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The garden was the first thing about this story that came to my mind. The initial draft of this is very different from the final version (Spike was once a girl, for example) but the description of what was in the garden never changed. Once I had this picture of the garden, it was a matter of asking myself who would be desperate enough to go there, and why. I quickly figured out that I wanted to write a horror story about love – about the depths we’ll go to for it, the destructive power of it, and how it can be selfish and selfless at the same time.
I actually wrote the first draft of the Halloween section the night before Halloween, completely alone in the house. To make myself feel more like I was in the forest watching the ceremony, I decided to go the whole hog by turning all the lights off and lighting the only candle I could find. Unfortunately, because I was sitting in the dark with my back to the door and headphones on, I didn’t realise someone had come home until they put a hand on my shoulder. Needless to say, I jumped so much it’s a miracle I didn’t knock the stupid candle over and start a fire.