[[caption-width-right:350:"Welcome to Scenic Dunwich!"]]

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

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, [[{{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]]).

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, upstate UsefulNotes/{{New York|State}} 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}}. As for why this area seems to attract so much horror fiction (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).

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 a Southerner themselves.

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

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



[[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.
** There's a short arc in ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' where Tim leaves Gotham to track a gun smuggler and winds up in what is an unquestionably Lovecraftian tale involving a couple of tiny backwoods towns with dark secrets relating to a temporarily HumanoidAbomination.
* Much of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' 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.
** Creator/AlanMoore's Lovecraft {{Homage}} ''ComicBook/{{Providence}}'' is another one.
** The latter parts of his ''ComicBook/{{Neonomicon}}'' are a DoubleSubversion. At first, there's nothing in the city of Salem, Massachusetts beyond what could be found in the RealLife town when the FBI's investigation leads them there.[[spoiler:.. but then it turns out that there actually ''is'' a cult of Dagon-worshippers, and that they ''are'' capable of summoning Deep Ones...]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* 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.
* ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', an earlier Creator/TimBurton vehicle, takes place in Connecticut.
* The horror film ''Film/TheBlairWitchProject'' is set in the woods of Maryland -- a bit south for Lovecraft Country, but it worked.
* ''Film/TheAmityvilleHorror1979'' is an allegedly true story about a haunted house in New York, though it takes place on Long Island which is densely populated NYC suburbs rather than a rural Lovecraftian setting like you'd easily find upstate.
* ''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.
* ''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.
* ''Film/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.

* 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 ''Literature/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, mostly in Essex County (north of Boston):
*** 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]].)
*** Innsmouth is inspired by Newburyport, but "Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth" opens in Newburyport itself, 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; "Literature/TheColourOutOfSpace" 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: "Literature/TheWhispererInDarkness" 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]].
--> ''The people live in Maine, of course\\
There's nowhere else to live\\
[[MostWritersAreWriters With the writer]]\\
{{The alcoholic}}, too\\
[[YourCheatingHeart The adulterer and his whore]]\\
Some dumb rednecks\\
[[AntiClimax A disappointing resolution]]\\
Here in Stephen King's Maine!''
--->--'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic''' (sung to the tune of the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' theme song)
* OlderThanRadio: Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" (1835) a short story set in [[LostWoods the woods]] outside [[UsefulNotes/TheThirteenAmericanColonies 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'', ''Literature/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 ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster'', which uses yet another variation on this theme, takes place in New Hampshire.
* Matt Ruff's novel is literally named ''Literature/LovecraftCountry'', and uses its African American protagonist and Jim Crow era setting to examine the inherent racism of Lovecraft's beliefs (along with examining shoggoths and many other other-worldly intrigues).
** HBO has [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/jordan-peele-hbo-lovecraft-country-jj-abrams-misha-green-1202429550 greenlit a new series]] based on the book.
* 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 [[Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth Innsmouth]], [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Dunwich]], or Kingsport.
* If one is willing to stretch the definition to the North of the border, then Quebecois writer [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Sen%C3%A9cal Patrick Senecal]] makes his native Québec province part of it, what with how he's gradually filling it with dark secrets, serial killers, and evil supernatural goings-on of all stripes. He ''is'' called "Quebec's Stephen King", and Lovecraft's sole trip abroad ''did'' take him to Quebec City...
* 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.

[[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).
* ''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}}'' 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.

