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Guestpost: Author Lisa Kessler

Walking on the Dark Side…

Hi everyone –

Thanks so much to Rhianna for letting me hijack her blog today! ☺

As the calendar nears September, I can already feel Fall creeping into the air. The leaves on my trees are just starting to turn colors, and the nights are beginning to steal time from the day, shadows and darkness encroaching on the sunshine.

Soon the evenings will carry a chill through the air, and wind will twist dried husks of leaves, scraping them across the driveway as summer fades away into my favorite time of year.


I have always loved Halloween. I love the idea that there is more to the world than what we see, and on Halloween, we make that real by dressing up on costumes and masks. Pumpkins flicker, and the scent of flowers in the air is replaced by earthy, spicy scents of candles and pies.

I am a sucker for tales that make my hair stand up and send chills running down my spine, with characters that are so twisted I end up leaving the lights on after I reach the end. I love that adrenaline rush toward the end to see if everyone makes it out alive.

When I first started getting my fiction published, it was horror short stories. I enjoyed writing about all sorts of supernatural beings, but immortals fascinated me the most.

As I wrote Night Walker, I envisioned a dark paranormal romance with an immortal hero, but I thought it would be a cool twist to have a villain that didn’t have any supernatural powers, just a twisted mind and a hunger to achieve his own selfish goals. For me, a good villain really drives a story and makes the heroes earn that happy ending.

Mentigo came alive for me and grew even darker as Night Walker progressed. In fact, He had a scene toward the end of the book that bothered me so much when I wrote it, that I had to go watch television for a couple hours afterward before I could go to bed! LOL

So while I love paranormal romance and urban fantasy, I do like it dark and if I can add a dash of adrenaline, just a hint of horror, my inner Halloween-freak is giddy. ☺

I hope you will be too! I thought I’d share a short excerpt of a Mentigo scene from Night Walker just to give you a little taste…


Blood marred the stone wall of his modest dorm room. His knuckles stung each time his fist slammed into the rough rock. Pain cloaked the bitterness and rage that festered inside him.

The monsignor had passed him over. Denied his chance at his destiny.


It would be Brother Cardina who would fly across the Atlantic Ocean to San Diego. Brother Cardina would watch over the Night Walker and witness immortality with his own eyes.

Grinding his teeth together, he struck the wall once more, imagining it was Brother Cardina’s pious face, but he held back, careful not to hit too hard. Bruised and bloodied flesh could go unnoticed within the ancient walls of the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo, but broken bones would not help his cause.

Pain burned up his arm, calming him. He stepped back and basked in the ache.

Brother Cardina was no match for an immortal blood drinker.

He moved closer to the wall, drinking in the earthy scent of his blood. He would get his chance. Staring at the fresh crimson stain, he stuck out his tongue and allowed himself a long, slow lick. He closed his eyes and smiled, resting his cheek against the wall. For now, he would be patient.

Clenching his raw fists, he opened his eyes and stared at his pencil sketches of ravens. His chance would come.


So with Halloween right around the corner, I thought I’d ask what kind of villains scare you? Have any stuck with you?

I know for me, The Overlook Hotel from The Shining still scares me! Yikes! And Randall Flagg from The Stand also creeps me out. Remember the law firm from the tv series Angel, Wolfram and Hart? Very evil business! LOL And from the movies, wasn’t Darth Vader the ultimate dark villain?

I’m also a huge fan of the Evil Queen in Snow White. She was a woman with a plan who wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and take care of her evil plot herself…

So what about you? Are there certain villains that stick with you? Those characters you love to hate? Can’t wait to see who made your list…

-- Lisa

About Lisa:

Lisa Kessler is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction. Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award. Lisa recently signed a 4 book deal with Entangled Publishing to release her Night Series. The first book, Night Walker, is scheduled to be released August 5th.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego.

Lisa lives in southern California with her incredibly fun husband and two
amazing kids.

Connect with Lisa:

Lisa-Kessler.com | Blog | Twitter | Lisa's Facebook | Night Walkers Facebook | Goodreads | Entangled Publishing

Pick up a copy of Night Walker and other titles from Lisa Kessler...


Unknown said...

