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
E.J. Stevens is the bestselling, award-winning author of the IVY GRANGER, PSYCHIC DETECTIVE urban fantasy series, the SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, and the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian Gothic horror series. She is known for filling pages with quirky characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines. Her novels are available worldwide in multiple languages.