Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Bump In The Night - Riptide Publishing

Welcome to the Bump In The Night Blog Tour!!

And Happy Halloween to everyone who celebrates!!

From the blurb:

Turn off the lights . . .

and turn on your darkest fantasies.
Demon pacts. Ghostly possessions. Monsters lurking in the depths. The things that go bump in the night frighten us, but they also intrigue us. Fascinate us. Even turn us on.
Join us as fan favorites Ally Blue and Kari Gregg bring over-amorous aquatic beasts to life with their mythic twists on the Siren and the monster in the lake. Erotic horror pros Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler, and Brien Michaels show us just how sexy scary can be with a pair of demon deals destined to curl your toes and set your heart thrashing. And literary masters Laylah Hunter and Peter Hansen weave haunting worlds where ghosts and dead lovers can touch our hearts (and other, naughtier places too . . .) and teach us lessons from beyond the grave.
By turns exciting, evocative, and exquisitely explicit, the stories in Bump in the Night are sure to scratch your sexy paranormal itch. Explore your wildest fantasies with us in this collection of dark erotic tales.


Guest Post by Brien Michaels:

Hello…my name is Brien Michaels, and while I write contemporary erotic romance as well as paranormal, my first love will always be horror. It’s weird because I am literally terrified of everything (darkness being right there at the top of the list), but I just can’t get past the love of being afraid. So when Riptide announced a call for erotic horror stories, how could I not jump on the opportunity? It was the perfect opportunity to show the editor what I was capable of in my natural element.

But what is horror, really? Let’s start with the actual definition, courtesy of my macbook’s dictionary app: an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.

So much of what’s out there these days that’s billed as horror really isn’t. Sure it’s shocking, and much of it is disgusting (I mean seriously…did anyone see that Evil Dead remake? *Shudder*), but is it really scary? Not at all. At least, not to fans of the genre. You see it all the time in the countless sequels of horror franchises: the creators have plenty of desire to shock, but they lose that aspiration to really scare someone. The scariest movies, or even books for that matter, take real people and put them in situations that no one would ever want to go through.

Take 2012’s Insidious, for instance. It follows a family whose son goes into a coma and it’s eventually discovered that he’s being haunted by supernatural forces. What makes the film so terrifying is that it’s all atmosphere. You find yourself rooting for this family as these weird things start to happen to them and it just ramps up and up until the climax. People just don’t make horror like that anymore.

What I set out to do with my contribution to this anthology (Out From Under) is to shock, disgust and scare the readers, hopefully at the same time. Brant is an otherwise normal guy (if you ignore the fact that he works for a sperm-eating plant demon) who finds himself thrust into a horrifying situation. Literally, the first line of the story has someone’s head rolling across the floor.

What follows is seriously twisted if I do say so myself. I won’t give too much away, but I will say there a couple scenes involving tentacles going places they probably shouldn’t be going. I think what makes the story so scary, though, is that you don’t really know where it’s going. As soon as you realize where things are headed, you find yourself hoping Brant is going to survive this encounter, mostly because you know he doesn’t deserve what’s happening to him.


What are you afraid of? Do you prefer your horror to be shocking? Disgusting? Turn your hair white terrifying? Or all of the above? Sound off in the comments and remember every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing gift certificate! Entries close at midnight, EST, on November 2nd, and one grand prize winner will be contacted on November 3rd. Contest is available worldwide. Thanks for taking the time to hang out with me today!

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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, happy reading!!

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  1. When it's horror films I prefer them to be subtle & atmospheric but that's mostly because the alternatives seen to be either so overdone that I laugh or unpleasant enough that I can't watch - I'm not a great horror film fan though. I am hopelessly addicted to Supernatural (tv series) and that's had plenty of creepy/scary episodes but I think they often go with the less is more approach...and my mind is quite capable of filling in the horrible details!

    Books I find can be far scarier and in a variety of ways. I'm slowly working my way through the Flesh Cartel - and each episode scares me, often enough that I have to work up to reading it. The only monsters in there are human but they're still plenty scary.
    I can still remember reading an Alfred Hitchcock book of horror stories a long time back - scary enough that they've stuck with me. Or Clive Barker's Hellbound Heart and the Books of Blood - scary, sometimes revolting gory....I still haven't managed to read all the stories because I every so often one will disturb me so much that I have to put the book down and walk away.
    Often the ones that scare me most end on a note of horror or unpleasantness so my mind has to know what next...and there are no good scenarios; they've already been torn away in the story. And I can't just put it out of my mind...

  2. Flesh Cartel makes me crazy! I was so scarred after one episode I literally had to go an read the smuttiest thing I could find just to cleanse my mind. I think the best horror does that, though. It sticks with you long after you're done with it. Makes you take that extra second to make sure that the door is locked, or that the light is on before you walk into that dark room. It messes with your mind until you believe something like that could actually happen to you.

    I think that's what makes a lot of Stephen King's books so scary. These are perfectly ordinary people, thrown into extraordinarily terrifying situations. One thing goes wrong and then it just builds and builds from there until these poor people are losing their minds. And they usually don't escape said situations totally intact.

    Thanks for coming by!

  3. I'm pretty chicken, so I tend to prefer the more Hitchcockian, psychological stuff. (I loved the original Hong Kong INFERNAL AFFAIRS so much, and was heartbroken when Scorsese turned it into the bloodbath THE DEPARTED, not that either are horror.) I think SHALLOW GRAVE's the only one I've watched the whole way through, since it's not that gory and Ewan McGregor is a big mitigating factor...


    1. I'm a big chicken too. Some of the more pyschological stuff is too much for me because I wind up thinking about it for days afterward.

  4. I'm easily scared but I think I've been getting better lately. I've watched the movies mentioned above and I shudder at the remake of Evil Dead (I prefer the Sam Raimi versions better but the remake did an okay job too). If your description is anything to go by I'm sure that I'm probably going to end up scaring myself while giving your story a read. I'm kind of looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time (dreading it because there's a high possibility I'm going to scare the bejesus out of myself, lol)

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    1. My issue with the remake of Evil Dead (I've never even seen the original) is that they didn't seem bent on making a horror movie. It was torture porn, pure and simple. Gratuitous violence just for the sake of it, which never does it for me. One of the worst examples I've seen of it since Hostel, actually. I hope you enjoy the anthology!

  5. I couldn't sleep alone for three days after watching Jepanese version of Ring. I had to cover my computer monitor and TV because my mind kept supplying me with images of a woman coming out from them, LOL. That is what scares me the most. A seemingly innocent object or incident hides something sinister behind. Things that makes you wonder, is the rustling sound really the trees and not something else?

    1. YES!!! I actually have another erotic horror story I'm working on that deals with that, kind of. Things you deal with and come into contact with every day and don't even think about, having something insidious about them...sometimes even being gateways to other dimensions. I have to's scaring the crap out of me and I'm the one writing it!

      Thanks for commenting!


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