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Famous Gravesites For Horror Fans

This is part one of our three part ‘gravesites series’. Part two will cover the gravesites of famous science fiction writers, and part three will look at the burial places of better-known fantasy authors. Here are gravesites, maps, images, and some history of the Big Four of horror authors you should add to your travel bucket list. Read more at the link below.

Wikipedia

We’ll start with our personal favorite – and if you haven’t figured it out it’s pretty obvious: Howard Phillips Lovecraft, one of the fathers of horror, is buried at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, RI.

Having actually visited this grave, we can tell you that the cemetery is in a really nice neighborhood and the cemetery itself is quite beautiful. The burial site was actually moved back a little ways due to the large number of visitors. His grave is located at the intersection of Pond Avenue and Avenue B (which turns into Hemlock Avenue at some point) in the cemetery. His marker is small, and hidden by the tall obelisk that denotes the Philips plot. The inscription reads, “I Am Providence.” Adapted with Permission from: The New England Grimpendiumby J.W. Ocker. (H/T Atlas Obscura). Click here for a Google map.

Next, we’ll head south to Baltimore, MD and visit the grave of Edgar Allen Poe. There is an interesting history of Poe’s gravesite as the original location is somewhat dubious. Poe had been buried in 1849 in an unmarked grave. Efforts were made to put things to right but the monument yard where the stone was being held (next to a train track due to the weight of the stones) was the site of a train accident and the stone was destroyed. However another effort was made in 1865.

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The monument was dedicated on November 17, 1875. Among those in attendance were John H. B. Latrobe (one of the judges who awarded Poe the Baltimore Saturday Visiter prize in 1833), Judge Neilson Poe (Edgar’s cousin) and Walt Whitman (the great American poet, who actually met Poe once). Letters from H. W. Longfellow, John G. Whittier, William C. Bryant and Alfred Tennyson were read. The remains of Virginia Poe, buried in 1847 in New York, were brought to Baltimore and added to those of Poe and Maria Clemm in 1885. Thus the three who had struggled together as a family for so many years were reunited for eternity.”

Wikipedia

This brings us to the story of the Poe Toaster. “Beginning in 1949 (or possible somewhat earlier), on the night of the anniversary of Poe’s birth (as January 18th becomes January 19th), a mysterious stranger has entered this cemetery and left as tribute a partial bottle of cognac and three roses on Poe’s grave. (A newspaper article from the Baltimore Sun in 1950 includes a minor mention of the visitor leaving such items, conclusively documenting that it began at least in 1949.) Although some early members of the church recalled in the 1970s that it may have started in the 1930s, the year 1949 is more widely accepted, and the date of 1949 would be significant as the 100th anniversary of the year Poe died. (That date, however, would also be a little clumsy as it would necessarily conflate the month and year of his death, in October 1849, with the month of his birth, in January.) The identity of the stranger, referred to affectionately as the “Poe Toaster,” is unknown. The significance of cognac is uncertain as it does not feature in Poe’s works as would, for example, amontillado. The presumption for the three roses is that it represents the three persons whose remains are beneath the monument: Poe, his wife (Virginia Clemm Poe), and his mother-in-law (Maria Clemm). Out of respect, no attempt is made to stop or hinder him. Several of the bottles of cognac from prior years are kept at the Baltimore Poe House and Museum.”

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Read lots more on the Poe gravesite and history here. Source: eapoe.org

Here is a Google map to the site. Address: 515 W Fayette St, Baltimore, MD 21201. 

 

Jumping across the pond, we move to the only woman in our group, Mary Shelley who of course wrote Frankenstein.

“In 1814, Mary began a romance with one of her father’s political followers, Percy Bysshe Shelley, whom she eventually married. Together with Mary’s stepsister Claire Clairmont, Mary and Shelley left for France and travelled through Europe. Upon their return to England, Mary was pregnant with Percy’s child. Over the next two years, she and Percy faced ostracism, constant debt, and the death of their prematurely born daughter. They married in late 1816, after the suicide of Percy Shelley’s first wife, Harriet.

 

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In 1816, the couple famously spent a summer with Lord Byron, John William Polidori, and Claire Clairmont near Geneva, Switzerland, where Mary conceived the idea for her novel Frankenstein. The Shelleys left Britain in 1818 for Italy, where their second and third children died before Mary Shelley gave birth to her last and only surviving child, Percy Florence Shelley. In 1822, her husband drowned when his sailing boat sank during a storm near Viareggio. A year later, Mary Shelley returned to England and from then on devoted herself to the upbringing of her son and a career as a professional author. The last decade of her life was dogged by illness, probably caused by the brain tumour that was to kill her at the age of 53.”

Mary Shelley is buried at St. Peter’s church, Bournemouth, Bournemouth Unitary Authority, Dorset, England. Google map here

h/t Wikipedia

 

To round out our horror authors, we head to London for the burial site of Bram Stoker. “Born in Dublin, Ireland, on November 8, 1847, Bram Stoker published his first literary work, The Duties of Clerks of Petty Sessions in Ireland, a handbook in legal administration, in 1879. Turning to fiction later in life, Stoker published his masterpiece, Dracula, in 1897. Deemed a classic horror novel not long after its release, Dracula has continued to garner acclaim for more than a century, inspiring the creation of hundreds of film, theatrical and literary adaptations. In addition to Dracula, Stoker published more than a dozen novels before his death in 1912.”

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Bram Stoker’s exact burial location is Golders Green Creamatorium, 60 Hoop Ln, London NW11 7NH, UK. Google map here

Bram Stoker bio – Biography.com

 

 

 

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Bucket list! Next stop Baltimore!

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