I am working on a short story to get myself back in the game. I wonder if my writing has changed after all this time. I know I have.
This story, The Russian Doll, was conceived as part of a larger work called Vampires on the Orient Express. But I decided to focus on it as a short story or novella. I find these Russian nesting dolls intriguing. We all think we now what is inside—and that’s just the point. What if the doll was used to to hide, or mask something else? Something illicit or fearful, or otherworldly?
I found in my research that there were all sorts of nesting dolls. The Babushka, or mother type, the Fairy Tales type, but there are also religious icons and perhaps other things…
Put together: bram Stoker’s friend, a, English newsman on the Orient Express going into part mysterious and unknown, a strange bookshop and a group of Russian dolls, Not far away, in the middle of a lake, is an island monastery called Snagov, that holds the grave of Vlad Tepes.
My protagonist, Alex, is a reporter for the London Illustrated News and good friend of Bran Stoker whose novel Dracula., has just take the world by a storm. Stoker has confided in Alex that his evil hero, Count Dracula, was not based on the actor Henry Irving, Stoker’s employer at the Lyceum Theatre in London and spitting image of Vlad, but in a actual prince of Wallachia. He sets out on the Orient Express into the wilds of central Europe, to find out the true story of Dracula and bring it back to London and the news.
He gets no leads until he arrives in Bucharest and finds an antiquarian bookshop that sells much more than books.
I’d spoil the story if I said any more about it. research hasn’t been too heavy or difficult. But i always learn interesting things along the way. Enjoy these postcard images on Bucharest in the 1890’s..
Remote and mysterious…
I hope you will like this spooky story. I’m hoping it will finished quickly and well.
Fangs to all of you!