After watching American Horror Story: Hotel, you start to wonder how many hotels have actually been haunted by paranormal entities. While doing some research, I stumbled upon some interesting, yet terrifying hotels.
Although most tourist attractions shuttered their doors at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Haunted Montreal Ghost Tours hasn’t skipped a beat. Instead, the paranormal group has spent the last year expertly adapting to the ebb and flow of Canadian lockdown restrictions before finally settling on a completely virtual set-up. I sat down with Donovan King, founder of Haunted Montreal Ghost Tours, to discuss how he broke into the field of spooky tourism, his business’ transition to Zoom, and his favorite ghosts— all from the comfort of my own home, of course!
I have lived in my grandma’s house since I was two years old. She raised me. It was built in the early 1900s, and she owned it for about 43 years before she passed away in the house (I wonder if she’ll ever haunt it?). Anyway, I was about six years old when I saw my first ghost – it was my grandma’s younger brother who had passed away in his thirties, I think he was coming to check up on her. I had never seen a picture of him before, but he was young and handsome. I later saw a photo of him and pointed him out to her. But that’s not my ghost story. That’s just the beginning.
I had just moved into my new house in Austin, TX, and was living by myself for the first time. My best friend, Nicole, had come to visit me from Florida to help me get unpacked and organized, and after a day of sorting through boxes, we both had some wine, said goodnight, and went to sleep in our separate bedrooms. I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of my cabinets slamming open and closed.
The Black Monarch Hotel website speaks of bar fights gone wrong and the town of Victor hosting countless miners during the gold rush in the late 1800s; there was even a fire that swept away the entire city in 1899. It stands to reason that some hardships befell guests of the Monarch brothel, saloon, and casino during its heyday, leaving their spirits to roam the halls.
Michigan has its fair share of ghost stories and urban legends, but there are a few spots in our state that stand out as especially creepy. If you’re looking to explore some of the most haunted places in Michigan, here’s a road trip that will certainly give you goosebumps. Get ready for a bone-chilling adventure.