Tuesday, January 18, 2011
[For previous entries, click the "Most Gothic Place Names" label under Features in the right sidebar.]
Since Hawaii and Idaho offer no viable candidates, I'll skip ahead to Illinois. The Prairie State features such suggestive names as Dexter (a dead end for serial killers), Stonington (gee, wonder what form of public execution they favor here), Willeys (guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies), Raven (best ignore that tap-tap-tapping at your chamber door), Moonshine (a whole community of home brewers!), Birds (Tippi Hedren's least favorite town), Hicks (cue the Dueling Banjos), Tazewell (and your target will never get up again), Cropsey (guess that boogeyman urban legend isn't limited to Staten Island), and Flagg (where the Walking Dude finally settled down?). But as far as I'm concerned, the most Gothic place name in all of Illinois belongs to:
Smothersville. This one is pretty much self-explanatory. I'll just add a bit of forewarning: if you happen to find yourself lodging in this town, be sure to sleep with one eye open (and NEVER ask for an extra pillow).