At the time of writing this, I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding completing the first draft. It has been around two years of thinking, researching, and crafting a storyline I am happy with.
Something I found incredibly useful for helping me pitch the tone and ambience of the scenes I had written was constructing a writing playlist. Some tracks were the inspiration for specific scenes, but generally, I had this playlist on shuffle in my earphones every time I sat down to write. Music is important to me. For me, a great film can be made or broken with its soundtrack. So, using that as the basic logic, I created the playlist that I believed would allow me to write the scenes in the tone I wanted them to be. The complete playlist on Spotify is below if you are interested in hearing it for yourself.
THE OVERALL TONE
I quite quickly latched on to ‘Southern Gothic’ as a musical theme. For me, the use of string instruments, dark themes, and obsession with death fitted well with the overall tone I was seeking to achieve. The late Victorian period was fascinated with the morbid and macabre. The style of ‘Southern Gothic’ dovetails those themes effortlessly. A few re-workings of well-known songs in this style do also feature on the playlist.
JACK THE RIPPER: THREADS
Think you know Jack the Ripper? Think again.
In ‘Jack the Ripper: Threads’, Jay Hartley presents a compelling fictional exploration of the idea that the infamous serial killer was actually James Maybrick, a cotton merchant from Liverpool. Using a mix of fact and fiction, this historical crime thriller brings to life actual events and characters from the era in a way that will challenge everything you thought you knew about this unsolved case.
With gripping prose and meticulous attention to detail, Hartley paints a vivid picture of Maybrick’s life and his possible involvement in the gruesome murders that terrorised London’s Whitechapel district in 1888.
But the story doesn’t end there. Did one of Maybrick’s family members murder him in 1889, bringing an end to the Ripper’s reign of terror?
This debut novel will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow the clues and try to piece together the truth behind one of history’s most baffling mysteries.
So if you’re ready to challenge your assumptions and dive into a world of intrigue and deception, ‘Jack the Ripper: Threads’ is the book for you.