Now that Eternity has hit the stands, I want to call your attention to Mike Aronovitz’s discussion and review of Eternity, recently published on Hellnotes. Take a look and please give it a “like” if you think it’s as awesome as I do. I’ve gotta tell you, I’m in heaven! Alice Walks, his first novel, is officially one of my all-time favorite ghostly tales.
Eternity is one of my favorites. I always love research and this book required lots of it. I became an expert on Jack the Ripper, Bigfoot, and the lore that belongs to Mt. Shasta, a sacred site way up at the north end of California. While the town of Eternity is much smaller and quainter than the real city of Mt. Shasta, Icehouse Mountain is very much like Shasta itself. I patterned the geography and roads on those of the real mountain. And the lore. Mt. Shasta, scene of a crystal-packing “Harmonic Convergence” some years ago, has everything from UFOs to golden cities built inside the mountain. It’s said the Count St. Germain wanders the slopes dispensing wisdom, and that Lemurians still live deep in the bowels of this sacred mountain. Add Jack the Ripper and a couple of Elvises to the mix, and you’ve got Eternity instead of Shasta.
I’d say more, but Mike’s review sums things up better than I can.
If you’ve read Candle Bay, you’ve seen references to Eternity and Icehouse Mountain there. In Candle Bay’s sequel, currently being written, some of the vampires of Candle Bay head north for a huge vampire family reunion taking place there. Look for plenty of cross-references and meetings, but you don’t need to read Candle Bay or enjoy Eternity or vice versa. They’re all stand alone, but I love putting everyone – and every book – in the same world. Most of all, I love sneaking in tiny references and seeing if anyone notices.
For instance, Sheriff John Lawson, of Moonfall, is the younger cousin of Sheriff Frank Lawson of Eternity. And Sheriff Tully, Eternity’s new sheriff, is from the town of Santo Verde. (Santo Verde is loosely based on Redlands, CA.) I suspect he probably went to the carnival with Ricky Piper of Bad Things. Both undoubtedly went apple-picking up at Moonfall, loosely based on Oak Glen) since it’s only thirty minutes up the mountain.