Welcome 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?