Thursday, August 4, 2011
Infestations (A WIP Thursday...Sorry No Alliteration)
I'm obsessed with haunted houses.
No, not the Halloween theme spook houses, with genuine haunted houses (if such things exist). I've never been in one--as far as I know--but the idea fascinates me. Some of my favorite novels feature spooky houses--The Haunting of Hill House, Hell House, 'salem's Lot. Yes, I know the last one is about vampires, but the Marsten House certainly haunts the protag. The House of Leaves is an amazing book about--you guessed it--a bizarre house.
The House Eaters features a house--a semi/sort of haunted place. I've written stories about "places" with hauntings or "infestations". That's a good word for it, I suppose: infestation.
Here's the set up for my WIP:
Six people volunteer for a reality style show set in an old country house. The rules: they must stay inside for seven full days. No slipping out for a walk on the veranda or stroll through the garden. For their time, each will receive a minimum of $12K.
Four of them have been there before, but that time there were five. They sought shelter during a snowstorm (their van had landed in a ditch and there was no cell phone reception in the boonies).
The fifth member of their party disappeared in the house. The police, of course, theorized he wandered out into the snow to find help and never found any.
His body, of course, was never found.
But the four friends did find something else, upstairs in the house.
And I'm not telling what.