Completing The Dark Harbour Trilogy

On the 17th of July last year I started writing the first words of the final book of the Dark Harbour trilogy. I am delighted to announce that today, exactly nine months on, I have now completed the first draft.

Dark Harbour Part 3

Dark Harbour Part 3: The Tale of the Something Something

I always knew that this book was going to be a big challenge. Not only were there various loose ends and messy situations left at the end of book 2, the truth is that I needed a bit of time to step back from Dark Harbour to work out where I went next with it. Soul Searcher and Night Shiner were both stories that have been with me for a very long time. In fact, both stories started life as film scripts. I’d never written a script for part 3 though. I didn’t even have an outline. Not a thing. So I needed a bit of time to immerse myself in the world again and get back in touch with my initial inspirations.
Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke

Inspirations… The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke painting by Richard Dadd, something that had also inspired Freddie Mercury in an early Queen song

I still didn’t have a pristine vision of where I was going when I started out on July 17th, but I went with a few ideas that took a life of their own and have turned into something that I am very pleased with indeed. There’s a little more fantasy in this one, a lot more magic, and a fair amount of eccentricity thrown in too. Each book has had its own flavour within this urban fantasy world: the first one had romance, the second one horror. As tempted as I was to stick with the formula of book 2, I changed the flavour again, going for something that has a strong hit of English folklore of fairies and sorcery. I’ve had a working title that has stuck with me during the writing process, something I will perhaps be revealing soon.

I hope that it will be a satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy, and although things have come to an end in part 3, this book may well leave the door open for more…

About Joseph Kiel

Joseph Kiel is an author from another dimension and writes tales about a mysterious seaside town called Dark Harbour amongst other stuff.