Last week, I discussed how walks through the cemetery provide historical inspiration. In addition, walking helps me clear my head and focus better on my writing. Walking through the cemetery is really just an easy and practical choice because it’s one of the nicest spaces in my neighborhood to go for a stroll without worrying about traffic. Of course, it’s also interesting to discover someone in the cemetery who is in the history books and has been immortalized in many books and films.
The photo shows the grave site of Pat Garrett and his wife Apolinaria. Pat Garrett is most famous as the man who shot Billy the Kid in 1881. He also investigated the disappearance of attorney and newspaperman Albert Jennings Fountain, who I’ll discuss in a later post of this series. Toward the end of his life, Garrett was appointed a customs collector in El Paso, Texas by Teddy Roosevelt. Afterwards, he retired to a ranch just outside of Las Cruces.
Pat Garrett makes a cameo appearance in my novel Vampires of the Scarlet Order. He stops by the Long Dobé where the Vampire Marcella works as a prostitute. He sees strength in her and encourages her to leave prostitution behind. She finds him compelling and follows his exploits in the newspapers. She’s pleased when he marries and even helps him in his showdown with Billy the Kid. Later, she encounters a distant fictional cousin and the two are captured by monstrous, vampire-like creatures and taken to a laboratory out in the New Mexico desert for experimentation.