If you have come here as a result of reading Template of the Rephaim in the Crossover Alliance’s Second Anthology, welcome! You know what to expect. If you are a new reader, come right in.
These stories are a kind of historical fiction. It is our 19th century, except that those things that sound to us too fantastic to believe today (vampires, spontaneous human combustion, spirits, and fairies), are here all true and connected. Part of the fun in writing this series has been staying true to the historical record. You might be surprised to find out how much I did not make up. And if that makes you check your house, and your room, twice before turning out the lights tonight then I did my job.
This is horror (adult) fiction. The territory comes with a challenge: How do you carry out its purpose (deliver its message) without crossing the line? I’m reminded of an interview that Cristopher Lee gave in the mid 70’s, in which he touched on this because, after all, his job was to be an actor in horror movies. He said regarding one of those movies: “…we felt a little uneasy. You know, you are saying terrible things.” There is a balance somewhere. I believe that what you leave unsaid can be a lot scarier than any description (just read Lovecraft’s work). But, still, it’s horror fiction.