I've frequently been asked about my personal tastes and influences (please see the post Gothic Folk for more information on my favorite music artists). I have been a voracious reader my entire life and the bibliophile within me loves all books however I must admit a weakness for dark writings.
I have always loved dark fantasy, horror and science fiction, however the Graveyard Poets have had the greatest influence on me as a writer. The Graveyard Poets were a group of 18th century English poets who focused on melancholy funereal subjects. Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray is one of the finest pieces of writing from this group and remains a constant favorite. I highly recommend reading the great works of the Graveyard Poets especially for anyone looking for a chilling pre-Halloween read.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.