One of the first haunted places indexing sites I ever learned of was Shadowlands. I’m not going to link directly to it because of some disturbing info I came across today. I don’t want to be responsible for anyone’s computer possibly becoming haunted by…? That’s the question. I don’t know what. Let me explain…
I stumbled upon this disturbing find when I Googled “haunted places.” I don’t even remember why I was doing that now. What came up distracted me enough I dropped whatever I had been planning to search for.
Instead, I did a print screen capture to document what I’d found. Which was a warning of sorts. Apparently something on the Shadowlands site is not kosher. Something on it may be harmful to your computer.
Unfortunately, when I tried to find out why Google attributes such a warning to the site, I got a “Page Not Available/We’re sorry, but the information you’ve requested cannot be found. ” message.
As William Collins has often pointed out (see In Search of a Paranormal Website (One Paranormal Website at a Time) and In Search of a Haunted House Database: One Paranormal Researcher’s Rant), Shadowlands Haunted Places listing has great intentions. However, it often falls short. Information is often inaccurate or incomplete, and in some cases it’s just plain false and erroneous.
I know bad info can certainly be harmful, but I’m thinking that’s not why the harmful warning shows up when Shadowlands Haunted Places does.
Anyway, just beware if you’re ever on it and suddenly your computer starts acting a little possessed or something.
Also, if you do visit it to research a haunted place you’re interested in, be sure to cross-reference any info you find there with some of the other haunted places lists out there. I dig what Shadowlands initially set out to accomplish, but not all of their info is good. It’s someplace I often start when I’m researching a place’s haunts, but it’s not the only source I depend on.
To find other haunted places lists and locator maps, be sure to check out our Haunted Places page. (This post will accompany the Shadowlands Haunted Places listing on our page now too.)