What are the most Lovecraftian regions and cities in your country to set a Cthulhu Mythos campaign in? If you're an American, don't just say New England, try to think of another place that fits the bill.In Germany, that would definitely be the Harz, a mountainous region in the gloomy North. I would even say that it's a better Mythos setting than the places Lovecraft actually wrote about. It's very sparsely populated, all the local towns are very small and consist largely of medieval buildings, including Germany's oldest houses still in use. The locals are quite inbred, unfriendly and suspicious of outsiders, although the latter has been slowly changing ever since they figured out they could rip off the tourists. The landscape consists of mysterious wooded hills and mountains that are shrouded by mist most of the time. The region is even stronger associated with witchcraft than Salem, and the highest mountain of the Harz, the Brocken, is considered the European capital of witches where they gather on the Walpurgis Night. It's also famous for the giant, moving shapes that are often seen there in the mist (actually a kind of an optical illusion, but it can be real for the campaign's sake). What is better, the Arkham of Germany is also nearby. Göttingen is an old town that's got a world-famous University and a lot of ancient leaning buildings.
>>56149459>AmericaPacific Northwest between Eureka and Astoria.
>actually live in New EnglandFuck. I guess PNW somewhere.Some of the areas out near the Millers River in MA are pretty fucking Lovecraftian
The NJ Pine Barrensor alternatively, the Florida Panhandle
> Tfw you will never go stalking in any Lovecraftian hellhole
I always thought a CoC game based around Loch Ness could be fun.
> Harz> gloomy NorthAnon, what the fuck ?
>>56150257This is considered North Germany.
>>56149459Deep south. Brush country. So stifling is is that terrain that you can't move through it without a horse or a machete. If the cults living in the underground tunnels don't get you, then the mutated hogs will. Don't stay out too long when the sun goes down, might look like this is an open field but you should have seen what happened to my poor horse Betsie when I left her out my first day here.
>>56150276A better answer would be the Cotswolds because it's got Oxford. In fact, I'm pretty sure there are Cthulhu Mythos stories set there by some British author.
>>56149459How would you know the locals are inbred?
>>56149459Nothing in the US beats Appalachia for me. The mist collects underneath the forest canopy and weaves through barren coalfields, primordial rainforests and colonial graveyards. Strange things happen on the backroads under the cold sky on moonless nights. New Orleans and the surrounding areas are a close second.
>>56149557So Slot was an eldritch horror all this time?>ItalyAmusingly enough we did a mockumentary of Deep Ones living in the Polesine (the marshy area of the mouth of the Po) but while it DOES have a certain feeling and HPL himself journeying there. The place has a certain feeling, especially in the foggy winter, but it's probably too settled nowdays to do it consistenly.
>>56150543Just like any other people, by looking at them.
>>56149698Same here, the whole place fits too well, anywhere woodsy In NE can get pretty lovecraftian, not a lot of other places really quite fit as nicely. Actually, one could go with the Middle East, because of some of the elder gods proclivities towards the region.
>>56150641I know this is probably predictable, but Venice?If you know some real Venetians, their Sanity is already low.
Already been said but the Deep South and Appalachia would be perfect.
>>56149459Australia has Tasmania, a huge island full of aging hippies with vast tracts of barely-visited, misty, mountainous forests. It also has a nasty bit of history with indigenous genocide seriously, the colonists essentially did a picket line across the island and killed every native on the island, as well as a lot of clueless tourists getting lost occasionally. Just refluff your bigfootses and sasquatches as bunyips and yowies
>>56151716>not the PilbaraAnon...
>>56151772The Yithians seem like some pretty legit guys.
>>56149557Next campaign; Shadow Over Innsmouth but it's bigfoots.
>>56151772Too hot and dry for the feel i was going for, plus no ethnic cleansing for gigantic undead armies raised for vengeance against the living
>>56151794Aliens are generally solid guys in Lovecraft's stories, it's the humans using alien knowledge who are cunts.
>>56151858This has nothing to do with phrenology. Inbred people have very characteristic ugly faces and that's a medical fact.
How about the Isle of Sheppy? I'm stuck here and it's pretty much Innsmouth - Cut of island from mainlandLocals are considered inbred by everyone elseLarge empty areas of woodland and fieldsHas an few seaside arcades which are creepy and rottenFull of abandoned buildings farm houses and shacksHas a few Prisons nearbyHas 20,000 Tonnes of unexploded ammo off the coastline that may or may not sink the island if it goes off
>>56151830But one of HPL's best stories was set there.
>>56151930Sure, shadow out of time is great and all, but if i was going to do a CoC campaign, it'd be in tasmania. Pilbara is hot and dry and uninhabited, and i'd definitely do a homage to Shadow out of Time session there, but as a campaign setting it's lacking.
Camp Century, aka the cover story for Project Iceworm, was an American attempt to set up stations under the Greenland icesheet to potentially launch missiles or planes from. It was scrapped in real life because glaciers proved too unstable to build permanent dwellings inside and abandoned. They've recently been rediscovered/interest has picked up because warming temperatures means it's starting to be uncovered again.Might be hard to explain the presence there, but abandoned military installations under the Greenland ice sheets would be a pretty neat place to set a CoC campaign. Maybe they're climatologists or something who stumble across a previously undisclosed base just barely peaking out of the ice, get trapped inside during a blizzard, and discover the real reason the bases were abandoned/built in the first place.
>>56152160Also, pic related is why you can't actually build in a glacier. Seems plenty claustrophobic and generally spooky to me.
>>56152180some other images to give an idea of scale. It was supposed to be a pretty extensive complex.
>>56151930>>56151994>intro sessionsGetting the group together to do investigation into slightly weird shit, probably a client wanting some vaguely occult bits and pieces (exhuming a corpse for its pendant, buying a scroll from an auction house, tracking down a copy of Alhazrad's tome and acquiring it)>campaignWeird shit starts going down, a cult is rising in Hobart, your previous client has disappeared, for some reason they go on a vision trip in the Pilbara, come back and learn that the cult leader was the client and has some nefarious plot in mind-that being the raising of a hundred thousand skeletons>climaxVillian has been collecting elder knowledge to raise the unjustly slaughtered, the living start to go insane, skeleton armies are actually terrifying in a modern setting since they're very hard to damage effectively with small arms and have no problems operating vehicles and firearms without care for their own safety. Are you a bad enough dude to track down the necromancer and kill him before his skeleton army kills every human in Australia and then the world?Australia doesnt have the witchcraft traditions and anti-nazi history of europe, the shamans of africa or the men in black of america, so its an easier spot to begin your skeleton army until it reaches critical mass. Also i get to make all the bone puns
>>56149459The bleaker parts of Yorkshire fit the bill perfectly. Less the Towns, but the Dales, or the Moors. There's parts of those hills that feel like they've never known the touch of humanity. There's villages up there where you can see ten generations or more of like, 3 families in the church graveyard. There's villages that get shut off for weeks in a bad winter. Sounds nice and isolated for an investigation or two.
>>56149459Ohioi live in a smallish town in ohiono one goes outside. if you are caught walking outside or down the streets you will be arrested. The only thing happening here is the weekly defeat of the highschool football team. Everyone is violently and almost pathologically opposed to a sewer project people have tried to get off the ground since the 50'slarge number of teen suicidesone of note is that a black girl supposedly slit her own throat.despite the police report stating she had her arms tied around a tree behind her back.
I live in Florida. Just go deeper in and hit them wetlands and you got some creepy shit
>>56151794>The Yithians seem like some pretty legit guys.Other than ensuring our eventual nuclear destruction in order to help birth the beetle species they will some day mindswap with, dooming the minds of those creatures to be trapped in their conicle bodies and this destroyed by their ancient fungal enemy.
>>56149459Some parts of Oregon can get pretty creepy, mostly up in the mountains and near the costs. Very wet forests.
