Falcon Point

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Falcon Point

Origin: August Derleth, "The Fisherman of Falcon Point" (1957, suggested by a very brief note jotted Lovecraft's Day Book but created almost entirely by Derleth)


In the Mythos

A small fishing village, south of Innsmouth, on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The inhabitants avoid Innsmouth as much as possible.

Falcon Point is a small fishing village 10 miles northeast of Arkham and south of Innsmouth, technically part of innsmouth township though the people of Falcon Point maintain a strict and separate existence from that town, for reasons they are reluctant to talk about - "We have nothing to do with that sort, they are not like us!" Pressed further, by plying one of them with alcohol, investigators might gather that the villagers are vaguely as aware that something is wrong with their neighbors in Innsmouth as any outsiders can be, and would prefer not to know or be involved, or say or think any more about it than they have to.

General Geography

  • Roads: Innsmouth Road intersecting Falcon Point Road to the west of town, headed north to Innsmouth, and south to Arkham. Falcon Point Road runs east from the intersection through town, with most houses built along this road.
  • Falcon Point: A high, scenic bluff over the Atlantic ocean near the southeast part of town, which lends the village its name, and is itself named for the raptors that frequent its cliffs.
  • Falcon Creek: A creek running east to the sea, parallel to the southern edge of town.


1920s

Some notable locations in the village in the 1920s:

  • Falcon Point Post Office: Postmaster Abigail Harding (1920s); the Falcon Point Post Office (Abby's home) is serviced by a mail truck serving a route from Gloucester to Ipswich, and Abby personally delivers the mail locally. The postmaster is assumed to be the best source of most gossip in the town for most of the town's history until the 1950s or so.
  • Ford's Bait & Tackle: Delmar van De Ford, Prop. (1920s); for most of the town's history until the 1950s, this is the sole commercial outlet for the town, this small shop stocks fishing bait and tackle, rods and reels, and the like, along with general sundries such as coffee, tobacco, canned goods, local produce, etc.
  • Jack Wilson's Garage: Jack Wilson and his wife, a local childless couple, have a couple spare rooms in their large house, which serves as a sort of "Bed & Breakfast" for the town from the early 20th century (including the 1920s) onward.
  • Boynton Beach: A beach to the north of town, a little too close to shunned Innsmouth for most locals' comfort; beach houses are occupied seasonally by vacationers, or rented to tourists.
  • Enoch Conger's House: A desolate, abandoned house to the east of the town, near scenic Falcon Point bluff itself. The house was abandoned after its fisherman owner met an unearthly fate in connection to his unhealthy obsession with mermaids which began his claim of seeing one with his own eyes.
  • Babson Mansion: One of the town's larger and wealthier homes. Alleged to have been formerly occupied by a "wizard", and considered "haunted" by the townsfolk; over the years, it has stood empty fare more often than it has been occupied, with heirs to the house rarely living in the mansion for very long.
  • Jebediah Harper's House: One of the town's larger and wealthier homes.

The town is otherwise home to a few small local farmers and fishermen.

1950s

By the 1950s, this scenic town's economy would largely be served by tourism for seasonal vacationers, fishermen, hunters, and campers from neighboring towns in the Miskatonic Valley, tourists passing through on their way to and from Ipswich, Gloucester, and Arkham, and occasionally from further afield in neighboring states. By this time, Falcon Point would have electricity, running water, and telephone service, and would add:

  • Service Station: A service station with small general store near the Innsmouth road intersection (leaving the Bait & Tackle shop to mainly specialize in fishing and hunting supplies.)
  • Roadside Diner: A small local rest stop and diner across the road from the service station.
  • Falcon Point Baptist Church: A small wooden Baptist church.
  • Falcon Point Rental Cabins and Beach Houses: A few rustic rental hunting lodges and cabins for tourists and vacationers, in addition to the beach houses on Boynton Beach.
  • Falcon Point Lodging House: Jack Wilson's former house sold, sold by the Wilsons after the War and converted full-time upscale lodging house for vacationing retirees, now popular with Miskatonic University professors seeking peace, quiet, and privacy from the bustle and prying eyes of nearby Arkham's busy small-town university life.
  • Babson Mystery House: The ruins of the old Babson mansion converted to a (tacky) roadside museum exhibit (featuring cigar-store "injun" carvings, a witch-themed "mystery house" containing optical illusions, fun-house gimmicks, and witch trial-related exhibits with sketchy "facts" about witches, a dismal exhibit about local smugglers and gangsters and bootleggers, and a glass case containing a worn and decrepit "Fiji mermaid" mummy dubiously claimed to be the very Conger Mermaid itself, along with some coin-operated nickelodeons and novelties, and a few relics and curios of vanished Miskatonic Valley native tribes), and a chintzy gift shop, and a shabby Tiki bar.
  • Bosley's Tiki Totem A shabby tiki bar attached to the Mystery House, which the locals regard to been a final straw in bad taste from its owner, and which visitors glumly tolerate as the only drink in town while their children explore the shoddy museum and funhouse. Every few years, the Mystery House and Bosley's are the recurring target for complaints about the "public nuisance" from long-time residents, which the owners seem committed to fighting on principle.


Heresies and Controversies

  • 1950s-era Content subbested by YSDC contributers.

Keeper Notes

Associated Mythos Elements

The locals are relatively wholesome and normal; there is of course the occasional trouble like the Conger Mermaid incident, and that time in the 1920s when a couple inhabitants of this small village were secretly corrupted by the influence of Innsmouth or that time a little later in '27 when the villagers discovered some refugees from the Innsmouth Raid had broken into the beach houses and the a rather strange Revenue Service investigation accompanied by Federal troops came to collect them and question the locals and search homes for other Innsmouth folk, but the rest of the village otherwise loathes Innsmouth and shuns the abnormal, and by default there is little else strange or remarkable about Falcon Point.


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