You don't have to travel far out of middle class suburbia to be in the middle of nowhere. The middle of nowhere in North Carolina is a 4 lane highway, trees as far as the eye can see and the occasional horror house dotted along the roads. These old (not always deserted) houses are horror classics. - Amityville style! Actually - given that the real Amityville House of horror, where 6 family members were shot dead in their beds, went on sale in May 2010 for $1.15m perhaps I'm thinking more 'Monster house' - more knackered (there's a word Americans don't know!). What does the Amityville price tag say to those desperate folk in negative equity...?
Travel further into the Forest and you are into log cabin country- those cabins that also feature in American horror movies like 'The Vanishing.' I had the absolute joy of staying in such a cabin in the heart of the Pisgah National Forest. It was like a scene from 'The Evil Dead' without any of the Zombie devil bits (although there was a particularly vicious pull out sofa bed that has scarred my sister for life). It truly was in the middle of the forest - with lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! It was beautiful. Front and back porch with rockers, most of the furniture made from rustic branches and a claw foot bath tub but with all mod cons.