Welcome to the second blog in this series, where we'll explore the stories behind the stories in ID Press' inaugural anthology, Purgatorium - The Element of Horror.
The anthology will be released on January 22nd at the Copper Branch Restaurant in Brooklin (see the invite here), and is currently available for purchase through Amazon (in both hard copy and e-copy formats), as well as Kobo.
In this series, we'll be talking about the stories in the order in which they appear in the anthology. Today, we tackle Yvonne Hess and her story, Carousel Eyes...
Where did it come from?
I was honoured to be asked to participate in the Purgatorium anthology and knew this was going to be an exciting challenge. As primarily a romance/historical writer, this was way out of my zone, but I looked forward to the challenge of stretching myself and exploring the darker side of my imagination.
Edwin came to be first. A boy lost — trapped — in time. On one hand, Edwin is an innocent, but his true nature would slowly be revealed. Edwin is a unique entity as he can move through time and can age at will. There was, we can assume, a lot of good in him once so what turned him 'bad'? What is he now, and why? These were the questions I wanted to explore. It was fun discovering the dark and evil aspects of Edwin's character.
It was also important that this story be highly sensory; to hear the various instruments and, of course, the carousel itself; visually it's a clash of old and new. While it did not start out as a love story, the romantic and historical elements naturally came through. The key would be finding out if there would be a typical happy ending and, if so, for who?
Yvonne has been writing for over twenty years and is passionate about stories steeped in history and romance. Her short fiction has won awards and been published Surfacing magazine. She has completed several full-length manuscripts and hopes to have her novel published in the near future.