Picking your Supernatural Villain
When I decided to write Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter, I knew that ghosts would be involved. It’s implicit in the title, right? However, I needed the stakes to be a little higher, A Christmas Carol already had four ghosts (if you include Jacob Marley). To just fight ghost after ghost would be redundant and boring, so “Ghost Hunter” became a misnomer for a hunter of all sorts of supernatural creatures.
My decision making process for finding villains and supernatural creatures to populate my story began by making a list of all the popular villains (i.e. zombies, vampires, werewolves) and throw them out! There were a couple of reasons that I did this. First, I’m afraid of zombies. Seriously. Fifteen minutes of the Walking Dead will have me up to all hours in the night, plotting my escape should zombies attack. Zombies are a definite no-go for me.
Second, I felt like between Underworld and Twilight, vampires and werewolves were done. That’s a full spectrum of cheese-tasticness which makes it trite and a complete no-go again for me.
Third, I did a lot of traveling in my 20’s. I worked for a travel agency and had the opportunity to travel to unique locations and hear local folklore first hand. I knew there was a wealth of other myths to draw on for rich and frightening characters.
When you write a mash-up there are already characters and thus, opportunities to slip in new traits and dynamics. I did that as much as possible in Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter. In the end, I spent a lot of time googling keywords like “folklore shapeshifter” to find my villains.
Here’s the final list of supernatural creatures that make an appearance!
- Bad Fairies
- Bean Nighe
- Humbug (my creation)
About the Author:
Jaqueline Kyle once stood on top of an active nuclear reactor. It glowed. She dove the Great Barrier Reef and the fish swarmed to check HER out. On her 16th birthday she flew a plane solo – just to enjoy the view. She once ran a marathon – because it was faster than walking. When she bungee jumps, she always goes first, so her friends can jump off the bridge after her. Jaqueline Kyle is not the most interesting man in the world – because she’s a woman.
Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter
Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter expands the original text of Charles Dicken’s classic with all-new scenes of malicious ghosts, soul devouring wraiths, deadly doppelgangers and other terrors from the netherworld. Our story opens seven years after Marley’s violent death. Ebenezer Scrooge has given up ghost hunting and embraced an inevitable slow death by alcohol poisoning. When the spectre of his deceased partner appears to him on Christmas Eve, Scrooge learns that he must face three Ghosts – one who will try to help him, one who will try to harm him and one that cannot be killed.
In a story that spans a lifetime of torment, Scrooge must face the demons of his past and his failures in the present in order to prevent the horror that is his future. The stakes for Scrooge’s soul have never been higher than in this wicked retelling of the classic, A Christmas Carol.
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