Check This Out: Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020

Interview & Review

Over at The Faerie Review

I interviewed Dan Klefstad, the author behind Fiona’s Guardians and I have a review and tour stop for Dr Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors.


Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors
by  Stephen D. Sullivan 

The monsters aren’t only in the museum!
Despite a lifetime of traveling with their father to collect strange artifacts, twins Topaz and Opal Cushing have never fully believed in monsters or the supernatural. Oh, sure, they share an eerie psychic connection, and their tarot card readings often come true, but… Werewolves? Vampires? Living mummies? None of those could be real. Those legends are just for rubes. Right?
Since the girls’ father has been away, though, strange things have been happening in the family’s little exhibit—and in the waxworks studio that shares their dilapidated Victorian mansion on the outskirts of London. Now, the twins’ dreams of a fun, romantic summer season are turning into a nightmare, and the monsters are running…
Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors!

5 out of 5
Dr. Cushing’s Chamber of Horrors  is the perfect way to spark your imagination at Halloween.
Read my full review at The Faerie Review

Interview With Dan Klefstad

Here’s an excerpt of my interview. You can read the full one at The Faerie Review

Lily: ​ Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Dan I couldn’t put ​Fiona’s Guardians down. First, that opening! What made you decide to open with Fiona talking directly to the reader? 

Dan:   I love writing in first person. It grabs the reader’s attention because the character is addressing you, and you feel a natural reflex to respond. So the reader is plunged immediately into the story. Second, it allows the writer to do a little method acting. There’s nothing like first person to force an author to think like their character, to find their voice, to decide what words they use and the ones they avoid. I do write occasionally in third person, and Fiona’s Guardians has chapters in 3rd, but I felt 1st allowed me to grip the reader right at the beginning and pull them in.

Lily: ​ It definitely worked! How did you come up with the idea to have vampires buying blood from hospitals to avoid feeding off humans? 

Dan:   This is not a new plot device; you can find it in the 2014 film “Only Lovers Left Alive.” But I wanted to show how different Fiona is from the rest of her vampire family — how forward-thinking and innovative she is. She has, in a very practical way, evolved ahead of the other immortals. Also, hiring humans to buy blood leads her to think of other ways humans might be useful, such as protecting her while she sleeps during the day. All this allows her to extend her life without attracting the attention of police.

Lily: ​ Too bad not all survive serving her…What inspired the Mors Strigae order?