Here’s a creeptacular setting for your latest comic or other story– an abandoned amusement park full of fiberglass dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, somewhere along the twisting two lanes of some past its prime tourist region in the Great Lakes Midwest. (This one is/was in Michigan, which makes the cactuses especially fun.)
An obvious plot would be to use it as a setting for a horror story or one that turns on magic, and have the creatures come to life. But it also works well toned down, as a site for a romance or a soliloquy scene for private character development. Or a character could find it, later in life, and feel sweet/bitter/bittersweet nostalgia for the loss of a childhood fantasy. My favorite though, would be to have this park be the first thing someone sees on their first visit to our timeline.
Don’t worry, though. Whatever story I tell about the abandoned dino park, I promise to not to use it to explain away the mammoths of Kekionga. Those are real mammoths, man. I promise you that.
Follow the link here to a bunch of photographs and supplementary material about this great setting. Be aware that the original story was written in 2010 and much may have changed between now and then. Don’t just drive to Michigan right now, hoping to photograph the sculptures in the snow …