As a writer of ghostly and supernatural stories, one of my earliest literary influences as a young teenager came from the classic world of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Later, I became obsessed with the vampire chronicles of Anne Rice, the wonderfully gothic and ghostly tales of Susan Hill, and the everyday magic that lyrically dances from the pages of the novels of Alice Hoffman.
So it is very satisfying now, to see a resurgence in the popularity of the genre as more and more female writers delve into what Helen Dunmore refers to as a “psychological playground”. An apt description, and where I am also quite happy to play, literally!
Although I do write drama, I am always drawn back to mixing up the gothic and the dark fairytale with the horror elements, and many of my stories, The Lupii, Evanescence, Iona’s House, Spinning with the Devil, and of course, Vampire of Arkyne, all stem from this genre. I can only aspire to reach the levels of the great ladies mentioned above, but I fully intend to keep trying, and to keep playing!
Anne Rice’s latest novel, The Wolf Gift, to be released on Valentine’s Day, will be my next read…