Everyone has skeletons in the closet, though some refer to them as demons, clawing, controlling, obsessing. Within a real life 17th century Courtyard turned religious site, among its mysterious Druid circle and rock-built altar, reveals the origin of local fiction author Tina M.E.’s gothic novel Dantalion of the Goetia.
The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Dept. of Interior and is considered by some “vaguely disturbing,” according to Elizabeth Mills Brown (1916-2008) Architectural Historian.
Excerpt, CH 1:
“When they met in secret, the moon was full above the pines in the Courtyard of the Undead. Stone borders outlined the Courtyard, its walls surrounded a central area, sunken beneath eye level. At one one was a towering pedestal, beneath it, an altar of jagged stone like the face of a mountain. Thick iron chains were embedded into the center. Wisteria spilled over the altar. Several feet away, stone pillars formed a circle nine feet across. The only sound was that of their breathing….”
The settings are rich in historical background, and the story itself goes deeper than any typical gothic romance. “Sometimes we face something so strong it blinds us, sometimes to the point of obsession, and there is strength in the human spirit to see us through,” says the author.
Excerpt CH 2:
“Religious Studies at Yale was my Major, but all the myths were my passion. My fixation on the occult had me most recently, interested in “demonology.”
“I found my way inside the library and searched for a quiet place to sit. There was a small table up against the window and surrounding it, walls of books formed a private cubby around me. Rich crown moldings complimented the hanging light fixtures and I felt like I belonged in another time when I came here.”