In light of the great reviews for Firbolg’s ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK: DARK MUSES, SPOKEN SILENCES ANTHOLOGY, I am reblogging this about how I came to write my story. Well, after all–Halloween is approaching and what better story is there than Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
I can’t think of a story I enjoyed writing more than this one!
I was delighted to be a part of Firbolg’s Enter at Your Own Risk, Dark Muses, Spoken Silences.
I was to reimagine the character, Katrina Van Tassel (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow). Wow! I thought. I’ll get into her skin and become Katrina. This is what I did. I wrote the story as Katrina. She had quite a lot to say!
I enjoy writing first person because (and I’ve said this before in posts) I studied acting many years ago. I was taught Method Acting–wherein you become the part you are playing. I do that with my writing.
I have some short stories that are third person, but my longer fiction is almost always first. It works best for me.
It also works for Anne Rice. Here’s what she had to say about first person:
‘First-person narrators is the way I know how to write a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.’— Anne Rice
First person gives me the story. I get it through my character’s eyes. Katrina’s Confessionis is what I came up with. She explains exactly what happened to Icabod Crane and reveals a few more things besides. I wrote it in the style of Washington Irving’s great classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This is a unique anthology. I’m in exceptional company. Each writer has put a spin on a classic gothic story! The writers are:
B.E. Scully, Timothy Hurley, Blaze McRob, T. Fox Dunham, Gregory Norris, Mike Chinn, Jon Michael Kelley.
Alex Scully (Editor), Gary Braunbeck (Introduction)
From their blurb:
“In Firbolg Publishing’s third volume in the Enter at Your Own Risk series, ten modern storytellers reimagine the mysterious characters lurking within four classics of Gothic literature.
As you read the original stories, a sinister whisper drifts in on a cold chill. But there are other voices beneath the whisper. You can hear them crawling out of the growing darkness. Then the whispers become a scream…!”
Some of the most enduring masterpieces of Gothic fiction are as intriguing for the stories they don’t tell as for those they do.
The voices hidden in the wall of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat;” the secrets buried beneath the earth of Sleepy Hollow in Washington Irving’s legendary Headless Horseman tale; the dreams of a monster and an ancient book with a life of its own in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu;” and stories that reveal Polidori’s hypnotic, archetypal Vampyre as far more than what he first appears to be.
In Firbolg Publishing’s third volume in the Enter at Your Own Risk series, ten modern storytellers reimagine the mysterious characters lurking within four classics of Gothic literature.
As you read the original stories, a sinister whisper drifts in on a cold chill. But there are other voices beneath the whisper. You can hear them crawling out of the growing darkness. Then the whispers become a scream…
With an introduction from acclaimed author Gary Braunbeck, Dark Muses, Spoken Silences invites you into the hidden shadows of four of the most famous dark fiction tales ever told.
Are you brave enough to enter?”
Author of Taste of Tenderloin and The Confessions of St. Zach
“Audacious, innovative, shocking – a kaleidoscope (where all the colors are dark).”
Author of The Pines and Willy
“I am blown away by the beauty, terror and imagination of this brilliant book.”
Author of Manhattan Grimoire and Hell’s Door