Antidote for the Soul

Last week my husband sprang a new idea for me over dinner. He’d run across a request for Gothic Horror and thought since I have such fun writing twisted horror…and he continued talking about it but I was someplace else. My mind started whirling. Ideas, possibilities, characters, settings, they all began circling in my brain with twisted and wondrous scenes taking shape before our meal even arrived.

By the time we reached the car, he HAD to drive, so I could sit down with pen and any piece of paper I could scavenge from the depths of the car (ended up using the back of a quiz for my students) to write down the outline for this short story. By the time we made it home, the outline was complete from beginning to end. The last three days I’ve spent on researching time period, medicine, toxicology, convents, religious orders and dress.

And last night I started drafting the story itself!

Only peace and tranquility here...right...right?!

I am so excited about this new tale. I’ve been in the future for so long, I’d forgotten how fun it could be to write in an established time period. Who needs the future to throw drastic wrinkles into the horrific mix?

This short is ending up being a mix of Irving, Lovecraft and Poe. Even if this short goes nowhere professionally, it’s going to be an adventure to write, and I hope each of you enjoy it immensely.

Image Credit: Salvatore Vuono


About Courtney Sloan

A New Orleans native, Courtney Sloan relocated to the hills of Central Maryland after Hurricane Katrina. There she lives with her husband and fellow author, J.P. Sloan, their son and their crazy German Shepherd pup. Adding to her writing life, Courtney is also a professor at the local college and enjoys learning a world of new ideas from her students as she teaches them about writing and communicating. Courtney’s New Orleans upbringing has left her with a love for the macabre and a flare for the next to normal. She writes speculative fiction with a variety of horror and sass mixed in for flavor. She loves taking the world of politics that haunts us now, and adding the supernatural to create a gumbo of thrills to keep you up at night. A self-proclaimed lover of way too many fandoms, Courtney also loves crafting. From blankets to jams to stories, it’s always better homemade. View all posts by Courtney Sloan

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