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Chilling Chat: Haunts & Hellions – Lucy Blue
Lucy Blue lives in a decrepit old house in a small town in South Carolina with her husband, artist and game designer Justin Glanville, and her dog, preternaturally brilliant and adorable Jack Russell terrier, Luke. Formerly a historical and paranormal romance writer for Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster, she is now a writer and managing editor for Falstaff Crush, the romance line from Falstaff Books.
Her story, “My Ain True Love,” appears in Haunts & Hellions: A Gothic Romance Anthology.
NTK: How did you become interested in Gothic Literature?
LB: My grandmother had a set of leatherbound “classics” in her bookcase when I was a kid, and one was the collected works of Edgar Allan Poe. She read me “The Raven,” and I liked it, so I went back and read the whole book – I think I was about eight. Scared the living shit out of me, but I adored it. And I’ve been an addict ever since.
NTK: How do you define “romance”?
LB: As a literary genre or a concept? For me, romance values feeling over facts, a willingness on the part of the characters, the creator, and the audience to let themselves go to the point of being ridiculous to feel, for real or vicariously, a connection that goes beyond empathy or sex.
NTK: What is your favorite Gothic horror story?
LB: It changes, but I’ve always loved Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” – talk about a creepy romance!
NTK: Do you have a favorite Gothic horror movie? What attracted you to this film?
LB: I love Ken Russell’s “Gothic,” with Gabriel Byrne and Julian Sands as Byron and Shelley and Natasha Richardson as Mary Shelley. It’s completely over-the-top and extremely grotesque, but the actors are all amazing, and it captures that over the top ecstasy of a gothic romance.
NTK: Are your characters based on real people?
LB: Very much not.
NTK: Do you use an outline to write? Or do you write by the seat of your pants?
LB: I use an outline but deviate from it a lot in the actual writing.
NTK: Do your characters have free will? Or do you decide their fate?
LB: Since they’re imaginary, no, I’m deciding their fate for them. I don’t subscribe to that “oh, my characters went their own way and told me what they wanted” approach to writing—I tend to think of that as a first draft that probably needs a lot of work. I don’t trust my subconscious quite that much.
NTK: What are you most afraid of?
LB: Being buried alive.
NTK: What is your favorite romance?
LB: Either Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, or Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour, depending on the day. I also really like Possession by A.S. Byatt.
NTK: Who is your favorite horror author?
LB: Stephen King or Anne Rice.
NTK: What does the future hold for you? What books, short stories, or works do Horror Addicts have to look forward to?
LB: My next publication after this will probably be a horror novel called The Devil Makes Three, coming out later this year from Falstaff Books. And I have a collection of horror/romance short stories featuring witch heroines called Eat the Peach out now.
Addicts, you can find Lucy on her website.
#HauntsandHellions Book Event Calendar
Welcome Horror Addicts, to the Haunts and Hellions Book Event Calendar. We have many delightful events planned for your enjoyment and edification. Be sure to join us for interviews, tales of inspiration, excerpts, and parties galore! We would be most honored by your presence.
|1||31 Days of #GothicRomance on Instagram||1-31||https://www.instagram.com/horroraddicts.netpress/|
|13||Press Release for Haunts &Hellions||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|14||Haunts & Hellions Book Event Calendar||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|15||Haunts & Hellions Inspiration for the Book||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|16||Chilling Chat: Author Lucy Blue||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|16||Excerpt “The House Must Fall”||all day||https://www.rlmerrillauthor.com/rocknromanceblog|
|17||The Inspiration Behind “Left Behind”||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|18||Excerpt “Hungry Masses”||all day||http://www.emmyzmadrigal.com|
|19||The Inspiration Behind “The Siren and Bowery Jack”||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|20||Excerpt “Left Behind”||all day||emzbox.com|
|21||Chilling Chat: Author Emerian Rich||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|22||HorrorAddict.net #194, Haunts and Hellion Podcast||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|22||Facebook Party Announced||1:13p||horroraddicts.net|
|23||Excerpt “She Woke at Midnight”||all day||https://nachingkassa.wordpress.com/|
|23||Chilling Chat: Author B.F. Vega||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|24||Chilling Chat: Author N.C. Northcott||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|24||Facebook Party, Day one||8a-8p|
|25||Chilling Chat: Author Kevin Ground||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|25||Facebook Party, Day two||8a-8p|
|26||Chilling Chat: Author R.L. Merrill||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|26||Facebook Party, Day three||8a-8p|
|27||Chilling Chat: Author Rowan Hill||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|27||Facebook Party, Day four||8a-8p|
|28||Chilling Chat: Author Daniel R. Robichaud||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|28||Facebook Party, Day five, winners announced||3:00p|
|29||Excerpt “Companions”||all day||http://www.daphnestrasert.com|
|29||Chilling Chat: Author Tara Vanflower||8:13a||horroraddicts.net|
|30||The Inspiration Behind “She Woke at Midnight”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|31||Chilling Chat: Author Emily Blue||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|1||Excerpt “With Red Eyes Gleaming”||all day||https://consideringstories.wordpress.com/|
|1||The Inspiration Behind “Californio Fog”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|2||Chilling Chat: Author Daphne Strasert||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|3||Excerpt “Lady of Graywing Manor”||all day||http://blueswriterthoughts.blogspot.com/|
|3||The Inspiration Behind “Companions”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|4||Watch Party Announced||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|5||Excerpt “Love Never Dies”||all day||http://writerrowanhill.com/|
|6||Chilling Chat: Author Naching T. Kassa||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|7||Watch Party Reminder||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|8||Excerpt “Maudaleen”||all day||http://www.kevinground.com/|
|8||Watch Party 6pm, Facebook||6:00p||https://www.facebook.com/events/271539928045528|
|9||The Inspiration Behind “With Red Eyes Gleaming”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|10||Excerpt “The Siren and Bowery Jack”||all day||www.TheTaoOfTim.com|
|11||Chilling Chat: Author Emmy Z. Madrigal||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|12||The Inspiration Behind “The House Must Fall”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|13||Excerpt “Blood and Dust”||all day||http://emzbox.com|
|13||Haunts and Hellions released on Kindle||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|14||The Inspiration Behind “Maudaleen”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|15||Excerpt “Californio Fog”||all day||https://bookhoarding.wordpress.com/|
|16||The Inspiration Behind “Hungry Masses”||1:13P||horroraddicts.net|
|17||Excerpt “My Ain True Love”||all day||https://lucybluecastle.wordpress.com/|
Winter Book Suggestion: Lucy Blue The Last Winter Knight
In the Cure for the Holidaze special, Dan Shaurette mentioned this book as a good Gothic read for winter.
