So as I worked on the new Gothic novella, I have had a couple of books and movies that served as inspiration. Of course, The Secret Garden and Wuthering Heights once again made an appearance through the house and landscape of the novella.
The novella is set in a crumbling mansion amid endless green fields. I have fields because I couldn't find an American location that compared to the moors of England. Who knows. It might still be out there, so please hit me up if you know of some American moors!
Why not base my book in England? I've considered that and as tempting as it is, I fear I don't know enough about being British. I'm hoping my someday trip to England to see the moors will change that. Oh yeah, I'm ganna see the moors!
I also wanted to read a couple of classic Gothic tales to get into the feel of the Gothic tradition. Amazon happily supplied an array of free classics. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekylle and Mr. Hyde was the piece that finally kept my attention and guess what?
It's a novella! I also tried to read The Turn of the Screw and a few others, but like many twentieth century readers, I struggle with classics. And that's coming from a Victorian history fiction author!
More recently though, I read my first Neil Gaiman, Coraline and I was hooked by the Gothic and creepy magic that took place in that story.
It sort of gave me a boost in confidence because I couldn't, for the life of me, think of any popular and successful modern Gothics other than the works of Tim Burton, which aren't novels!
Then I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane, also by Neil Gaiman, and oh that book was amazing, a superb mixture of magical realism, childhood fantasy, and a little bit of Gothic, even with the not-so Gothic setting of an English country neighbourhood. Loved it!