Vampires, Werewolves, & Gothic Novels with Eleanor Bourg Nicholson Silhouettes of the Truth

Vampires, Werewolves, & Gothic Novels with Eleanor Bourg Nicholson Silhouettes of the Truth

Feb 22, 2022 | Latest

Eleanor and Dominic talk about being a homeschool mom, lay Dominican, and writing gothic vampire novels from a Catholic standpoint.

In addition to scholarly pursuits, Eleanor Bourg Nicholson occasionally strays into fiction, including her epistolary novella, The Letters of Magdalen Montague, and her Gothic novels, A Bloody Habit and Brother Wolf. A former assistant executive editor for Dappled Things, she is assistant editor for the Saint Austin Review (StAR), as well as the editor of several Ignatius Critical Editions of the classics and has collaborated with other editors to provide footnotes for numerous other works. Her work has appeared many places including the National Catholic Register, The Imaginative Conservative, Crisis Magazine, Touchstone, First Things, The Catholic Thing, and, of course, The St. Austin Review and Dappled Things. She is the resident Victorian literature instructor at Homeschool Connections, Eleanor, with her husband, homeschools their five children. By night, she reads the Victorians, writes Gothic novels, and cares for small children.

Fun fact: She has an extremely low tolerance for scary books and movies. She’s still petrified of “The Speckled Band”, and won’t sleep in a room where the bed is under a vent.


For Athene Howard, the only child of renowned cultural anthropologist Charles Howard, life is an unexciting, disillusioned academic project. When she encounters a clairvoyant Dominican postulant, a stern nun, and a recusant English nobleman embarked on a quest for a feral Franciscan werewolf, the strange new world of enchantment and horror intoxicates and delights her—even as it brings to light her father’s complex past and his long-dormant relationship with the Church of Rome. Can Athene and her newfound compatriots battle against the ruthless forces of darkness that howl for the overthrow of civilization and the devouring of so many wounded souls? In this sister novel to A Bloody Habit, the incomparable Father Thomas Edmund Gilroy, O.P. returns to face occult demons, gypsy curses, possessed maidens, and tormented werewolves, accompanying a charming neo-pagan heroine in her earnest search for adventure and meaning.

00:00 Welcome
00:54 Meet the Author
4:06 Book: Brother Wolf
6:55 How did you write the story?
8:44 Favorite story: Actaeon the Hunter
11:52 Worldbuilding & Backstory
13:50 What is Gothic as a Genre
19:29 How to make good characters compelling?
23:41 Influence of being a Lay Dominican
26:59 Are your stories driven by character or event?
28:09 Get in touch with Eleanor
28:47 A message to Catholic authors
29:34 Join CatholicAuthor

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Dominic Vera

Founder of LegendFiction, and a total Wandery. Geeks over epics, mystics, science, the angelic, & Netflix. A young, Catholic dad and novelist passionate about worldbuilding and faith-inspired fiction. A graduate from the Writer’s Institute for Children’s Literature, self-published a children’s novel, and works as a full time marketer and graphic designer. Married, with a small girl and a smaller corgi. Website | See more of Dominic's posts

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