boldtype
Pope Brock

Pope Brock: Indiana Gothic

Indiana Gothic  
Pope Brock    
Pope Brock: an essay

Indiana Gothic: an excerpt



  Indiana Gothic is the true story of Pope Brock's great-grandfather, Ham Dillon, who had been a charismatic and ambitious young Indiana politician when he was shot to death in 1908 by his own brother-in-law, Link Hale. Hale was at least half-crazed with anger and grief that his wife--and Ham's wife's only sister--Allie, had just borne Ham a child. At the trial, the case made headlines because of Hale's groundbreaking attempt to use the insanity plea.

Pope Brock knew nothing of this story as he was growing up; in a family that venerated "good behavior" and strict propriety, this was the most closely guarded secret. When it began to leak out, and the riveting story of love, betrayal, and murder began to emerge, Brock traveled to Indiana to throw himself into the extensive research needed to recreate the story from start to finish. But actually telling the story was an even more complex journey, as Indiana Gothic took on the sweep and power of a novel, recreating the era, the characters, and the high drama of the events with remarkable vivid detail. Bold Type asked Brock to tell us a little about that literary journey...


 
Bold Type
Bold Type
Bold Type
     
 
  Photo of Pope Brock copyright © Jerry Bauer

Send us comments