Things are changing, or at least they feel like they are. This is an interesting time to do world building a contemporary dark fantasy world set on Earth. What I decided to do I decided to set the story in the ’90s because of my own nostalgia for the goth subculture of my youth. Also I didn’t want to have to deal with the state of the world as it is now. I don’t know how to process live in the United States right now enough to write a story about it, but that doesn’t mean that current events aren’t changing the ideas going into my story world.