Darkling Intruder is the story of a young woman called Rosemary Leafe who suffered from a peculiar kind of agoraphobia and a strange sort of claustrophobia. Imagine if you can, being trapped between the torment of confinement and a sickening fear of being out into the open. Naturally, a person conflicted in this way might retreat into the safety of his or her own mind. However, there may well be more things to fear inside one’s own head than may be found in the dark corners of an old house or the no-man’s-land of the world outside.
It combines the romanticism of early gothic fiction with the melodramatic narratives of twentieth century British cinema. The book is inspired by the author’s affection for the writing of Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Michael Moorcock, and Dennis Wheatley, with a passing nod to classic horror films such as Night of the Demon, the Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Dead of Night. Katherine Briggs’ Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies and Other Supernatural Creatures has also been significant in the development of the idea.