There are a shit load of abandoned cold war bunkers in Swedish forest and they are spoopy as fuck.Almost every cold war building also has a bunker under it, top tier place to play as a kid running in the cool underground.
>>56151630No. Venice is sensual as fuck, has been from the start and will stay that way when the sea finally eats her. Not lovecraftian.Also oddly enough the growing number of tourists means it's not even that easy like 20 years ago to walk at night without ecountering anybody - the city in winter still has this kinda of Twilight Zone feeling but less.The lagoon has (especially in winter, again) a feeling of unwelcoming plain with stillwater and half-ruined shit, but generally I wouldn't call "lovecraftian" (it's still too populated, probably). But I guess Malamocco or Pellestrina, with the older towns, can do it - especially when they are in the not-freezing-but-almost there december days, the sun is veiled by clouds, the light is scarce, both the Adriatic and the laggon are still and silent, vegetation has a dull dark green (lots of brambles), waters receding during low tide, then you feel like you're in a tiny island of sleeping life in a cosmic stage. It's way more melancholic than scary, but I think Howard would've approved. There are also the abandoned islands with a very nice aesthtic of half-ruins half retaken by the lagoon but they're surprisingly modern for the most part (basically, while historically the lagoon was polycentric and there is a metric shitton of abanodened islands, before industrialization when an island was fucked buildings would be destroyed).(Pellestina has the bonus of a honest-to-god closed fishing community, but here the similarity stops, 'cause pellestrinoti are loud motherfuckers. Rednecks in Italy seem always happier than city dwellers) Source: I live in the cyberpunk part of Venice, Mestre.>if anything I'd say our mountains. Everything south of Genoa is fast becoming not only abandoned, but basically forgotten, people don't even use it recreationally. Which IRL is kinda of a shame, but ecologically is interesting. For our purposese, there are really sweet abandoned Tuscan Appenine villages and the Sila in Calabria.
>>56150530>>56150556>>56152515These anons know what's up. Alternatively, Alaska or Northern Canada.
>>56150556That image is both incredibly creepy and comfy at the same time
>>56153776The South has some seriously spoopy locales. I live near Uwharrie, which is apparently a Mecca for Bigfoot sightings. Sasquatch aside, our underbrush is thick as hell and, if I'm entirely honest, we're a rather superstitious lot. I don't think you'll find a soul down here (myself included) who doesn't think some kind of weird shit lives in the deep woods.Also, North Carolina has a place called the Great Dismal Swamp. Eat your heart out, Moon Bog.
Really 20th century eastern Europe for the same reason it was a good place to set horror films.>isolated communities fairly common>strong belief in supersitions/old faith>has a nice element of distance from the players (setting is foriegn/unfamilliar(>has a nice class of modernization and old time traditions
The coasts of Oregon are pretty creepy, lots of swamps. Also the deserts of Arizona can be very unsettling at night.
>>56149459Severn Valley Estuary and bonus points if you can tell me why.
>>56154057This goes for northern europe too.Scandi lore isn't usually that spooky but vittrar are spooky in a weird way.They are a people that live in a different time and parallell to us and building on their roads was a big no no so people who suspected that their house was on one would tear it down or move.you meet someone but as soon as you look away they disappear, not that scary but can be spoopy if done justice.
>>56152425Iowafag here. What in the fuck.
>>56150276Ye gods, Anon, Lovecraft is gloomy enough. No need to bring the goddamn Welsh into it. Ibid Finland. Finns may try to defend their lovely home. They are wrong. While the welsh have hiraeth and a hundred other words for depression, the finns have christmas songs that make you want to slit your wrists like an emo kid.So no, no existential dread in Wales. They're full up.
>>56154975Hush, corn worshipper. We all know about the walker between the rows. Seriously, flyover states with vast fields of whatever are prime territory for cults and whatever else. Hide where no one looks, not out of dread, but because looking involves mind numbing boredom.
>>56152546Have to preserve your species somehow.
La zona del silencio where supposedly where radio signals and any type of communications cannot be received. Or Mexico City given its size.
>>56154227Arizonafag here. I can confirm. The aptly named "superstition mountains" claim dozens of lives every year. In the same area around the first or second world war the government brought in an arab and a bunch of camels to see if they would be a viable replacement for horses or otherwise useful as a service animal. We had Japanese internment and WW2 prisoner of war camps here. (If you look into it there's a rather funny story about some german POWs who made a daring prison break, intending to escape on an improvised inflatable boat, only to find that while the river on the map was blue, in actuallity it had no water in it)We have had cults and paramilitary groups. Got those crazy fundie polygamist LDS up north. Countless dead in the desert and mountains.Some crazy rich guy bought the original London Bridge when it was being torn down to replace it and had it rebuilt in Lake Havasu.For native ruins New Mexico is a better bet, cliff dwellings.Got some ancient, dead volcanic cores here in AZ. Jutting hunks of black volcanic rock worn down by weather and time. That movie 128 hours where the guy got trapped in a canyon and had to cut his arm off was set here, iirc. Lots of narrow, maze like canyons. More native spirit stories and tales of lost treasure dating back to the conquistadors than you can shake a stick at.Aside from Robert Howard, and The Horror Of The Mound, there is a paucity of good cosmic horror set here. Tremendously ironic when you consider the fact that we have many observatories and consistant clear night skies. Can see the milky way when I turn my porch light off. We are also reknowned for our lightning during the monsoon seasons.Lots of very large ravens here, too. Couple feet tall. Also, burrowing owls. Most angry looking things.
>>56152425Southeast Ohio could be pretty good for a Mythos story. Lots of empty rural areas, wooded hill country, depressed Rust Belt communities. Plus you've got the Athens Lunatic Asylum there, with all the ghost stories and shit surrounding that. And Ohio University right there is the oldest university in the state...doesn't exactly have the venerable reputation to go with it, but you could apply a little artistic license there. Maybe it was secretly founded with a mission specifically to investigate Mythos shit that was going on in the area, and ended up getting thrown under the bus and declined when the elites decided to disavow all knowledge of what they found. But the records of that research are still there, hidden away...
>>56149459My hometown.Clark Asthon Smith lived here, has the library and a road dedicated to him, and is buried in a carefully hidden plot. They have a recording at the library of CA smith reading poetry to HP Lovecraft, and the towns nearby all definitely qualify as inbred hick towns of spookiness that they both wrote about.
I live right next to a port city in New England so I mean one foggy night and everyones getting mindfucked by Cthulhu.Also live right near a nuclear power plant and a couple of military installations so technically a lot of crazy shit can go down in the very compact region.
Look into the burrowing owl's eyes. It wants your soul.Also, fuck me, we have the plain graveyard here. Largest group of mothballed fighter jets in the country. Looking at google maps, ya see concentric rings in remote areas. Apparently part of old WW2 bombing training ranges...
>>56156167On the subject of nuclear plants, you know what city dwellers have to use?Industrial parks. Believe me, shit looks INHUMAN. Especially when they're past their peak, oversized, and empty.
>>56156299Reminds me, we have two nuclear power plants here. One out in the middle of nowhere, heavily guarded by private military "security" contractors. The other is small. A "teaching" nuclear reactor directly underneath the U of A football stadium. U of A also has the unique degree course of "optics" for refining lenses for lasers, observatory mirrors... They use a lot of pyrex.
>>56149459>England, EnglandStonehenge, is easy mode. the druids go down there all the time.Dartmoor, It's real easy to get lost down there when the mists roll in. also the army dose their training there, wouldn't be too much of a step to say the the Training is just a cover story and they're really and the Chanctonbury Rings, tho those are "suppose" to be aliens more locally there's Graylingwell Asylum, which is well a fucking Asylum.Kingley Vale's meant to be full of fairiesooh and Racton Monument's not too far away and that's got ties to the Occult (pic related)in fact I might see if I can talk people into going down there tonight
>>56152546Compared to a shit ton of other mythos creatures, the are by far among the least malevolent.
