The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
West Virginia State Penitentiary
The penitentiary has appeared in books, movies, and television programs. Moundsville native Davis Grubb set his 1953 novel "The Night of the Hunter" in Moundsville. The novel was later adapted into a film, "The Night of the Hunter," directed by Charles Laughton and James Agee and starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters. Grubb also set his novel Fools' Parade in Moundsville. The novel was adapted into the 1971 film "Fools' Parade," starring James Stewart, Kurt Russell, and George Kennedy. In 2000, MTV debuted a show, "Fear," at the prison. Syfy's show "Ghost Hunters" and ABC Family’s "Scariest Places on Earth" featured the penitentiary in 2006, and the Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures" in 2008. A&E Television's "Paranormal State" and Discovery Channel's "Ghost Lab" have more recently toured the facility.