Hollows Grove Plot Summary
A young filmmaker, Harold Maxwell, is filming a behind-the-scenes documentary about his friends – the Spirit and Paranormal Investigation Team (S.P.I.T) and their ghost hunting reality show. Harold joins the S.P.I.T crew as they head out to their next assignment, to film an old, abandoned and supposedly haunted orphanage, Hollows Grove. Soon after arriving at the orphanage the team begins to realize that what they thought would be a routine investigation is turning into a nightmare from which they can’t escape.
Hollows Grove History
John Wilhemet Hollows was born into the wealthy Hollows family of Yorkshire in 1884. The Hollows family amassed their fortune in the textile industry. John, the youngest of four siblings, developed a reputation as an eccentric. As a young man he studied all aspects of the afterlife, including taxidermy and mortuary science. Bored with his affluent family, John journeyed to America seeking adventure. Eager to establish a social circle, John courted the East Coast upper crust. Once he gained their favor, he founded The Hollows Lodge. At this private club, John and his society friends took up philanthropic causes. They created The Angel’s League Food Kitchen which gave food to the poor, and an orphanage, called Hollows Grove, in honor of its main trustee. The Hollows Mansion was built shortly after John’s arrival in the country. The mansion was said to be magnificent by all who were privileged enough to pass through its massive iron gates. The Mansion, which sat on four acres, reportedly had a lavish interior with rare woods and elegant decorations, including ornate molding and gold leaf wall murals.
Over time, John’s fascination in the afterlife took a darker turn and his interest turned to the occult. He became drawn to the writings of Algernon Blackwood, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Rasputin. He also befriended the infamous, British occultist, Aleister Crowley. John’s personality changed from a simple eccentric to a malevolent fanatic of the dark arts. Rumors abounded that John would hold séances at the mansion, and sacrifices (animal and possibly human) occurred on a hidden altar located somewhere on his property. It was also around this time that some of homeless who visited The Angel’s League Food Kitchen, as well as children from the orphanage went missing. News of these strange happenings quickly spread.
A scared public pleaded with local governance to investigate their suspicions of what was happening on the Hollows estate. Right before a police investigation began, John mysteriously disappeared. The police searched the Hollows Mansion and their discoveries were startling. There were gruesome paintings made from human blood and other bodily fluids, as well as the charred remains of animals and humans.
The Hollows Mansion was immediately closed by authorities.
The Hollows Mansion was to be turned into a tourist attraction, but surveys by both colleges and historical preservationists resulted in numerous, unexplained tragedies. These include several missing students, as well as deaths of three preservationists. A visit from the A.H.H.S. (American Haunted House Society) has deemed Hollows Mansion as the number one haunted building in the U.S. The A.H.H.S. has asked that the building be destroyed, as it carries nothing but evil within its walls.
“Don’t be scared of the darkness, let its cold embrace comfort you”
— John W. Hollows (Addressing the Hollows Lodge 1933)