Over Christmas, I will be heading back to the Pacific Northwest, where I spent the first twenty-something years of my life. Yes, I’m excited to see friends and family. But there’s just something about that ol’ PNW that you can’t find anywhere else. The dreary, wet, somber, gray weather of winter, surrounded by old growth forests and mountain peaks that you know are there, even if you can’t quite see them through the gloom.
A colleague, upon hearing that I grew up in the Northwest, asked me what it was like to grow up in the land of serial killers. While that’s not exactly fair, I’ve compiled a list of books set in Washington (state) that may give you a sense of why it’s an appealing location for serial killers, vampires, time travellers, sinister doppelgangers, ghosts, and just plain regular folks like you and me. Happy reading!