Picture This {3} – Abandoned Amusement Parks

Posted 22 August, 2014 by Heather in Blog, Bookworms, Heather, Picture This / 34 Comments

Hey there!!  We’re switching things up on Fridays to kick off the weekend with some new, fun, non-review posts.  Today, we have another round of:

Picture This

Playing off the theme that a picture’s worth a thousand words, Picture This is a post that deals with the visual behind the books we love.  In these posts we’ll share an image or two, talk about why we shared them and then we’ll leave the floor open to you to share your thoughts!  So, without further ado, this post’s Picture This theme is….

Abandoned Amusement Parks

I’ve been reading J.L. Bryan’s fantastically scary and intense new horror novel this week, Inferno Park. The story features a sinister amusement park that was abandoned after a giant sink hole opened up five years earlier, killing a hundred fun-seekers in the process. The author has based the park off of  his childhood experiences and love of these beach side resorts like the Miracle Strip Amusement Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, and the book really comes to life that much more for it.

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Once I started looking into pictures of these old amusement parks, I certainly fell down a hole of amazingly haunting sights. It’s certainly a lesson of how quickly Mother Nature comes back to reclaim the earth. There are so many abandoned places, whether they were open and enjoyed by people for decades or just a couple of days like the one that happened to open up near Chernobyl right before the accident. You can find many websites, Tumblr’s, and Pinterest boards dedicated to these decaying landmarks.


Seriously–check out this book. It’s J.L. Bryan’s scariest and most sinister one yet.

Do you love amusement parks? Visit them as a kid? Or are you more of a lover of decaying landscapes? Which picture did you like the most or can you find one that you find haunting?  



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34 Responses to “Picture This {3} – Abandoned Amusement Parks”

  1. You know, I put it on my bucket list last year to visit at least one abandoned amusement park! I would be 100% freaked out, but I think it was be an awesome experience and great photo opportunity!

    I had NO idea about this book, but it’s totally on my TBR now! Like, in the very, very near future! 😀
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    Heather 8/22/2014

    It would be really neat to visit one of these places. Definitely photo-worthy. I’m glad you’ll be checking Inferno Park out. I finished it up today, and it’s my favorite book of J.L Bryan’s to date.
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  2. Wow…super creepy. My favorite things…amusement parks and creepy! I love the bottom pic. You just expect zombies to start stumbling from the misty loops. I have to check out this book! So excited to read it!

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    Heather 8/22/2014

    Aww, Claudette, you’re just like me 🙂 I could totally see zombies stunning out of the last pic.

    I think you’d really like this book. It’s my favorite of J.L. Bryan ‘s horror novels.
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    Claudette Melanson 8/22/2014

    Cool! You have a great mind lol!! I bought it, tweeted and shared on Facebook and will do a review once I’ve read it 🙂

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