August 13 marks the birthday of virtuoso director, Sir Alfred Hitchcock. To honor Mr. Hitchcock, the man who inspired my adoration of film, I would like to recount my peculiar relationship with the Master of Suspense.
I don't loathe Valentine's Day -- I just loathe the pressure placed on people. Buy a single rose, if you must. Buy an Otis Redding album (always do that). And watch a movie, preferably a movie in which romance goes terribly awry -- like Vertigo.
As the spookiest holiday of the year draws near, enjoy a photo tour of real-life sites famously featured in classic horror stories, folklore and film. Some look surprisingly sweet, some flaunt their history, and some will chill your bones.