Of course the season is special but we are really here to talk about books. I must confess I do not write horror or even super spooky things. It’s just a quirk of mine. I cannot stand to read horror and really am not a big fan of the spooky and terrifying movies! You can call me a huge chicken and I will plead guilty. You know those times at camp or slumber parties when everyone was trying to outdo each other with the blood curdling ghost stories and such? I would burrow into my sleeping bag and pull it up over my ears!
But I do love the classic Gothic novels of the Victorian and Edwardian era and gorged on them as a young reader long ago. Adored the Brontes, Daphne DuMaurier, and their like. I had never quite dared to try to write one though, not even when an opening scene had nibbled at my mind for a long time. Then one day it just had to be written! Of course I had to use that classic and cliche line in some way: “It was a dark and stormy night.” That is so perfectly Gothic there was no escape. Lo and behold, that became the title: Dark and Stormy.
I cannot claim to have penned a real classic Gothic but most of the traditional elements are there: the spooky remote estate or castle, the dark, mysterious and enigmatic hero, a rather horrify kind of mystery that seems to become deeper and worse as the story advances… But instead of the typical innocent, naive but courageous young lady who finds herself in the midst of this, I chose an also innocent and sorely pressed young gentleman man who ends up deep in Wales on a very dark an stormy night only to be rescued by a dashing and mysterious man on a huge black horse!
For a teaser, here is the cover and a blurb.
Young Martin, fallen into hard times when his inheritance is gambled away by his guardian, takes a post as tutor for the recently orphaned children of a Welsh noble family. He takes the children to his heart but is soon caught up in the horrifying effort of discovering the truth behind their parents’ deaths. He also finds himself falling in love, a dangerous thing indeed, with their brooding and enigmatic uncle and guardian. For a time his life is indeed going to be dark and stormy. Can there be a happy ending?
More to come soon, including an excerpt or two and a little more about how the tale came to be written!