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This Photographer Shows The Softer Side Of America's Scariest Homes

OCTOBER 24, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

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America might be the most haunted country in the world. It seems like most towns have at least one place that the locals refuse to visit. Whether or not these places are actually haunted is sometimes hard to determine -- but as a general rule, if a place gives you the creeps, you should probably go with your gut. Even though most people avoid these haunts, there are still a few who are fascinated by them.

Photographer and urban explorer Seph Lawless is never one to avoid checking out local legends. For his latest photo series, Lawless traveled the country to photograph the most famous haunted houses. He collected the photos in a new book called Hauntingly Beautiful. Lawless was kind enough to share a few of the photos with us today. Let's take a look.

This home is in Pennsylvania.

There are thousands of creepy houses across the country.

This one's located in Pennsylvania, too.

But what exactly causes a house to become haunted?

Yet another creepy locale in the Keystone State.

According to those who have studied the phenomenon, there are multiple things that can cause homes to hold on to paranormal energy.

Here's a haunted house in Arkansas.

People who experience traumatic deaths tend to linger in their homes.

This ominous-looking home is in Michigan.

Often times, traumatic deaths are associated with betrayal and unfinished business.

You can find this spooky mansion in Mississippi.

In these cases, the spirit of the deceased seems to remain long after the body is gone. These kinds of hauntings can be chilling.

Head to Ohio if you want to explore this house (or don't).

Other places, like cemeteries, prisons, and hotels hold forces that seem to attract spirits.

After you're finished at the first house in Ohio, you can hop over to this one.

And everyone knows that old buildings carry creepier energy than new ones.

Not satisfied with two? Here's one more Ohio house.

Some speculate that when people are wronged in life, their spirits linger until they feel that they've gotten justice.

Okay, Ohio is one seriously haunted state.

But why would someone who had a traumatic experience in life want to remain in the same place after they're dead?

This haunted house in Michigan is eerie, but also beautiful.

A few paranormal investigators seem to think that these wronged spirits want anyone living in their home to experience their pain.

This Michigan home looks like it's straight out of a horror film.

But much of what people believe about the nature of hauntings is colored by what they believe about life and death.

Michigan is starting to feel a lot like Ohio in the paranormal department.

If you believe in an afterlife and the existence of ghosts, you're probably going to be more sensitive to feeling ghostly presences.

(via Seph Lawless)

For more creepy haunted houses, make sure you pick up Lawless' new book. You can also keep up with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.