The aussie outback at night, all types of shit could happen out there
Oklahoma City has some interesting stuff. The nearby AF base houses the E-6 which is the plane used in Operation Looking Glass. The abundance of tornados could also be used as some sort of wind god (similar to Cold Dead Hand, I forget the god's name)
Just about any non-major city or township in florida. If Howard had visited the trailer park spice/meth covens in Leesburg he would have met people who actually talk like the people in his books.
>>56158226Already been done, by Lovecraft himself no lesssee >>56151772
>FinlandI'd say Lapland(barely any people, strange natives with their own culture, long winters with little to no daylight), but as >>56155152 points out, the entire country qualifies pretty well, with people who'll barely say two words to a stranger.
>>561494591920's Seattle or 1910's Spokane
>>56151829 Shadow over Innsmouth could easily work in the Pacific Northwest, considering all the rusitc coastal towns.
>>56149884Ay Ideas of what you would do?
>>56149459>AustriaMy country is actually realy well suited for this.>AlpsPretty much anything in secluded mountain valleys where forgotten things still dwell.There were people in WW2 that never knew WW1 ended, would make a good setting for an Innsmouth type of tale, or something like the Whisperer in the Dark or Dunwich Horror.>Vienna Viennese Upper class for the proper posch lovecraft setting.Something like the Final Test could easily happen here.An old aristocratic University Professor tapping into the Dark Arts and forbidden sciences.>CarinthiaA huge valley dotted with lakes and the poorer people in the country, slovenian minoritiesThe latter which would make for some great "Inbred natives" stand in i suppose. Also old deep lakes with who knows what lurking within.>PerchtsOne of our Local traditions, young men dress up as Demons and beat people with wicker rods around Christmass, makes for a great Forgotten Tradition from dark, nameless times" which it actually realy is.>ÖtziThe entire story of the cursed ice man...
>>56158754Now I'm thinking how water pollution would wreck Deep One populations
>>56152546>ensuring our eventual nuclear destruction in order to help birth the beetle species they will some day mindswap withThat's just fan headcanon. There was no such thing as nuclear weapons back when Lovecraft wrote the story and he couldn't possibly have thought of it. It's like some fans are arguing that Azathoth is a metaphor for some enormous nuclear reaction because it's been called "nuclear chaos", while in reality nuclear reactions were scarcely understood when The Whisperer in Darkness was written and Lovecraft merely suggested that Azathoth is located at the centre (in other words, nucleus) of all creation.
>>56149459centralia, paa vein of coal in a mine caught fire in 1962 and it's still burning (expected to burn for another 300+ years, iirc) over a dozen square miles. ground breaks and noxious vapors pour out of cracks. everything had to be evacuated and abandoned and the highway was rerouted around it
>RussiaNorth Urals may in all honesty be THE Lovecraftian location. First things first, it was the site of what is probably the best known real life Lovecraftian story:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incidentBut it gets even better when you know the background of the place. The Urals are the world's oldest mountain range of such size. While the South is tightly settled and industrial, the North is nearly completely barren and mostly inhabited by the natives. The natives there are really weird, they belong to isolated ethnic groups that have no other relatives anywhere in the world, except for an extremely distant, extremely tenuous relation to the Finns. The range has curious rock formations that look like ruins of ancient Cyclopean temples. Indeed, they were worshipped by the local tribesmen as houses of the spirits, and are presently worshipped by all kinds of new age freaks. The best thing is that the legend of an ancient race that lived there before humans and escaped underground when the humans came, promising to return one day, is one of the principal legends of the local lore. You can't make this up. It's like Lovecraft went back in time and let the local shamans read his stories.
>>56153652A city that is just a façade of grandeur with a rotten core, and at night turns into a misty labyrinth seems pretty lovecraftian to me. More King in yellow than Innsmouth, but still.And there's still the inland part for inbred retards.ghe sboro
>>56155152Fun fact: HPL was inspired to write The Shadow over Innsmouth by his utterly horrific discovery that he had Welsh ancestry.
>>56156901>DartmoorCan confirm Also gets bonus points for being the location of The Hound of the Baskervilles and the birthplace of Sir Francis DrakeExeter would make a fine Arkham
>>56159070So the beetles appear after some other generic apocalypse?
Not from there but im sure if it existed back then he would have written stories in the Rust belt.From where i live (Quebec) There's a lot of creepy legends about places but generally its hard to find somewhere where the people arent nice. Although we do have the Lac-St-Jean which is a very big lake with people around it. It has a reputation for the entire lake being a bunch of inbred people with the same family name. And with that much water from the lake and it being so shallow theres a shit ton of fog during all of summer. And the horizon must look really creeppy during the long winter months where nothing happens, everything but the houses are empty and all you can see is a seemingly neverending frozen pond.
>>56159996Not from Quebec buthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goler_clanThat's some Innsmouth shit right here.
>>56153652Isn't there that plague sanitarium island?Poveglia - used to be both a plague quarantine station and an insane asylum for a while.>>56149459The islands of the north of scotland have been inhabited for a very, very long time, and there's shit like barrows aligned to light up on the winter solstice. Combine with being on an isolated scottish island in the middle of the north sea, that's pretty lovecraftian. Worked for the wicker man, at least
>>56149459>PolandAnywhere in the east of the country, since it's pretty much a memetic underdeveloped shithole(arguably it got closer to rest of the country in last few years), but especially the Bieszczady Mountains. Anywhere else in Polish mountains would work as well though I guess.
Louisiana, and really any swampy region of the Deep South. There are things and beliefs there that ought to be buried. People deep in the backwoods do genuinely believe in elder gods
>>56159025Otzi is italian tough. Well, found on our side. I don't think we have an idea of where he came from, if trom south or north.Never tought about him possibily be considered "cursed", I guess that's a real meme or something?>>56159415>>56159415I dunno, I honestly feel it's another kind of horror altogether. Stereotipycally Venice is vampire country (at least that's how WW did it) and I think they're mostly right.Also as resident I always found funny that in truth it's almost impossible to lose yourself - you can take a wrong a turn but as the streets are all different from each other it's pretty easy to remember where you came from.ta morti, ti sarà miga pelestrinoto?>>56160290Oddly enough it's an internet legend. Poveglia was up to the 1700s a check point for ships (at the time the Malamocco mouth was the only safe entrance to the lagoon), then a military station, then progressively abandoned with some agricoltural shit going on. Not really spooky as activties go.The actual Lazzaretto Nuovo is the (most used) plague station back at the time but nowdays is (luckily) a decent archeological site; there is also the Lazzaretto Vecchio, which oddly enough was the site of dogcatchers up to recent years and just now is being investigated. Kinda of a landfill with a dark secret, tough seeing it it's not that creepy at first.What might be interesting is San Clemente, the actual honest-to-god old women insane asylum. Which now has been restaureted and it's pretty cool. What did they put on it? Why, a pretty comfy luxury hotel! Not making this shit up, you can book a room right now. Also, the old ossuary in Sant'Ilario. Lots of non venomous snakes, not your usual rats.I'm not sure why Poveglia of all islands had this "let's put in all the scary stuff". I mean, I can understand why do that, but it's a pretty sunny place, seen from the Lido or the lagoon. Probably it's just more prominent and big.
Redneck friend of mine says the smokey mountains are fucking creepy at night, because of how drop dead quiet it gets.Personally, I find the stretch of road between the Fargo ND and Moorhead MN is freaky as fuck in the winter. Between all the snow and mist it looks like the rest of the world just doesn't exist, and something about that fucks with me.
