Tuesday, May 10, 2011
[For previous entries, click the "Most Gothic Place Names" label under Features in the right sidebar.]
New Hampshire really surprised me with its wealth of Gothic place names. There's Gilmanton (which no doubt circles a black lagoon), Savageville (where acting uncivilized is a civic duty), Salem Depot (witch-hunting items at wholesale prices!), Severance (the townspeople here have no problem hacking tourists), Camp Notre Dame (meeting ground for backpacking hunchbacks?), Loon Cove (shares the same mindset as Madbury), Coffins Mill (a real death factory), and Chase Village (where the angry mob gets plenty of outdoor exercise). The state's stand-out appellation, though, belongs to...
Hell Hollow. The name conjures the image of a sylvan setting ravaged by inferno. Or a spot where the netherworld's denizens have spilled out onto the earth's surface. A place so demonic, even the Headless Horseman shuns it.