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->''Arkham, Dunwich\\
Arkham, Dunwich\\
Filled with haunting fears\\
Neighbors who hide up in the attic\\
Inbreeding happily for years.''
-->-- ''ShoggothOnTheRoof''

'''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 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]]).

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. 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. 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).

This setting has certain common points with the DeepSouth, in that 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.

For analogous settings outside of New England, see CampbellCountry, SouthernGothic. Compare and contrast HollywoodNewEngland.

Most examples are [[{{Literature}} literary]], as successful adaptations to other media are seldom seen.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* If you extend Lovecraft Country to include UsefulNotes/NewJersey, Gotham City of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' fame certainly counts. In fact, Arkham Asylum, the CardboardPrison all of Batman's villains end up in, is named after one of Lovecraft's towns.
* Much of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' craziness takes place in New York. Including the ancient evil of the N'Gari. One of their entrance points into our realm happened to be on Xavier's property. Oops.
* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'''s "New Traveler's Almanac", New England, as well as the Connecticut-New York-New Jersey area, are specified as hotbeds of disturbing supernatural phenomena. Naturally, this is in direct reference to the setting favored by Lovecraft, but it's also a byproduct of the fact that, as there were many more writers from that area than elsewhere in the US at the time the story takes place, there were also more stories set there in general.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Although not strictly Lovecraftian, the film ''Film/SleepyHollow'', being a loose adaptation of an 1819 horror story by Washington Irving, features a milieu that has much in common with Lovecraft Country. The film includes supernatural horrors, witchcraft and the cinematographic technique of using a blue camera filter to make everything seem bleaker in an isolated small town in early 19th century New York. This version's Ichabod Crane is a classic Lovecraftian protagonist in both origin and behavior.
* The horror film ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' is set in the woods of Maryland -- a bit south for Lovecraft Country, but it worked.
* ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror'' is an allegedly true story about a haunted house in New York.
* ''Film/InTheMouthOfMadness'', an Creator/HPLovecraft homage, is set primarily in New Hampshire or on the road to that state.
* ''Film/{{Cthulhu}}'' is set in the Pacific Northwest, but it's mentioned that the town's founders originally came from New England, bringing their cult with them.
* The 2001 film ''Film/{{Dagon}}'' transplants Innsmouth to Imboca, a town on the coast of Galicia in Spain. It's still Lovecraft Country, just made safely foreign for American audiences.
* ''Film/{{YellowBrickRoad}}'' is a horror film set primarily in a vast New Hampshire woodland where the population of an entire town committed suicide.
* ''Film/TheInnkeepers'' takes place at a haunted hotel in Connecticut.
* ''TheStepfordWives'' has a sci-fi variant on the idea, with Connecticut being home to a sleepy suburb where women are replaced with robotic servants for their husbands' pleasure (or in the 2004 remake, [[spoiler:[[{{Brainwashed}} turned into such]]]]).
* ''Film/TheHaunting1963'' takes place in an unspecified isolated part of New England. The author of the original book (see ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse'' below) lived in Vermont.
* ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'', being an Main/AffectionateParody of the horror genre, is obviously set in Massachusetts.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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.
** "The Picture in the House" is probably the first in his Lovecraft Country series of books, and the first to mention both Arkham and the Miskatonic River. It begins by introducing readers to Lovecraft Country:
-->"Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places. For them are [[AncientTomb the catacombs of Ptolemais, and the carven mausolea of the nightmare countries.]] They climb to the moonlit towers of [[HauntedCastle ruined Rhine castles]], and falter down black [[CobwebJungle cobwebbed]] steps [[RuinsForRuinsSake beneath the scattered stones]] of forgotten cities in Asia. [[TheLostWoods The haunted wood]] and the [[Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness desolate mountain]] are their shrines, and they linger around the sinister monoliths on [[DesertedIsland uninhabited islands.]] [[AvertedTrope But the true epicure of the terrible]], to whom a new thrill of unutterable ghastliness is the chief end and justification of existence, esteem most of all the ancient, lonely farmhouses of backwoods New England; for there the dark elements of strength, solitude, grotesqueness, and ignorance combine to form the perfection of the hideous."
** Most of the locations mentioned above are in fact based on real-life places:
*** Arkham is Salem, albeit a bit further west (and possibly the nearby town of Danvers as well, as it was [[IstanbulNotConstantinople originally a part of Salem]] and in Lovecraft's own time, home to an iconic [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers_State_Hospital state mental institution]].)
