If your travel methods involve searching Atlas Obscura or random weird and wonderful places, Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations is a travel guide worth checking out. Author Olivier Le Carrer has researched some of the creepiest places on earth so you don’t have to. Atlas of Cursed Places is broken down into various regions of the world, with each section including the coordinates of the locations.
Atlas of Cursed Places includes a few places you may have heard of, and some you might not have. Aokigahara, the suicide forest at the base of Mount Fuji and the Pine Barrens of New Jersey, but also the overwhelmed African community of Kibera and The Gulf of Aden. There were a couple sections that seemed fairly basic, but thankfully clarified a few things. In the section on the Italian island of Poveglia, Le Carrer reminds that despite rumors of a man leaping to his death from the bell tower that there are no actual records to back this up.
Serial killers to Ancient Kings, Atlas of Cursed Places is worth flipping through. If you aren’t particularly familiar with the creepy places of the world, it is a great guide. If you’re obsessed with the unexplained, a good deal of this will be playful review.
>Atlas of Cursed Places: A Travel Guide to Dangerous and Frightful Destinations is available from Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers October 6, 2015.