….in Ghost Light Killer.
The first inspiration for Ghost Light Killer came from this dance choreography from the brilliant Travis Wall on So You Think You Can Dance. It introduced me to the concept of ghost lights within the theatre world something I’d never heard about.
The idea of lights being left on stage to greet or fend off ghosts is intriguing.
In general, I have mixed thoughts about ghosts and paranormal stuff. I’m not entirely convinced in the concept. Yet, I’ve had strange experiences that I can’t explain.
As a child, there were lights that used to go up the stairs into my bedroom. They’d reach my room and I’d toss and turn. My parents claim it happened several times.
There are loads of ghost stories from the West End.
There’s even a travel guide to the most haunted theatres: https://www.westendtheatre.com/21739/visitinglondon/travel-guide/londons-most-haunted-theatres/.
I won’t spoil anything from Ghost Light Killer. Though, it does make writing this post tricky. I can’t give all the inspiration because it might give something away.
The theatre in the novel is one I’ve made up. I took inspiration from the iconic Drury Lane. The Theatre Royal was also a visual inspiration for my made-up one.
(Don’t take a shot every time I write inspiration or theatre.)
The theatre had to be an older one. The vibe in a newer one wouldn’t have been right at all. There’s not enough life and history in a new building.
How about you? Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had a paranormal experience?