Ransom Riggs lives in Los Angelos, where he writes books and makes movies. I stumbled upon his trailer for his first novel, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” and as someone who appreciates old buildings and the poetry of abandoned space, he has me enraptured. Riggs teamed up with a Dutch urban explorer to ‘find, trespass and film’ inside abandoned castles and châteaus in Belgium and Luxembourg. The trailer has hauntingly beautiful footage of mysterious architecture, seemingly frozen in time, slowly decaying into the landscape on which it was built.
John Ruskin, a Victorian architect and a great theorist of truth in architecture, likened buildings to sentient beings. He wrote, “How wonderful to be able to ‘read’ a building, but how much more wonderful if it could speak directly to us.” The footage that Riggs shows us conveys the power that a historic place can have on one’s imagination, as well as it’s ability to inspire and create.
If you are as interested as I am to read the story about peculiar children who lived in a big old, house on the other side of the world, find it here at Amazon.com. If you want to find out more about the author check out his website and blog at ransomriggs.com