I'll cut straight to the point: I've always wanted to craft a good, original story & setting inspired by Appalachia, particularly my home state of West Virginia. I can picture a vast, unspoiled "Middle-Earth" of forests, plains, rivers and mountains. That's easy enough. For some reason, though, I've never really gotten past the pretty scenery; when it came to actual content, I didn't just want to take your usual fantasy-novel cliches and put them in Appalachia, nor did I want to resort to the stereotypes surrounding my own home. (One of my original drafts of this story was set in the near-future where the world's had a tech apocalypse and only the less advanced mountain folk (see: rednecks) have been able to survive. Not only does it make me cringe, but I think now they have a TV show similar to that.) What I'm asking is if anyone out there knows of some good fantasy (preferably of the swords & sorcery type) that has taken inspiration from Appalachia (its land, its culture, its anything), or if perhaps you grew up/now live in the pristine land I described and can lend your own viewpoint/reference material.