>SwitzerlandI could imagine some lost valleys in the cantons of Graubünden or Wallis, or maybe the Jura. The Jura is famous for some of its inhabitants moonshining absinthe, believing in healers and sorcerers, eating dog meat, and being members of some sects. A long time ago, different cults in Switzerland where exiled in the Jura mountain and were prohibited from living under a certain altitude (fun fact: many of those families emigrated to the USA). The Bernese Jura is regularly hit by economic crisis and is a pretty much depression-inducing area (by Swiss-standards high unemployment, lots of old and run down buildings, fog, long winters, empty factories and hangars, roads full of cracks and pot holes, nothing to do apart of getting drunk in the villages bar...). Graubünden is the largest canton and it has a very low density population. It's full of remote alpine valleys and has a rich mythology, so it's probably also a good location. The Wallis is famous for the Roitschäggättä festival (see picture). It could also be linked to some Lovecraftian-roots since similar masks can be found all around the world.
>>56158655I am from north-eastern Finland. Especially around Kuusamo. Kuusamo is schitzophrenia-capital of Finland (mayb even Europe). This is result of inbreeding, in 17th century there were only 40 families and most of the people there are descendants of them. Also large margin of more cult-like sects of christianity. Rich folklore (3 different ghost-stories located within few hundred meters of our summerplace). People are very jealous and brooding, perhaps even malicious. Source: I'm from there.
>>56161493There were villages in Valais up until the XXth century where the people didn't know what country they lived in. Also they speak R'lyehish or the next closest thing to it.
Anoher Italian here, not the one talking about Venice.Honestly the entirety of the Lazio region (the one with Rome in it), especially the north can be kinda lovecraftian once you leave the city.Tons of woods and forest punctuated with every sort of ruins here and there.You could go for a walk near a smal town of 1000-ish inhabitants, turn around a hill covered with impenetrable woods and see old roman ruins or a medieval castle just sitting there spitting in the face of time.My branch of studies keeps me often in these woods and it always give me this strange eerie feel to be there about sampling trees and then BAM, out of nowhere a piece of acqueduct blocks you and if you check your maps it shouldn't even be there because there are no modern or ancient cities around. Or maybe a large blocky edifice clearly of ages past with only an entrance and two small holes for windows. No roof, no signs of people or animals, no activity whatsoever, just standing there.Sometimes it feels like exploring Earth after humans.South Italy can also become creepy very fast.Especially when you come across cities where people all talk the same strange dialect and refuse to talk Italian, and you go up and down in these little towns by the sea with all the houses painted blindingly white, nobody talks your language, let alone english, and if you're looking for trouble you can just look funny at someone in the streets at night.These are also not counting the myriads of old medieval towns with cramped streets and max two thousand souls that get foggy at night and give you chills at every turn with those saint statues glaring at you from the street corners.
>>56161341Ötzi is on the Italian side but there are descendants of him living in tyrol in austria http://tirol.orf.at/news/stories/2608349/
>>56161493Also, money cults in Geneva.
>>56161868Also, Raggi is clearly linked to the King in Yellow
>>56161857I don't know about the thing where people didn't know in which country they lived in, but I can confirm that R'lyehnish is the main language in the High-Wallis.
>>56161341forgot abou the curse thing.Everyone that touched his corpse originally died pretty soon under mysterious circumstances.It is also believed that he was cast out from his tribe so the idea started to rise that he was cursed.
>>56149459In the UK, parts of the Yorkshire moors, The Highland Forests of Scotland, The South Wales Valleys and the Brecon Beacons (decaying towns surrounded by countryside for the former, mist shrouded mountains with ancient tumuli and associated myths for the latter, although they can really be lumped in as one area) Cornwall out of tourist season too. Travel from Truro to Perranporth by bus in Winter...)
>>56161493>no mention of appenzellDisappointed. It's the inbreeding capital of the world.>>56161857>>56161905How many Swissfriends do we even have here?
>>56149459My hometown: Detroit
>>56152408Welcome to Silent Hill...
Colorado. Shit is crazy. Nights get so black that you can't tell if your eyes are open or not. When the wind blows it sounds like it's screaming at you. There's all sorts of ass-backwards villages nestled in the deep parts of the mountains. Seriously, if Shub Niggurath lived anywhere in the US, it'd be in Colorado.
>>56161986Actually I'm the Venice guy, but in Europe we all know the Swiss are nasty.>>56161973So like Tuntakhamon, I'd say the fact that he went up there perhaps to die is more interesting.
>>56156901Yeah but the 'Druids' are probably fuck all like the 'real druids', and Stonehenge was built long before the first Celts even arrived in Britain. And as for stone circles, what about the Rollright Stones? Far more spoopyness there than Stonehenge if you ask me...
>>56149459>AmericaThe midwest. It's fucking spooky out there at night. Flat for miles and miles and the world just wants you to shrivel up and die.
>>56161951I honestly think she didn't really know that to be mayor of Rome it means being as wicked and ruthless as it was 2000 years ago when people were stabbing to death Caesar>>56161995HOLD THE FUCKING PHONE!Is that building sporting "albrecht macht frei" banners?
>>56161977Camborne looks like Dunwich even in the summer. Away from the coastline, Cornwall is depressing as fuck.
>>56162076>albrecht macht freiAlbrecht? Sounds like a fucking nazi we should burn the fucking town down
>>56162190I don't think that's the biggest reason why Detroit should be burned to the ground.
>>56149459>If you're an American, don't just say New England, try to think of another place that fits the bill.As a New Englander who spent enough time visiting the other fetid shitholes of the country, found them wanting and came crawling back to his native Massachusetts, the only other parts of the US that are remotely Lovecraftian are Florida (because it's built on an aeons old tomb of countless corpses from ages long before man walked the Earth) and rural Appalachia (which is basically western Massachusetts and Vermont, but with worse education, more republicans, and accents that are simultaneously cute on women and ugly on men).
>>56162275How did Detroit ended up like that anyway?
>>56156901Stonehenge doesn't feel Lovecraftian at all. It's near a big roundabout, there's a huge army base not half a mile next to it and Ilved literally n sight of the stones for two years. Very nice to walk around the area and see all the lesser known barrows and such (even had one in our back garden) but it's not nearly isolated enough.Parts of Shropshire and the Welsh borders however feel far more isolated and alone. The Severn Valley in general has this weird atmosphere to it, but it's also quite heavily populated. The more isolated spots however do have the feeling that something has happened, could happen and perhaps is happening.
>>56162329N I G G E R SAnd that's not even /pol/posting
>>56162329It's the Mecca for Promethians
>>56149459>USAFlorida, for sure.
>>56162329Automobile Industry that had kept the city afloat during wartime crashed, people with an education and prospects moved out, businesses got desperate and started hiring anyone, chinks started buying real estate and creating low income housing, niggers moved in, housing market crashed and there is nothing in the area to attract people to live and work there. It's a dead city and should be torn down.
>>56149459>PolandBieszczady Mountains, not even gonna argue on that. The place is probably the most deserted region of the country and it helps the border area of other two countries around - Slovakia and Ukraine - is also a desolated, hard terrain wilderness. Bonus points for local folklore being full of devils and evil spirits.Said that, there is also Owl Mountains and surrounding chains, all in Sudetes. They are much more populated, but it's a region constantly covered in fog, with thick forests and most importantly - a metric fucktonne of Nazi hidden facilities. Perfect for Delta Green stuff. In fact I've tested it on greenhorns few weeks ago and it worked like a charm.Suwalszczyzna, too, which is a forest-marshland-lake region in north-east, close to Belarusian and Lithuanian border. No people, really creepy wilderness and despite being relatively small area close to one of the most tourist-heavy regions of the country, it's better for pulling "scary forest" scenario than actual forest region in Podlasie.Other than that it's like this anon >>56160474 mentioned: anything in the east, the closer to eastern border, the worse it gets, really. And despite things improving there greatly in past decade, it's still by large a backwater hillbilly country with almost no urbanisation and average locals being eager to beat the shit out of you for just showing there and disturbing their peaceHowever, despite his claim, not all mountains are going to work. There is for example Świętokrzyskie (more of a hill-land, really) that was traditionally considered the backwater of backwater throughout Polish history (despite being in the middle of the country) and the place of witchcraft (including few mountains specifically being related with covens and shit like that), but it's now more of a joke than anything else for past century. Setting things up any part of Beskidy (few dozens of different chains) or Tatry is just not going to work due to heavy tourism and population
I would say the Aran IslandsThat or the Blaskett IslandsSheer cliffs and jagged peaks surrounded by raging seas, sparsely inhabited or uninhabited and extremely remote while not being geographically that far away.
