History Main / LovecraftCountry

8th Dec '16 6:12:07 AM Nautilus1
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Lovecraft Country is a dark, twisted version of [[{{Arcadia}} rural New England]] as used as a setting for horror fiction. Named for the author Creator/HPLovecraft -- a native of Rhode Island -- who wrote a number of tales set in a New England milieu, usually small isolated towns that look [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere boring and mediocre]] at first but [[TownWithADarkSecret are actually dark and foreboding on the inside]], populated by hostile and [[CorruptHick corrupt (in several ways) hicks]] that often are not quite human, twisted by the influence of ancient horrors and [[EldritchAbomination extradimensional aliens]] (and [[KissingCousins generations of inbreeding]]).

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Lovecraft Country is a dark, twisted version of [[{{Arcadia}} rural New England]] as used as a setting for horror fiction. Named for the author Creator/HPLovecraft -- a native of Rhode Island Island, [[{{Irony}} where there were no places named after him until 2013]] -- who wrote a number of tales set in a New England milieu, usually small isolated towns that look [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere boring and mediocre]] at first but [[TownWithADarkSecret are actually dark and foreboding on the inside]], populated by hostile and [[CorruptHick corrupt (in several ways) hicks]] that often are not quite human, twisted by the influence of ancient horrors and [[EldritchAbomination extradimensional aliens]] (and [[KissingCousins generations of inbreeding]]).
20th Nov '16 12:23:34 PM StFan
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* ''StormOfTheCentury'' was a Creator/StephenKing miniseries set on Little Tall Island (a central character in ''Series/KingdomHospital'' evidently came from there). Apart from a veritable brew of dark secrets, much of the town engaged in a pact with darkness.
* Many of the Sci-Fi horrors on ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' crop up in Massachusetts or Upstate New York milieus that would be right at home with Lovecraft or King, although they just as often pop up in urban areas as well.

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* ''StormOfTheCentury'' ''Series/StormOfTheCentury'' was a Creator/StephenKing miniseries set on Little Tall Island (a central character in ''Series/KingdomHospital'' evidently came from there). Apart from a veritable brew of dark secrets, much of the town engaged in a pact with darkness.
* Many of the Sci-Fi horrors on ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' crop up in Massachusetts or Upstate New York milieus that would be right at home with Lovecraft or King, although they just as often pop up in urban areas as well.
20th Nov '16 12:21:57 PM StFan
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Most examples are [[{{Literature}} literary]], as successful adaptations to other media are seldom seen.

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Most examples are [[{{Literature}} literary]], {{Litera|ture}}ry, as successful adaptations to other media are seldom seen.seen.



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* The stories of Creator/HPLovecraft more or less created this setting, including the fictitious Massachusetts towns of Arkham, Dunwich and Innsmouth. Lovecraft's stories, together with writings by other authors set in the same universe, are collectively known as the ''CthulhuMythos'', after one of the [[EldritchAbomination nightmarish deities]] that occur in the setting.

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* The stories of Creator/HPLovecraft more or less created this setting, including the fictitious Massachusetts towns of Arkham, Dunwich and Innsmouth. Lovecraft's stories, together with writings by other authors set in the same universe, are collectively known as the ''CthulhuMythos'', ''Literature/CthulhuMythos'', after one of the [[EldritchAbomination nightmarish deities]] that occur in the setting.



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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' Expansion, ''Point Lookout'' is set in the actual area of the same name in Maryland, lost to time for 200 years. Includes shoutouts not only to the original CthulhuMythos, but to the PC game ''The Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth'', also published (though not made) by Bethesda.

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The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' Expansion, ''Point Lookout'' is set in the actual area of the same name in Maryland, lost to time for 200 years. Includes shoutouts not only to the original CthulhuMythos, but to the PC game ''The Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth'', also published (though not made) by Bethesda.



* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' ** ''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. 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.



* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse: [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]], although canonically set in New Hampshire, is an easy walk from Dunwich - appropriate, given that the main character of ''The Dunwich Horror'' was named Wilbur Whateley - and a nice drive from Arkham. Even closer are a variety of Class X sites so Lovecraftian and dangerous that even superpowered mutants can't deal with what's there. There's even a truly horrific site in the campus sewer system.

