The Russian Doll


Its time to get back to work. Soooo…

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.

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The Russian Doll

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.

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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.



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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..

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Remote and mysterious…

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I hope you will like this spooky story. I’m hoping it will finished quickly and well.

Fangs to all of you!

Alyne

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Mark of the Beast Anthology

A bit of news!

 

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I sold my short story, Thirteen,  to an editor in 2012. Its a Red Riding Hood inspired werewolf story that I have since published on my Gothic Faery Tales blog.

http://gothicfaerytales.com/2013/02/16/thirteen-a-gothic-re-telling-of-red-riding-hood/

I was supposed to be paid, but it didn’t seem to be happening, so I wrote it off. Well, lo and behold! I got a check in the mail for $77!!! The anthology came out in 2015. It takes a while for creative projects to come together.

If you like werewolf stories, (and obviously the editor,Scott David Aniolowski, has great taste) then check this out:

http://www.chaosium.com/mark-of-the-beast/

 

MARK OF THE BEAST

A COLLECTION OF WEREWOLF STORIES

Every civilization has some story or legend of creatures half man and half beast. Indigenous native peoples around the world held beliefs about shamans and witch doctors who could transform themselves into animals. The ancient Egyptians worshiped a whole pantheon of animal-headed gods. The superstitious folk of medieval Europe believed that a witch or a gypsy could curse a man to become a werewolf by night. Pacific islanders told tales of men changing into sharks. Certain African peoples feared leopard men.

Coming from all over the world and from every culture, werebeast legends naturally vary. Among the ways said to become a werewolf include being bitten by a werewolf, being bitten by a normal wolf, a potion or curse from a gypsy or a witch, a family curse, a genetic disorder, drinking rainwater from the paw print of a wolf, wearing an enchanted pelt made from wolfskin, through a pact with Satan or a demon, through the act of cannibalism, etc. Some werewolves have no memory or control over their change while others do. Some change only by the light of a full moon while others can change at any time. Some werewolves look like normal wolves, some look like giant wolves, and still others are mutant man-beasts. Some are solitary and some live and hunt in packs or clans.

Herein are gathered a number of tales portraying the glorious and bestial nature of the werewolf. There are horror, sci-fi, Gothic, cyber, fairy tale and fantasy stories and poems that embrace the essence of the beast, told by an assortment of scribes with diverse styles and voices.

Now the Full Harvest Moon is rising and the soft wail of the autumnal wind begins…

Edited by Scott David Aniolowski

288 pages Trade Paperback.

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I owe you guys a proper blog post, but life has been getting in the way of writing these days, even to the blog. I do have plans though. Once things settle down I’ll be back on it. In the meantime, I will be doing the mundane tasks of formatting my novels, The Shadows, The Haunted Garden, and Roses of the Moon for print.

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Special Story for Fans of The Lady in Yellow!

 

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Those of you who have read my Victorian Gothic Romance, The Lady in Yellow, know there is a back story about the twins’ mysterious mother, Lady Sovay. Her’s is a very strange story: an aristocratic French girl, Sovay, who comes from a family of occultists. She is plagued by unsuitable suitors, until she meets the handsome Rafe de Grimston at a gathering in the Chateau Villanueve and falls in love with him. Other guests arrive who raise suspicions, if not hackles: Monsieur Gaston and his ward, Odile, who looks like Sovay’s late Aunt Seraphine, a witch who vanished while in trance at a seance.

An ancient family curse is reignited that night as the ruined church on the hill burns, and Odile walks into the fire…

To offer this book online would spoil many of the mysteries and surprises in The Lady in Yellow. But for those who have already read it, it will satisfy their curiosity.

If you would like an exclusive copy of this story, Sovay,  delivered to your inbox, sign up for my mailing list below!

 

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