Monday, November 18, 2013

Snow White Goes To The Dark Side...

mirror, mirror, on the wall...

...Well, sort of.

Ever wonder about fairy tale villains? I've always thought they were much more interesting than the heroes. They have so much to lose. They are so deliciously... evil.


With that, I'm thrilled to announce a little side project I'll be working on. Authors Alexandra Webb and Mia Bishop have graciously invited me to be a guest on their blog, Twisted Tales. I'll be joining a group of talented, deliciously deviant fellow authors, all of whom have one mission.

Take a fairy tale. Twist it into something... else.

Wondering what someone could possibly do to fairy tales that would turn them into erotica? So am I! Stories to be (re)written include Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Hansel And Gretel, Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, and mine, Snow White.

More specifically, The Wicked Queen.

Which brings me back to fairy tale villains.

Being pure evil works well on paper, but not so much in real life. Real life villains have pasts, goals, breaking points. Maybe the Wicked Queen wasn't wicked. Maybe she was human. Wounded. Abused.

Want to know more? Find my page on Twisted Tales here.

Posting begins December 1st, and will continue for four months. My first post is December 6th. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Brains... And The People Who Eat Them

Today Writing In The Night belongs to the zombies.

If you haven't heard of the new e-publisher Definition House, you're missing out on another revolutionary turn in publishing. Definition House is engaging readers in a whole new way by using crowdfunding to publish books. Their inaugural campaign focuses on Ryan Hill's zombie novel, Dead New World
Here's the rub: 

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

A glimpse into zombie types in print and on the big screen. In these undead worlds, it’s all about the brains… Whether you’re destroying them or eating them.

Dawn of the Dead
Becoming a zombie: Anyone who dies—no matter how—turns into a zombie. If bitten, the person will die within a few hours.
Intelligence: Instinct and some memories. Although, later zombies are able to reason and learn rudimentarily.
Speed: Rigor mortis slow…
How to kill a zombie: Must. Destroy. Brain.

Shaun of the Dead
Becoming a zombie: A zombie bite kills after a few hours, and then reanimation sets in.
Intelligence: Instinct and memories.
Speed: Rigor mortis slow…
How to kill a zombie: Must. Destroy. Brain.

28 Days Later
Becoming a zombie: Any contact with an infected person’s blood and the victim becomes infected within seconds.
Intelligence: Instinct (aggressive rage) only.
Speed: Human-like with a higher endurance.
How to kill a zombie: Anything that would kill a human.

Becoming a zombie: A world-wide plague killed 99% of the population within days. A third of those reanimate after a few hours.
Intelligence: Only animation at first, then instinct, and possibly later some intelligence.
Speed: Rigor mortis slow…
How to kill a zombie: Must. Destroy. Brain.

The Walking Dead
Becoming a zombie: Anyone who dies, no matter the reason, becomes one. A zombie bite makes the victim die after only a few hours.
Intelligence: Instinct only.
Speed: Rigor mortis slow…
How to kill a zombie: Must. Destroy. Brain.

Marvel Zombies
Becoming a zombie: A zombie bite causes death and reanimation within seconds.
Intelligence: Full intelligence, skills, memories, and powers (if applicable) from previous life. Absolute lack of morals. Feeding is the only goal.
Speed: Same as in previous life.

How to kill a zombie: Must. Destroy. Brain.

And because I know you want more information, here are the social media links for both
Definition House and Ryan Hill:

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