In the upcoming LIly Drake release, 'TIL DEATH DO US PART, Mansfield, Ohio a nearby town to Mount Vernon is mentioned. Mansfield has quite a rich history... none that involve vampires as far as I know, but it is quite the interesting place. Here are a few little known facts about Mansfield:
1. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Mansfield was the home of the infamous Highway Safety Foundation, the organization who created teh contraversial driver's education scare films that featured gruesome film photography taken at fatal auto accidents from the area.
2. The KingWood Center is a historic 47-acre site with a giant house, garden s and greenhouses located at 900 Park Avenue West in Mansfield. it is also the building which represents the Chapman Mansion on the cover of LIFE AND DEATH OF LILY DRAKE - totally by coincidence. The book cover designer had no idea the building was anywhere close to the story.
3. Mansfield is home to the old Ohio State Reformatory, constructed between 1886 and 1910 to resemble a German castle. The reformatory is located north of downtown Mansfield on Ohio 545, and has been the location for many major films, including The Shawshank Redemption, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Air Force One and Tango & Cash. It is also widely believed to be haunted.