>>56153776Canada has a lot of different places that would be great. A lot of Canadian literature actually works with similar stresses as Lovecraft, mostly focused on just how vast and inhospitable the Canadian wilderness is, let alone the cosmos. I think the two themes would probably mesh very well.The far north is an obvious one. Days and nights each maddeningly long by turns, the harsh cold, the inhospitable terrain, the eerie Aurora Borealis, the insular people, the vast wilderness-- good and easy.Alberta would also be an incredible lovecraftian setting. The badlands are a truly bizarre landscape of mesas and canyons, the exposed rock striated into countless layers as you descend through geological ages. Fossils are so common in some areas you can find ancient, petrified bones just lying on the ground, exposed by the elements-- perhaps including fossils of mythos creatures unknown to human science. Weird rock formations abound, caused by erosion affecting different layers of stone differently. The climate is also harsh, incredibly hot in the summer and by day, but dangerously cold at night and in the winter. The desert conditions also mean that flora and fauna are strange, and often dangerous.Ontario and Quebec are full of thick pine forests choked with stinging, blood-sucking insects, with strange wetlands along the St. Laurence river, the Great Lakes, and Hudson Bay. This is basically the Canadian Vermont, and could easily be home to Mi-go, apemen, or other unnatural creatures.British Columbia has redwood forests, with gigantic trees, which work as well as more eastern forests for creature-hiding, and it has the Rockies, which tower into the sky and divide the continent, and which could easily be full of secrets.Finally, the maritimes are also weird; the climate is awful, wet in the summer and getting a truly prodigious level of snow in the winter, the people have an odd accent and strange lingo, and the sea and potential deep-ones are right there.
>>56162799>A lot of Canadian literature actually works with similar stresses as Lovecraft,Yeah like that one were the girl fucks a bear
>>56149459> FranceFaux De VerzyA forest full of mutated trees. Exist since the 6th century and is a tourist attraction nowaday.
>>56161868Another Italian here, neither the venetian nor the roman.If I were to set a CoC game in Italy i would do it in the Ligurian hills:>unresolved disapperances and murders>disabitated, lots of abandoned buildings>ruined churces, factories, medieval houses>people are superstitious, grumpy and generally mad>the forests are covered with brambles, spije and lianes>large networks of caves and mines >it was inhabitated by the Ligurians, who were probably a proto-indoeuropean (like Basques) tribe who later mixed with Celts and Romans>creepy atmosphere, foggish, gloomy and dark, expecially in autumn/winter>old archeological sites and graveyards
>>56162835Are you saying a weird cult of bear-worshippers and their half-human spawn wouldn't be dope lovecraftian stuff?
>>56163057>ligurian behaviour with touristsShit's perhaps too much lovecraftian to play it
>>56162835>that innsmouth look
>>56163245Just like people from Innsmouth, we don't like strangers, especially Milanese and Arabs ones
>>56163308To be fair the first part is mostly justified
>>56149459I think the Bodensee can be Quote scary. Manly because i live there and know the scary places.Also, a NOW-Campaign in Berlin with corrupted politicians could be fun.
>>56162981>Faux De VerzyLooks like one of the signature trees of Ian Miller, a prominent Lovecraftian illustrator.
>>56163508It's one of the least scary places from the Northern perspective. When I think of Lovecraftian regions of South Germany, I think of the Black Forest.
>>56149459Appalachia, the Ozarks, Acadiana, the Caribbean, Appalachia, the Great Lakes, Alaska/Yukon/NWT/etc. and the southwestern deserts.
>>56163772I think everywhere has it's strange places. I live in a nowhere blip on the map but I can show you places in walking distance of my door where castles once stood, ghosts are regularly sighted, unconsecrated burial grounds of pagans and heretics, the graves of condemned witches, the places where faeries sing and standing stones.And then there are the modern-day oddities.And this is a nowhere place but not so nowhere as to be notable for it.
>>56163928Yeah, but there's "odd" and then there's "I feel like I just walked into the set of a horror movie".
>>56163993I could take you to those places at 2 hours brisk walk.Or one and a half hours bus and walk if you want it Fallout Vault style.And that's not including obvious shit like slaughter houses.
>>56149459>BrazilAmazonasLargest state of Brazil, 16th largest country in the world, 10 times less people than in São Paulo90% of the territory is the world's thickest and most poisonous jungle, barely explored The aboriginals are still completely savages
>>56149459Lovecraftian? This looks Stalker to me.
This was a fun thread to read, to add something however meager it is. I'm from southern finland and with no proper knowledge of anything, I'd bring to the table the bogs. The shamanistic traditions are obviously something too, since what can be more lovecraftian than "old knowledge". My personal favorite is something called kalan suoli, which translates to fish's gut and means the place where a shaman may end up if he gets lost on his spirit journey.
Does anyone remember that guy on here just shy of a year ago going on about creepy shit that he experienced living on the Magdalen Islands?I always thought isolated islands out in the middle of the Gulf of St Lawrence would make for a pretty good Mythos locationAlso it's eerie how this picture right here could have been taken down the road from where I grew up, minus the red shade of rock.
>>56162489>niggers moved inNah, they were there for decades. It just looked like they moved in because all the white people that could afford to leave did after the race riots.
>>56161493Do you have some links to these kults?
>>56163623Yeah,but the "blackest forest" are in the Allgäu.There is the only Forrest i was ever in that was completly, utterly dark.Also, i find some small towns in Northern Germany pretty weird. You walk Form one to the next at nicht, and there is no Hill, no hills, nothing.Pretty strange.
>>56166125I remember that, but hasn't it resulted in pretty much nothing? Like at the beginning he was saying that "so much creepy stuff totally happens here guys!! The sea washes out weird things and all!!1", but in the end everything he actually talked, went into detail about and provided pictures of was actually pretty damn normal and mundane? Like, just harsh living conditions in an isolated place, but nothing other than that.
>>56166753They left even earlier.Detroit was literally dead when WW2 ended, as it was the only thing keeping that city alive. By early 50s it was already in decline, but it wasn't really a problem till about '58.Race riots were already during deep crysis, not catalyst for one.Detroit is probably the only case in recorded history where a metropolitan area with not just 1, but almost 2 mil people inside was unable to sustain itself with own sheer size and collapsed. One of the common explainations for that is the "American mobility", aka the way how American demographics are working ever since that country exists: massive boom-towns and people packing up en masse once the boom is over.Only this time it's not some gold-rush shithole, but a city that even now lingers around 600-650k people inside.
>>56167023Yeah I remember it petered off quite a bit.Ngl though, I do quite want to visit the islands, even if they are on the other side of the Atlantic.I feel that if you're a nihilist it's good to set yourself arbitrary goals.Plus, in pictures it does look weirdly similar to the north coast of Ireland, apart from the reddish hue of the rock
>>56162715Don't forget Rathlin Island which has spoopy caves and a dark historyhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathlin_Island_massacre
>>56167023I think the real difference is the experience itself. I remember when I switched my military service for what was basically a gloriefied forest ranger job and it was, you know, regular day-to-day job. Absolutely nothing weird or strange going on... but I was the only human being in 50km radius and had to be armed each time I was leaving my post in case of bears and other wild animals, not to mention being first response unit for pretty much everyone in thrice that radius, since they've figured out having lifeguard training (you know, the guy at the beach) is good enough to play doctor in the butt end of the world.And honestly, the isolation was more of an issue due to boredom than lack of human interaction or "creepieness". I run out of reading material after first 5 months out of 3 year service. Didn't get new books for another month.And the weirdest thing that ever happend throughout entire service was genuine snowfall in the middle of June, while the winter ended in early April.Then again, I'm the kind of guy who walks using starlight through the neck of the wood while returning from a party in the next town, because the last night bus already went without me, so maybe it's just me not getting scared about the whole experience. Either way, I had a lot of time for myself rather than spending 18 months in some barracks polishing boots and getting bullied.
