There will always be something fascinating about abandoned buildings -- how their crumbling edifices and withering artifacts seem like eerie time capsules. Photographer John Gray captures this perfectly in a new book "Abandoned Asylums of New England," which also gives a history of the region's "temples of control, treatment, and rehabilitation of individuals with disabling conditions" by the Museum of disABILITY History.

"I started photographing Danvers State Hospital in 2000 out of pure curiosity because it was close to my residence," Gray told The Huffington Post via e-mail. "Soon after, I discovered many other abandoned institutions all over, so it kind of grew from that point on. I shoot hospitals, jails, schools, rail tunnels, sewers -- anything that looks interesting in New England and outside as well. Many hospitals featured in the book are either demolished or soon to be demolished. The book is a record of what were once these large pieces of architectural history that are no longer with us."

Check out Gray's amazing photos below, and click here to learn more about the buildings.

In the mood for more abandoned sights? Check out a time-lapse video of an abandoned asylum in Maryland. There's also a haunting abandoned island hospital in New York City and the Nazi Olympic Village that sits empty 76 years after the 1936 Berlin games.

All photos and captions courtesy of John Gray Photography.

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    Doll in ward- Northampton State Hospital, MA

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    Sunrise turrets - Danvers State Hospital, MA

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    Auditorium- Norwich State Hospital, CT

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    Pathology Lab- Northampton State Hospital, MA

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    Electro Surgical Unit- Metropolitan State Hospital, MA

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    Patient Room- Metropolitan State Hospital, MA

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    Iron Lung Machines- Lakeville Hospital, MA

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    Ward-Danvers State Hospital, MA

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    Morgue Freezer- Northampton State Hospital, MA

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    Wheelchair- Norwich State Hospital, CT

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    Blood Vial- Northampton State Hospital, MA

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    Ward- Metropolitan State Hospital, MA

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    Snow falling through roof of auditorium- Belchertown State School, MA

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    Tunnel- Danvers State Hospital, MA

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    Worcester State Hospital, MA

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    Abandoned Asylums of New England: A Photographic Journey By John Gray.