One of the best things I discovered in her book was a link to a Pinterest board she created of creepy settings to inspire writers. From abandoned factories to shipwrecks, there are over 100 images sure to get any writer's creative juices flowing.
One image that stayed with me is the one on the left. The caption states, "A boy left his bike chained to a tree when he went away to war in 1914. He never returned, leaving the tree no choice but to grow around the bike. Incredible that this bike has been there for 98 years now!" It's an interesting story, but not true. The real story can be found here. The Vashon Island bike in the tree has inspired other stories though, including Berkeley Breathed's Red Ranger Came Calling.
I can sense a story waiting to be written in that image too. Imagine walking by the tree and hearing the bike bell ring or seeing the wheel spin or wobble. What about a spectral form riding down a lane that vanishes at the tree? Great stuff!
If you like writing stories with a creepy slant, check out the board to see what inspires you.