This is the picture that started it all. While our southwestern US desert is very different, this picture inspired the idea of a girl living in an abandoned place, deep in the desert. It became the novel, Spark Rising. Kolmanskop, a ghost town in the desert of southern Namibia, Africa.
Deep in the forests of Aberdeenshire, Scotland, this abandoned mansion looks like it wouldn’t be out of place in a horror film, with its amazing nineteenth century architecture left to crumble away over time. Little is known about this mysterious house, but it is believed to have stood empty for over 70 years, abandoned soon after World War One.