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12th May '18 10:26:08 PM Scoutstr295
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* Yerba Buena, Mexico was an impoverished village that was gradually turned into the psychotic fiefdom of prostitute-turned-serial-killing-cult-leader [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Sol%C3%ADs Magdalena Solís]]. What started as a scam by two criminal brothers - who established themselves in the village as "Inca prophets" who could reward the locals with riches hidden in the nearby mountains - quite literally descended into a blood orgy when Solís became the cult's figurehead and developed a religious delusion. Under her control, at least eight people were killed in gruesome sacrifice rituals until police from a nearby city took back the village.

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* Yerba Buena, Mexico was an impoverished village that was gradually turned into the psychotic fiefdom of prostitute-turned-serial-killing-cult-leader [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Sol%C3%ADs Magdalena Solís]]. What started as a scam by two criminal con artist brothers - who established themselves in the village as "Inca prophets" who could reward the locals with riches hidden in the nearby mountains in exchange for worship and tributes - quite literally descended into a blood orgy when Solís became the cult's figurehead and developed a religious delusion. Under her control, at least eight people were killed in gruesome sacrifice rituals until police from a nearby city took back the village.
12th May '18 10:24:39 PM Scoutstr295
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* Yerba Buena, Mexico was an impoverished village that was gradually turned into the psychotic fiefdom of prostitute-turned-serial-killing-cult-leader [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Sol%C3%ADs Magdalena Solís]. What started as a scam by two criminal brothers - who established themselves in the village as "Inca prophets" who could reward the locals with riches hidden in the nearby mountains - quite literally descended into a blood orgy when Solís became the cult's figurehead and developed a religious delusion. Under her control, at least eight people were killed in gruesome sacrifice rituals until police from a nearby city took back the village.

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* Yerba Buena, Mexico was an impoverished village that was gradually turned into the psychotic fiefdom of prostitute-turned-serial-killing-cult-leader [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Sol%C3%ADs Magdalena Solís].Solís]]. What started as a scam by two criminal brothers - who established themselves in the village as "Inca prophets" who could reward the locals with riches hidden in the nearby mountains - quite literally descended into a blood orgy when Solís became the cult's figurehead and developed a religious delusion. Under her control, at least eight people were killed in gruesome sacrifice rituals until police from a nearby city took back the village.
12th May '18 10:24:00 PM Scoutstr295
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* Yerba Buena, Mexico was an impoverished village that was gradually turned into the psychotic fiefdom of prostitute-turned-serial-killing-cult-leader [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalena_Sol%C3%ADs Magdalena Solís]. What started as a scam by two criminal brothers - who established themselves in the village as "Inca prophets" who could reward the locals with riches hidden in the nearby mountains - quite literally descended into a blood orgy when Solís became the cult's figurehead and developed a religious delusion. Under her control, at least eight people were killed in gruesome sacrifice rituals until police from a nearby city took back the village.
2nd May '18 5:30:06 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' uses the town of Innsmouth from the CthulhuMythos (see the Literature folder).

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' uses the town of Innsmouth from the CthulhuMythos Literature/CthulhuMythos (see the Literature folder).



* ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'': The original [[CthulhuMythos Innsmouth]], an early example of this trope, was a decaying hovel of mutants and secret cults. In ''Shadowgirls'', however, its modern-day incarnation appears to be a perfectly ordinary coastal town. But don't let appearances fool you: [[spoiler: the Esoteric Order of Dagon still controls most of the government and Deep Ones lurk off the coast]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Shadowgirls}}'': The original [[CthulhuMythos [[Literature/CthulhuMythos Innsmouth]], an early example of this trope, was a decaying hovel of mutants and secret cults. In ''Shadowgirls'', however, its modern-day incarnation appears to be a perfectly ordinary coastal town. But don't let appearances fool you: [[spoiler: the Esoteric Order of Dagon still controls most of the government and Deep Ones lurk off the coast]].
2nd May '18 5:01:04 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', Illmarsh is pretty much [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth Innsmouth]] with worse relations between humans and monsters. A colony of skum live at the bottom of the nearby lake and force the town to [[MarsNeedsWomen give them its women to reproduce]].
20th Apr '18 6:54:07 PM wuggles
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* In ''Requiem'', the Welsh town of Penllynth falls into this. When Matilda visits the town after finding her mother may have a connection to a local child who went missing two decades ago.

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* In ''Requiem'', the Welsh town of Penllynth falls into this. When this, when Matilda visits the town after finding her mother may have a connection to a local child who went missing two decades ago.ago. [[spoiler: By the end of the season the only thing we know for sure is that Matilda is probably the missing child.]]
14th Apr '18 10:17:48 PM jormis29
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* ''[[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlantis II: Milo's Return]]'' has an effectively creepy and chilling version of this which could come straight out of LovecraftCountry: the first tale in the arc consists of a constantly foggy, frigid Norwegian town where all the townsfolk seem to be hypnotized, brainwashed, or under a spell. If the [[NightmareFuel constantly bulging eyes, monotonous voices, and deathly pale skin]] doesn't scare you enough, the so-called leader of the town is [[spoiler:secretly in league with a Kraken, linked to it through some form of telepathic connection which grants him [[ImmortalityImmorality eternal life and power]], as long as he continues to sacrifice hapless travelers to his master/slave. (The...relationship is never quite pinned down as to who really controls whom.)]] And in what may be a clear homage to, or at least an echo, of ''Shadow over Innsmouth'', after the villain and the Kraken are eliminated and peace, sunshine, and happiness return to the townsfolk, a deleted alternate ending shows the innkeeper with her baby...[[spoiler:which extends a Chthulu-like tentacle out of its blanket to caress her cheek, while she lovingly coos and starts talking about it 'growing up big and strong'. Whether this implies FaceFullOfAlienWingWong or simple BodyHorror is up to the viewer to decide]].