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* The Literature/WhateleyUniverse: ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]], although canonically set in New Hampshire, is an easy walk from Dunwich - appropriate, given that the main character of ''The Dunwich Horror'' was named Wilbur Whateley - and a nice drive from Arkham. Even closer are a variety of Class X sites so Lovecraftian and dangerous that even superpowered mutants can't deal with what's there. There's even a truly horrific site in the campus sewer system.



* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1936 1936]] was the New England town of Daleport that has since become a battlefield for numerous {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.

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* [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.''Wiki/SCPFoundation'': [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1936 1936]] SCP-1936]] was the New England town of Daleport that has since become a battlefield for numerous {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.



* ''ScoobyDoo'' seems to be set a lot in Lovecraft Country.

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* ''ScoobyDoo'' ''Franchiseµ/ScoobyDoo'' seems to be set a lot in Lovecraft Country.



* "Lovecraft Country" in a broad sense can refer to any generic rural New England setting (i.e. Stephen King's stories set in backwoods Maine), but if you want to get technical, the fictional locations in Lovecraft's stories which spawned this name are all concentrated in ''northeastern'' Massachusetts. Yes this overlaps with Salem, near the coast, but some of the other famous fictional locations like Dunwich were located a bit more north-central: deeper into the interior in the backwoods, not near the more densely settled and populous coasts (not near Boston). Western Massachusetts doesn't count by the way, the Connecticut River Valley through the Appalachians is also heavily populated - Lovecraft Country is isolated in the middle of the woods.

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* "Lovecraft Country" in a broad sense can refer to any generic rural New England setting (i.e. Stephen King's stories set in backwoods Maine), but if you want to get technical, the fictional locations in Lovecraft's stories which spawned this name are all concentrated in ''northeastern'' Massachusetts. Yes this overlaps with Salem, near the coast, but some of the other famous fictional locations like Dunwich were located a bit more north-central: deeper into the interior in the backwoods, not near the more densely settled and populous coasts (not near Boston). Western Massachusetts doesn't count by the way, the Connecticut River Valley through the Appalachians is also heavily populated - -- Lovecraft Country is isolated in the middle of the woods.









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9th Nov '16 1:37:23 PM smilesriles
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* BellinghamTerror uses this trope to the hilt, although it is set during TheGreatDepression in TheOtherRainforest, the mood and monsters fit perfectly.

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* BellinghamTerror ''Radio/BellinghamTerror'' uses this trope to the hilt, although it is set during TheGreatDepression in TheOtherRainforest, the mood and monsters fit perfectly.
9th Nov '16 1:36:03 PM smilesriles
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* BellinghamTerror is absolutely uses this trope to the hilt, although it is set during TheGreatDepression in TheOtherRainforest, the mood and monsters fit perfectly.

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* BellinghamTerror is absolutely uses this trope to the hilt, although it is set during TheGreatDepression in TheOtherRainforest, the mood and monsters fit perfectly.
9th Nov '16 1:32:06 PM nombretomado
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* JonathanCoulton arguably parodies the trope by placing the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWliiRKi4p0 upscale suburb of Brookline, Mass.]] squarely in Lovecraft Country.

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* JonathanCoulton Music/JonathanCoulton arguably parodies the trope by placing the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWliiRKi4p0 upscale suburb of Brookline, Mass.]] squarely in Lovecraft Country.
9th Nov '16 1:28:15 PM smilesriles
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9th Nov '16 1:20:54 PM smilesriles
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* BellinghamTerror is absolutely uses this trope to the hilt, although it is set during TheGreatDepression in TheOtherRainforest, the mood and monsters fit perfectly.
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4th Nov '16 11:14:59 PM Bleazy02
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* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', the titular town is set in a sort of this trope; utter strangeness and mysteries abound, from otherworldly creatures to rifts between dimensions. This weirdness and the characters that try to explain it is the essence of the cartoons plot.
4th Nov '16 11:09:06 PM Bleazy02
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Oregon also tends to act as a mild form of Lovecraft country, largely due to it's environment of heavy rain, [[OminousFog eerie fog]], and dense pine trees, the prevalence of such strange locations as tourist traps, and general remoteness of said locations, in addition to the eccentric cultures that Oregon and surrounding states have. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Portland_Weird Keep Portland Weird indeed]].
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