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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