Dark Magic, 19th Century Romania, and Vivaldi

All right – so let’s briefly talk about new works-in-progress, yes? Yes. 😀 I’ve pretty much lightly touched on what’s next on my plate over at Twitter, and it’s called Camera Obscura. Note that it’s got nothing to do with anything scientific or anything pertaining to, literally, pinhole images. It will, however, make good use of certain elements and concepts defining the phenomenon, the highlight of which is an inversion of an image and the role of darkness in the way that inverted image can be clearly seen.

Moreover, the focal point or the conduit through which dark magic (or influences from the night world, as previous books have stated it) will be through music. That’s one “inversion” I’d like to play with in approaching the story, and another “inversion” involves the setting.

Camera Obscura will be the fourth book in a non-series that takes place in an AU 19th century Europe. Guardian Angel kicked things off from an AU Victorian England. The Flowers of St. Aloysius took us to France. Hell-Knights brought us to Italy. And now it’s Eastern Europe’s turn, but while we’re zeroing in on Romania for this new book, we’re avoiding everything to do with vampires.

I mean, come on. That’s pretty damned predictable. Besides, we’ve already tackled that in Italy.

So the “inversion” here involves Romania and Italy “switching places” with regard to defining cultural and historical elements. Italy was known as one of the great hubs of art, literature, and music, while Romania seemed to be shrouded more in folklore and myth, at least on a very superficial level. So I’m switching things around, hence the use of “camera obscura” for the book’s title.

Of course, the main plot and conflict will heavily be all about inversions and the significance of darkness – literal and otherwise – and everything will be wrapped up tidily in my favorite genre to write: gothic fiction. You know, same old, same old, but still so crazy fun to immerse myself in as a writer.

The two videos I’m sharing in this post are two very specific musical sources of inspiration for me, and I’m referring to not just the compositions, but the actual movements. The 1st movement of Vivaldi’s “Winter” and the 3rd movement of “Summer”. Note: Antonio Vivaldi = Italian composer (see: yet another “inversion” involved in Camera Obscura – seriously, folks, playing with the concept is so much fun).

As I’m trying to revive my online presence via blog, I hope to post more inspiration stuff pertaining to the new book in the near future. I suppose I can end this for now by giving our new young heroes their names: Cosmin Vasile and Iulian Dalca. As before, this will be a gay New Adult book.

Author: Hayden

Ghost story enthusiast. Wannabe geek. Cycling fan. Tea addict. Creepy cat owner. Writer of LGBT young adult and new adult speculative fiction.

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