The Last Winter Knight by Lucy Blue
“Dear heart, listen to me closely.” His eyes were a shocking shade of blue. “I smell petrol. This vehicle is seconds away from exploding, at which time I intend to be well away with you tucked snugly to my side. I draw the line, however, at carrying your suitcase.”
When Christabel loses control of her car on a mountain road in a freak, late winter blizzard, she is rescued by Bernard, a quirky-hot scientist living and working in seclusion at his family mansion nearby. Snowed in miles from civilization in a manor house straight out of Downton Abbey or Wuthering Heights, she finds herself falling head over heels in lust and maybe even love with this knight in shining snow shoes. But all the best knights have a dark side. The better she gets to know Bernard and his mysterious home, the more she realizes her finding herself there might not have been an accident at all.
We interviewed Lucy Blue on Episode #97 of HorrorAddicts.net. Listen below to hear the interview.
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Meet our Judges for the WWW and MMM Contests
On the next episode, 119, we’ll be announcing the winners of the Wicked Women Writer’s Challenge and Masters of Macabre Contest. But first, we want to introduce you to the judges.
Evo Terra is the founder and president of Podiobooks.com. Since 2005, Podiobooks.com has made available the best serialized audiobooks in the world, all of them available for free. He’s one of the original group of podcasters and has been deeply involved with independent authors of genre fiction since the early 2000s. He’s a published non-fiction author, penning titles in a variety of topics, including social media, craft beer, and two books in the “for Dummies” series. These days, he’s traveling the world as a digital nomad, telling the story of his travels on The Opportunistic Travelers.
Willo Clare Hausman is a director of both stage and screen, with a special emphasis on gothic fairy tales, haunting ghost tales, spiritual quests and intriguing mystical beings. 4 creative endeavors are currently in active development, including a sitcom set in an occult shop, a play called Grimm and 2 feature films, one revolving around a clan of modern day witches, the other set in Barnum’s wild American Museum circa NYC 1846. Find out more about Willo at: www.gryphonpictures.com
Dan Shaurette is a goth-geek and a fan of horror, especially vampires, ever since seeing Bela Lugosi’s “Dracula” as a young child. While vampires are his horror addiction of choice, Dan does not limit his preternatural proclivities to them. He is a fan of most sub-genres but prefers those that have a dark tale to tell versus pure shock-schlock. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. You can find him online at http://www.DanShaurette.com.
Dario Ciriello is a professional author and freelance editor. His nonfiction book, Aegean Dream, was a UK travel bestseller in 2012. His first novel, Sutherland’s Rules, a crime caper/thriller, was published in 2013. Free Verse and Other Stories, a collection of Dario’s short Science Fiction work, was released in June 2014. He is currently working on his second novel, another thriller. Dario, who has also edited and copyedited over a dozen novels, as well as three critically-acclaimed novella anthologies, also offers freelance copyediting, critique, and author mentoring services. He lives with his wife in the Los Angeles Area. For more information on Dario, go to: https://dariospeaks.wordpress.com
Lucy Blue has been writing and publishing gothic horror-flavored romances since 1998 when she co-authored These Our Revels, the last tie-in novel for the vampire TV series Forever Knight. She amassed her dazzling fortune (hahaha) as sole author of the Bound in Darkness vampire series for Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster. She is currently an author/publisher for Little Red Hen Romance, which publishes short, relationship-centered e-books in a wide range of genres, including horror, urban fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction. For more information on Lucy, go to: lucybluecastle.wordpress.com
Sandra Saidak graduated San Francisco State University in 1985 with a B.A. in English. She is a high school English teacher by day, author by night. Her hobbies include reading, dancing, attending science fiction conventions, researching prehistory, and maintaining an active fantasy life (but she warns that this last one could lead to dangerous habits such as writing). Sandra lives in San Jose with her husband Tom, daughters Heather and Melissa, and two cats. Her first novel, Daughter of the Goddess Lands, an epic set in the late Neolithic Age, was published in November, 2011 by Uffington Horse Press. http://www.sandrasaidak.com
And YOU, The Horror Addict
Although we’ve added professional judges this year, that doesn’t mean you don’t get your say! 1/3 of the vote was decided by listeners and readers like you!
Thank you to all our participants and judges.