by Sylvia Ney
Rebecca Stelly is the author of To the World Above (Picture book), RUST (blog novel), Burlap Cat (blog serial), Oscura (blog serial), Red House (blog serial), Bohemians at Large (blog humor articles), and Enthralled.
Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write Enthralled? If so, tell us about it. While visiting New Orleans, I noticed many of the shops along Bourbon street had second floors that seemed to be used for storage. I wondered what could be hiding up there, behind those darkened windows, left over from a time when things like slavery and prostitution were legal in the city. The zombie slave is a staple of local folklore. I feel it neatly embodies the exploited soul. I like to find new ways to present old ideas, or in the case of enthralled, old ways to present new ones. We have taken the vampire ( originally a monster ) and re-imagined it as a hero. Then we took the zombie ( originally a helpless slave ) and re-imagined it as a monster more horrible then any of the rest. This intrigues me. I’d like to give it back to the zombie.