Interview with Debbie Manber Kupfer


Debbie Manber Kupfer – author of P.A.W.S. and Argentum.


What originally drew you to writing?

I’ve always written ever since I was a child. I’ve always felt much more comfortable putting down my thoughts on paper than in any other way. When I was a kid I would fill notebooks and even finished a series of three school “novels” based around my friends and the playground.

Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

The two main ones are probably JK Rowling and Neil Gaiman.

What most inspires your stories?

Anything and everything. Even though I write fantasy, the little things around me often end up in my books. I love people watching and will often sit in cafes for inspiration.

Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

As a mother I’ll have to say “no”. I fit in writing whenever I have the time.

Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

Go for a walk. A change of scenery and fresh air do wonders.

Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

I do both. I tend to read traditionally published books in a hard copy from the library and buy ebooks of indie authors.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

In lot of ways Miri is like me. She was bullied as a child, but the experience has made her stronger and not take things for granted. She’s always loved to read and write and used books as an escape from the harsh realities surrounding her. She enjoyed fantasy as a child and wished she could escape into those worlds. As she grows older she grows stronger especially after she learns to control her magic which is very powerful. But as we discover in the beginning of the second book having strong magic can come with a price.

What genre do you prefer to write in, and why?

My main series is fantasy, but I also love experimenting in different genres in my short stories.

Have you ever been involved in a collaborative project with another author? If not, is it something you would like to do in future?

Oh yes. I’ve been in quite a few anthologies where we all worked together. The most notable being Fauxpocalypse (a collection of stories about the end of the world that wasn’t) and Sins of the Past (a historical horror collection in which I not only have a story, but also am the editor of the anthology). I plan to do more collaborations in the future and in particular the group of authors that put together Sins of the Past are already working on a second book, Sins of the Future, that all being well will be released next Halloween.

Do you set yourself a daily word target? If so, how often do you meet it?

I only set myself a daily word target during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). During NaNo I make myself write two thousand words each day before I’m allowed to go on the Internet. It must work as I’ve “won” NaNo (reached 50k words) three years in a row now.

What do you do to get book reviews?

I approach bloggers who review in my genre. So far my reviews have all been favorable, but like all authors I could still do with a few more!

What are your views on social media for marketing?

I’m on Facebook a lot (probably too much) and it definitely has helped me make connections with authors, bloggers and readers. I do a little Twitter too, but admit that I don’t really understand how to use it properly.

debssmallDebbie Manber Kupfer grew up in London and lived in Israel, before somehow ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a puzzle constructor and writer. She lives with her husband, two children, and a very opinionated feline. She is the author of P.A.W.S and Argentum and has short stories in several anthologies including Fauxpocalypse, Shades of Fear, Darkly Never After, Sins of the Past, and Heroes & Villains. She believes that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything!

Connect with Debbie on her blog or Facebook and check out her books on Amazon.


P.A.W.S. is Debbie’s first novel and is available here. When Miri’s grandmother dies, she takes with her the family secret. Miri finds herself alone and abandoned in a St. Louis boarding school. But she is about to discover the secret isn’t dead.

Taunted by bullies, Miri is shocked to learn she possesses a secret power. It can save her… but can it save those she loves? After she is befriended by others with the same strange, magical powers, her history comes alive. And with it, Miri’s fate becomes more dangerous.

Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society called the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.

ARGENTUM-CONCEPT2-FrontDebbie’s second novel, Argentum is available now.

Argentum . . . silver. Magical powers.

The death of the evil Alistair has brought a measure of peace and calm to those at P.A.W.S., but his silver charm remains in Miri’s possession and it seems to almost have a life of its own.

Nightmares and questions torment Miri until the charm mysteriously disappears and Jessamyn seeks help from Quentin, who claims to have repented his past association with Alistair. But can he be trusted?

And Jenna, the sweet, young girl once held captive by Alistair, is carrying a terrible secret—a secret that could determine the future of P.A.W.S.


Dragonbride by Raani York


Today I’m pleased to be able to share news about the release of Dragonbride, a fantasy novel by author Rani York.


Shalima, “Daughter of the Light”, was born under special circumstances. She was raised by her aunts instead of her mother because she needed to be prepared to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Scriptures, which told that she was the only Magician on Earth.

