Blackstone Towers Blog Tour – Day Two
First, I’d like to thank Mel @voluptasse for allowing me to bring my blog tour here today. This is day two of the blog tour and I’m very excited because I’ve written a really fun horror novel and I want to tell you a little bit about it.
(I’ll be honest and admit I’m introducing myself in the same way each day, in case these words encounter someone who doesn’t know me or who hasn’t been following the blog tour. If you’ve already read my introduction on one of the other blogs, or if you simply don’t care who I am or what I’ve got to say, skip to the bit under the picture of the book cover).
By way of introduction, I should begin by saying my name is Ashley Lister; I write horror fiction and some of the crudest poetry known to mankind; and I’m here talking about a horror novel I’ve written which will be published on August 22nd. It’s called Blackstone Towers and this is what the story is about:
The talismans of the magi control seven realms of the mortal world. One can grant the bearer immortality; another gives its owner unfathomable wealth; a third gives the holder unerring foresight. There is a talisman to control reality, success, the deliberate and the accidental, and a talisman that governs the balance between love and hate.
The planets are now aligning, and one worldly resident of Blackstone Towers knows the talismans urgently need collecting and destroying before they fall into the wrong hands.
The only problem is establishing whose hands are the wrong ones.
This story starts off at midnight in a graveyard. The hero of the story encounters a grave robber and, from there, things start to step into the territory of the supernatural. As we all know, the first rule of writing is ‘write what you know.’ (Actually, this isn’t the first rule. The first rule is get a pen and paper, a comfy chair, and be prepared to go hungry for a long time). But, the notion that we should write from experience is well established.
So, how do I know what a midnight graveyard is like? I used to work for a funeral director.
I’m aware that some people will be thinking, “You might have worked for a funeral director, but they don’t do many funerals in graveyards at midnight.”
This is true. But one of the things the funeral director did was transport bodies from their place of death to the coroner’s office, and the coroner’s office was situated at the rear of a very large cemetery. Several times I had to drive the funeral director’s ambulance, with a corpse in the back, through the winding lanes of a local graveyard.
And I have to admit that it was scary. Headlamps shift over stones and make shadows stretch into infinite darkness. The movement of flowers in the breeze, or tree branches, or rabbits, is enough to make a devout unbeliever kneel down and start to pray. I can honestly say that a midnight graveyard is one of the spookiest places I’ve ever visited.
Which brings me to my question for today: what’s the spookiest place you’ve ever been? And why?
Answer below, if that’s easiest for you. I’ll be checking back throughout the day. Answer on Twitter if you prefer, using the hashtag #BlackstoneTowers. If you don’t use Twitter, and don’t like the comments box, please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I’ll be collecting all the answers and, on the day of publication, I’ll chose my favourite response and send one lucky winner a free copy of one of my novels.
This is day 2 of a 9 day blog tour and, each day up to the launch, I’ll be on a different blog, as detailed below. And, each day, I’ll be asking a different question. Please feel free to follow me, answer as many questions as you like, and if you’ve got any questions about the book or anything else, I’ll be happy to answer.
Also, if you fancy coming to the online launch, where I’ll be reading from Blackstone Towers and sharing some of my ribald poetry, drop me an email and I’ll send you an invite.
Thank you again to Mel @voluptasse and to all you readers. I look forward to hearing about the spookiest places you’ve ever visited.