I was browsing AOL headlines and came across this really cool picture feature on ghost towns. (Click here for feature.)
It's all about some of the eeriest abandoned cities all over the globe. Sometimes I wonder if we really are all connected by some underlying consciousness because just yesterday I was thinking about how much I enjoy (and maybe even want to write) stories about the world in a state of dystopia--stories about a possible future in which few humans are left, and the world's cities are abandoned, leaving those few survivor souls to carry on or die in the vastness.
To me, the whole ghost town look is like melancholy art. I find a certain beauty in it. Just imagine the immense quiet that would accompany an entire town being abandoned. Imagine the thoughts that might float to your brain as you stand in the midst of such a graveyard.
One of my favorite books is The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The images McCarthy creates in his abandoned world are haunting and will stay with you for a long time after you close the book.
What do you think of ghost towns? Creepy? Beautiful? Both?
(Oh, and if you've never read The Road, you need to get your butt to a bookstore and check that one out. It's absolutely amazing.)
Happy Thursday, everybody!