*** [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth Innsmouth]] is Newburyport.
**** TheShadowOverInnsmouth opens in Newburyport, after which the protagonist travels south to Innsmouth. The physical description and lack of Plum Island implies that Innsmouth is south of Ipswich, and not really large enough to be any of the real towns.
*** Kingsport is Marblehead.
*** [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Dunwich]] may be Athol, Wilbraham, the lost town of Greenwich, or any number of other towns in the Pioneer Valley; ''The Colour Out of Space'' was inspired by the flooding of Greenwich for the Quabbin Reservoir.
*** The Miskatonic is the Merrimack river.
*** The leading candidate for the real world basis of Lovecraft's fictional Miskatonic University is Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Fittingly enough, Brown's John Hay Library houses Lovecraft's papers.
** To say nothing of the fact that several of his stories were set in real New England locations: "The Whisperer In the Darkness" uses the real towns of Brattleboro and Townshend in Vermont, and "Pickman's Model" is set in Boston.
** [[http://cthulhufiles.com/arkham.htm Lovecraft's map may help.]]
* The overwhelming majority of Creator/StephenKing's stories are set in Lovecraft Country, though mostly in Maine, whereas Lovecraft set most of his stories in his own Rhode Island or in nearby Massachusetts. This is because [[WriteWhatYouKnow King is a Maine native]]. Not only is Maine Lovecraft Country according to Creator/StephenKing, he [[WordOfGod specifically pinpoints]] the source of all related supernatural weirdness in places such as the fictional town of Derry, Maine and -- er -- [[Franchise/TheDarkTower himself]].
* OlderThanRadio: Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" (1835) a short story set in [[LostWoods the woods]] outside [[TheColonialPeriod colonial]] Plymouth and involving [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the Devil himself]].
* Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The House Of The Seven Gables'' is a gothic haunted house story that takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, and according to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} was apparently a big influence on Lovecraft's writings.
* ''RipVanWinkle'', ''TheLegendOfSleepyHollow'' and other Washington Irving stories, if you push the definition to include upstate New York. "The Devil and Tom Walker" would be a good example as well as, like "Young Goodman Brown," it has a theme of Puritans seeking out {{Satan}} en masse.
* Stephen Vincent Benet's ''TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', which uses yet another variation on this theme, takes place in New Hampshire.
* Creator/ShirleyJackson's works, including "Literature/TheLottery", ''Literature/TheHauntingOfHillHouse'', and ''Literature/WeHaveAlwaysLivedInTheCastle'' don't specify a location, but the author lived most of her adult life in Vermont, and the stories do have the requisite flinty creepiness.
* Bedford, Maine in Carrie Jones's YA novel ''Need'' is a GenreSavvy version of this, with main character Zara frequently mentioning how the surroundings seem like something straight out of a Stephen King novel.
* Joseph Citro wrote several horror novels set in various parts of Vermont, and has actually written several non-fiction books about the state's ghost lore and monster legends.
* The first ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' book has a rather creepy scene in rural {{Joisey}} at a [[WaxMuseumMorgue garden statue shop]] run by Medusa.
* There is a ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel by the name of ''Forever Autumn'' in which the Tenth Doctor and Martha visit the fictional New England town of Blackwood Falls. The fact that the town is [[spoiler:built on top of a Hervoken (ancient enemies of the Carrionites) spaceship]] means that Blackwood Falls has some serious Lovecraftian goings on. Bonus points for taking place around Halloween.
* Oxrun Station, Connecticut is the setting for a number of horror novels and short stories by the late Charles L. Grant, starting with 1978's ''Hour of the Oxrun Dead''. Oxrun has vengeful ghosts, mad scientists who raise the dead, and vampires, among other things. One difference from the norm is that where Lovecraft's towns were mostly poor and isolated, Oxrun is an UncannyVillage and affluent bedroom community. Half the men seem to work for New York banks and law firms.
* ''Body Toxic'' by Susanne Antonetta takes place in the Pine Barrens, though the eldritch atmosphere comes not from a supernatural source, but from several cases of industrial waste-dumping and nuclear accidents which [[GreenAesop pollute the area]] and slowly poison the unsuspecting citizens. The Jersey Devil does get some pagetime, though.
* ''[[Literature/{{The Red Tree 2009}} The Red Tree]]'' by Caitlin Kiernan is set in Rhode Island and references Lovecraft and New England's penchant for haunted legends.
