While primarily an American holiday in the way it’s celebrated, Halloween has spread over the globe and has been adopted by many cultures in many countries. One of the most popular traditions of the holiday is to celebrate all things that go, “bump in the night,” so with that, join us on a journey around the world as we discover homes in places associated with some classic tales.
Home of Edgar Allen Poe
Famous for The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher and many other chilling short stories and poems, Poe lived his entire life in Baltimore. His stories have been adapted for film and TV countless times including memorable vignettes on The Simpsons annual Halloween special. He was also the inspiration for the city’s NFL team (the Ravens) when they moved in a little over 20 years ago.
Home of Mary Shelley
The mother of some of horror’s most iconic characters, Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein in 1822 and gave generations of audiences Doctor Victor Frankenstein and his titular Monster. The story inspired dozens of film adaptations dating back to the advent of the modern cinema and helped launch the career of the legendary Boris Karloff as one of the original Universal Studios monsters.
Home of Koji Suzuki
Koji Suzuki’s Ring (Ringu) series was instrumental in introducing international audiences to the J-Horror sub-genre and inspiring 2002’s American film, The Ring, by Gore Verbinski. In the wake of its success, The Ring opened viewers up to a steady stream of terrifying J-Horror stories for many years to come. It will be reimagined for the screen again in 2017.
Home of Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847. Originally published in 1897, his most famous work, Dracula took the world by storm and brought vampires out of the shadows and into our homes. Count Dracula has since become a household name and continues to be, nearly 120 years later, one of the most famous and frightening monsters of all time.
Home of Anne Rice
Author of the renowned Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice adapted the concept of vampires for a modern audience. Lestat, one of the vampires at the center of Rice’s stories, was portrayed by Tom Cruise in 1994’s Oscar-nominated film version of Interview with a Vampire alongside Brad Pitt and Kirstin Dunst.
Home of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Our journey ends in Mexico with the Day of the Dead celebration on November 1st. While there is no specific author tied to this particular celebration, images of “sugar skulls” and deeply-rooted practices of honoring deceased family and friends on the Day of the Dead has been featured in numerous stories across both print and film. Disney’s Pixar Studios will be bringing the holiday to life in their upcoming 2017 film, Coco.