IN LOVE WITH THE VILLAINS

IN LOVE WITH THE VILLAINS

When portrayed on the grand scale, villains in fiction can be surprisingly fascinating.  Would vampires as a race have gained such worldwide appeal without a sinister undead gentleman in evening dress dominating the screen or the page?  Equally, would psychological...

SERIOUSLY SERIALIZING

When I began to write the first of the Michael Flint/Nell West haunted house series, I didn’t actually know it was destined to become a series. In fact I had never previously considered writing a series at all – or even so much as a trilogy. Despite working in the...

THE MOTIVES OF GHOSTS

Ghosts, like any character in a book, need a motive – a reason for haunting.  They don’t just turn up because there’s a vacant slot at the moated grange, or because the grey lady at the old rectory wants someone to make a fourth at bridge.  They don’t attend night...

THE MASQUERADE. A short story by Sarah Rayne

I seldom attend parties unless I think they might be of use in my career, so it was all the more remarkable to find myself attending this one.  This reticence is not due to shyness, you understand, nor to a lack of self-confidence – I value myself and my attainments...

RE-TELLING A FAMOUS FAIRYTALE

When, some years ago, an editor commissioned a series for the re-telling of modern fairytales, I had a terrific time writing them, but I saved what I believed to be the best until last. Little Red Riding Hood has to be one of the most famous of all children’s stories,...