Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 15th, 2009
How does The Times of London expect to assist world travelers trying to find vampires and Bigfoot-type creatures when they are sending people to Caddo Lake via Shreveport, which they inform us is in Mississippi?
The new movie, Twilight: New Moon, apparently, is causing the media overseas to make some rather bad cryptogeographic mistakes.
In the Sunday Times of November 15, 2009, we find this:
Twilight isn’t the only vampire franchise causing a stir in the travel and tourism industry. The internet and twitterverse are full of questions about the locations used in Twilight’s far sexier, sultrier Southern cousin, the HBO series “True Blood.” Although much of the show is filmed in Los Angeles (just as New Moon was mostly shot in Vancouver), fans of the telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse and the cute (for 173 years old) bloodsucker Bill Compton head for Shreveport, in Mississippi (aka Hollywood South), to soak up some of the show’s steamy gothic atmosphere. This is where the source books, by Charlaine Harris, are set and many of the establishing shots are filmed here, including the exterior of Bill’s home, Lucky’s Bar, and the antebellum mansions along Austin Street.
About 25 miles northwest of the city is mist-shrouded Caddo Lake, featured in the opening credits and a favourite for Bigfoot sightings. For down-home Southern hospitality, stay at Fairfield Place B&B (2221 Fairfield Avenue; 318 222 0048; doubles from £100), two elegant 1870s mansions in Shreveport’s Historic District.
Of course, Shreveport and Caddo Lake are in Louisiana!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.