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Netherworld nightmares feature gargoyles, zombies

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

It's been voted the No. 1 haunted house by USA Today, HauntWorld magazine and Fangoria magazine.

And it's right here in Gwinnett.

Now in its 14th season, Netherworld brings the stuff of nightmares to life each Halloween with two haunted houses intended to frighten and entertain.

This year, gargoyles have joined the legion of unearthly creatures Netherworld has spawned. The grotesque, stonelike creatures have taken over the main haunt, where guests are ushered in unaware if what they're seeing is real or simply a stone statue -- until they move.

The downstairs haunt, Dead Salvage, is where the sinister and deformed genius known as the Mangler, a character that made his Netherworld debut in 2008, has set up shop to build an army of monstrous zombies -- undead weapons he calls Death Machines -- to protect him. Guests are invited to brave the indoor junkyard that has become the Mangler's hideout and lab to see if they can escape without becoming one of his grisly experiments.

Netherworld located at 6624 Dawson Blvd. in Norcross will be open to the public from 7 p.m. to midnight today through Sunday. Admission is $27 for both attractions or $22 for the main haunt. For more information, call 404-608-2484 or visit www.fearworld.com.