This started off a fairly simple photograph of a stairs in Sawston Hall, Cambridge, UK. (The original photo can be seen on my blog, Click this )
I’ve added a picture of the sky, which I took at the Suffolk coast to the background, and one of some branches with berries at the end which I took at the park, plus lots of filters and three textures from the following packs here on deviantart:
Khaosdog’s Free Blood Splatter Textures
Fudgegraphic’s Texture Pack 1
Jeannerin’s Pack II Textures
Once I went with the picture it reminded me of the stairs the heroine in romantic mystery novels (and films) always goes up despite the fact that everyone knows her doom is waiting at the top of the stairs.