on Anne R Allen:
Home is where the heart is. Or is it?
Home sweet home. Or is it?
You can’t go home again. Or can you? You can go from:
- Shirley Jackson’s spooky Hill House to the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas —
- The Rosemary’s Baby creepy West Side apartment in NYC to Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s classic Gothic masterpiece, Rebecca
- From the outhouse to the penthouse —
Well-written details of houses and homes — or any place in which characters live and work — become permanently lodged in reader’s memories.
Houses — or homes as real estate brokers refer to them — and the rooms in them can delineate character, set a scene, replace or enhance back story, establish mood, theme or genre. And can save that stalled first draft.