>>56159070You know what’s really weird and cool?Lovecraft wouldn’t have understood enough to make the comparison, but only like 15 years later CS fucking Lewis of all people is namedropping quantum physics in an essay
>>56167157I was actually going to suggest Norn Iron in general for a Mythos setting, seeing as it has the right level of rural inbreeding and weird religious sects and fanaticism.No joke, there was a girl in my year in secondary school who's sect was literally called "The Brethren", and if that isn't Lovecraft I don't know what is. Also a big American church owns a significant portion of the small businesses in my hometown, and they definitely give off that evangelical cult-y vibe
>>56162835And it's a pretty good read, all things considered. Plus what >>56163174 said
>>56167253I'm not saying that such a place is not cool in a spooky way, but the guy talking about it was hyping it up wording it as if there was some actual weird shit going on there, which proved to be bullshit as he went on. Like, he was saying that "sea sometimes washes out strange creatures" or something like that and that he has pictures, and then it turned out he was pretty much talking only about dead whales and stuff like that. It was disappointing as hell.
>>56167337Not trying to defend this (since this sounds like some pure pussy bitch), but consider following:You never in your life saw a foggy sea. Not to mention dead animals being thrown on the beach. Or a whale, dead or alive.I remember how I was completely puzzled when I wound once a dead porcupine on Italian beach while taking a stroll. And it wasn't just dead, but it most definitely drowned and then was thrown out by the waves. I didn't even knew porcupines live in Italy, so naturally this get me curious.But again - curious, not paranoid.
>>56167389>You never in your life saw a foggy sea. Not to mention dead animals being thrown on the beach.I actually did, but whatever
>>56167513That was just a consideration to make. You know, the "imagine if" type of deal.
>>56156901Dartmoor confirmed, I live on the border and it gets solid fog all the time, valleys fill with it frequently and the moors can be thick with the stuff morning and night, really low clouds but thick like fogI own some land on the edge of the moor, hard to go there in the dark, I have taken friends and they just wanted to leave straight awayLots of local stories of people being pixilated - taken or mislead by pixies, chased by hounds, the devil, all sorts... then there's the dregs that live there, the prison built by pows and the site of executions and murders, I was lost in the fog hiking and found my way by walking the perimeter of that site, iron and stone age settlements, military installations, bogs, stone circles, burials, all the stuff you need to spoopGets a lot of foreign tourists, most never leave their busses, some might not just be there to see the sights and people are often found dead, alone, after going missing
>SloveniaAny given cave complex, really. There are so many of them and all so complex they are often used for movies when someone needs a sequence in elaborate, surreal cave. Some of them are even known for having unique life forms, like pic related.Considering "Cave" was Lovecraft's first story and being about similar themes, go figure.
>>56162190And they know it tooRecently claimed their Cornish Republican Army had a suicide bomber ready to go, infiltrated by cultists?
>>56167806>pixilatedI don't think it means what you think it means
>>56152425i live in columbus and i've never heard of this
Vancouver because it has Lovecraft's worst fear: chinks.
>>56149459Forget New England. I'd say Minnesota's North Woods; center it on the Wendigo. Loons and bad lighting are there for atmosphere.
>>56162799You forget the million small lakes of central Manitoba.
>>56149459The funny thing is that I live in a New England state and we don't really have a lot of myths and legends with creepy stuff. We've got several lakes that are supposed to have huge monsters, but none of them are hostile, just shy and mysterious. We've got some weird stuff about serial killers dressed as pigs, but nobody talks about those. Over 70% of the state is covered with trees, but most of them are very new since we destroyed the woods twice in our state's history and re-grew it. The natives were killed or driven out centuries ago and the government won't let them come back because they would demand ancestral land and build a casino, which would not be popular with the locals. With the natives gone for so long, we lost most of their myths. We have very few animals that are dangerous to humans (unless you are stupid and go towards them). The only really scary place in the state is one corner of it where nobody lives and several people die each year during the winter, but it's the cold that kills you not creatures. Vermont is weird.
>>56171425And yes, I know about Whisper in the Darkness, but nobody cares about that here.
>>56154975Ohio gets a wide pass due to "ohio lolz" but some of the back areas have remained basically unchanged for waay longer than what's good for kids in a new world. Fucking hills and corn
I want to say Newfoundland in Canada. It's surrounded by water, lots of empty desolate landscapes and littered with small outport and rural communities that would make for good cult towns. It's even got folklore of old men with druid like black magic and fairies who like to be assholes to people, doing stuff like leading them off cliffs on foggy days or cutting you and making fishbones come out of the wounds.
>>56162103Man,fucking detroit, man. The rustiest part of the rust belt. Its so fucking rusted it turnt into dust and rusted into pure bacteria which is now eating each other until only the concept of rust remains.
>>56171443Apparently the Mi-Go have a pretty nice hold on the media
>>56156586>"security" contractorsThe rules for nuke contractors are weird. They're usually much better armed than the local police force, and the atf regulations don't apply to then since they're nominally working for the doe
>>56156212Wait what where should I search?
>>56161120I remain convinced that true detective was originally a CoC game
The far northern regions of Canada past the tree line.
>yfw the only creepy thing in your city is the crime rate
Alaska has a shitton of electromagnetic anomalies where compasses don't work and whatnot.
>>56149459Appalachia seems like it would work well. Always foggy, small closely knit towns that could easily hide a dark secret, lots of potentially spooky forests.
>>56161986Not swiss but living in Switzerland (VD). How about you?
>>56149459There is a place up on the local volcano, Mount Merapi, called Pasar Bubrah (messed-up market) or Pasar Demit/Pasar Setan (spirit/demon market). It is called so because although it's just a rocky plain with some big stones strewn about it, you can hear what sounds like a busy market. Local legends say this is where the spirits, demons and djinni go to make mystical business, and there's some people who seek to meditate and seek spiritual powers there.Also the whole volcano itself is considered a mystical keraton (palace), complete with their own spiritual army and craftsmen and entertainers. It is said if it rains on a road and nowhere else, it is the ghostly spirit army marching in patrol.And then there's Nyai Roro Kidul the Spirit-Queen of the South Seas. She supposedly lives in and controls the mystical forces of the seas south of Java, and has been known to appear incognito as a dancer during court dances in the local keraton. To this day there's a taboo of wearing green clothing to any beaches on the south coast, for fear of Ratu Kidul envying them and claiming them to her sea (aka drown them in the sea and making the bodies disappear). This taboo's broken more and more, though.
>>56171522Don't forget that it was the sight of not one but two Norse settlements as well, and has a position as semi-mythical land in Icelandic sagas as a result.
>>56173044>replies to dubs 22>gets dubs 44
>>56172130Southeast of Tucson. Just out in the desert. some have more greenery than others. http://www.azbackcountryadventures.com/bombrnge.htm has more info. Stumbled onto em a couple years back in google earth, was quite perplexed as to what the fuck they could be. Santa Rita gunnery range, sahuarita range, there are others around the state. Ones south of Tucson are very disused. Have interesting growth on em. Also, take a look at the nearby open pit copper mines. Fucking alien landscapes there.
>>56161986Then I must be the only one. Living in BE.
gotta be the bayou. That shit is spooky as fuck.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_PennsylvaniaBunch of fire vampires trapped underground in central PA.
>>56173791This is perfect. Dark swamps where yet darker cults thrive.
>>56173791you spooked me
>>56162008Maybe I should venture outside of Denver once in a while
>>56171443>nobody takes a fictional story at face value Wow, really? Vermont people are so wise.
