By Doug Gruse (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ally Ryder makes ghosts go viral.
As founder of the website www.hauntedplaces.org, Ryder is helping spread the word about some of America’s most haunted locations.
“We get about 6 million hits a year,” Ryder said from her home in Orlando. “It just recently really started to take off. We always get a spike this time of year.”
Ryder gathers information on allegedly haunted locales based on research and personal experiences.
“I’ve been interested in haunted places since childhood. Some of the places on the site I knew about personally. Others I found buried in newspapers and books. I also get word-of-mouth tips,” she said.
The website encourages reader submissions.
“We are always gathering stories and information,” she said. “I love to hear someone tell me, ‘I have a real story.’”
Here are some of the locations Ryder has documented in upstate New York.