Her aunts carefully prepared her for her obligations and her sacred duty. She will have to get married to the Holy Golden Dragon, the King of the Dragons, a huge Earth Dragon with magical talents. She cannot believe that she is the “Chosen One”, who has to protect the Dragon Species, all of Nature and finally the Earth. But when she turned into a teenager it seemed that the Old Scriptures were right.

Not only does she have to fulfill her duty by getting married to the Dragon – she will also have to go on a deadly mission to save the world from an unspeakable evil. A mission there is very little hope her party will ever return from.

Here’s an except from the book to whet your appetites:

The mountains possessed a dark but seductive beauty, and they lay in wait for the ones who came through the Fire Hell. The powdered white peaks of the sparkling black mountain-world watched for them with longing.

The Diamond Mountains gave the illusion of being much closer than they really were, and many a pilgrim had been lured to his death by the promise of riches hidden on their slopes. These mountains were so named because of the rough gems strewn about the black volcanic soil. When the sun shone overhead the gems made the mountains sparkle and shimmer brightly, and at night they made the moonlit mountains glow with a soft silver light.

People, blinded by both their greed and the tantalizing glittering of the sunlit earth, imagined that there was immeasurable wealth lying there on the ground, just waiting to be picked. However, the mountains never betrayed the secrets they held. None who had ever walked those slopes could find the diamonds hidden within the black soil, for the mountains protected themselves.

Although healthy forest still grew in the foothills, the undergrowth became sparser just a few hundred feet up, and then the treeline ended. Where stunted trees would normally grow the forest just stopped, as if some unseen hand had cut it short. All that remained were dangerously sharp, dry rocks. Just below the snowline, the rocks disappeared, and the glittering black soil took their place.

Moreover, at the summit it seemed as if the Creator of All Things had dusted the peaks of the fissured mountain range with powdered sugar, for they were covered with a deceptively soft-looking, yet extremely sharp-edged eternal snow.

The mountains never betrayed their secrets…

And if a wanderer were to climb those peaks, going up to the Fire Hell and searching to quench his thirst at a splashing mountain spring, he would find no cool, refreshing water. Instead, these living mountains would seek to frighten him by shrouding the ground with a mysterious fog that made it impossible to see where he was putting his feet. Pilgrims sometimes drowned in the sulfurous pools of water hidden within the hellish rocks when the fog appeared, and if they left the main trails, they would know true fear, for they would be led down treacherous sidepaths that seemed to take them somewhere, yet actually led them nowhere but to their doom.

The mountains never betrayed their secrets…

Though many thought they would find the cool relief of the shadows by early evening, the ascent would continue for another three torturous days. During those three days, their throats would scream for water, and their eyes would tear up in the swirling sand. Blown up by the hot desert winds, the sand burned as it fell upon a traveler’s face and skin. Eventually their limbs would become heavy, and they would barely be able to move; thus, the wanderers would be forced to crawl on, farther and farther, until sheer luck eventually brought them to civilization… to people.

In a canyon between two hills below the mountain range there was a village. It had no official name, but the people living there called it Alpcateçu, which meant Oasis of the Mountains. Anyone who wanted to climb the mountains had to pass through the village. A few taverns and inns surrounded the village fountain, where a market was sometimes held.

Some houses and huts had been built in the wide hills and even at the edge of the forest… and in one such place, hidden within the woods, almost four hundred feet past the deepest thicket and connected to the village only by a sidepath lay the place in which I had been born.

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About Rani:


Raani York has been a high volume writer for years. She has published articles, letters, short stories, poems, continuation stories and descriptions of all kind. She also writes novels, some of which can found on her website .

Raani has been educated in Switzerland and in the U.S. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She also obtained diplomas in Graphic Design, Color Studies and won a prize as a Logo Designer. She speaks four languages and several dialects.

Raani York works and lives in Switzerland and the U.S. and travels often.

Next to her writing and her cats, Raani likes reading, blogging, Martial Arts, skiing, horseback riding, sky diving and enjoys playing the classical piano.

Fortune’s Thief Cover Reveal


I’ve been working on the final draft of my novel in the last few weeks, and have sent off a few more prospective queries to publishers today.  I’ll wait and see whether I get any interest, but if I don’t, I’m going to start preparing for the self-publishing route.

