Google is not my friend today. My setting is modern day North America (based around Canadian/ Northern US Geography, but not specified) I've looked for "soul suckers" "soul eaters" "soul seekers" + mythology.
Basic premise of the book is that Character A's wife dies, and when she dies, he loses his soul, because she "took his soul with her when she died." He meets a woman, and has to protect her from other soul suckers. I'm just at a loss as to how to get the info.
Now on to my question. I could have sworn that I remember a mythology around beings that suck the soul, not vampires, but another "monster" for lack of a better term. I've searched and found various poems and song lyrics,and a book reference but not anything like what I am looking for.
If I'm on the wrong track with my search terms, I'm more than happy to do the research, but I'm just not finding what I am looking for with what I came up with on my own.
Setting: Detroit, 1928
I grew up in the Detroit area, and have a fondness for the city still. A few weeks ago, a plot bunny bit me, telling me to write a supernatural mystery set in 1920s Detroit. Unfortunately for me, I'm currently at school in Kalamazoo, and am about to move away for about nine months, so I can't just skip down to the Detroit Public Library and see what sort of records they have. Therefore, I turn to you, good people of little_details.
I have four characters pretty solidly formed in my head, and I have a pretty good grasp of the social class of two. However, the others? No bloody clue. What standard of living would these characters be expected to have?
Character #1: A young newspaper reporter for the Detroit News who wants nothing more than to be on the crime beat, but keeps getting "fluff stories" about the arts. His father is a furrier, and their family has been around the US so long that their immigration status doesn't really matter.
Character #2: A young Catholic priest, and the most junior in St. Florian's parish in Hamtramck (a suburb adjacent to the city, populated mainly by Polish immigrants). He is a first-generation Polish-American.
Search terms used: standard of living 1928 Detroit, reporter salary 1928 Detroit, priest salary 1928 Detroit, priest 1928 Detroit
As an aside, does anyone have tips on researching a historical project from afar?
My character is a respectable blimpish 50 yearold Englishman in 1938, with strong sympathies for European fascism.
He has a stash of cheap readingng which he hides from his wife which pander both to his racism and his more sadistic tendancies.
What suggestions can you offer for his shelf? Bonus points if illustrated!
(I've started his collection with Bulldog Drummond...)