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Jason Bracelin | Las Vegas Review-Journal (TNS)

LAS VEGAS — Just what are Vegas’ most haunting haunts?

Fair question, fright fans, and we’re here with the answers.

If you’re down for some clown-inspired scares, a visit to the city’s most macabre shop or just a good ol’ fashioned slice of “Murder Pizza,” here’s your guide to five of Vegas’ creepiest visits.

Items found from the home featured in the documentary "Demon House" are displayed in Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS)
Items found from the home featured in the documentary “Demon House” are displayed in Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS) 

Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum

He calls it a hostel for the afterlife.

Zak Bagans is on the screen, introducing the grisly, guided tour through his Haunted Museum (600 E. Charleston Blvd.).

Right hand in the air, the experience begins with a pledge, which we recite in unison: “This building is known to contain ghosts, spirits and cursed objects. By entering we agree that management will not be liable for any action by these unseen forces.”

Seem like a bit much?

Well, wait until you get an eyeful of a real-life severed head or Ted Bundy’s ice pick or the original wooden staircase from the “Demon House” in Gary, Indiana.

If you don’t have a stomach encased in iron and/or a Pepto Bismol I.V. drip handy, chances are that this truly unsettling journey will get your gut churning at some point.

Exploring over 30 rooms in this ornate, labyrinthine, 13,000 square-foot property originally built in 1938, we confront a mix of real-life horrors — a recreation of Robert Berdella’s torture chamber just might be the most disturbing thing we’ve ever witnessed — and the supernatural, from recordings of exorcisms to an encounter the Dybbuk Box, which some consider to be the world’s most haunted object.

You’ll see Jack Kevorkian’s Volkswagon van, where he assisted in hundreds of suicides, the shovel that Ed Gein used to dig up women’s corpses and maybe get a jump scare or two from a creepy clown — really, is there any other kind?

At two hours, this tour will test your mettle for the macabre.

Taxidermy items on display at Cemetery Pulp, a shop of oddities, comics and more, on Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS)
Taxidermy items on display at Cemetery Pulp, a shop of oddities, comics and more, on Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal/TNS) 

Cemetery Pulp

“Welcome to the Creepshow,” reads a small, foldable sign on the sidewalk out front, “a wondrous place where we will put your kidney in a jar and unattended children will be taught how to taxidermy the dog.”

That’s a fitting introduction to arguably Las Vegas’ most atypical store: Cemetery Pulp (3950 Sunset Road), the city’s first — and most likely only — combination oddities/comic book shop.

It’s the city’s self-anointed “home for the weird and nerdy.”

Oh, and the dead.



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