On the assumption that I will end up self-publishing, I’ve made myself a cover.  This is how I envisage Al Salazar, one of the principal characters in the book.

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In other news, I have (I think) managed to condense 90,000 words into the following. If anyone has any thoughts or feedback on it, I’d be most grateful!

When Tal Sarokan deserts from a mercenary band to look for a better life, little does he know that his departure will bring an end to his friends’ supernatural good fortune.

Al Salazar, the charismatic leader of the mercenaries, has stolen a stone from the Well of Fate and is using it to control his destiny, and that of his band, the Sarandani. When the mercenaries start dying, Al Salazar must somehow find Tal and convince him to return – by any means necessary. Meanwhile, the Keeper of the Well has set plans in motion to force Al Salazar to return the fate-stone through the subtle manipulation of his enemies. In time, Al Salazar learns that controlling one’s own destiny comes at a price, and that every man’s luck runs out in the end.

And with that, I think it’s time for bed!

Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock Round 2 Interview Questions

Today, I’m thrilled to be continuing the interview questions started over on The Rage Circus Vs the Soulless Void for TCM’s Trilogy Virtual Tour.  Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock have kindly answered my questions on their writing habits and inspiration.

First, over to Jackie Gamber:

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DD. Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

JG: I’m a huge Ray Bradbury fan. I have a specific memory, while reading “Fahrenheit 451” of thinking, “I want to write like this. I want to do this.” It took me years to work up the courage to give it a try, but Bradbury’s influence definitely had a hand in it.

DD: Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

JG: I love to write first thing in the morning. In fact, I’d say I’m driven to the laptop, most occasions, before I’m even fully awake. I often wake up already thinking and puzzling, and bursting to figure stuff out.

DD: Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

JG: I can share my personal experience with writers’ block as something very real. I know there is raging debate over whether or not it exists, because some writers never experience it; but to me, that’s like saying no broken bones exist because “I’ve never broken one.” I have experienced it more as a cork, as though words are all bottled up behind it, and I can’t seem to access them. I find it to be a symptom of something else, something amiss in my personal life, whether it be physical, emotional, or mental. I’ve learned to take it as a sign to something deeper. When I address that issue, the words flow again.

DD: Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

JG: I’m totally both. I love e-books for the immediacy of it; when I’m in the mood for a new read, I can shop and have it in my hands in moments. That, my friends, is a miracle. But I have bookshelves full of hard copies, too. I like to run my hands over them, smell them. I can see them everyday, they become part of my environment, and I believe they feed my mind with possibilities, even when they are sitting still.

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DD: Which writers inspired – or continue to inspire you – to write?

HDB: I have always admired the work of the writers of the first part of the 20th century. People like Lovecraft, Howard, Bradbury, Norton, even Asimov. It was the psychological impact of their writings more than the plots that affected me. It’s been said there are really only a few story lines and all fiction is merely variations on those themes. How those writers took those common themes and presented them in a way that evoked a nearly visceral impact inspired me to want to join that company.

DD: Do you have a special time of day that you prefer to write?

HDB: I write as often and whenever I can. My favorite time, though, is while it rains. I like to sit on my porch and listen to the rain and wind. There’s a certain music to that which makes it easier to hear the muse. Not sure exactly why.

DD: Do you have any tips on overcoming writer’s block?

HDB: I find that working on more than one project at a time makes it easier to avoid writer’s block. When you’re writing several stories if you find yourself stuck you can always set that one aside for a bit and work on another. A little time away from the blocked story does wonders to cure the problem.

DD:. Are you an e-book person, or do you prefer to own a hard copy?

HDB: Personally, I prefer the feel of a real book. I understand the appeal and convenience of the e-book in a society addicted to its portable computers and smart phones. Nevertheless, the tactile satisfaction of the weight of the book, the smell of the page, the knowledge it won’t disappear with battery failure or break if dropped, all those things make me prefer hard copy.

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Featured Books:
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H. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Triad


JackieGamberBWAbout Jackie Gamber: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.


GamberBookOne_RedheartCoverJackie Gamber’s Redheart Book Synopsis: Enter the lands of Leland Province, where dragon and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of the land.
As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and embrace a future he stopped believing in.
A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.


