Monthly Archives: August 2013

Guest Post on “Alesha L. Escobar”

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Have a guest post on the blog “Alesha L. Escobar” for my book duology The Vampire Noctuaries. Here’s a highlight…
 
Imagine it’s 2013 and you started writing a vampire novel 20 years ago, back before vampires were glittering across movie screens and writing diaries all over television. Back then, the only vampire writers were Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite. (And, you know, Poppy was very new on the scene, only fellow punkers and goth kids knew who she was).

You were excited about this, because a vampire story was a very untapped genre. Not much competition. Not much over-saturation in the fickle eyes of the public. Plus, even though there were few stories out there, you wouldn’t follow any conventions of existing vampire movies and novels. No werewolves. No vampire hunters. No warring vampire clans. No love triangles. No “quest for the eldest vampire” and no forlorn sissy vampires, acting all Robert Smith about their “cursed” afterlife. No, no. These would be strong, powerful, violent, angry, sensual vampires who savored the thrill of their power. This would be something different.
 
Check out the entire article at:
http://www.aleshaescobar.com/guest-post-oh-no-not-another-vampire-story

Interview on “Sumiko Saulson”

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Have an interview posted on the blog “Sumiko Saulson” for my book duology The Vampire Noctuaries. Here’s a highlight…
 
Would you consider Helle DuBois, the point of view character for the second book in your series, “Annwn’s Maelstrom Festival” to be a strong female protagonist?
Fundamentally, that depends on one’s definitions of strength and weakness. What kind of female is stronger? The girl who fights off her attacker and is never abused because she kicks so much ass? Or the girl who survives abuse and endures the aftermath? Would a girl be weak if she completely gives her heart and soul to love, and all the vulnerability that such a resignation entails? Or would real weakness be to shut yourself off from people and never feel love for anyone? I see Helle as all of the above. Despite her great power, she frequently uses it in ways that are violent and cruel and psychotic and I think that’s inarguably a weakness. She’s also completely consumed by an obsessive and almost symbiotic love for Elric. To me, giving that much of yourself to another, and being subservient to that passion, is a sign of great strength and fortitude. Others would disagree and say it’s a weakness to weave your own identity so deeply into another. Consequently, her “strength” or “weakness” is relative to your own point of view. As far as I’m concerned, her strengths and weaknesses manifest in different facets of her personality, thus, I see aspects of Helle as both a “weak little girl” and a “strong and confident goddess”, all wrapped up in one. I feel that dynamic, and those contradictions, make her endearing. She’s not always a strong girl to admire. She’s not always a weak girl to pity. She’s both. She’s basically the amalgam of every goth girl I ever dated… if they had been megalomaniacal vampires.

 
Check out the entire article at:
http://sumikosaulson.com/2013/08/09/interview-with-eric-muss-barnes-author-of-the-vampire-noctuaries

Guest Post on “The Underground Treehouse”

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Have a guest post on the blog “The Underground Treehouse” for my book duology The Vampire Noctuaries. Here’s a highlight…
 
Why are vampires so popular? Why did they evolve from spooky undead into romanticized antiheroes?

Well, before I answer that question, let me say this – I have no idea… but I sure can fake it. One thing I loathe about people who fancy themselves intellectuals is their uncanny conceit in pontificating on topics as though their assessments are uncontested oracles of truth. No, they’re not. We can come up with convincing theories and well-constructed hypothesis, we may even be able to trick people into thinking we’ve given a concrete answer, but the truth is, the human spirit is a fickle thing and none can say for certain why sociological trends proliferate at certain times more than others.

Having prefixed my opinions with said caveat, permit me to get terribly pompous and pretend to know the answer. Shall I? Here goes…
 
Check out the entire article at:
http://undergroundtreehousejournal.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/the-suaveratu-history-of-vampires-a-guest-post-by-eric-muss-barnes