>>56172145It was based (uncredited) on a Mythos story
>>56168415it is, old use before computers - read it in a bookon Dartmoor
>>56152425Warren ohiofag here. This place could definitely fit since everywhere else is surrounded by woods and endless farmland owned by the amish.
Not American, but I do remember my 3 year contract in the US and I say - Montana. There is nothing there and this is precisely what made it so spooky. At least when crossing the Rockies in Nevada you expect desert and mountains, so you take lack of people for granted.There are no people, most of the area is complete wilderness, there is enough mountains and forest there to hide whatever the fuck you would like to hide and there is absolutely NO ONE to come for help or rescue.Also, the difference between ghost town and regular town is roughtly 30 people, so you can still enter what looks like a still perfectly fine town, only to realise aside the diner, gas station and handful of homes, everything else is abandoned
>>56174062There are a number of underground coal seam fires, some have been burning for hundreds of years. Then there's that "hell hole" in Turkey where they hit some seemingly endless pocket of natural gas. Fires under the earth and within the earth.
>>56149459Small towns in Southern California were reportedly where a lot of the inspiration for Silent Hill came from, so I'm going to go with there. Plus it's technically the place in America closest to Rl'yeh.
>>56174062Come to it, the Smoking Hills in Canada's Northwest Territories are vastly more Lovecraftian than Centralia.
>>56149459*headdesk* I feel like a jackass for not remembering sooner. The most alien place on earth, Socotra.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SocotraSeriously, image search the place. Dragonblood Trees are the example image I will go with, but there is so much more.
>>56149557This, though I'd even go further south with it, so long as you stay in the mountains and foothills and out of the valley.I like to go out driving into the mountains with my group of friends and we pass through a lot of old logging towns that have slipped into decay because of Californian the anti-logging legislation. Half the towns feel and look like how Lovecraft described Innsmouth and the people may not have the Innsmouth look, but they're weird as hell all the same (I should know I grew up in one of the towns). Fuck, this one night, we were driving through Canyon Dam past the lake we heard the strangest wailing sound emanating from the lake.
>PolandEither Bieszczady, aka the place know as "where the devil says goodnight". A wilderness that is pretty much a meme all by itself, with local folklore further making it spooky with nasty spirits making you lost and devils waiting for your soul. It's entirely possible to walk there for a week and not meet a single human being, despite being literally in the middle of EuropeORThe tri-border region between Poland, Czech Republic and Germany due to ecological disaster there (a lot of acid rains due to heavy industry, pic semi-related) combined with almost non-stop fog over what's left of woodland AND a lot of Nazi-era hidden bunkers and facilities.
>>56149459i live in belarus the whole place is a fucking timestop anomaly
>>56149557Definitely the pacific northwest
>>56175497Socotra is common knowledge for anyone interested in biodiversity IMO Sana'a is more LovecraftianTry to find the Elder Sign in this photo
>>56176399Belarus is very un-Lovecraftian for one reason, its people. They tend to be very indifferent and apathetic, they're the last people you'd expect to worship some elder evil or slit your throat while you're sleeping.
Some areas along the California coast are pretty isolated, and when the fog rolls in, it can get pretty spooky.
>>56161977>The South Wales Valleys and the Brecon BeaconsWhere I live. There is an ever growing sense of dread in these towns.
>>56176764I think that's just a regular pentagram, probably supposed to be the seal of Solomon.
>>56149459New Orleans fa/tg/uy here.Finding Lovecraftian locales in this area would be so easy as to feel like cheating...>Surrounded by dense, dangerous swamps, impenetrable to all but the native>numerous folk tales about swamp/fish monsters in the bayou >city has a long, rich history of witchcraft and occult practice>major port city>large, disenfranchised native population with a DEEP, intense resentment for "tourists" and outsiders, always rolling into town to party, wreck the city, and sometimes, disappearing into her back allies never to be seen again.>ancient...ANCIENT buildings all over the city, everywhere you look.>one of the murder-iest places in North America.>also, occasional apocalyptic storms/hurricanes and a long, healthy rainy season
>>56176830Belarus is Lovecraftian not because the people worship elder gods or partake in profane rituals to things beyond stars, but because the people can't really care enough about anything weird.>>56177438Occult aligned real estate developers are using AirBnB to turn New Orleans into Carcosa.
St Kilda in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland>inhabitted from Neolithic times until a final evacuation in 1930 after a series of crop failures and young men leaving the island meant livlihood on the small archipelago was unsustainable>The origin of the name is a mystery, there is no known saint named Kilda.>Population of the islands never grew above 180 and most census records average below 100>The islands were officially governed by a lord from Scotland who would once a year in summer send a tax collector (taxes were often paid in caught seabirds) and a chaplain to baptise any newborns. The islands being completely cut off in the winter months.>Druidic alters remained in use on the islands until their first permanent vicar in 1822, who whilst was well loved by the locals admitted being appalled by their lack of knowledge in Christianity.>The islands today have a few military installation for RADAR and weather monitoring and are covered in ruins and strange rock formations.
South Wales Valleys/brecon beacons. In the night the Valley towns have this eerie atmosphere in them that something is always happening. Plus up into the Brecon Beacons there's so many walks and hidden places that seem to be supernatural. Also, not forgetting about any of the old mine shafts and caves that litter the Valleys. Sadly though, a lot of them have collapsed.
>>56177438>>ancient...ANCIENT buildingsReally? As in, more than 1000 years old? (which honestly isn't even all that ancient honestly)
>>56178718Lovecraft constantly called Georgian (18th century) houses "indescribably ancient." American are funny like that.
>>56178847Any wooden structure of that age is practically "indescribably ancient" due to the extensive upkeep required to keep something like that habitable. Even then you're still looking at a Ship of Theseus situation for most of them. How many Georgian houses, regular houses - not manors or non-residential buildings, are still around in your country?
>>56178980Why, there are wooden buildings from the 14th century in my country. Huh? Huh? Huh?
>>56178980>How many Georgian houses, regular houses - not manors or non-residential buildings, are still around in your country?Too many to count. Although we built them properly, from brick, because we weren't uncouth paupers.t. Brit anon
>>56178980Entire inner city of my hometown was build between 1250 and 1300. Does this count, even if it predates Georgian architecture by few centuries?
No-where in the netherlands. Maybe in the north north of Groningen and Friesland. But that's basically north Germany or the coast of the waddenzee, respectively. And the islands up there are way to touristy to matter.
Utah+California anon here.Southern California definitely has a few towns with a major Silent Hill or Hills Have Eyes feeling to them, but most are close enough to sprawl that it's more a glimpse of what once was than immersive spook. Apart from the high proportion of cults and a few insular communities in the hills, it's not so Lovecraftian anymore - with the MAJOR exception of the Salton Sea. Toxic lake, abandoned towns, beaches made of bleached bone, fishgut stench, "whiteout" storms whipped up from toxic dust in the dessicated lakebed, paramilitary border patrols, mud volcanos... the list goes on, it's like stepping into a drained abyssal trench that once hosted a doomed colony. Real unnerving shit at every turn, and you just can't escape the smell of putrifying sealife. Bonus points for there being a couple of trash cities on its coast populated mostly by literal madmen.I can't find an image that really does the place justice. There's hardly any place along the coast you could stop at and not get the feeling of "Something is very wrong, I shouldn't fucking be here." Dead trees in the middle of a salt flat with piles of fish bones encrusted up their trunks... a dessicated dog corpse still standing straight up in the mud surrounded by bubbling holes in the muck... uniformed men with rifles patrolling through a ghost town, while you see a door quickly close as you round the corner and the smell of rotting fish hits you like a punch to the face... I used to do contract work in El Centro to the south and drive up to the Salton Sea afterward, and every time I'd see something new and unnerving. It's where deep ones go to die.
>>56179606Isn't Urk the European equivalent of Innsmouth?
