Gothic Fiction

July 15th, 2012
by Susan

I love all things Gothic and this has been one of my main inspirations for the book.

My dreams are often of exploring large rambling houses, like Winderling Spires,

Esmerelda in the Seance Room

finding unknown staircases leading to hidden floors and secret rooms….

When I was small my favourite TV shows were The Addams Family, The Munsters and Bewitched. I adored the fanatstic, kooky characters with peculiar charactersistics, particularly Gomez, Morticia and their strange children. I read Dracula as a student and was terrified, barricading my room at night in case the Count discovered where I lived..
Winderling Spires is a fantastic, exaggerated take on all the gothic houses I have dreampt of living in. The characters are a reflection of the weird house with their bizarre idiosyncrasies and unusual names, coming from a dynasty steeped in secrecy, betrayal and sinister powers.

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