I love to write about setting, because setting is a great way to evoke a
mood in the reader. That may be the reason I love Gothics. Damsels in distress
in mysterious castles with broody owners...Yum. I used to adore Victoria Holt,
Mary Stewart and Daphne du Maurier even before I really got into reading and
Here's the beginning of a Gothic I wrote a few years ago, a short story
called Highland Vampire:
I had fled as fast and as far as I could. I could run no farther than to the edge of the world, here at the northwestern corner of
The gloaming was deep upon the land when I found
Isn’t that what Scots called it, the gloaming? That mysterious time between day
and night, when blue dusk dims the sky and magical beings wander forth. Kilburn Castle
I let my little rented Vauxhall roll to a stop and considered the broody hulk of a castle high on a hill above the sea, silhouetted against the deepening night. The crash of the waves against the cliff was interrupted by a car roaring out of the fortress’s gate. It sped past me, almost clipping my bumper in its haste, and raced down the hill, its headlights switching on as it traversed a curve in the narrow road.
Here's what the story is about:
Natasha Desmond is a woman on the run. But the castle in which she seeks refuge may harbor a greater menace. Though she welcomes the attentions of the castle's broody owner, she awakens with two tiny punctures on the side of her neck...
Intrigued? Score your copy here:
http://tinyurl.com/HighlandVampHQ (publisher's site)