HPL was master at mixing his fictitious locations with real life locations, or giving his fictitious locations proper placing in the world, to give them an air reality. One of the things I've though about doing for a long time is make a Google map of locations from Lovecraft stories with the stories attached to the descriptions. Would anyone want to help with this project?
Obviously, some locations need estimations - the towns of Lovecraft county are estimations of real towns such as Salem or somewhere in Essex County, Massachusetts. But there are other locations that are more easily found out.
N. Latitude 45° 16', W. Longitude 28° 34': U-29 torpedoes the British freighter Victory
, New York to Liverpool. (The Temple)
N. Latitude 20°, W. Longitude 35° : final resting place of submarine U-29. (The Temple)
S. Latitude 49° 51', W. Longitude 128° 34': The Emma
encounter the Alert
. (The Call of Cthulhu).
S. Latitude 47° 9', W. Longitude 126° 43': Location of R'lyeh. (The Call of Cthulhu).
Binger, Caddo County, Oklahoma: Location of the Indian mound which is haunted by a headless ghost. (The Mound)
the big thing is I really don't know how to work Google Maps. I've made the google map open and public to anyone who wants to change it, so please, if you'd like to help out, post here locations or edit the google map.
The google map can be found here:http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=203685024434556563890.0004a0052ba5a6af6b98d