Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Some Pretty Cool Links

Here are some links I wanted to share. There's no theme or rhyme or reason. They're just awesome and you should check them out. And no, I don't get any kickbacks for telling you about them.

Castles! If you love castles, and what megalamaniac doesn't? This site features just about everyone located everywhere in the US and Canada.

Urban Exploration This site has a ton of abandoned places, where to find them and supercool photos.

Catalog Living Everyone knows my taste doesn't run to the end of the spectrum inhabited by The Gap and Pottery Barn, which is probably why I think this site is so hilarious.

Monday, August 16, 2010

the Raven, originally uploaded by Miguel_Flores.

Spooky Scary, originally uploaded by Noel Kerns.

Dark Night, originally uploaded by Mat Sheridan.

ttv2 moon and cottonwood, originally uploaded by bob merco.

Spooky Oaks, originally uploaded by J-a-x.

Fall Fantasia, originally uploaded by sweber4507.

More ghosts in the woods, originally uploaded by Bruiach.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Haunted Library

Haunted Library, originally uploaded by gtocruzr.

I wonder if that supercool floating librarian from Ghostbusters hangs out here?

The Splendid Library, originally uploaded by magic fly paula.

Old and European, it doesn't get any classier than that.

Inside the Parliament Library, originally uploaded by scilit.

Oooo....soooo.....beautiful.... The downside? It houses political documents. Canadian political documents. Enough said.

I wouldn't want to be rich for the money- it would be for all the cool stuff. Like this awesome library owned by that capitalist pig William Randolph Hearst. If he were still alive I would totally be his Anna Nicole so I could lounge around this gorgeous spooky gothic room.

the old library, originally uploaded by perseverando.

Chetham's School, Manchester.

A caged library- hundreds of years old. They used to lock people in with the valuable books. It would make a great ghost story if they forgot to let someone out. They would just find a skeleton with cobwebs.

Girls in old library, originally uploaded by nami*&Chitaki.

I had to include this pic since the room has a haunting atmosphere and the girls in their pretty dresses are so lovely.

This library makes Hogwarts look like a trailer trash dive.

Ghosty books and ravens, such a cool shot.

Library, originally uploaded by blankbaby.

Chetham Library, originally uploaded by Darby Sawchuk.

The interior of Chetham Library in Manchester, England.

Another awesome picture of the book jail, er, caged library.

Saturday, August 14, 2010


In Eureka, California there is a fabulously, outrageously huge and beautiful house, the Carson Mansion. It was designed by the famous architects, the Newsome Brothers, of San Francisco for lumber barron, William Carson in 1884. It is in the hands of a private organization, the Ingomar Club, and isn't open to the public. Oh Lord, how I would love to do a quick B&E some day to really get a good look at it. Here are some photos anyway to give you an idea of its awesomeness.

Gables, turrets, a megasize tower, porches, balconies and wrought iron trim lend to the grandious design.

The Foyer (yes, I capitalized it, it is that cool), has splendidly spooky and ancient looking stained glass windows that were new back in the late 1800s, but looked as if they were ripped out of a cathedral in Europe.

The wood is all original, and just like every extreme Victorian house, most of it had to be carved and embellished beyond all reason.

The Parlor and Drawing Room seem like a great place for one of those freaky Victorian seances. I have to confess that I've never lived in a home that had a parlor. Most apartments just don't feature them, go figure.

The Dining Room is also loaded down with much overly elaborate wood. I can just picture a dressed up skeleton propped up at the head of the table and some old psycho debutante talking to the corpse like its still alive.

At the first landing of the main staircase, each window represents one of the four ancient arts- painting, drama, music, and science. I love the dark purple walls.

The Second Floor Hallway is glorious. I also love the round hobbit-house type wood Moorish arches. They lend a certain Tolkien-esque quality to the decor.

The above three photos are from Sarah Carson's bedroom. What's missing from the pictures? Oh yeah, a bed. Sorry, there are no pictures available showing some awesome canopy bed. I know, I'm disappointed, too.

Servants' Quarters, all of the above three photographs. I know these rooms aren't as grand as the rest of the house and have simpler furnings, but they still are pretty nice. It would almost make up for back-breaking labor and hopeless physical toil. Hah! Just joking...

Ceiling Medallions are very ornate and pretty. These look like they would hold up pretty good. Sorry, no chandelier falling on anyone's head here.

These are some views going down two staircases. Now these would be some great places to drop that chandelier I was talking about...

The above room was originally a library, but the folks at the Ingomar Club put some period furniture pieces and clothing articles accurate to the time frame here instead. I'd rather have seen the library. Oh well, spooky libraries are a good idea for another blog post anyway.
Eureka is well-known for many of its beautiful Victorian homes. Here are some of them.

The Pink Lady is a Queen Anne mansion within eyesight of the Carson Mansion. It was built by the same architects and commissioned by the Carsons for their son as a wedding present.

This pretty little Victorian looks all pastel and Eastery, but that window is so freaking wonderful. The only way it could be better is if would be a spiderweb design. When I get my mansion, I'm doing a web motif...but I've said too much already...

Eureka, California, originally uploaded by nicksarebi.

Eureka, California, originally uploaded by nicksarebi.

Eureka, California, originally uploaded by nicksarebi.

Friday, August 13, 2010


This abandoned factory complex was first built in 1880 and closed in 1988. It is located at the corner of Elgar and Canterbury Roads, Box Hill in Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne, Australia.

, originally uploaded by blacklodge!!.

, originally uploaded by blacklodge!!.

, originally uploaded by blacklodge!!.