HDavidBlalockBWAbout H. David Blalock: Born in San Antonio, Texas, David spent the majority of his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida. At the age of 16, his family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where David finished school and entered employment with the Department of Defense as a Powerhouse Electrician.
Hiring into the FAA, he returned with his wife and two daughters to the States and settled briefly in Gulfport, MS. A few years later, he moved to Memphis, TN, as an Air Traffic Controller for the Memphis ARTCC. There he remained until his retirement.
David’s writing has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, webzines, and writer’s sites. His work continues to appear on a regular basis through multiple publishing houses.


BlalockBookOne_AngelkillerCoverH, David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm

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9/10 Bee’s Knees Review Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 Blog of Sheila Deeth Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Multi-Blogger Interview Part 2
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9/13 Jess Resides Here Review
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9/14 Fantastical Musings Multi-Blogger Interview Part 4
9/14 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (Gamber)

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Bob Freeman Guest Post: Top Ten Scariest Moments in Horror Films

I’m delighted to host a guest post for Bob Freeman on my Blog today. I asked Bob to pick his top 10 scariest scenes in horror films. Over to Bob!

10. When Robbie Freeling’s evil clown doll snatches him up and drags him under  the bed in Poltergeist.

9. The demonic wheelchair causing Claire Norman to take a tumble in The Changeling.

8.  Pretty much every scene Pennywise the Clown makes an appearance in It.

7. When Norman Bates introduces private eye Milton Arbogast to his Mother’s favorite kitchen knife in Psycho.

6. Danny’s Big Wheel ride through the halls of The Overlook in The Shining.

5. That damned little Zuni Fetish doll from Trilogy of Terror.

4. When the alien emerged, bursting from Kane’s chest in Alien.

3. When Annie Wilkes hobbled Paul Sheldon in Misery.

2. The almost subliminal flash of “the white-faced demon” during Regan’s exorcism in The Exorcist.

1. The “Nurse Station Scene” from The Exorcist III —  a pretty young nurse exits a room and crosses the hall… followed by a fast-moving figure in white robes and mask coming after her from behind with large surgical shears.


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Author: Bob Freeman
Featured Book: Shadows Over Somerset


BobFreemanAbout Bob Freeman: Bob Freeman doesn’t just write and draw occult detectives, he’s also a card carrying paranormal adventurer who founded Nightstalkers of Indiana in 1983.
A lifelong student of witchcraft, magic, and religion, Bob’s studies are reflected in his art, both as an author and illustrator.

Bob lives in rural Indiana with his wife Kim and son Connor.

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ShadowsOverSomersetCoverShadows Over Somerset Book Synopsis: Michael Somers is brought to Cairnwood, an isolated manor in rural Indiana, to sit at the deathbed of a grandfather he never knew existed. He soon finds himself drawn into a strange and esoteric world filled with werewolves, vampires, witches… and a family curse that dates back to fourteenth century Scotland.
In the sleepy little town of Somerset, an ancient evil awakens, hungering for blood and vengeance… and if Michael is to survive he must face his inner demons and embrace his family’s dark past.
Shadows Over Somerset is the first Cairnwood Manor Novel.

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8/26 The Cabin Goddess     Review
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8/26 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Top Ten List
8/27 Stuart Conover’s Author Page      Interview
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8/28 Horror Delve Top Tens List
8/28 SBM Book Obsession Guest Post
8/28 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post
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8/30 A Haunted Head Interview
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8/31 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals and more!  Interview

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Crymsyn Hart Guest Post: Top 10 Animated Films

Crymsyn Hart is on a virtual tour with her new book ‘Death’s Dance’. As part of her tour, I’m pleased to be hosting a guest post on her top 10 animated films.  Over to Crymsyn!

Top Ten Animated/3D Films

I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time, way too many to count. A few of them have stuck with me over time and then there are some that have not. However, when I was asked to list my top ten most favorite animated or 3D films it took me a minute to stop and reminisce about the films that I had seen. And here are the ones that had always made a deep impression on me and I still watch today.

