Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monsters Need Love, Too

Hello, I am Sapphire Phelan. I write erotic and sweet paranormal, fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction romance. I also had a couple erotic horror stories published plus a couple of poems in a poetry anthology.
Besides romance, I write and have published horror, science fiction, fantasy, poetry and nonfiction as Pamela K. Kinney. I know you’re all asking how can someone who writes scary stories write romance too? It was easy.

After all, even in horror, fantasy, and science fiction people fall in love too. There were Anne Rice’s vampires. There is Barnabas Collins and Quentin Collins in the TV soap opera from the late 60s to early 70s, Dark Shadows. If you never seen this series and ever get the chance to do so, do it. It was so-so, more gothic romance than paranormal (though there was some), when six months after it began, a thief, Willie, looking for the Collins family jewels rumored to be hidden in the crypt, discovered Barnabas chained up in a coffin in a secret room. When I watched Buffy and Angel, I think back to Barnabas, the first romantic vampire. And Quentin, the cursed werewolf that even my own mother thought was the most handsome man she ever saw.
When I write paranormal romance, my monsters can be the romantic hero or heroine. Just like in Dark Shadows. All right, my heroes and heroines can be pretty dark sometimes. Just like in Dark Shadows. After all, they are monsters.
There’s something about the unknown, the terrifying, and even the bizarre, that attracts us to it. Drws us like a moth to a flame. There's something sexy about love with monsters, the ultimate in tortured souls. How does one know if the heroine making love with the handsome hero who's a werewolf too, is safe. He might change at the full moon during the throes of passion ands tear her to pieces. But we believe that the monster loves her and that he will fight to keep her safe, even from himself. But that added spice of possible death makes the love story all the more enjoyable. It's the le petit mort of thrills.
My erotic horror novella, Unwitting Sacrifice, that just came out in November from
Under the Moon is a Lovecraftian tale, but with sex, or as one interested reader told me, Cthulhurotica. If you ever read the Cthulhu mythos from author H. P. Lovecraft, then you know what the lover in my story is.

In the novella, a young woman moves to Virginia, trying to escape her nightmares. Instead, she finds more than nightmares. There’s a good looking man, Jacob, who attracts her and yet, sometimes scares her. And hr shows her passion, but this being a horror story and not paranormal romance, theres terror hidden in that passion, too. If you like to read some Lovecraft, here is a link to a Web site with the stories he wrote: .
In the erotic urban fantasy, Being Familiar With a Witch, that I have coming out January 26th from
Phaze Books , I wrote about demons and witches. Can a lovely young woman who doesn't know she has the potential to become a withc fall for a demon and let him make love to her, freeing her withcy powers? That's the story I wrote to answer that question. Once again, my hero isn't human. But my heroine finds the lover hidden beneath the Familiar's demonic form.

I continue to write in these genres, seeking answers in how dark my heroes and heroines can be and yetr not topple over the edge. As long as the readers continue to read, I will continue to ask that question and answer it by writing it down.
After all, monsters need love, too.

Sapphire Phelan

Go beyond the usual, instead take the unusual that stretches the boundaries and find romance with Sapphire Phelan's aliens, werewolves, vampires, fairies, and other supernatural/otherworldly heroes and heroines.


Desirée Lee said...

I agree, Sapphire. There is something touching about loving a monster - seeing through the faults, the flaws and finding the shred of humanity deep within.

Carpe Noctem,

Desirée Lee
Putting the Romance Back in Necromancy

Lisabet Sarai said...

Ah, Sapphire! I haven't thought about Dark Shadows in years, but when I was a teen, I was addicted.

Your post is very insightful. Most "monsters" are victims themselves and thus, can inspire sympathy and love. And the edge of danger does add a spark to the sensual encounters.


Viola Estrella said...

Oooh, Sapphire, I really love that cover! Gorgeous.

Great post! I know what mean about loving a tortured soul. It goes back to my whole naive belief that there's something good in everyone. And if that person is really a shifter, vamp, demon, (insert monter here), then so be it. LOL!


Anonymous said...

Cthulhurotica--if this catches on I will blame you. lol

Well, once sexy vampires were established, other monsters were bound to hop on the romance wagon, so to speak.

Mary Cook said...

Great blog Sapphire! I agree, there is something to be said about a goodlooking/sexy "monster". I am hooked!