New to the Site
Bram Stoker's inspiration for Dracula

A redo of Karloff's classic monster face.

The arched lake beneath the Paris Opera House

Horror Hound: A Nose for Sniffing Out the Spooky
Traveling the world to dig up spots that inspired our spookiest tales is a really entertaining pursuit, but it can present challenges. Some sites - like the ancestral home of the Frankenstein's and Dr. Jekyll's workshop - are easily found with little more than a map. Others are less obvious. In case you are motivated to sniff out these inspiring sites, the following articles may come in handy...
STONES on Exhibit
There is interest in hanging stones at the Tewksbury Library and Bing Arts Center in my home town of Springfield, MA. Hopefully the full collection of castle renderings will be available to the public soon.

Fall 2017 was a great for exhibiting with items showing at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery, The Guild of Creative Art and Morris County Arts League, Chester. See how we did...

The Tale of Becoming a Castle Hunter
From my first inspiration via a mysterious Transylvanian ruin I saw in 2008 to trips designed to seek out specific sites, my castle hunting efforts have been a real adventure. A day by day journal of sorts that I assembled of this awesome trip to Transylvania.

STONES is a collection of pencil renderings and watercolors by artist Steve Gale focusing on Gothic structures of stone. Primarily depicting castle ruins, this body of work also includes other subject matter, all relevant to this medieval construction material.
Inspired by photographic explorations captured during many trips to Europe, this body of work has expanded in multiple directions. Strange Tales in Stone depicts the stone facades of structures that contributed to classic Universal horror. The connection of Count Dracula to Vlad Tepes (Romanian for "the Impaler"), son of Vlad Dracul is fairly well known, but many other horror characters are similarly linked. Doctor Jekyll was inspired by the duplicitous life of William Brody. Victor Frankenstein may also have had a real life model as well as the ancestral fortress of the same name. Other structures such as the Paris Opera House and Cathedral de Notre Dame served as settings for classic Universal melodrama with speculations that actual people served as character models.
An effort is underway to develop a subset called American Stone. But until that is ready for presentation I hope you'll join me in exploration of the great ruins of Europe both - historical and macabre.

Castle Ruins Exhibit