I’m betting I have friends who could write this list for me. These are topics, themes, and settings that make me immediately interested in a book.
Make your mental guesses before you scroll down…
Gaslit cobblestone streets, magnificent clothes, early forensics, invention, exploration. It is such a rich setting to tell many different kinds of stories.
Like Mulder, I want to believe in ghosts. Regardless of whether they exist or not, I am fascinated by the folklore aspect of them. Why do we tell ghost stories? What do they say about us?
Not the fantasy epic kind so much, but the vintage stage magic done by the likes of Houdini or Alfred Borden in The Prestige.
Kind of like Victorian England, there is an odd energy and spirit about it. The art of Toulouse Lautrec set against the backdrop of feats of engineering and the flâneur culture.
Archaeology and quest
Is there a lost vault? A cryptic map? A series of clues that lead to a treasure or the answer to a mystery? Then I want to be there for the adventure.
Early photography and film
People experimenting with images on film – still or moving – makes for great characters, and often interesting plots. From Daguerre to silent film, it’s all fascinating.
Doppelgangers or time slips
I can’t keep up with a technical sci-fi story but if it is something where just one element is out of place, making the whole thing tremble, I love it.
Is there a house in disrepair? A disinherited daughter with a vengeance? A family secret? I want to peer in through those cracked, cobwebbed windows.
What makes you read?