Spent the morning working on the edits for my Carnacki the Ghost
Finder story. The basic premise was inspired by a pen and ink drawing by
the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, called How They Met
Themselves, which shows a young couple meeting glowing duplicates of themselves in a dark forest. Rossetti was apparently fascinated by the idea of
doppelgangers. The concept appears in his poetry and in his paintings
and drawings. However he never gave any real explanation of just what's
going on in this drawing, referring to it simply as the "bogie" drawing.
Some have suggested that he may have been inspired by the work of
Percy Bysshe Shelley, who claimed to have seen his own double more than
In any case, I've long been fascinated by the drawing and always
thought it would make a good basis for a story. I had tried to use it as
a starting point for a sword & sorcery yarn, but it never quite
worked out, so when the chance came to write a Carnacki story I decided
to try it as a ghost story. Hopefully it works.