Photo: Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star
Every Halloween, Anniston Star photographer Bill Wilson goes hunting for haunted houses. His photographs of old, abandoned homeplaces are haunted by memories. Over the years, most of his favorite spooky houses have burned down, or been torn down. This year, he photographed a house that was built in 1836, its interiors remarkably intact. “It was like stepping into a time capsule,” Wilson said. The wallpaper may not have been the only thing from the past that was still inside the house.
While taking photographs inside this 1836 house, Anniston Star photographer Bill Wilson felt a presence in an upstairs room. He felt heavy, “like everything weighed 100 pounds more.” He aimed his camera at what he thought was a pile of ashes in a fireplace. Looking closer, he discovered not ashes, but bird skeletons — hundreds and hundreds of tiny, delicate skulls. When he stepped back to his camera, he discovered that something besides him had changed the settings.