Gothic Cemeteries and Gothic Book Research

July 31st, 2012
by Susan

Last week I went to the Western section of Highgate Cemetary in leafy North London  to do research for the next book in The Morrow Secrets series. Oh what a fantastic gothic haven! The cemetary is packed with ideas – the amazing Egyptian Avenue filled with family vaults leading to the a circle of gothic catacombs.

http://www.highgate-cemetery.org/

The Egyptian Avenue

 

Many famous people are buried there: three women authors, George Eliot ( “Middlemarch”) d.1880 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Eliot; Radclyffe-Hall d.1943 who wrote “The Well of Loneliness” and Stella Webb d. 1989 better known as Stella Gibbons who wrote “Cold Comfort Farm” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Gibbons

On the tour we heard about supernatural writers and films. Dracula has been filmed there and A Picture of Dorian Gray with Colin Firth.

As a writer I always take a camera and something to jot down ideas. In the late Victorian era families would often visit their dearly departed and take tea with them in the vaults!

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