I hope nobody minds if i post this in here, but i trust the opinions of the folks here on the Hellboard, and i know some of you are writers and artists in your own right, so i wanted to ask some advice if i may.
I'm currently trying to write a comicbook to pitch to Fark Horse, set sort-of in the old west, and i'm wondering about historical accuracy.
My story is loosely based on a real location and real events. I don't really want to give anything away, but let's say the place is called Clearing, and that the event concerns the arrival of the first lawmen in the area, due to a set of specific circumstances. Now the story i have in mind ends very differently than the situation did in real life, veering off dramatically into the supernatural and setting the stage for a series of old west horror adventures.
Bearing all that in mind i'm not sure if i should just set the story in the real-life Clearing, or create a new fictional location?
Given that the people involved in the real events are a matter of public record (tho far from famous) would it seem disrespectful to write them out of history and replace them with my own characters? And can i justify setting my story in the real Clearing when my ending differs so dramatically from what actually happened there?
And if i do create a fictional location, should i just locate it roughly where the real Clearing is, and pretend that Clearing doesn't exist in my fictional universe?
Or do i acknowledge that the real Clearing exists, and create a fictional place elsewhere where similar events took place? My problem with this is that, at the time the story is set, this part of North America was mostly unsettled by europeans, which means i will probably have to create my fictional location somewhere where couldn't/wouldn't have existed historically.
It's such a headache.
If anyone has any ideas or comments i would be really grateful to hear them.