Palle used a few different buildings to piece together Alsop Manor, all or which worked perfectly. He set the mood and tone of a spooky home base for this family, utterly believable and beautifully drawn.
I think the best part of taking him to the Alsop family grave might have been the look on his face when he read the name “Alsop” from a tombstone. The look that said, “What the hell have I gotten myself into?”
Chris took me to the Alsop family grave in Calvary Cemetary, and I took a bunch of photos of the spot where Alsop Manor would have been. There is a small house with turrets on the site that Chris had in mind for Alsop Manor, but we both wanted something bigger. On one of my trips to the West Coast, my family and I stopped in Eureka, California where this awesome building, the Carson Mansion, was on of the few sites worth seeing. In the end the house was too detailed and too much for the carpenter’s family home, but I went with the Queen Anne style, the turrets and the porch.
In the present day New York, Alsop Manor is in a parralel universe, hidden from everyone. I wanted the place to look weird and “in between worlds” so I decided to go with a strangely etched black-and-white look and surround the place with fog and a sky that’s always pitch black.