Vampires and Halloween go together like candy corn and garbage cans–they just makes sense. I’ve been a big fan of vampires for many, many years (I even wrotesomeposts about them awhile back), and so I feel very comfortable telling you that nothing says autumn, pumpkins, and trick-or-treating like our fanged brethren of the night. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite vampire stories for you to sink your teeth into this season, but I have one disclaimer: these books have serious bite (sorry, I had to)!
My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick is a creepy tale that’s ostensibly geared toward teenagers. Don’t let that hold you back though! This book is spine-tingling witchcraft that will have you sleeping with the lights on.
Picture it: Transylvania 1431; a child is born that will inexorably change the course of history. Okay, that might be a flagrant exaggeration, but not if you live in Hungary or are a superfan of vampires and vampire fiction, especially the latter. The child I’m referring to is, of course, Vlad III of Wallachia, better known as Vlad the Impaler and even better known as (Count) Dracula. Continue reading “October Takeover: Dracula Part Two”
When people hear the word ‘vampire,’ often the first thing that comes to mind is Dracula. In fact, for some people ‘Dracula’ and ‘vampire’ mean the very same thing (at least they do if you’re Deadpool). But where did this obsession begin, and what’s it all about? Over the next couple posts, we’re going to be delving into all things Dracula; the stories, the movies, and even the man behind the myth. Continue reading “October Takeover: Dracula Part One”
This week’s romance subgenre is a doozy and, admittedly, the reason I started reading romance novels. Paranormal romance is all the weird stuff. Men (and women) who can shape-shift into tigers (or just about any other animal you can think of), angels who fall in love with demons and naughty little mermaids. The creativity in this genre blows my mind and I am forever searching for the strangest mixture I can find.
Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy are like kissing cousins. Considering all the vampires and werewolves involved, maybe that should be biting cousins.
The big difference between Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance is usually where the focus is placed in the story. It’s not that Paranormal Romances can’t include an other-than-human hero or heroine, or that the main character can’t be solve crimes in the supernatural community. Likewise, there are urban fantasy series where the hero or heroine does manage to combine crime-fighting or beast hunting with a successful love life…eventually.
I think the poster boy for Urban Fantasy is Harry Dresden, from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. In the first book in the series, Storm Front, Harry is the only wizard listed in the Chicago telephone directory. Harry is a private investigator, and the focus of all the stories in the series is on Harry solving whatever crime or other dastardly deed has threatened the peace of his city. Occasionally, Harry’s love life is less than awful, but it never lasts long and usually ends badly, tragically, or both. Continue reading “Romantic Wednesdays: Paranormal romance vs. urban fantasy”