Cthulu Walks Here…
In 1923 and 1924 in the summers H.P. Lovecraft, horror writer, came to Salem and was inspired by many of the buildings in town. Those listed above are only a few. In his narratives Salem became known as Arkham; an epitaph borrowed by the Batman franchise. Other surrounding areas became Innsmouth (Ipswich) and Kingsport (Marblehead). Tales like Herbert West-Reanimator, Pickman’s Model, and The Thing on the Doorstep were set inside this fictional Arkham. Also institutons like Danvers State Hospital were transformed into Arkham Asylum and the Essex Institute into the Miskatonic University.
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2 thoughts on “H.P. Lovecraft and Salem”
Thanks for the history lesson. I didn’t know he had traveled to Salem.
Your welcome. It is cool he used towns like Salem, Marblehead, and Ipswich in his tales. After visiting the places he writes about that is…