>>56179606As if you couldn't pick up any fucking small town in Limburg
>>56179957Utah generally has more of a ghost town / skinwalker vibe to it, rather than a Lovecraftian one, but there's still a lot of potential and a few gems. For one, there are plenty of isolated mountain towns like Scofield, Tabiona, Koosharem, or Panguitch that have their own weird histories and often consist of the descendants of only a few immigrants who then holed up in the Wasatch for a century. If you wander off into the wilderness you're likely to come across sacred native sites, monolithic stones covered in strange petroglyphs, tunnels that seem to lead on and on into unknown depths, and plenty of ruins and abandoned villages (including the remains of a still half-flooded township that went under when a mountain collapsed and blocked the Spanish Fork river).I'm actually doing some personal research into angelolatry in rural Mormon communities, and I can say that (although by far not the rule) there are certainly some homebrew heresies under the surface culture of some of these towns, in somewhat more of a 'pagan' fashion than your usual fundamentalist sect shenanigans (although incestuous polygamist compounds led by self-proclaimed prophets claiming special occult knowledge is also ripe ground for Lovecraft-esque fun, and the state certainly has its fair share of those).Not to mention that the more religious an area is, the stronger of a hold the occult tends to have on the rest of the populace... and Utah has a reputation for being quite religious, and most every old-timer here has tales of witchcraft/paganism from back when.If Utah had an extra hundred or even fifty years to develop on its own before the highways came through, it would have been a contender for "most Lovecraftian" up there with Louisiana and Massachusetts. The theology and metaphysics of Mormonism were trending toward something quite close - human spirits being facets of a pan-entity primordial chaos, and 'devils' the same class of beings sans order or disconnect from the source.
Swedish Lapland is incredibly beautiful but also very, very sparesly populated. Sure there's villages but you could go very far without meeting anyone out there. It is not hard to imagine people going missing and never being found or others making lairs on the fells for ancient practices and degenerated offspring.
>>56179606>a sea of mud>not the most Lovecraftian thing ever Neger alsjeblieft
>>56180737It is quite lonesome and spoopy. Not sure what your problem is.
>>56152160>It was scrapped in real life because glaciers proved too unstable to build permanent dwellings inside and abandoned.Or that's what the report said, anyway...
>>56180839I guess you could do something with the concept of a sea that's so shallow that you can walk on the bottom during low tide, but honestly if there was anything there it'd have been found already.
>>56180442Didn't Lovecraft specifically mention some place in Utah? I think it was in At The Mountains of Madness?
>>56182582lovecraft namedrops a lot of things, most of which he probably came up with on spot, mountains of madness was mostly focused on the antarctic tho
>>56182049Anon, have you ever been or just saw pictures from New England? It's so civilised and tamed it makes the shore of Frisia look like fucking savage seashore in the far end of the world. Yet somehow Lovecraft was paranoid enough to consider it spoopy af.tl;dr It's now how it really is, but how it can be played up. Average Lovecraftian shit takes place in very populated and tamed areas, but still makes it work by focusing on the moment and very local occurences
>>56183290Anon, have you considered that New England looked and felt very different a hundred years ago?
>>56183371Have you considered the exact same thing applies to Frisia?And I'm eager to say it still does apply
>>56183290>Lovecraft was paranoid enough to consider it spoopy afCommon misconception. He loved it to bits, which really shows when he gets carried away by landscape descriptions. He chose to set his stories there for the simple reason that he knew the region and its history like the back of his hand.
>>56173791Spooped me good.It must be my Carolina upbringing, but while I wouldn't want to be out there at night, my heart felt a little happier looking at that image. It reminds me of the Lowcountry swamps in South Carolina.
>>56185756He also didn't really travel, so he was doing what writers do, and writing what he knew. Which was a tiny geographical area.However, Lovecraft was absolutely terrified of old things, as should be obvious from his work. So even though New England isn't old except by American standards, it was still older than him, and therefore haram.
>>56178847I always thought that his intention with that sort of language was to highlight something off about, in this instance, the building. It's not that it's ancient, it's that it appears to be ancient and has an oppressive weight of deep time about it even though it rationally cannot be all that old. Kind of a hint of some other corrupting influence either wearing the building down or simply infusing it with a more eldritch essence.Put simply, it really is quite disconcerting to come across something seemingly ancient in the USA, because it's so out of place. You wouldn't expect a cottage in the woods to look like it's been there since before the Spanish ever set foot on the continent, and since you know it can't be all that old there is an air of something very wrong with the situation you have found yourself in. Plus the 17th century in New England kind of feels like the American dark ages - it's just barely old and unknown enough to occupy a liminal zone in his history. By saying that this building looks indescribably ancient, he's conveying the sense that it belongs to the unknown region just past that liminal zone by describing the narrator's inability to reconcile the necessary facts of the building's nature with the impression that it gives him.For example the Witch House is treated this way, and ultimately it almost literally occupies a position on the threshold between the rational world of man and the unknown and uncaring cosmos that lies just barely beyond the dim light of our understanding. So in this case, the indescribable ancientness of it isn't so much a reasoned assessment of its history, but a device used to convey the building's essence which lies beyond its actual history.>pic unrelated, I just think Tierra del Fuego would have been an excellent setting for something Lovecraft-esque, if only it had been settled earlier
>>56150556Can confirm, weird shit goes on in those regions.>be with friends>camping on a nature preserve>night comes>we're just done with a hearty dinner when we hear a sound that's not supposed to be in the woods>sound is like the song of a whale, at a distance of around 300 feet>Having read my fair share of /out/ and /k/ spookies, I immediately feel fear and look at my friend's to confirm they also heard>One did, one didn't>Fuck, whatever>We start clearing up to go to bed when suddenly the sound echoes through the brush again>This time, much closer, about 90 feet away, if that>Everyone heard it this time and we all start fucking piling wood on the fire like damn cavemen, it's the best we can fucking do>All spooked>An hour passes, nothing happens>We shrug, nervously turn in for the night>Heard deer moving around a lot, waking me up a few times>Tell this story to a co-worker at the time>He's spooked, says he hunted there once and never saw any deer, and that "them's the quietest woods I ever been in, wouldn't spend a night there if you paid me"
>>56180442Just the Four Corners in general. Lots of land out here, lots of nature still unfuckedwith. One of the longest continuously occupied areas in the continental US. Some if th oldest buildings in the country are in New Mexico, chuches built by the spanish, conquistador descendants. Colorado has its mountains and forests, Utah its canyons and Mormons, NewMexico its ruins and Native population, and Arizona its goddamn accursed desert. Don't tell me the. flute playing spirit Kokopeli isn't easily tied to the mythos. There are the lost tribe, the Anasazi. Ask a navajo where people came from. We were lead out of a cave by Spider Woman or somesuch. Seriously, look up Navajo mythology. That aside, this region has so goddamn many ghost towns and forgotten mines you can barely throw a rock over a hill without hitting one.There is a river that flows from colorado to new mexico called the Animas. Name means river of souls.Really, there are too many tales of lost treasure, mysterious death and murder, and enough native spirits and mythology that its a wonder the area is so underused.
>>56186920>He also didn't really travelSeriously now...Read some background. He had no job aside from writing, so travelling and hiking took most of his time.
>>56191322Not him, but do you see the difference between visiting next town and travelling around the continent?
>>56162981Oh, oh!We have one of those in Russia, near Kaliningrad
>>56150257are you retarded for real?>north of centrum>not north
>>56192269>Lower Saxony>not NorthRetarded confirmed.
>>56162981>>56192242What the fuck caused this?
>>56192443There are various theories including an infestation of grubs and chemicals in the soil but nobody has spent the time to actually prove anything.
>>56162981>>56192242Here's the UK version, located in Dartmoor. I've actually been there.
>>56187587What season was this?
>>56149459Italian region of Umbria. Beside the cool name, it is a landlocked, mountainous region with plenty of ancient and sometimes uninhabited medieval villages and fortresses, which are beautiful but can be creepy, separated by vast thick woods.