Well, there was Dark Shadows, the tv show, and there were authors Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. If you see a connection, you might just be a fan of gothics and romantic suspense.
On my recent visit to the rocky shores of New England, I sat mesmerized by surf crashing on the black rocks below me. Then. Whoosh. A flashback to the opening of the old cult hit, Dark Shadows, and its eerie music.
I’ve read every Phyllis Whitney book published. For me, she was the queen of romantic suspense, and even her contemporary stories had a historical feel to them. The storylines were formulaic, but I gobbled them up anyway.
Now I read Anne Perry. No surprise.
So far, I’ve never added vampires to my fiction, but visiting New England’s coastline reinforced my love for gothic settings. When Inkwell’s Jennifer AlLee posted a Barnabas Collins photo (the actor Jonathan Frid from Dark Shadows) on her facebook page I recalled the allure that kept me glued to my tv screen at 4:00pm weekdays. If you don’t recall, it might be your age! If you instead think of Johnny Depp, I’ll just shake my head.
My mother and I watched the movie The Ghost and Mrs. Muir multiple times. I’m a sucker for old houses, rocky shorelines, fog and mystery, and tales of the sea. During my stay on Cape Ann, I called the Emerson Inn by the Sea home. My friend and I agreed it was just right for the setting of a Murder, She Wrote episode.
What settings do you enjoy in your fiction?