Our favorite books are filled with wonderful, exotic, and mysterious places. If it were possible to literally step into the pages of a book, these are the locations we’d want to visit.
The Dreamlands (H.P. Lovecraft)
Influential pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft went through three distinct phases in his writings. The middle phase, commonly referred to as his “dream cycle,” centers around an alternate dimension (the Dreamlands) that can be accessed by people from our world. Those who know how to enter are known as “dreamers,” and have only to fall asleep in this world to wake up in the Dreamlands.
Lovecraft’s unique world is made up of different points of interest. There’s Ulthar, which is ruled by cat-gods; Celephais, the majestic city created by the dreamer-turned-god Kuranes, and even a land of giant spiders called Leng.
Who knows? Maybe such a world actually exists and is no more than a good night’s sleep away.
The Hyborian Age (Robert E. Howard)
We couldn’t mention Lovecraft and leave out his friend Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian, Kull the Conqueror, and Solomon Kane. Howard set his Conan stories in the Hyborian Age, a lost era of mankind. In essence, it’s a grittier, more violent Middle-Earth (before Tolkien created Middle Earth).
All the countries in the Hyborian world are based on real places; Stygia is Egypt, Corinthia is Greece, Asgard is Scandinavia. Although humans are the dominant race in this world, there’s no shortage of interesting creatures to provide subject-matter for tales, from flying apes to talking elephants-people and giant, man-eating dogs. Fun for the whole family!
Gallifrey (Doctor Who)
In the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who, this is the prestigious planet of a powerful race of humanoid aliens known as Time Lords. They’ve used their extreme intelligence to create technology that allows them to travel through space and time.
The planet Gallifrey normally isn’t the setting for Doctor Who stories, but when it is shown it’s depicted almost like a Utopia, except that the people there often let their logic and superiority go their head.
The home of everyone’s favorite indecently exposed beefcake, He-Man. Eternia is at the center of the universe. At its core is the star seed, a spark left over from the creation of the universe.
At the center of Eternia conflict is Castle Grayskull, a fortress that contains hidden magic, power, wisdom, and mysticism. Villains like Skeletor try to conquer Grayskull in the hopes of using this power to conquer Eternia.
With Eternia also lying at the center of alternate dimensions, perhaps one day we’ll see that long awaited He-Man/Thundercats crossover.
A fascinating world at the center of the earth created by Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Pellucidar is accessible via a polar opening. It’s lit by a miniature sun that never sets; thus, it’s never night in Pellucidar. There are primitive people, dinosaurs, and lots of strange creatures to encounter.
The human imagination is a beautiful thing. Whenever you get fed up with the limitations of reality, you can escape to a much more astonishing world with these amazing fictional locations.