When you’re writing a book, you get to name your characters, so why can’t you name the town your story is set in? You can!
There are many books, as well as movies and TV shows set in towns, cities, or islands that don’t actually exist. Would you like me to name some? Okay. Here you go:
· Metropolis (Superman)
· Gotham City (Batman)
· Sunnydale, California (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
· Hill Valley, California (Back to the Future)
· South Park, Colorado (South Park)
· Castle Rock, Maine (The Dead Zone)
If you’re writing a book, you can create your very own town or city. And it doesn’t even matter what genre you’re writing! You can be writing a romance book and have it set in Misty, Maine. Or a horror book set in Bleeding Heart, Louisiana. You can be writing a fantasy story set in a different galaxy, on a planet named Euphoria.
Here is a list of real towns and cities with spooky names:
· Devil Town, Ohio
· Half Hell, North Carolina
· Ghost Town, Texas
· Red Devil, Alaska
· Slaughter, Tennessee
· Witch Lake, Michigan
Other odd names:
· Hot Coffee, Mississippi
· Cheesequake, New Jersey
· Boring, Oregon
· Shoofly, North Carolina
· Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky
· Sweetlips, Tennessee
Whatever you name your fictional town or city, be creative. In my (unpublished) series, I created a whole new world and was able to name islands as well as cities. It was a lot of fun! I used people’s names I thought were pretty and a strange word that means “appetizer” for one of the islands.
Think: Mordor (The Lord of the Rings), Hogsmeade (Harry Potter), Emerald City (Wizard of Oz), and Zion (The Matrix).
SHARE: The odd names for cities and towns that you know.
QUESTIONS: What is your favorite fictional town/city name?
Have you ever named a town (city, island or world) in one of your stories?