03/06/2015 03:21 pm ET Updated Oct 06, 2015

Stunning Abandoned Homes Are Surprisingly Full Of Life

Abandoned homes are the kind of thing you typically only happen upon when your GPS leads you astray. Unless, that is, you're author Ransom Riggs, who's on a mission to find them.

As part of his sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Riggs wanted to "to find the kind of houses that were described in the pages of his [latest] book", according to the San Francisco Globe. But what he found proved to be a little less macabre.

"When he stepped into these abandoned homes, he discovered something he never expected to see," the Globe notes. "Some of these homes, empty for decades, were completely undisturbed. If not for the thick dust coating everything, it'd be as if they were still lived in."

While the homes aren't exactly livable, they are full of character. So Riggs reached out to photographer Martino Zegwaard. "I was contacted by Ransom after he found a photograph of mine, which he said is exactly how he imagined Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children," Zegwaard told HuffPost Home. From there, Zegwaard and Riggs set out on a four day road trip through Belgium and Luxembourg. Here's a look at what they discovered.

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