‘Huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists’

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Lena Finch art

There are a lot of things to like about this book, quirky characters, memorable themes, a good balance between new takes on vampire lore and honoring the original mythos – but I think what stands out to me most is the representation. Considering how popular vampires are in the media, it’s appalling how rare it is to see vampires of color. Doris fits into that category, but that’s far from her defining trait. She’s intelligent, caring, and a huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists.” From Cat Voleur’s spoiler-free review at https://indefenseofthehorror.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/book-promotion-late-night-partners

She runs a pretty cool blog in general, so check it out.

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Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’

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G. Dou art, 1635, public domain. Fangs by Fennel.

For Halloween, I wanted to write about classic monsters in a way that’s slightly different, harking mostly to the metaphorical parallels that makes them so interesting. As alliterated in a Smashing Pumpkins song, the world is a vampire. Cue flash of lightning and the sound of thunder. Continue reading “Halloween post: ‘The World is a Vampire’”

Fiction: Diversity Fest!

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Mix of public domain silhouette, Eugene Boudin’s “On the Beach,” 1866, France, also public domain.

That show many people seem to love has had its season finale, so fill the void with my short story “Diversity Fest!” here on WP. Bonus: no fee.

And now for the making-of bit: I don’t know if it’s the final draft, but I do think what’s here is (at the very least) a solid, good read.

Fandom

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E. Manet art, 1872

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I think there’s a sort of franchise element to its fandom shared with anything in which one is a fan of something (that seems) bigger than one’s self. Like, there are fans of sports teams, and there are fans of a comic book company team in a way that’s not dissimilar. As it is when a sports fan experiences someone scoring the winning goal, a different team-fan has the ability to feel like they’re living/winning through a specific franchise’s travails. This could be much the same with just a single character — be it a fictional one, an athlete, or even some actor. Continue reading “Fandom”

Shrek Thematically > Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast is probably going to be a very enjoyable movie, but, much like the Cinderella adaption before it, I think there’s something inherently a bit flat to its themes – in a way that doesn’t make for much improvement over the original two-dimensional animated adaptations.

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