I have always been fascinated by the things that go bump in the night. Ever since I can remember, I have wondered why popular books and movies focused on the vampire/werewolf hunters instead of the monsters themselves. Sure, there are plenty of books now that follow the journey of a vampire or werewolf, but the protagonist of the book is usually an angst-ridden hero who struggles to overcome his or her evil predisposition.
What about the other side of the coin? What about the vampire who is quite content to feast on humans and revel in immortality? What about the werewolf who rampages through life without a care in the world? Those are the monsters I write about.
Robyn has found the tomb of the most powerful vampire in the world. Now, different forces in the underworld either want to steal her secret or make sure it dies with her. Two things stand in their way: The vampiress Lucifera and her werewolf companion. Whoever survives will find that the lesser of two evils is not always the right choice.
Eight tales of vampires, werewolves, demons, zombies, and other horrors:
M.T. Murphy - Blackmail.
S.M. Reine - Something Wrong.
India Drummond - The Reaver.
Anabel Portillo - Lux.
Jeremy C. Shipp - Figs.
Samantha Anderson - Deals and Demons.
Sara Reinke - Periphery People.
M.T. Murphy - Spider Bag.
Villains always have more fun. Lucifera Romana can attest to that fact.
The action is fast and brutal as a rival master vampire attempts to usurp Lucifera’s power. Sadistic vampires, Irish werewolves, and the occasional human all find themselves in harm’s way. Only the greatest evil can prevail in this dark fantasy.
Sarah Palin: Vampire Hunter
on March 04, 2010
Stella and Edmund share a love like no other. Neither an ancient curse nor the painful transition from adolescence to adulthood can quell their passion. Time has finally come for these lovers to cast off the conventions of their respective cultures and be together forever.
Before they can begin their new life of bliss an unwelcome outsider alters their course. In the midst of tragedy an ancient evil stirs, threatening to destroy the quiet town of Twinkle.
Can Stella overcome her fear and become a heroine with the help of a rogue warrior? Will the town of Twinkle crumble or triumph in the face of damnation?
How does that summary grab you?
Is your BS-o-meter going off yet? I hope it is.
Twinkle by Dan McGirt is satire at its best, folks. If you can read through the first three pages without laughing hard enough to cause internal bleeding and/or soil yourself, you should probably stop there. With approximately 16,000 words, it is well worth the small time investment it takes to read through to the end.
McGirt takes on a host of pop culture topics with the kid gloves left in their proper place: on the shelf. The angsty vampire genre receives a ten pound monkey wrench to the gut with hilarious results.
If you have no sense of humor DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
If you believe politicians truly have our best interests at heart DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
If you have a weak bladder DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
If the thought of ridiculously good looking vampire and werewolf kids meeting untimely and unsavory ends bothers you in the least DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
On the other hand, if you can appreciate a satirical look at the things and people over which we tend to obsess these days, then you might just enjoy Dan McGirt’s foray into the absurd.
Twinkle is easily worth a thousand times the $0 I paid for it.
on March 08, 2010
After Dark is fast paced and interesting throughout. The cliffhanger ending leaves plenty of room for future stories and I look forward to seeing them.
on March 10, 2010
An excellent read. Good tension and characterization. I was pulled into Harold's shoes from the beginning and stayed there until the satisfying end. Can't wait to read more.
on Sep. 13, 2010
Good bit of flash fiction. Taps into that sense of dread that Poe was so adept at creating. Well worth the short time it takes to read.