A Brief Chat With the Authors of Shadow Atlas: Lee Murray

Hillary Dodge

Visit Lee online at https://www.leemurray.info/.

Hillary: What is the most magical/terrifying place you’ve visited? 

Lee: I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in New Zealand, England, France, and the United States, and I’ve done a lot of travelling, so I’ve had the opportunity to visit some absolutely wonderful sites, both magical and terrifying. A few favourites… 

New Zealand’s Lake Tarawera, which is just 50-minutes’ drive from my home, is a site renown for the appearance of a waka-canoe paddled by a group of ghostly dog soldiers, so I think that qualifies as terrifying. It’s the context for my Taine McKenna novelette “Into the Clouded Sky”, which appears in my Bram Stoker Award®-winning collection, Grotesque: Monster Stories. As I explain in the book’s “Afterword,” the story is largely creative non-fiction, the information [about the lake’s haunting] drawn from actual reports by the characters themselves—specifically Dunedin businessman, George Sise, and his wife, Louise—who witnessed, firstly an unexplained seiche, and then a ghost canoe…

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