Welcome to the September 2019 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book reviews.
This month we're taking a break from new material while we're grabbing the last light of summer. So we're doing a retrospective "dark tourism" issue to highlight strange travel stories about strange places. Here's what we've got in store for you:
Chernobyl: Mutate and Survive by Tom Coote
Nearly thirty years after the nuclear power plant disaster at Chernobyl, both tourism and wildlife are thriving within the exclusion zone.
The Concrete Corpses of Cyprus by Darrin DuFord
Standing in the shadows of Cyprus' youngest ruins triggers both an aversion to political obstinacy and an appreciation of nature's relaxed style of reclaiming human-created structures.
A writer visiting the Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health, the historic building where One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest was filmed, tries to suppress her morbid curiosity.
Bring Your Daughter to the Torajan Slaughter in Indonesia by Marco Ferrarese
In the highlands of south Sulawesi, a fake bloodline helps a couple find more gore than they can stomach.
Complicated Crime and Punishment in Colombia - Tom Coote
Crime is way down in Colombia since the Pablo Escobar coke cartel days, but there's still an uneasy relationship with the police and an uncomfortable reverence for the slain kingpin.
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