Emerald Eyes

A 1980s San Francisco Gothic Romance

In 1987, good and evil immortal souls were drawn to San Francisco, seeking the predestined companion they must fall in love with again to remain immortal. San Francisco’s veneer masked the evil it lured. Samantha, an eccentric model wears an emerald marquise ring the color of her eyes. Victoria, a beautiful, conflicted stockbroker, has the same ring and eyes. Samantha knows why. Victoria does not. 


Evil manipulates. Good is corrupted.

Death awaits at the end of every era.


Samantha becomes pregnant with Andrew’s child and then dumps him after saying they could be together forever. Andrew’s friendship with Victoria becomes love while he is tormented by William, a jealous ghost. Andrew’s roommate Ryan hates Victoria and covets Samantha. Victoria falls in love with Andrew as William haunts and confuses her. Who is good and who is evil?


Who chose love wisely and remains immortal? Who died forever? 

Vanish into the Gothic romance of 1980s San Francisco with Emerald Eyes.



San Francisco Scenes

1947 Rooftop View (1:57)  Dark Passage

Fort Point (2:41)  Vertigo

Car Chase (2:59)  Bullitt

Speed Of The Fog (3:20)  The Conversation

Outside At Night (2:20)  48 Hours

Marina District (1:25) The Love Bug

Downtown (1:26)  Dirty Harry

Marina Green (0:58)  Star Trek 4

Immortal View (2:42)  Just Like Heaven

Runaway Car (1:20)  The House On Telegraph Hill


Mike is an RWA PRO, Rose City Romance writing, pole-vaulting hockey goalie. He lived in San Francisco in the 1980s; the perfect setting for a Gothic romance. In junior high, he read Gothic romance paperbacks as secretly as his friends stashed copies of Playboy. He’s been writing since then and reads Gothic romances in public, so you can see the cover, more than anyone he knows.  Emerald Eyes is his first novel.







Gothic Fiction

Gothic fiction’s 250-year-old history began with The Castle of Otranto (1764). Fifty years later, Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1847), lead a Gothic fiction renaissance.

Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) continued Gothic fiction’s immortality.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Gothic fiction was personified by its paperback book covers — a retro image of a beautiful, startled woman looking over her shoulder, her hair and dress flowing behind her as she runs away from a dark castle on the hill.

Gothic romances, like their characters, remain immortal because of horror and romance, a moody setting, evil characters, beautiful women, mysterious men, and a battle between good and evil that good doesn’t always win. 

Emerald Eyes is a 1980s San Francisco Gothic romance.