Unquiet in the Earth: a Sockhops & Seances Interview with Josh Reynolds!
Please tell us a bit about your story!
“Unquiet in the Earth” is the latest entry in the long-running Royal Occultist series. It catches up with an older, wiser Ebe Gallowglass in the 1950s, as she and her assistants deal with the sudden reappearance of a pair of ghostly giants as well as a bevy of dodgy government agents.
What inspired your story?
It was actually inspired by an entry in from Cornish Feasts and Folklore (1890), by Margaret Ann Courtney. The unremitting attacks by a pair of ghoulish giants on a certain church forced the locals to move their place of worship. Once they did, the attacks stopped. That got me to wondering why that might have been – and what those giants might have been protecting…
What was it about Sockhops & Seances that captured your imagination?
Really, it was because it offered me an excuse to write a 1950s era Royal Occultist story. To date, most of them have been set in the 1920’s or earlier, so this was a good way to stretch my creative muscles a bit.