It has been a hectic few weeks – and still is actually. Thank you to all who have bought, or are intending to buy Wrath of the Ancients. It is wonderful to know people actually want to read something I’ve written.
Bear with me, because I have decided to take a short break – only for as long as it takes me to write this blog post – and maybe a little longer while I indulge in the daydreams it conjures up.
Someone asked me to describe and maybe illustrate my ideal reading space and it set me to thinking – after all, Christmas is only a few weeks away… I haven't written my letter to Santa yet...
Okay, in my dreams, right? But, hey, I write fiction. To be precise, as you know, my stories tend to be dark, frequently Gothic inspired and mostly with more than a hint of the supernatural. My influences are from the great British traditions of M.R. James, Oscar Wilde, Daphne du Maurier, Dennis Wheatley, Ramsey Campbell, Susan Hill to name just a few.
So, let’s begin. No expense spared. No dream disallowed for reasons of practicality, commonsense or sheer folly.
An ideal reading space for me, starts with the ideal house. Gothic, of course, with a fascinating hallway…
Leading to a sumptuous, over the top living room
I love this. I might change a few details though.
I would definitely acquire this chest.
So far, the pictures have come from Pinterest and I have no idea where the décor and furniture originate from but this gorgeous chest can be yours. I found it on a website for a company called Arhaus. Here’s the link: https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/console-sofa-tables/ming-alder-cabinet/
The central chandelier in the room is lovely but I also like this one (from the same company - https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/lighting/chandeliers/st-augustine-chandelier-in-grey/)
Of course, no reading space is complete without a library of books. This would be great in that room https://www.arhaus.com/furniture/living-room-furniture/living-room-bookcases-and-cabinets/athens-modular-library-with-2-end-angled-bookcases-in-tuxedo-black/
Hang on, there’s something missing
Ah yes, here it is. A real fire:
Needless to say, Serafina would have to be there. Can’t have a cozy fire, a perfect reading space and no cat.
There. Now all that remains is for me to settle down and decide which book I’m going to read…
Okay, back to work!
"Like the darkest stories of Poe, Stevenson, and Doyle, it is a slow-burning tale of claustrophobia, madness, secrets, and myths." - Beauty in Ruins
"If you haven't had the pleasure to stumble upon Cavendish, Wrath of the Ancients is a great one to introduce yourself." KenMcKinley - Into the Macabre
"If you’re looking for a great horror book to read, look no further! Wrath of the Ancients has all the ingredients for a spooky tale." - Mello and June
"The apprehension was so intense that I kept looking up from the book, checking every dark corner in my room, making sure no portraits were staring at me." - Black Magic Reviews
"In a world of zombies, vampires and prehistoric sea creatures, Wrath of the Ancients is a breath of fresh air." - Two Book Lovers' Reviews
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