i feel especially proud of having worked on this book. i read the manuscript in late night silence - as you should with all gothic novels - and was thoroughly spooked. not only was the story's ghostly mood a thrill to work with as an artist, its themes of fear and courage were particularly moving to me as a reader. my favorite kind of literary "hauntings" are metaphorical - daphne du maurier's rebecca or shirley jackson's the haunting of hill house, for example - rather than some transparent, floating apparition, ghosts are our fears, insecurities, regrets. elizabeth and zenobia is elegant and subtle in this way, but the plot is much more than that and you'll have to read it to see what i mean.
if you like horticulture, sinister wallpaper and edwardian children who host séances in a dusty old mansion, i recommend curling up with this one in the fall. out now!