Chasing Shadows: Research and the Internet


Thanks to the internet, researching for our manuscripts is now easier than ever. At the click of a button, I have been able to jet off a message to deepest Haida Gwaii to learn about their ancient death Gods, and send requests for dusty, mysterious books that have been sitting on a warehouse shelf for years, just waiting for someone to need them. So with all of these resources at my fingertips, I was pretty surprised when I discovered how hard it was to find some of the most basic information I would be needing.

Some readers may know that my in-progress novel, Chasing Shadows, features characters based on obscure and mostly historical personifications of death. So my first task when I started writing was to find a list of figures, cultures and ancient religions from which I could draw inspiration. Sounds simple enough, right? I thought it would…

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