  1. The Last Unicorn
  2. El Super Beasto
  3. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  4. Shrek
  5. Charlotte’s Web
  6. The Secret of NIMH
  7. The Corpse Bride
  8. Watership Down
  9. Akira
  10. An American Tale

Death’s Dance Blurb:

Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.

Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.

From there things went from bad to worse.

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Crymsyn is a National Bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

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Featured Book: Death’s Dance


CrymsynHartAbout Crymsyn Hart: Crymsyn Hart is a national bestselling author of over seventy paranormal romance and horror novels. Her experiences as a psychic have given her a lot of material to use in her books. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC with her hubby and her three dogs. If she’s not writing, she’s curled up with the dogs watching a good horror movie or off with friends.

To find out more about Crymsyn Hart, please visit her website at

DeathsDance1200X800Death’s Dance Book Synopsis: Being a psychic, you would think talking to the dead was a walk in the park. However, it’s not always that simple. The hooded specter haunting me is one I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid. One day, he appeared in my bedroom mirror. Good. Evil. I don’t know what his true intentions are.
Enter Jackson, ghost hunting show host extraordinaire, and my ex, to save me from the big bad ghost.

From there…well…it’s been a world wind of complications. My house burnt down. I’m being stalked by an ancient evil and gotten myself back into the world of being a ghost hunting psychic. Jackson dragged me, along with a few other psychics, to a ghost town wiped off the map called Death’s Dance.

From there things went from bad to worse.

Death’s Dance is Book One of the Deathly Encounters Series

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A Chimerical World: Guest Post with Carmen Tudor


Today we have a guest post from Carmen Tudor.  

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My tale “Faerie Stories and the Bean Nighe” from A Chimerical World: Tales of the Unseelie Court came about in part from my love of regional folklore, and in part from a year-long class I’d recently completed in Myths and Symbols. Although we never studied Scottish mythology in depth, the class introduced me to the Middle English poem “The Pearl,” which had an enormous influence on my story.

The poem was studied concurrently with Steinbeck’s novella of the same name, and opened up a new world of weaving the literal with the metaphorical, and also of creating an underworld of connotation through interpretation. While my character Lila is represented as a bean nighe (a creature very similar to the well known bean sidhe, or banshee), her true position in the story is that of deceased woman, or the entity that haunts both Alastair and his daughter Maggie.

The recurring, keening figure of Lila, and her connection to the wild Perthshire landscape, is, however, secondary to her haunting of Alastair: the bean nighe is present only to signal death’s approach.

As Maggie’s implied illness deteriorates, Lila’s visitations (whether real or imagined by Alastair) are used as an allegory to stir up the reader’s sense of foreboding and dread. The rushing waters of the river underscore the passage of the life cycle and the imminent death of one of the characters. The weather, the landscape and even the evocative colours of red, black and green are all used to paint a picture that hints at what is to come. The white, of course, of Maggie’s pearl references indicates impending chaos.

The trick is always to put these elements together without the story becoming trite, or forming one big “symbolic” cliché. I don’t know if I got it right. I know that when I read “The Pearl” (poem) and came across a father’s search for his fairy child, or pearl maiden (deceased child), my sense of empathy and sadness for a parent’s loss was heightened and stirred great imagery within me that led to a desire to recreate a similar theme in a modern setting. The language of the poem was beautifully inaccessible, but by using such strong symbolism as the pearl, the journey and the very detailed setting of an Edenesque garden, the anonymous 14th-century author was able to transcend language limitations and barriers and still deliver a tale of astonishing clarity. In my own story I am more interested in creating a piece that might interest a few readers. The attempted use of symbolism and allegory is merely there for my own amusement. Whether it reaches the reader or goes unnoticed isn’t really important; the story as it stands is fairly straightforward and is definitely only meant to provide an entertaining read for lovers of fantasy and horror.

On a final note, those interested in legends and myths of the UK, and folklore in general, should be encouraged to broaden their reading of this fascinating area. Scotland in particular has a wonderful and extensive history of superb and enduring stories. Whether you’re interested in study or simply enjoying some chilling tales, I’d recommend starting with what interests you most. For me, it’s ghosts and things that wander through the night. Let your imagination take you where it will. Enjoy the ride and remember that next time you read a scary tale or even a bland piece of prose perhaps its lines are littered with more than first meets the eye.

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