“Haunted Lake” is the title of my paranormal short story in the anthology FULL DARK, now available on Amazon and B&N.
Haunted Lake is also a real place–and the region around it is real as well. I don’t think it’s haunted in real life, though. At least it wasn’t the one time I’ve been there.
1. Haunted Lake is a lake in Francestown, New Hampshire. Real name: Scobie Pond. This is what Haunted Lake looks like. Apparently, there’s another Haunted Lake in Londonderry, New Hampshire, which is nearby.
It’s a beautiful place and it is not creepy at all. It’s natural beauty. But being a city kid, I generally associate rural countryside with creepiness.
2. There has to be a reason why a lake is known as “Haunted Lake,” no? I quizzed my college roommmate and her sister (who grew up along the shores of said lake) about how and why it might’ve gotten its name. There were a few stories; some of them ended up in a mish-mash in my story.
4. The “misshapen mountain” that the surveyors talk about in the story is Crotched Mountain, now partially a ski resort.
5. The unusual tomb/memorial rock Kimiko runs across in the graveyard is not in New Hampshire. When I was a kid and forced to take violin lessons, the lessons were held in the church basement of the Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, Queens. The church is on a hill and has a substantial graveyard, which my dad and I were exploring one afternoon because we like cemeteries. We came across a huge stone.
Here lies the last of the Matinecoc, is the inscription. The Matinecock were a Native American tribe who lived on Long Island–they were part of the Lenape tribe.