List of fictional towns in literature

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This is a list of fictional towns in literature.

Town name Author Origin Notes
Algonquin Bay, Canada Giles Blunt Forty Words for Sorrow, Blackfly Season, By the Time You Read This, Crime Machine Algonquin Bay is a small town in Northern Ontario, a fictionalized version of the city of North Bay.
Anchorage-in-Vineland Philip Reeve Mortal Engines Quartet the static and stable version of the Traction City of Anchorage that had decided to stop wandering the Arctic wastes and settle in the green and unspoilt land of Vineland (a.k.a. the Dead Continent), what was left of the continent of North America after the Sixty Minute War. When Anchorage was a Traction City, it was not predatory but gained its wealth by trading with other cities, due to more scrupulous leaders.
Ankh-Morpork Sir Terry Pratchett Discworld
River Heights Carolyn Keene Nancy Drew
Aramanth William Nicholson Wind On Fire fictional walled city in the world of William Nicholson's Wind On Fire trilogy. It is destroyed in the second book, Slaves of the Mastery when Ortiz and his raiding company attack and take the whole population (minus Kestrel) as slaves for the Mastery. Aramanth later becomes part of the Sovereignty of Gang under Bowman and Sisi's leadership.
Arkham H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft's work & Cthulhu Mythos
Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables
Barchester Anthony Trollope Chronicles of Barsetshire
Bayport Franklin W. Dixon The Hardy Boys
Bear Country Stan and Jan Berenstain The Berenstain Bears
Bibliopolis Tom Sharpe The Great Pursuit Stereotypical Southern USA Bible Belt town.
Brackhampton Agatha Christie Miss Marple series
Bree J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
Castle Rock Stephen King various novels
Cedar Cove Debbie Macomber Cedar Cove and Rose Harbor series A quaint, picturesque town on an island in Puget Sound in Washington state
Chester's Mill Stephen King Under the Dome
Chipping Cleghorn Agatha Christie Miss Marple series
Cittàgazze Philip Pullman His Dark Materials series
Clanton, Mississippi John Grisham A Time to Kill Several of Grisham's other novels also take place, in whole or in part, in Clanton.
Cleopolis Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queene
Eastwick Julian Barnes Metroland
Emerald City L. Frank Baum Various Oz Books
Esgaroth J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit
Gao Village Wu Cheng'en Journey to the West
Gormenghast Mervyn Peake Gormenghast series
Glimmerdagg, Sweden Anders Jacobsson and Sören Olsson Sune
Godric's Hollow J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series
Haliford J. B. Priestley They Walk in the City A Yorkshire industrial town suffering the economic crisis of the 1930s, similar to real towns well-known to writer from his own childhood
Harfang C. S. Lewis The Silver Chair
Hierusalem Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queene
Hogsmeade J.K. Rowling Harry Potter series
Ilium Kurt Vonnegut various works Considered a stand-in for the actual cities of Schenectady and Troy, New York. Featured or referenced in Vonnegut's novels Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Player Piano, and Galápagos.
Isola Evan Hunter 87th Precinct a section of a fictional city that is the setting for the 87th Precinct series of police procedural novels written by Ed McBain (pseudonym of Evan Hunter).
Kanthapura Raja Rao Kanthapura
Kingsport Winifred Holtby South Riding a major English seaport town fictional city setting in the classic novel, analogous to the location of Kingston-upon-Hull
Lankhmar Fritz Leiber Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
Lake Wobegon Garrison Keillor various works
Llareggub Dylan Thomas Under Milk Wood "bugger all" spelled backwards
Lud Stephen King Dark Tower series
Macondo Gabriel Garcia Marquez One Hundred Years of Solitude First mentioned in Garcia Maquez's La Hojarasca
Malgudi R.K. Narayan Malgudi Days Malgudi is a fictitious town in India created by R.K. Narayan in his novels and short stories. It forms the setting for most of Narayan's works.
Marghdeen (Marghadin) Allama Muhammad Iqbal Javid Nama Mentioned in Allama Iqbal's epic poem Javid Nama, the city of Marghdeen is depicted as a welfare state based on divine principles for humanity. It depicts the purist and the noblest level of any human society, one can imagine. The city of absolute peace in Javid Nama.
Mariposa Stephen Leacock Various short stories
Minas Tirith J. R. R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings
New Crobuzon China Miéville various works
Newford Charles de Lint various works
New Venice Jean-Christophe Valtat The Mysteries of New Venice a fictional city, made of buildings from past world's fairs, and located near the North Pole, on Ellesmere Island.
Opar Edgar Rice Burroughs various Tarzan novels a fictional lost city in Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of Tarzan novels.
Öreskoga, Sweden Anders Jacobsson and Sören Olsson Bert
Ploverleigh W. S. Gilbert The Sorcerer
Puddleby-on-the-Marsh, England Hugh Lofting Doctor Dolittle
Rederring W. S. Gilbert Ruddigore a fictional town in Cornwall, location of Ruddigore Castle.
R'lyeh H. P. Lovecraft The Call of Cthulhu fictional lost city that first appeared in the H. P. Lovecraft short story The Call of Cthulhu, first published in Weird Tales in 1928. According to Lovecraft's short story, R'lyeh is a sunken city in the South Pacific and the prison of the malevolent entity called Cthulhu.

The nightmare corpse-city of R'lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults. H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu (1928)

Sac Prairie August Derleth varius works
Santa Teresa Ross Macdonald The Moving Target a fictionalized version of Santa Barbara, California, created by Ross Macdonald in his mystery The Moving Target (1949).[1]
St. Mary Mead Agatha Christie Miss Marple series An earlier mention of St. Mary Mead exists in the Poirot novel The Mystery of the Blue Train. However, that St. Mary Mead is said to be in Kent, while the St. Mary Mead mentioned in the Miss Marple stories, beginning with Murder at the Vicarage, is located in either the fictional county of Downshire, Radfordshire, or Middleshire, depending on the source used.
Sto Lat Sir Terry Pratchett Discworld
Thneedville Dr. Seuss The Lorax A walled city without trees. This was also seen in the 2012 computer-animated film adaptation.
Trantor Isaac Asimov Foundation series capital of the Galactic Empire, at its height the city of Trantor covers the entire surface of its planet.
Utopia Thomas More Utopia_(book) the 1516 book The book coined the term "Utopia", meaning an ideal city or civilization
Warlock Oakley Hall Warlock (1958 novel)
Yian Robert W. Chambers The Maker of Moons a fictional city created by Robert W. Chambers and also referred to by H. P. Lovecraft. In the city, a great river flows under a thousand bridges, it is always summer and the sound of silver bells fills the air. In a portion of The Maker of Moons it is said to lie "across seven oceans and the river which is longer than from the Earth to the Moon."


  1. ^ Priestman, Martin (2003). The Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction. Cambridge University Press. 
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