Celluloid Diaries: Haunted Lakes and Creepy Villages

Friday, July 6, 2012

Haunted Lakes and Creepy Villages

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Last month, the website City Girl Who Loves To Read interviewed me about the haunted lake and creepy village in my novel Drowned Sorrow. Here's the interview in case you missed it.

Why did you choose the setting of Moonlight Creek?

Moonlight Creek is a remote town where water has become a supernatural element that can think, move, and kill. The imaginary village - with its haunted lake and worn-out, musty buildings - is literally alive and thus one of the characters in Drowned Sorrow. Old Saybrook and Chester in Connecticut (which were also the filming locations for the movie Let's Scare Jessica To Death) fit the description and formed the basis for Moonlight Creek.

How is this village a fundamental part of your overall theme?

Water and its symbolic meaning (cleansing, rebirth) is the main theme of Drowned Sorrow. Everything in Moonlight Creek reminds us of this topic: the lake, rain, leaking walls, damp atmosphere, and shops that sell nothing but water.

How do you transport the reader there through your writing?

In order to have a constant feeling of impending doom, it was important that readers understood Moonlight Creek was alive and breathing; the organic feel of the village had to be present on almost every page without being repetitive. The best way to do this was to make the village part of the action.

How do you introduce them to an area they may not be familiar with?

The reader discovers Moonlight Creek the same way the main character does. Because Megan visits Moonlight Creek for the first time, she initially gets an overall feel of the place before the vague menacing atmosphere slowly turns into something more specific and sinister.


A story of suspense, mystery and water... Lots of water...

Megan Blackwood has just lost her son in a terrible accident. Now she has come to Moonlight Creek with her teenage daughter, Jenna, hoping that a change of scenery might help to put their lives back together. But something odd is going on in Moonlight Creek. When rain falls over the village, its inhabitants commit grisly murders, leaving the place deserted with the first rays of sunshine. Beneath the lake's surface, an eerie presence watches... and waits... Waits to reveal a tragic past drowned in mystery and fear. One that doesn't bode well for visitors. By the time Megan realizes that her daughter's life is in danger, it might already be too late.


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  3. The creepiest place I know is Athassel Abbey near where I live. Its a run down Abbey and is very creepy at night.


  4. must be Chernobyl - well, it's not a village, it used to be a town with 14,000 residents, but after a nuclear accident it has become ghost town.

    look at these picture (definitely creepy) for example: http://villageofjoy.com/chernobyl-today-a-creepy-story-told-in-pictures/


  5. as for the question, I can't think of anywhere. I avoid creepy at all cost, will not even watch horror movies. lol.
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  6. I guess Prague would be scary with all the history and creepy night streets.

  7. There is a haunted lake found in the back of the woods located close to the Arboretum at Drew University. It is said that a lady in blue haunts the vicinity. She has been reported to appear during sunset, but has also been seen during the day. No one has ever seen her face or body - only a blue-colored dress appears.

  8. There have been reports of a ghostly man that appears to be riding a bike near Swedesboro Lake. Some have claimed to hear unexplainable screaming while close to the haunted lake.

  9. Creepy villages? Haunted lakes? Sounds like the perfect book for me to read! Definitely checking this book out.

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  10. Mohonk Resort Hotel is creepy. Inspiration for scene with Jack Nicholson in The Shining!

  11. That sounds creepy, but it a great way. How long have you been writing?

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  12. scariest village was in New Zealand, on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Sacred Maori ground with a deer farm next to it. We stayed in a camping hut the deer at night moaned it was the freakiest night of my life.

  13. There is an area in Ohio known as "Helltown", which is actually Boston Township. Apparently many years ago much of the town was acquired by the government, giving the appearance of a vacant town. To this day many abandoned houses and buildings still exist. Driving through this town late at night as a teenager was one of the most terrifying experiences of my life.

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