For those of you who made your way over here from the Bradford Bunch Blog, you can find a key to the visual map below; for those who didn’t, you can check out that blog entry here (The Bradford Bunch is a blog featuring my agent’s author clients).
Since I’m a visual artist as well as a writer, I created a map of ten things that influenced my novel currently on submission, RUN DEVIL RUN—an urban fantasy about a Tiki bar owner/magickian in central California who must track down an elusive demon in order to exonerate her parents—two infamous ceremonial magickians accused of killing off rival occultists.
Just what is all this hoohah? Here’s the key:
1. Elsa Lanchester as the Bride (Bride of Frankenstein, 1935): my heroine, Cady Bell, has her hair bleached like this iconic movie character. Electricity and man-made monsters are also part of Cady’s story, and the movie provides a connection between Cady and her partner’s teenage son, Jupe
2. Big Sur, California shore: the setting in my book is loosely based on two cities bordering the Big Sur region, Carmel-by-the-sea and San Jose
3. Tiki Bars (pictured here: Tiki Ti, Los Angeles, CA): Cady owns a Tiki bar like this with her demon friend, Kar Yee, an ex-pat from Hong Kong
4. Demons: earthbound ones inhabiting human bodies, and Big Bad ones with nasty teeth and horns that live on another plane
5. Halos (from various religions): the earthbound demons—and anything non-human originating from another plane—have halos that most normal people can’t see; Cady can
6. The Lost Colony of Roanoke: theories abound regarding what happened to this colony. In my universe, earthbound demon origins in America started here
7. Aleister Crowley: Cady’s parents belong to an occult organization of ceremonial magickians inspired by some of those to which this infamous British occultist belonged. Moonchild (1917) is Crowley’s novel about magickians warring over a magickally engineered child; my heroine’s conception is loosely inspired by this. Jack Parsons, a rocket scientist turned occultist and student of Crowley’s, tried to conceive a real-live moonchild in an infamous Babalon Working in 1946 with L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology cult. Truth is always stranger than fiction, folks
8. Demon goetias: Cady seeks help from Lon Butler, owner of a library of arcane books and father to Jupe. Some of them are priceless, and were acquired through not-so-legal means
9. Hellfire Club tunnels in West Wycombe: Lon Butler belongs to a Hellfire Club in my book, but it’s a secret society for demons, not spoiled aristocrats
10. Der Struwwelpeter: a classic German book of gruesome Fairy Tales. I was born in Germany and still have a copy that my parents gave me as a child. In RUN DEVIL RUN, one of Cady’s friends, a retired Catholic priest, discovers an important clue in a similar gory Fairy Tale