The Grimpendiums

Cover by Brian Weaver
The New York Grimpendium

"A droll and gruesome Baedeker...readers might die laughing, gag on its tasteless subject matter or even shed a tear or two." —Sam Roberts, New York Times

Winner of a 2013 Lowell Thomas Gold Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

New York is the state that gave us the Headless Horseman, Son of Sam, Rosemary’s baby, Rod Serling, the Addams Family, the electric chair, Troma Studios, Typhoid Mary, Sing Sing, and the Amityville Horror. The Empire State is full of the macabre, the dreadful, and the grim—all of it dying for you to visit.

Like its predecessor The New England Grimpendium (see below), The New York Grimpendium is part personal travelogue, part detailed guidebook, and it covers hundreds of macabre sites, attractions, and artifacts, drawn from the firsthand experiences of J.W. Ocker, who, over the course of a year, did New York to death, driving more than 9,000 miles of its roads and stopping to investigate every shadow along the way.

From a visit to a 19th-century brain collection to the home of an artist whose muses are serial killers to an old ship graveyard, Ocker darkened many days to find New York locations connected to legendary personalities of the macabre; infamous crimes and tragedies; horror movies; classic monsters; and notable cemeteries, tombs, and memento mori. So if you’re looking to go gently into New York’s own unique good night, let The New York Grimpendium show you all the best spots.

Available now at Amazon.com or your favorite book and e-book retailer. 

Cover by Brian Weaver
The New England Grimpendium

"A travelogue for those who revel in the glory of their  nightmares." —Max Weinstein, Fangoria

"I've read a dozen books about New England ghosties and weirdnesses, and this one is my favorite. It's also one of the few that actually came up with stuff I didn't already know about." —Rick Broussard, Executive Editor, New Hampshire Magazine

Winner of a 2011 Lowell Thomas Silver Award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

Every place has its dark side, but New England’s often seems a few shades darker than most. The region is full of the grim, the gruesome, and the ghastly…and all of it worth visiting for the traveler who dares. The New England Grimpendium catalogs hundreds of macabre sites, attractions, and artifacts, all drawn from the firsthand experiences of J.W. Ocker, who covered 7,000 miles of New England roadway in venturing to these eerie locations. 

From a visit to the private collection of a demonologist to a midnight jaunt at an insane asylum cemetery to an overnight stay at a murder scene, Ocker leaves no gravestone unturned in his quest to chronicle the dark heart of New England. This morbid travelogue includes locations connected to legendary personalities of the macabre; infamous crimes and tragedies; horror movies; classic monsters; and notable cemeteries, tombs, and memento mori. So if you find your nightmares a bit undernourished or your day trips a bit too sunny, The
New England Grimpendium is the guide for you.

Available now at Amazon.com or your favorite book and e-book retailer. 



Here are some photos from sites that can be found in the Grimpendiums:



I'm keeping tabs of any inaccuracies or out-of-date information for both Grimpendiums. See here for the running tally.