Rhode Island has a storied haunted history, from Mercy Brown, the 19th century "vampire" in Exeter, to H.P. Lovecraft, the author of weird and spooky tales who called Providence home. The new "Guidebook to Haunted and Strange Places in Rhode Island" is out just in time for Halloween,
The book includes a variety of self-guided walking tours in some of the state more densely haunted areas. The walking tours take you through the East Side of Providence, where H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe spent time, and historic Newport, once home to pirates, slave ships, and one of the oldest bars in America.
Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman spoke with author Charles Harrington about the book and some of his favorite creepy places in Rhode Island. They spoke in the lobby of the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Providence, a 1922 building with its own spooky past.