Alleys & Ruins no. 100, Ghost Story (2007, Kansas City, MO, 1:30am)

Alleys & Ruins no. 100, Ghost Story (2007, Kansas City, MO, 1:30am)

 

Kansas City's run down West Bottoms district is a mecca of haunted houses. The city has a long history of sightings, turn-of-the-century haunted hotels, long-suffering ghosts, and other paranormal incidents - its been local folklore for a century. This colorful past has paved the way for the current crop of haunted houses.
For a fee, you enter an old abandoned building in the old warehouse district and actors dressed up as goblins will chase you down a hall. Among your many choices are “The Edge of Hell,” or “The Beast,” or the “Catacombs.”
These places run in the Fall before and after Halloween - just when I was there. They pipe out loud sounds of people screaming or moaning in pain; monsters or ghosts growling, and other sound effects that can be heard throughout the night in the barren run-down streets of this district.
There was a lot of humor in what was going on, and it was strangely appropriate background sound for my night of scouting and shooting. But as the night progressed, and as I became absorbed in my work, studying one dark corner after another, my skin began to crawl. I decided to let it crawl, and I let it crawl into my work until I finally left - a little more pale than when I arrived, but with an image I was happy with.

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