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!
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