* Creator/WHPugmire prefers CampbellCountry but occasionally sets a story in [[TheShadowOverInnsmouth Innsmouth]], [[TheDunwichHorror Dunwich]], or Kingsport.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KingdomHospital'', the U.S. remake of Lars Von Trier's excellent darkly humorous ghost story ''Series/{{Riget}}'' (known as ''The Kingdom'' to Anglos) is set in a New England hospital, possibly because the legacy of Lovecraft Country in fiction assured that it would be perceived as the most suitable locale, but also because the adapted screenplay was written by Creator/StephenKing.
* ''Series/DarkShadows'', the 1960s gothic soap opera about supernatural horrors, takes place in Collinsport, Maine. Clearly this town, with its witch trials and monsters, is to be found in Lovecraft Country.
* ''Series/{{Haven}}'' takes place in a New England town of the same name, where bizarre mysteries abound (and based on a Creator/StephenKing story to boot).
* ''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 ''{{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.
* The town of Storybrooke in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is located in Maine. Darkness quotient varies depending on the story arc.
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[[folder: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.
* John Perreault, in his song "The Ballad of Louis Wagner," tells the tale of the tortured soul of Louis Wagner, who in 1873 murdered two women on Smuttynose Island, part of the Isles of Shoals, off the coast of New Hampshire. Quite some creepy verses, and a suitably creepy locale, worthy of Lovecraft Country (especially on a dark and stormy night).
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* The various ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' gamelines, New and Old, like these:
** The sourcebook ''Rage Across Appalachia'', a crossover between ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' and ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'', covers the area exactly how one would expect from the World of Darkness. I.e., it's a playground for Black Spiral Dancers, unseelie fae, and wouldn't you like to know what else.
** The ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' {{Sourcebook}} "Boston Unveiled" portrays rural Massachusetts as filled to the brim with insane mages, mutant cannibals, twisted spirit exiles living in the ghosts of frontier houses and [[EldritchAbomination horrors from an alternate history so abhorrent that it was aborted into an anti-reality]] (which many of the cannibals happen to worship).
* And, well, ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''.
* The ''TabletopGame/ArkhamHorror'' boardgame, and likely its Lovecraftian HauntedHouse counterpart ''TabletopGame/MansionsOfMadness''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', given [[AuthorAppeal the tastes of its creators]], of course has this. The County of Versex in the otherwise {{Überwald}}ian country of Ustalav is pretty much a direct transplant of Lovecraft' northern Massachusetts - Of its notable settlements, Carrion Hill and Hyannis are Dunwich, Illmarsh is Innsmouth, Rozenport is Arkham, and Thrushmoor is Kingsport.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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.
** The canon of the games, meanwhile, eventually established that it was in Maine - fitting, considering the amount of influence Stephen King's works had on the series.
* ''Videogame/CityOfHeroes'' has Croatoa, a suburb of the titular Rhode Island metropolis which is slowly being pulled into the spirit world.
** It gets bonus points for the name being a reference to one of the bigger mysteries in American history - the disappearance of an entire colony in North Carolina.
** Astoria, another suburb, is the resting place of a slumbering dark god, and naturally attracted said god's worshipers trying to raise him. They eventually took it over and killed everyone who wasn't able to get out. A few years later, the god woke up, [[FromBadToWorse and things]] ''[[FromBadToWorse really]]'' [[FromBadToWorse went to hell]].
* Raccoon City of the ''Videogame/ResidentEvil'' series claims to be in the Midwest but has geography and architecture which strongly resemble New England. The novelizations place it in Pennsylvania.
* The ''Call of Cthulhu'' PC adventure game ''Shadow of the Comet'' is set in Illsmouth (not Innsmouth), a small New England town with a [[EldritchAbomination big problem]].
* In ''Videogame/ShadowHearts: From the New World'', the gang takes a trip to Boston's Arkham University for information on the enemy they are fighting. Naturally, some of the staff there are summoning up {{Eldritch Abomination}}s for you to do battle with -- and one of the professors has [[Creator/HPLovecraft a very familiar name]].
* The Roivas Mansion in ''Videogame/EternalDarkness'' is in Rhode Island.
* 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.
** The main game also has the [[TheDunwichHorror Dunwich Building]].
* Online game company Skotos bought the rights to the name "Lovecraft Country" from Chaosium (makers of the TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu tabletop RPG). As of this writing, the banner ad for "Lovecraft Country Online" shows two squid-like monstrosities levitating through the night sky, with the caption "Pretend that nothing is wrong."
