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 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
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