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* ''[[Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire Atlantis II: Milo's Return]]'' ''Disney/AtlantisMilosReturn'' has an effectively creepy and chilling version of this which could come straight out of LovecraftCountry: the first tale in the arc consists of a constantly foggy, frigid Norwegian town where all the townsfolk seem to be hypnotized, brainwashed, or under a spell. If the [[NightmareFuel constantly bulging eyes, monotonous voices, and deathly pale skin]] doesn't scare you enough, the so-called leader of the town is [[spoiler:secretly in league with a Kraken, linked to it through some form of telepathic connection which grants him [[ImmortalityImmorality eternal life and power]], as long as he continues to sacrifice hapless travelers to his master/slave. (The...relationship is never quite pinned down as to who really controls whom.)]] And in what may be a clear homage to, or at least an echo, of ''Shadow over Innsmouth'', after the villain and the Kraken are eliminated and peace, sunshine, and happiness return to the townsfolk, a deleted alternate ending shows the innkeeper with her baby...[[spoiler:which extends a Chthulu-like tentacle out of its blanket to caress her cheek, while she lovingly coos and starts talking about it 'growing up big and strong'. Whether this implies FaceFullOfAlienWingWong or simple BodyHorror is up to the viewer to decide]].
4th Apr '18 4:22:50 PM Scoutstr295
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** His best known peculiar little towns are Derry (''Literature/{{IT}}'') and Castle Rock (good number of stories), [[LovecraftCountry both in Maine]], which tend to redline the weird-shit-o-meter on a regular basis. In the end, [[spoiler: Castle Rock is destroyed, which is probably for the best]]. Castle Rock [[spoiler: is destroyed by a ''visiting'' evil that took advantage of the secrets and flaws of many of the townspeople so that it could take their souls]].
** Haven -- which is near Derry, in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. It starts off as a normal town, but becomes this trope when the alien spaceship is first unearthed and slowly makes everyone crazy and obsessed with it.
** The town Jerusalem's Lot from ''Literature/SalemsLot''. [[spoiler: It's had a family of gangsters that worships demons and consorts with vampires. One of these vampires comes to town and then it really has a dark secret. By the end, the whole town is undead except for the protagonists who burn the town down and leave. A couple of later short stories by King reveal that burning down the town only temporarily halted the vampires.]] And it's hinted throughout both the novel and the prequel story that we ''still'' don't know the worst of its secrets.
** The townsfolk in ''Rainy Season'' [[CassandraTruth try to warn people about]] their annual "bad weather problem," because warning the newcomers is part of the tradition. [[spoiler: As is the inevitable death of the newcomers -- always a young man and woman.]]
** The residents of Ludlow, Maine keep the secret of the ''real'' ''Literature/PetSematary'', the Wendigo, and what lies beyond the deadfall...

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** His best known peculiar little towns are Derry (''Literature/{{IT}}'') and Castle Rock (good number of stories), [[LovecraftCountry both in Maine]], which tend to redline the weird-shit-o-meter on a regular basis. In the end, [[spoiler: Castle Rock is Derry [[spoiler:is destroyed, which is probably for the best]]. Castle Rock [[spoiler: is destroyed by a ''visiting'' evil that took advantage of the secrets and flaws of many of the townspeople so that it could take their souls]].
** Haven -- Haven, which is near Derry, in ''Literature/TheTommyknockers''. It starts off as a normal town, but becomes this trope when the alien spaceship is first unearthed and slowly makes everyone crazy and obsessed with it.
** The town Jerusalem's Lot from ''Literature/SalemsLot''. [[spoiler: It's had a family of gangsters that worships worshiped demons and consorts consorted with vampires. One of these vampires comes to town and then it really ''really'' has a dark secret. By the end, the whole town is undead except for the protagonists protagonists, who burn the town down and leave. A couple of later short stories by King reveal that burning the Lot down the town only temporarily halted the vampires.]] And it's hinted throughout both the novel and the prequel story that we ''still'' don't know the worst of its secrets.
** The townsfolk Willow's inhabitants in ''Rainy Season'' [[CassandraTruth try to warn people about]] their annual "bad weather problem," because warning the newcomers is part of the tradition. [[spoiler: As is the inevitable death of the newcomers -- always a young man and woman.]]
** The residents of Ludlow, Maine keep Ludlow has the secret of the ''real'' ''Literature/PetSematary'', the Wendigo, and what lies beyond the deadfall...deadfall...
** Little Tall Island has a couple. In ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne'', it's the decades-long mystery following the death of Dolores' husband. In ''TV/StormOfTheCentury'' it's the fact that [[spoiler:the entire town surrendered one of their children (the police chief's son, no less) to a visiting demon to save themselves.]]
4th Apr '18 4:11:57 PM Scoutstr295
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* Erwin, Tennessee is primarily known as the location for one of the most bizarre and notorious of animal abuse in history, when Mary the Elephant was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant) hanged with a construction crane]] as its "sentence" for killing a circus trainer.

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* Erwin, Tennessee is primarily known as the location for one of the most bizarre and notorious cases of animal abuse in history, when Mary the Elephant was [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_(elephant) hanged with a construction crane]] as its "sentence" for killing a circus trainer.
4th Apr '18 4:09:40 PM Scoutstr295
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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued]] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.

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* Bardstown, Kentucky has been [[https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bardstown-kentucky-deaths_us_583dee13e4b0ae0e7cda6e3a plagued]] in recent years by a string of as-of-now unsolved murders, starting with the 2014 ambush and shooting death of local police officer Jason Ellis. The resulting saga that turned suspicion towards toward an alleged criminal ring and corruption in the city government.
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