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Arkham County late 1920's Road Atlas

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Published: September 11, 2013
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I always found that one of the major ways that Lovecraft has wrapped its leathery tentacles around popular culture was through a deluge of faux memorobelia: Arkham newspapers, Miskatonic diplomas and the like. This is my humble contribution, a 20's to 30's era fold-out road atlas of Lovecraft County based on old gas-station sponsored map sets. I added a bit of requisite humor by giving the gas station company name a play on Shoggoth. I did as best I could researching old New England road atlases, eliminated post 1930's highways and towns, and shuffled in some real but antiquated place names and sites, some of which have been demolished (many of the lighthouses for example), as well as any Lovecraft locations I could get away with showing on what is ostensibly a commercial road map (No Blasted Heath, why in gods name would a gas station suggest you go there? But the Old Growth forest it is a part of and the disused through-road from the Colour Out of Space dutifully are depicted, for example. The reservoir hasn't flooded the area yet in this particular map.) I'll probably be making adjustments and updates as I do some more research, but for now I'm liking how it turned out.
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Outstanding faux vintage; really looks like a historic map!  You picked great fonts on this.
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This is a beautiful thing - I think up there with the Miskatonic Railroad in sheer creative expression. After years of dithering around the fringes I'm finally getting into the Lovecraft mythos, and very much loving the craft that goes into developing this sinister and much-shadowed corner of Massachusetts!

The name, logo, and reference to yellow are particularly inspired! :D
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I have a feeling the Marsh family owns Shoggone Oil Co....
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Methinks the Marshes struck oil on Devil's Reef - sure the gasoline has a bit of a fishy smell, but it burns lovely in auto engines! Why, they say that some folk in Innsmouth even like to drink the stuff! :D
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I would love to see an update if you pursued this further. I love the style and the humour is a nice touch.
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very well done, love the yellow sign bit
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Nice! Very nice!

Heh. Excellent work.

I've got a story in mind that will involve the main character travelling to Arkham.

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