WASHINGTON (July 10, 2014)—From eerie apparitions to odd coincidences to strange phenomena, signs of the supernatural have terrified — and fascinated — people for centuries. This fall, paranormal expert Sarah Bartlett will introduce readers to the spookiest spots on Earth in her new book, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S SUPERNATURAL PLACES: More Than 250 Spine-Chilling Destinations Around the Globe (National Geographic Books; ISBN 9781-4262-1380-9, Sept. 2, 2014; hardcover; $26).
Readers will discover some of the world’s most puzzling enigmas in this riveting, richly illustrated volume that reveals a dazzling array of creepy landmarks, mythical locales and forbidden hideaways. Bartlett combines her knowledge of the paranormal with National Geographic’s expertise in history and travel to provide fascinating background stories behind these astonishing destinations, along with information on where to find — and how to explore and experience — each mysterious place.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S SUPERNATURAL PLACES’ six chapters focus on haunted castles, vampire lairs, witchcraft dens, sacred sites, UFO hot spots and places of legendary spiritual power. Each chapter also contains top-five lists of spooky sites to visit around the world. Among the spine-chilling destinations featured in the book are:
- Haunted hot spots like Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, where visitors have claimed to see the image of a weeping Marilyn Monroe materialize in a full-length mirror;
- Creepy castles like Denmark’s Dragsholm Castle, supposedly haunted by the ghost of a nobleman who was chained to a pillar for 10 years;
- UFO hot spots in the American Southwest like Stephenville, Texas, where, in 2008, local residents reported dozens of UFO sightings;
- Vampire haunts such as the Dominican Republic’s Bahoruco Mountains, said to be haunted by18th-century slaves who ran away from their captors and turned into vampires; and
- Witches’ lairs such as Mother Shipton’s Cave in Yorkshire, England, cited as the birthplace of a reputed witch who foretold the Great Fire of London.
Vivid, dramatic and chock-full of insider information, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO THE WORLD’S SUPERNATURAL PLACES is the ultimate way to investigate the unexplained.
About the Author
An expert in the field of astrology, mythology and humanistic and transpersonal psychology, Sarah Bartlett is the author of 20 psycho-spiritual nonfiction books, including the bestselling “Mythology Bible” and “A Brief History of Angels and Demons.” She has been an astrologer for the London Evening Standard and Cosmopolitan and currently contributes as an astrologer to BBC Radio. She divides her time between London and the South of France.
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