The 13th Floor

12 More Gravesites of Famous Horror Icons

The tourism shall continue. Recently, Blumhouse published an article directing enthused (and respectful) fans of horror to the burial sites of some of the genre’s best-known luminaries. Many of them are interred in Los Angeles, making visits to the City of Angels ripe for horror tourism. Others were cremated and scattered overseas. But seeking out their gravesites only brings you and them closer together, I think. You may not have been able to meet some of your horror heroes in life, but they patiently await you in death. You can still respectfully pay them tribute, send them good vibes and enjoy their legacy.

There are far too many horror icons to cover of course, but we have gathered the addresses of 12 more horror icons that do await you, dear friends. Today’s trip will begin in Switzerland…

H.R. Giger (1940 – 2014)
Cimetière de Gruyères
08430 Gruyères
Gruyères, France

H.P. Lovecraft (1890 – 1937)
Swan Point Cemetery
585 Blackstone Blvd.
Providence, RI 02906

The Marquis de Sade (1740 – 1814)
On his property
Épernon, Eure-et-Loir, France

Charles Addams (1912 – 1988)
Pet Cemetery at the Addams Estate
Suffolk County, NY

Charles Addams is one of the nation’s better-known cartoonists, most noted for his grim single-panel gags for The New Yorker. He is also the creator of a death-obsessed family that was quickly nicknamed The Addams Family. The Family was eventually adapted for TV and movies. Addams’ estate can be visited on a limited basis and you can visit his grave there.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849)
Westminster Burial Ground
519 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

One of the best authors in American history, Edgar Allan Poe led a sad life. He was a raving alcoholic and died penniless on a park bench in his native Baltimore. His grave was famously visited every year by a mysterious, never-seen stranger who would leave a bottle of wine on Poe’s birthday. I think the visitor has stopped coming, but you can still pour one out for the author of THE TELL-TALE HEART.

Mary Shelley (1797 – 1851)
St. Peter Churchyard
Dorset, England

Bram Stoker (1847 – 1912)
Golders Green Crematorium
Hoop Lane
Golders Green
London Borough of Barnet
Greater London, England
NW11 7NL

An Irish Jew (!), Bram Stoker wrote a long series of rollicking pulp adventure novels in his life, although only one has been canonized by literary critics. It’s likely you’ve read Stoker’s DRACULA, the genesis of the modern vampire tale and the introduction to the world of one of history’s most famous tyrants. Stoker was cremated.

Elsa Lanchester (1902 – 1986)
Pacific Ocean (ashes scattered)

Elsa Lanchester
Often people don’t want gravestones and eschew the perceived grimness of cemeteries for more placid, natural resting places. To pay homage to the actress who played the Bride of Frankenstein, you’ll just have to stand on the California coast and send good vibes into the water.

Edward D. Wood, Jr. (1924 – 1978)
Pacific Ocean (ashes scattered)

Edward D. Wood, Jr.
Edward D. Wood, Jr. has often been called the worst film director of all time and his films are staggeringly incompetent affairs. But thanks to their oddness, their uniqueness and the clear passion it took to make them, Wood’s films are more often celebrated than lambasted. Wood died penniless in a dingy hotel. He is still a legend.

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980)
Pacific Ocean (ashes scattered)

Alfred Hitchcock
Hitch, the Master of Suspense, managed to make some of the most subversive Hollywood blockbusters that the studio system was able to produce, often sneaking in grim murder and no small amount of fetish and sex. After making over 130 films, Hitch passed away and was scattered into the ocean.

Vincent Price (1911 – 1993)
Point Dume (ashes scattered)

Vincent Price
Point Dume is a quiet place off the coast of Malibu, CA where people go to picnic, hike and take in the beauty of the ocean. Vincent Price, the legend of horror cinema, is also scattered somewhere around there. Price starred in some great films (THE TINGLER is one of my personal favorites) and some bad ones. But he was always a presence to be reckoned with.

Lon Chaney, Jr. (1906 – 1973)
Donated his body to science