We often base our tales in actual locations around our home state of New York. It’s fun to take everyday places, locations we’ve visited once, or often, and infuse them with our brand of lore.
Here are some of the illustrations from Corpse Cold: New American Folklore paired with their real-life inspirations!
“Amityville Beach”/Amityville Beach, Long Island
“Friendship: Dead and Buried”/The Last Ride burial simulator
The character Kevin Morrissey in “Friendship: Dead and Buried” is treated to a “ride” on Six Feet Under, which “simulates” an actual burial. Six Feet Under was inspired by The Last Ride, a traveling amusement park attraction in the Northeast United States that offers a similarly visceral experience.
“The Big ‘M'”/Eagle Bay, N.Y.
“Dracula’s Bride”/Ukranian Catholic Church
The chapel that the kids in “Dracula’s Bride” chase the elderly Mrs. Ellsic to is actually modeled after a Ukranian Catholic Church in Johnson City, N.Y. Corpse Cold co-author Joe Sullivan grew up in the same neighborhood, where the church still stands.
“Moss Lake Island”/Echo Island
The small island featured in “Moss Lake Island” is inspired by Echo Island, situated on Big Moose Lake in N.Y. Big Moose Lake is only a short drive from Moss Lake.
“Two Visions, 1984″/Roscoe Diner
The Roscoe Diner, where journalist Ross Davie picks up the hitchhiker in “Two Visions, 1984,” is a popular diner in Roscoe, N.Y., located on Route 17.
“Woman on the Campus Green”/Wadsworth Auditorium
The entirety of “Woman on the Campus Green” takes place at SUNY Geneseo, where Joe Sullivan once attended college. A climactic scene in the story takes place in Wadsworth Auditorium, a performing arts venue on campus.
“The Blue Hole”/Peekamoose Blue Hole
“The Blue Hole” is inspired by a real swimming hole in Grahamsville, N.Y., in the Catskills.
This story was inspired by actual alligator sightings during the summer of 2017 on the Tioughnioga River, which runs through Whitney Point and Lisle, N.Y. It was no urban legend, as two alligators were eventually caught.
“Last Train Home”/Buffalo, N.Y.
The train line featured in “Last Train Home” is based on the Buffalo Metro Rail system in Buffalo, N.Y.