Halls in The Forest is a video project that was born with a vague idea back in 2014. In that year, I, C. A. Saltoris (but please, do call me Ariane), decided that I wanted to shoot a video at the largest Park Cemetery in the world, which happened to be in Hamburg, Germany, the city where I lived.
I shot the video for Halloween, as a gift for my readers waiting for the launch of my gothic novel The Forgotten Story of The Highway Inn (you can get the e-book, in Brazilian Portuguese here). I don’t need to say that I loved the experience, do I? The cemetery is gorgeous and I am a trained actress, who always wanted to become a reporter (figure me out, I dare you!), so hosting a documentary-wish on such an incredible place was like making a dream come true.
Years passed, life got in the way and I went back to YouTube to tell stories on my own YouTube channel. The project was called Dark Christmas (you can watch it in English here), and was an advent calendar with 24 videos.
Yes, you read it right! I wrote 20 of those mini-short stories; then I got my camera and shot all those videos in full cosplay. Four creepy creatures read six stories each. Then life got in the way again!
And so I went back with the version that would eventually lead me to Halls in The Forest. It was a project in 2021 called Halloween of Legends (you can watch it in Brazilian Portuguese here).
My friends and my readers loved the idea of learning about Myths and Legends they hadn’t heard of, so I shot Halloween of Legends 2021 and kept the idea in mind.
I Became a Full-Time Author
At the end of 2021, I decided that I was going back to Literature for good, re-launched the book that made the wheels of my life move (Yes, the Forgotten Story), and launched my online store of Fantasy Fiction Inspired products, called Taverna da Ilsa.
Then I knew what I had to do: I had to start a brand new YouTube channel and bring all these wonderful grown ups, who never ceased to believe in magic, folk tales that nobody seems to be telling.
So yes, Halls in The Forest is a weekly “show”, and I hope that you will watch it and show it to your loved ones, who still want beauty and mystery in their lives.
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Have a magical day!
C. A. Saltoris