It's what I can't see that scares me! Like you hear a creek but there's nothing there or your pet is staring in the corner of the room and once again you see nothing. Horror movies r a NO NO for me, just the music at the begining of a scary scene gets my heart pumping and hands weating.
When I walk alone I always feel like I'm being followed lol
The thing that gets me everytime is if I look out a window at night and I see a face. Heart attack city!
Great post!!! FUN 2!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hee! I'm the same way about scary movies Leanne! LOL

My teens laugh at me because when the music gets scary I cover my ears and hum! :)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


Anonymous said...

Lisa, I also love Halloween. It's my favorite holiday! I just love imagining: what if all those horror-story creatures were really true?

The scariest movie I ever saw? I think it's a cross between The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror. Both terrifying, especially because I couldn't help but wonder, what if that really happened?

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Rosalie!

Yay another Halloween lover!!! LOL

Amithville Horror scared me because it was based ona true story! YEEK!

I loved teh ending of the Exorcist when the priest takes the demon and jumps out the window. Very noble and creepy! Great movie...

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Shea Berkley said...

Fun Blog, Lisa!

You know what villains creep me out? Little child villains. Like that kid from The Omen. Mercy, he was creepy. There's just something wrong with a child who has no soul. (shiver)

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Shea -

Oh that's so true! YIKES!!!

Do you remember when The Good Son with Macauley Culkin? YEEK!!! Seeing sucha cute kid be creepy and evil was so scary!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Lisa :)

CatherineKean said...

Great post, Lisa! I'm not a huge fan of Hallowe'en, because I'm a big scaredy cat (shh, don't tell anyone!). However, my daughter has a Hallowe'en birthday and this has been a great reason to host costume parties and make crazy party food like "dirt and worm" cupcakes. :)

Anonymous said...

The evil children have always been the biggest fright for me. And dolls - nothing more scary than an evil doll.

Although not a villian, mirrors have freaked me out in the dead of night. (I'm assuming at some point I watched a movie which triggered this fear.)

Freddy Krueger holds a special place in my heart, lol. Although not the scariest villian in the world, the idea is extremely scary. Nightmares coming to life! What could be worse than being killed by your own imagination?

Great topic!
Cher Green

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Catherine -

My dad has a Halloween birthday too!!! My kids have always trick-or-treated and then ended the night with birthdya cake every year! LOL

Worms in dirt cupcakes are SO yummy!!!

Thanks for commenting!


Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Cher -

Oh scary dolls creep me out too!!! Have you been watching True Blood this season? That doll was freaky... Yikes!

And I think the concept of Freddy Krueger getting people through their own nightmares was very scary! Plus I have a very overactive imagination when it comes to being scared so I'd be dead a million times over! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Jus Accardo said...

Evil clowns! The movie IT? Freaked me out for months. I steer clear of the Circus... LOL.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Jus -

My daughter doesn't like clown either... Did you ever see Killer Klown from Outer Space? Those were some creepy clowns! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Jus Accardo said...

OMG! I saw that movie! It pulled off dorky/campy and freaktastic all at the same time :D

Lisa Kessler said...
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Lisa Kessler said...

(One more try! LOL)

Ha! Yay! My hubby loves that movie!!! :)

They wrapped everyone in cocoons of cotton candy! LOL Nice!

Jus, I love you even more knowing you've seen that movie too! LOL

Lisa :)

Louisa Bacio said...

Bloody Mary. My older cousins tormented me with tales of the evil that would lurk in the bathroom, and it plagued me for years. I still can't think about it in the bathroom and heaven forbid if I would have to go in when it's dark ... and there's a mirror!

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi Louisa -

Oh that creeps me out too!!! Yikes!!!

There's a new movie trailer out for Paranormal Activity 3 with a scene like that... Don't watch it or you may never go in a bathroom with a mirror again! LOL

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)

Kelley Heckart said...

Cool post. Now I am getting in the mood for Halloween. :)

I like complex villains like Hannibal Lecter. Creepy and highly intelligent. The most frightening scene in Silence of the Lambs was when Clarice goes to visit him for the first time in jail and he is standing there waiting for her--watching her with that intense stare.

Lisa Kessler said...

Hi -

Halloween is right around the corner! Can't wait! :)

Creepy intelligent villains can really drive the pacing of a story... Hannibal was a great multi-layered villain!

Thanks for commenting!

Lisa :)


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