30 Books in 30 Days: Lighthouse Edition

pointlomaWelcome to the last day of “30 Books in 30 Days”–can you believe we made it? I’ll announce the final round of winners on Sunday, along with…get ready…a scene snippet from PIRATESHIP DOWN. Oh boy, is Jean causing a world of trouble.

Which has nothing to do with National Lighthouse Day, August 7. I find lighthouses incredibly cool and even romantic, although, as I was thinking about them, most of my favorite movies that have to do with lighthouses are far from romance. Have you ever seen the old John Carpenter film “The Fog”? It’s one of those movies I know has no artistic value whatsoever, but I love it. Adrienne Barbeau (I think) is a late-night DJ broadcasting from a studio in the top of a lighthouse in the fictional New England town of Antonio Bay. It ends up being a ghost story, and a pretty good one. But it was the atmospheric scenes of the fog rolling in and the scary scenes at the lighthouse that stick with me.

The only lighthouse I’ve ever visited was the Point Loma lighthouse in San Diego, which was only a couple of miles from my house in the Ocean Beach area (yes, I actually lived in Southern California for a couple of years–talk about a fish out of water). The whole area at Point Loma was beautiful. That’s the one pictured on this page.

There’s a lighthouse that is a major setting in my novel LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP. It’s a fictional lighthouse that I located on the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, north of the village of Main-a-Dieu, and had been converted into a home. In the real world, the lighthouse on which I patterned mine lies south of the area, in Louisbourg, and there’s still one on the tip of the now-uninhabited Scaterie Island, off the mainland near Main-a-Dieu.

So, to be entered for a free mystery book–or one of my books, if you prefer–do you have a favorite lighthouse, or a movie or book that has a lighthouse in it?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

27 thoughts on “30 Books in 30 Days: Lighthouse Edition

  1. I’ve been to the Mariner’s Museum in Norfolk VA and saw one of the giant lenses that were used in the lighthouses. Quite interesting.

  2. No, I can’t think of a favorite book or movie with a lighthouse in it. It is strange because I can totally see how it would make an interesting setting.

  3. not really but each year we get a calendar from a firm my mother works with and it’s always lighhouse house theme, very cute ( but BIG^^;;)
    Would you like one? ( i mean if i can get you the 2016 that would be great but in the 2015 you still have the fabulous pictures which is teh most important related to this post^^)

  4. I have a lighthouse right next to my home. It has been there forever and it’s part of my life. It’s deserted now but it’s still part of the town and we all are used to seen it there. Although I don’t know how much will stand if somebody doesn’t do anything to reinforce it.

  5. The lighthouse on the Dutch island Schiermonnikoog. It’s a beautiful red lighthouse.

  6. I can’t think of one but I think they are very necessary and have a real beauty to them.

  7. I like the pictures but admit to never actually seeing a lighthouse in person. Someday . . .

  8. In The Dead-Tossed Waves, part of a YA zombie future-dystopian trilogy by Carrie Ryan that I love, the protagonist lives in a lighthouse with her mom at the beginning of the book.

  9. I remember a children’s TV show I used to watch about a family living in a lighthouse. All kinds of magic, real & imagined.

  10. I don’t have a favorite but I’ve always liked pictures of them. Ive never seen one up close.

  11. I’ve enjoyed your lighthouse comments! Sorry I’ve been offline most of the day–last day on the day job before taking next week off for AAD so I was trying to get everything done.

    No blog tomorrow, but look for a scene snippet on Sunday, and the final 30 Books in 30 Days winners!

  12. I haven’t seen a lighthouse personally, but would like to. Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe O’Neill has a lighthouse. It is the secret meeting place so is mentioned in most of the books. And Chloe lives only 100 miles from me. 🙂

  13. I grew up on the West Coast, but I don’t recall ever seeing a lighthouse, so I can’t say I have a favorite. I can’t really recall any great stories featuring lighthouses either, although I’ve always thought they seemed pretty cool. 😀

  14. My favorite lighthouse is the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse in the US. I also remember The Fog with Adrienne Barbeau.

  15. I can’t think of a single favorite book or movie with a lighthouse. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person.

  16. I love Ray Bradbury’s short story The Fog Horn about a sea monster who fell in love with a light house.