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22nd May '16 8:58:51 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* ''Videogame/SilentHill'' is apparently supposed to be located in New England. Even stranger, the movie adaption takes place in West Virginia. The screenplay adaptation was inspired in part by the real life ghost town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]]. Once a coal mining town, it was abandoned when an underground coal vein caught on fire and could not be put out, resulting in amongst other things a constant haze of smoke that ''did'' put out a Silent Hill vibe. Centralia started burning in the early 60s and is still on fire (underground) today.

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* ''Videogame/SilentHill'' ''Franchise/SilentHill'' is apparently supposed to be located in New England. Even stranger, the movie adaption takes place in West Virginia. The screenplay adaptation was inspired in part by the real life ghost town of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania]]. Once a coal mining town, it was abandoned when an underground coal vein caught on fire and could not be put out, resulting in amongst other things a constant haze of smoke that ''did'' put out a Silent Hill vibe. Centralia started burning in the early 60s and is still on fire (underground) today.



* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' which inherits the setting from ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' proper.

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* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' which inherits the setting from ''VideoGame/SilentHill'' ''Franchise/SilentHill'' proper.
21st May '16 3:45:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* Stephen Vincent Benet's ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', which uses yet another variation on this theme, takes place in New Hampshire.

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* Stephen Vincent Benet's ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', which uses yet another variation on this theme, takes place in New Hampshire.
20th May '16 9:11:13 AM Hanz
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' is set entirely in what was once Massachusetts and Boston, now known as the Commonwealth. The wasteland can really project this vibe on particularly foggy or rainy mornings, be it in the forests or by the coast.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' is set entirely in what was once Massachusetts and Boston, now known as the Commonwealth. The wasteland can really project this vibe on particularly foggy or rainy mornings, be it in the forests or by the coast. The Far Harbor DLC takes you even further up north, where the mysterious fog has resulted in even more dangerous creatures as well as the presence of the Children of Atom cult.
9th Apr '16 1:19:04 PM Homoaesthete
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* Jordan L. Hawk's m/m romance/fantasy/horror/mystery mashup novel "Widdershins" is a conscious tribute to Lovecraft Country, and name checks Arkham at one point.
8th Apr '16 1:54:32 PM margdean56
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Milder versions of this can be found in other types of horror. The setting trend was then continued by Creator/StephenKing, a more contemporary famous American horror writer, although he sets his stories in Maine as opposed to Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In fact you could divide it into southern New England being Lovecraft territory and northern New England as King country. If you don't want as many New England accents, [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState upstate New York]] or the [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Pine Barrens]] will do, although it probably won't be quite as Eldritch; New Jersey variants are particularly likely to be lighthearted or played for laughs, because, hey, ''[[{{Joisey}} Jersey]]''. As for why this area seems to attract so much horror fiction (asides from Lovecraft and King [[WriteWhatYouKnow writing what they knew]] and other writers [[FollowTheLeader following the leader]])... if you ever go to New England in autumn or winter, you'll find it quite scenic during the day (the fall foliage is a major tourist magnet, as are the region's abundant ski resorts), but the sun sets early and it gets dark, cold, and spooky fast. The [[WitchHunt Salem Witch Trials]] probably also have a role to play (cf. SalemIsWitchCountry).

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Milder versions of this can be found in other types of horror. The setting trend was then continued by Creator/StephenKing, a more contemporary famous American horror writer, although he sets his stories in Maine as opposed to Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In fact you could divide it into southern New England being Lovecraft territory and northern New England as King country. If you don't want as many New England accents, [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState upstate New York]] or the [[UsefulNotes/NewJersey Pine Barrens]] will do, although it probably won't be quite as Eldritch; New Jersey variants are particularly likely to be lighthearted or played for laughs, because, hey, ''[[{{Joisey}} Jersey]]''. As for why this area seems to attract so much horror fiction (asides (aside from Lovecraft and King [[WriteWhatYouKnow writing what they knew]] and other writers [[FollowTheLeader following the leader]])... if you ever go to New England in autumn or winter, you'll find it quite scenic during the day (the fall foliage is a major tourist magnet, as are the region's abundant ski resorts), but the sun sets early and it gets dark, cold, and spooky fast. The [[WitchHunt Salem Witch Trials]] probably also have a role to play (cf. SalemIsWitchCountry).
4th Mar '16 4:54:04 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer]] and [[TheMistress his whore]]\\

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[[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer]] adulterer and [[TheMistress his whore]]\\
27th Feb '16 12:14:17 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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[[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer and his whore]]\\

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[[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer adulterer]] and [[TheMistress his whore]]\\
22nd Feb '16 12:47:52 AM mirisu92
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This setting has certain common points with the DeepSouth despite stereotypes, the New England hills house plenty of billies with necks as red as you'll find anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The depiction could be construed as condescending and offensive to those who live in such environs, but there are two important differences: In Lovecraft country, evil and corruption is mostly supernatural in origin, and the setting is solely used for horror stories. American TV can depict a rural New England that is not Lovecraft Country, but the rural South is almost always the DeepSouth, unless the author is southern himself.

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This setting has certain common points with the DeepSouth despite stereotypes, the New England hills house plenty of billies with necks as red as you'll find anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The depiction could be construed as condescending and offensive to those who live in such environs, but there are two important differences: In Lovecraft country, evil and corruption is mostly supernatural ([[ValuesDissonance and racial]]) in origin, and the setting is solely used for horror stories. American TV can depict a rural New England that is not Lovecraft Country, but the rural South is almost always the DeepSouth, unless the author is southern himself.
20th Jan '16 10:11:58 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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--> There's nowhere else to live\\
--> With the writer\\
--> {{The alcoholic}}, too\\
--> [[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer and his whore]]\\
--> Some dumb rednecks\\
--> A disappointing resolution\\
--> Here in Stephen King's Maine!''

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--> There's nowhere else to live\\
--> With the writer\\
--> {{The alcoholic}}, too\\
--> [[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer and his whore]]\\
--> Some dumb rednecks\\
--> A disappointing resolution\\
--> Here in Stephen King's Maine!''
20th Jan '16 10:11:09 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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--> ''The people live in Maine, of course\\
--> There's nowhere else to live\\
--> With the writer\\
--> {{The alcoholic}}, too\\
--> [[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer and his whore]]\\
--> Some dumb rednecks\\
--> A disappointing resolution\\
--> Here in Stephen King's Maine!''
--->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' (sung to the tune of the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' theme song)
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