Growing up on too many books, there were so many places I wanted to live that weren’t real. It killed me that Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters wasn’t taking admissions. Why couldn’t I go on an expedition to the Barrier Peaks? Did I have to settle for New York when I would have preferred the 87th Precinct of Isola instead? Here are five places that still make me want to sell my apartment and move.
New Zebedee – the Michigan town (population 6,000) where Lewis Barnavelt is sent to live with his Uncle Jonathan after his parents die in a car accident in John Bellairs’s The House With a Clock In Its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, and The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring. In New Zebedee, all the houses are Victorian piles, the weather is always gothic, adults play poker with children, and lunatics are constantly escaping from Kalamazoo Mental Hospital and jumping out naked from behind trees.