The United States is big. Very big. Stretched out through several time zones, encompassing various wonders of nature from the deserts to the ever-frozen grounds way up in the North, it has so much to offer that one road trip would not suffice to see all that you’d like to see. Even more intriguing than the sights of the beautiful landscapes are the country tales, the urban legends, and the creepy myths surrounding certain areas.

While some places look more mystical than others, these Tumblr users proved that America can be eerie and ghostly no matter which state you go to. From New Mexico to Maine, these people wrote about their states in a Gothic style, giving them all an eerie atmosphere. Gothic fiction refers to a style of writing that includes elements of gloom, fear and even horror, but it also has certain romantic qualities to it. If you were (or still are) a fan of such literature, popularized by such noted artists as Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allan Poe, then this thread is for you. It’s a lengthy read, so we recommend you make yourself a cup of your preferred beverage, sit back and immerse yourself in the Gothic land of America.

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What started off as a vague post on Tumblr turned into a Gothic fiction thread

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People from different states were describing the places where they live in an eerie and mystical manner

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From New Mexico to Minnesota, people had a lot to tell about their states

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The thread, naturally, quickly went viral

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With over 140,000 people liking and sharing the thread

People wrote about the urban legends and myths in their states

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Which turned into enticing tales

Tales about ghosts, monsters and mystic forests

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