Real-Life American Horror Stories


The Doll House Mansion (Philadelphia, PA) is an abandoned mansion full of nothing but dolls and organized metal saws and tools neatly displayed on metal shelves through out several rooms.

Just in time for Halloween Seph Lawless, photographer of abandoned houses, buildings and malls, has compiled a coffee table book of the scariest places he’s photographed. Aptly titled, “13: An American Horror Story” the book describes the horrors that took place in these ghostly places, some abandoned for years and years where no one dares to tread, except Seph, of course. The captions here are those from the book.

The Milan Mansion has long been suspected as a home of witchcraft. The owner was a practicing witch known by locals as the Milan Witch, and is said to be buried underneath front porch.

The Nova House (Youngstown, Ohio) was the place where Benjamin Albright shot and killed his son by accident then killed himself and his wife after being struck with anguish and guilt in 1958. The home has been vacant ever since and still has personal belongings inside.

So the story goes, after both parents committed double suicide in the Sayer House (Kentucky) their four small children raised themselves for more than a decade in this home.

For more of Lawless’ photos or to purchase the book go here:

All proceeds from book sales between December 1-31 will go to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.


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