Fog Hides the Fury by Paula Minton

Fog Hides the Fury, Paula Minton, 1967

My favorite quote: “I could snap my fingers and suddenly the gray strands of fog would begin to curl around my body in a strange and mystical garment.” 

Notable characters: Arlene Dade, a young woman who inherits a house of unhappiness; Alan Caswell, the handsome with mysterious intentions

Most memorable scene: The discovery of the old diary

Greatest strengths: Atmosphere

Standout achievements: This book, along with others of its genre, proves that scary stories don’t need torture chambers, ax-wielding maniacs, demonic possession, gross-outs, or jump-scares to be effective

Fun Facts: Paula Minton is a pen name for Paul Hugo Little, who wrote 700 historical fiction, romance and erotica novels, often under female pseudonyms 

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: This book sent me down a rabbit-hole where I learned all kinds of things about the writing and publication of books during various time periods. Most notably, I learned that when this book was written, it wasn’t believed that the audience would accept any kind of romance written by a man, so male authors frequently wrote under female pen names, which still happens today

How it inspired me: All the creepy fog in this book gave me an idea for a new ghost for the Thorne & Cross gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. The ghost has yet to make an, ahem, appearance (that place has altogether too many damned ghosts!) but she is stored away and ready for her close-up just as soon as the time is right … 

Additional thoughts: When Tamara Thorne and I first began writing together, we quickly agreed that we wanted our first collaboration to be a gothic. We didn’t know then that it would become a series (The Ravencrest Saga) that was still continuing to this day, but I’m happy to say that it is and that I love it now more than ever. Tamara and I both love this genre and are grateful to books like this one for all the inspiration they’ve lent us

Haunt me:

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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