Writing about the supernatural is hard to do without coming across as campy or cheap. Especially when it all centers around things like mind readers, ghosts, and spirits. I've spent a fair amount of time actually studying the "greats", trying to get a bead on exactly why their work stood out in memory. There are so many ways to write this kind of thing badly, and so few ways to do it right.
Since so much of this story centers around witchcraft, I've suffered through various stages of self doubt, sometimes sitting on a scene for two or three days before I decide what to do next. I want readers to suspend their level of disbelief and that can't be done if it reads as a "save" ("Oh! I know! I'll infuse them with special powers). I want creepy, I want chills, I want them turning the pages and cheering in the right places,. I don't want them to blink.
55,000 and going strong . . .