* 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).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* 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 [[{{Uberwald}} Überwaldian]] 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.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DCHeroes'' roleplaying game, Gotham City, much like its comic book counterpart, would count... especially since the map of Gotham City provided in the game bears a strong resemblance to the general layout of Providence, RI.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''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.
** 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/{{Bully}}'' is set in an open-world New England town that is mostly mundane, though it does have its share of strange occurrences.
* ''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]].
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** The ''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 Franchise/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 [[Literature/TheDunwichHorror Dunwich Building]] which has ties to ''Point Lookout'', natch. [[spoiler: The Obelisk in the basement is not for show]].
** ''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 closest the game actually gets to anything Lovecraftian is at Dunwich Borers. Now a raider holdout of a mine/quarry, at the very bottom [[spoiler: Dunwich Borers LLC was trying to dig up a colossal statue (a reference to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shunned_House "The Shunned House"]]) and had a marble altar to their gods there.]]
*** The ''Far Harbor'' DLC takes you even further up north to Mount Desert Island, Maine where the mysterious Fog has resulted in even more dangerous creatures such as the Gulpers (giant and gluttonous mutant salamanders) and Fog Crawlers (giant mutant shrimp) as well as the presence of the Children of Atom cult who worship it as a holy symbol of Atom.
* Online game company Skotos bought the rights to the name "Lovecraft Country" from Creator/{{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."
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition''
* ''VideoGame/TheVanishingOfEthanCarter''
* ''VideoGame/{{Pathologic}}'' is set in an isolated rural town on the Russian steppe, but otherwise marks every checkbox. The Town is hostile to outsiders, has two cults of ambiguous humanity (The "Worms", who are steppe nomads with bulbous features and no hair, and the Butchers, who are all over six foot tall and said to be a hivemind) and a cosmic horror story lurking in the background.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Although ''Webcomic/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."
* ''Webcomic/ShadowGirls'', set in Innsmouth and literally billed as "H.P. Lovecraft meets the Gilmore Girls" by its creators
* ''Webcomic/SilentHillPromise'' which inherits the setting from ''Franchise/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.
* ''Webcomic/{{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.
* ''Webcomic/DearChildren'''s Hearthbrook definitely qualifies, being a coastal Massachusetts town filled with [[BlackCloak cloaked figures]] and perhaps even more sinister things.
* The ''Webcomic/CarawayCrew'' takes place in a seaside town built upon temple ruins and occupied by [[MysteryCult shady practitioners.]]

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

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' seems to be set a lot in Lovecraft Country.
** ''Witch's Ghost'' makes this very explicit
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' has Crystal Cove. However, Crystal Cove seems fairly solidly located in California, and when the the main characters are accepted into Arkham University in the final episode, it is mentioned that getting there will involve driving all the way across the country.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretSaturdays'' love these places.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' places [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Gotham City]] in Connecticut.
* The setting of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', there's always an EldritchAbomination just around the corner.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' and ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' used this to an extent. The ''Real'' episode "Drool the Dog-Faced Goblin", which sent the 'Busters out to the Poconos, stands out in particular.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* {{Invoked|Trope}} by the city of Salem, Massachusetts, whose tourist marketing paints it as a real-life HalloweenTown.
** Most of Cape Ann on the North Shore of Massachusett. It's more rural than the rest of greater Boston, it's where many of Lovecraft's stories take place and when it's not summer is often coated in very thick fog.
* "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 (closest to Fitchburg and Greenfield).
** Ironically, while the strictly defined "Lovecraft Country" is concentrated in ''northeastern'' Massachusetts, in real life there actually is a hub of alleged paranormal sightings in ''southeastern'' Massachusetts known as the Bridgewater Triangle. Sightings have been reported of everything from ghosts to bigfoot to aliens. So basically, if you're anywhere in the woods of Massachusetts west of the Interstate 495 beltway around the greater Boston area and roughly east from Connecticut, ''do not stop your car for anything.''
* Athol, Massachusetts is known to have been one of the rural Central/Western Mass towns that Lovecraft based the town of Dunwich off of. While not known to be especially prone to spooky phenomena, it ''does'' get very foggy and is in a heavily wooded area. The "degenerate, decaying town" part is also very much true with Athol, as it is notoriously economically depressed, heavily isolated (even with an exit from Route 2, the nearest major economic centers are close to an hour away), and has rates of domestic violence, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, and child abuse that are well above average for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
* Dudleytown, Connecticut, is a ghost town (overgrown ruins, never formally incorporated) in the northwest of the state that is supposedly haunted. Many residents 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. The former settlement is now on private land, people entering the area without permission are arrested for trespassing, and police aggressively enforce towing on roads that provide access to the area.
** The land is owned by the Dark Entry Forest Association.
->[[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas We can't stop here...]]