Supernatural Influences on The Morrow Secrets

May 11th, 2014
by Susan

The Graveyard at Winderling SpiresGhoulish things that go bump in the night and all things weird have influenced my writing from an early age. Ghost stories, Hammer House of Horror, Supernatural Tales and curiosities associated with death and dying have influenced my sense of the macabre.

One amazing place for inspiration is Highgate Cemetery in North London where the Victorians celebrated the cult around mourning, death and dying. The cemetery, one of seven that ring London, is a Gothic paradise with huge Gothic Mausolea, fantastic headstones and grotesque ┬ácatacombs to the dead. Satanists and Dracula fans have used the cemetery in the past for midnight services. It is extremely overgrown with only certain pathways open to walking tours where the ‘friends’ of Highgate cemetery, well versed in death rituals and the Victorian period talk the visitor through the history of some of the famous and infamous inhabitants of the graveyard.

Three out of every twenty babies died before their first birthday in the Victorian era. Given this high mortality rate in the mid to late 19th century, many middle class women spent much of their adulthood in mourning. The death of close family members required a Victorian woman to spend a year and a day in deep mourning, wearing rough dresses and bonnets that chaffed their skin, known as ‘widow’s weeds’ – and upwards of two years in black.

 The often grotesque Gothic architecture, inscriptions on the tombs and haunting atmosphere is perfect for any horror or fantasy lover.


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