* Bright Falls of ''Videogame/AlanWake'' is as close to this setting as the Pacific Northwest can get, with a TownWithADarkSecret and an EldritchAbomination of some sort living in the lake.
* The titular seaside New England [[TownWithADarkSecret town]] of ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' rests firmly within Lovecraft Country, replete with grim weather, crumbling buildings, a [[{{Cult}} town-wide]] AncientConspiracy, a BigScrewedUpFamily which has engaged in ''nearly four centuries'' of [[spoiler:DemonicPossession and ParentalIncest]], ''and'' an approaching EldritchAbomination.
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDarkTheNewNightmare'', is set on Shadow Island, Massachusetts. Complete with shadow monsters, ancient mysteries, large manor house and isolation.
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has the first region you're sent to by your faction: Solomon Island, Maine, where most tropes associated with this can and will be encountered. There's even an Innsmouth Academy (among many other ShoutOuts). Played literally, as the city lies by the Miskatonic River and there are road signs pointing to Dunwich.
* ''Videogame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'', the adaption of ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''. Most of the action is set in or around Innsmouth, the only exceptions being the Prologue (in Boston) and a few intermission cutscenes (in Arkham).
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'''s Empire of the Isles is set on an archipelago off the coast of the mysterious Pandyssian Continent, its residents follow a Lovecraftian state religion based on the belief that "the universe is unknowably vast and swarming with all manner of dangerous spirits and forces, most of which are hostile to man's existence", and the capital city is named Dunwall.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'' begins at a creepy (and bloody) lighthouse on the coast of Maine. Its location also implies that the floating city of Columbia (itself one of the creepiest places one will ever visit) is high in the sky above the state, though it isn't considered part of the state.
* In ''VideoGame/AfterTheEndACrusaderKingsIIMod'', while the actual existence of anything supernatural or eldritch is [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane left up in the air]], New England has become the center of a new Occultist religious movement that takes a number of cues from the works of H. P. Lovecraft.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Although ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob's'' [[NothingExcitingEverHappensHere Generictown]] is a little too innocent to qualify as Lovecraft Country itself, one of its neighboring towns is Innsmouth, where the police keep getting crank calls about "fish people."
* ''ShadowGirls'', set in Innsmouth and literally billed as "H.P. Lovecraft meets the Gilmore Girls" by its creators
* ''SilentHillPromise'' which inherits the setting from ''SilentHill'' proper.
* ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'', of course -- it's set in Arkham right by the Miskatonic University, and while many of the side characters seem perfectly normal, there's still a preponderance of the 'Innsmouth Look', amongst other things.
* ''{{Bobwhite}}'' doesn't have any horror or supernatural elements at all, but still manages to [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20080909 discuss this trope.]]
-->'''Marlene:''' Oh, and H.P. Lovecraft lived here! A lot of his stories take place in this very neighborhood. Providence is actually supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in America.\\
'''Georgie:''' It's pretty, though.\\
'''Marlene:''' Yes, it is.\\
'''Georgie:''' So basically you live in a charming, old-timey black hole of death.\\
'''Marlene:''' Yes, it has a certain something.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* 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.
* ''Blog/SeekingTruth'' has parts here, particularly the parts that have [[CowboyCop Zeke]] visiting the isolated homes of the victims. Quite effective here, as the trees provide plenty of cover for the HumanoidAbomination [[SlenderMan we've all come to love....]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''ScoobyDoo'' seems to be set a lot in Lovecraft Country.
** ''Witch's Ghost'' makes this very explicit
** ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated]]'' has Crystal Cove.
* TheSecretSaturdays love these places.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' places [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] in Connecticut.
* The setting of ''RegularShow'', there's always an EldritchAbomination just around the corner.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* {{Invoked|Trope}} by the city of Salem, Massachusetts, whose tourist marketing paints it as a real-life HalloweenTown.
* Dudleytown, Connecticut, is a ghost town in the northwest of the state that is supposedly haunted. Many residents either committed suicide, died under strange circumstances, or were "driven to madness" Lovecraft-style. Visitors to the site have reported chills, floating orbs of light at night, and other paranormal phenomena.
** For those inclined towards curiosity, note that the former town sits on what is currently private land. People entering the area without permission will be and have been arrested for trespassing, and police aggressively enforce towing on roads that provide access to the area.

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