always wear
clean underwear before exploring Gore Orphanage.
Over 3 months of slacking means a lot of catch up work to do. For
now, tons of new links have been added to the
It is a black month
for the Ohio ghost and legends websites. Sadly, one of my favorite
Cleveland, has folded for now. Chuck's website was the main
inspiration for Dead Ohio, and provided countless hours of interesting
and funny contributions. This sucks.
On the positive end, there
are a ton of updates forthcoming. So sit tight, kiddies. To
everyone who submitted their tales, thanks for writing in. Your
submissions will be added to the Submissions page shortly. Also,
some new explorations have been planned, including a trip to Mansfield
It seems even we aren't
immune to the holiday hangover and Cleveland winter blues. To make
up for the lack of updates, the following items have been added:
New! Pioneer Cemetery in Kent.
There are lots of new
Submissions, including: The results
of a paranormal investigation of the Ashtabula Train Disaster site on
the anniversary of the accident, creepy experiences (including a
photograph) at the haunted Woolyburger Cemetery, "the walking
dude" at Leroy's Bridge, and ghostly vacation pictures while touring the
Haunted South. Finally, a link to a new Ohio paranormal website
has been added to the
Submission: Pictures and info on the
haunted Warlock's Grave in Tusc County.
If you're reading
this, that means you survived Halloween AND Election Day. To ease
your mind on these long, cold late-Autumn nights, we have added these
Submissions: A family's narrow escape
from the clutches of strange shadow creatures at Panther's Hollow, and a
heart-felt confession from a Jaite prankster.
We have more new
Submissions: Ghost dogs and other
frightening tales of hauntings at "Euclid Forest," and hidden tunnels in
Towner's Woods. The
links page has been updated to include a new link to a local haunted
exploration website. Finally, the
Crybaby Bridges page has been updated to include a link to the
mysterious "other" Abbeyville Road crybaby bridge.
Creek. This Halloween treat is the most
requested addition to Dead Ohio's haunted places. Enjoy!
Abbott's Tomb has been updated with some stunning photographs and
research shared by a local photographer.
As the Halloween
season is upon us, enjoy some of these excellent new submissions that
have been added to the
Submissions page, including: one of
the most fascinating, incredible accounts that we have ever read
regarding Franklin Castle, a chilling exploration of the Wisner Road
crybaby bridge in Kirtland, more spookiness at Edwin Shaw Hospital, and
yet another eerie tale out of Panther's Hollow in Millersburg.
You think Helltown's mysterious satanic cults and Franklin Castle's
secret societies are a little too weird to be believed? Check out
this recent article in Scene on the
Boyscouts' secret society, written by James Renner. Truth is
definitely stranger than fiction. FYI--James is also the guy who
bought Stephen King's screenplay for $1.00, and made it into a short
film called ‘All That You Love Will Be Carried Away’. The thirty minute
short stars Joe Bob Briggs, and features Clevelanders Harvey Pekar,
Michael Stanley and Rebecca Wilde in supporting roles. The film makes
its Cleveland premiere Thursday October 28th at The Cedar Lee Theater.
It will screen at 7pm and again at 8:30pm. Check out this
interview of Renner by Utter Trash by clicking
Finally, more links to
Ohio paranormal websites have been added to the
9/4/04: New submissions
added to the
Submissions page, including a great,
informative write-up on Sunny Acres, an insane exploration of inside the
infamous Helltown house, and strange photos taken at the River Styx
Cemetery (sans the surly cows, of course!). Finally, one reader,
who goes by the name of Johnny Coffin, recently sent us a link to an MP3
of his band's song, titled "Dead Ohio Air." The band is called
The Autumn Dead and they are situated out of East Liverpool, Ohio.
This is a very cool, Misfits-esque tune that we could proudly adopt as
our theme song. The vocalist is a dead ringer for Glen circa
1978-1983. You can give it a listen by clicking
here. My God...that one dude looks like he just stepped off
the movie set of Carnival of Souls. Yikes!
haunted Cleveland Agora Theatre.
Also, Fast-Freight finally offers his expert opinion on that
damned "W" marker featured on the Return to Helltown
page. Hopefully, this ends the debate once and for all.
Otherwise, I think I'm going to have to start a whole new web page just
to cover that marker!
8/14/04: New submissions to the
Submissions page, including: Cedar
Point (beware of the haunted sponge!), Hotel Breakers, an interesting
variation of the Rogue's Hollow crybaby bridge legend, and Panther's
page has been updated to include an explanation of that mysterious
building. The Return to Helltown
page has been updated to include yet another explanation of that
damned "W" marker. Finally, more new links have been
added to the
Links page. Check back soon for more updates, including our
recent exploration of the haunted Cleveland Agora.
Erie Street Cemetery
and Towner's Woods.
Also, new links added to the
Links page. Finally, while at the Hi Fi Club in Lakewood a few
days ago, I caught Stephe DK of the band The New Lou Reeds sporting this