The creepy, gothic version of the rural Southeast United States. Scenes show dying vegetation, decaying plantations, rusty farm implements, forbidding swamps with something
lurking within, and frighteningly expressionless folk standing around doing...nothing, except staring at the protagonists.
See also Deep South
, which is portrayed as more morally than materially decrepit. Compare Lovecraft Country
and The Savage South
- Stoker is a low-key, manicured version of this (albeit populated with Fake Americans.
- Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
- American Horror Story: Coven
- The Waterboy
- To Kill a Mockingbird has elements of this, as well as being set in the Deep South.
- Anne Rice's Blackwood Farm has more mausoleums than people, not to mention an entire house sunk to the second story in a swamp.
- A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner, could well be the poster child of this trope. Emily Grier's mansion, a symbol of better days long since past, is described in the most wretched terms of rot and decay — and the house hides terrible secrets.
- Literally, almost everything that was written by William Faulkner
- No Country for Old Men