The Arkham City is one of the most recurring locations in the HPL prose - this is the location of Miskatonic university which hosts the deadly Necronomicon. It is also "famous" for the Arkham sanitarium, where end those, who had a unfortunate chance to glance at things they shouldn't. But besides those two places, its a beautiful New England town.

Why then the infamous psychiatric hospital where maniacs such as Joker or Two-Face spend their time between they escapes called the same name? Is it a pure coincidence or is there connection between those two places?

  • Parson's State Insane Asylum
    – Snoop
    Mar 19 '16 at 1:44

Yes, it was.

From Wikipedia:

The Arkham Asylum is named after the Sanatorium in the fictional city of Arkham, Massachusetts, found in many of H.P. Lovecraft's short horror and science fiction stories, the first being "The Unnamable" (1923).

In-universe, though, it is called Arkham Asylum because it was founded by a man named Arkham.

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