Werewolf photography!

Happy Halloween! I love this time of year, my kids get so excited about dressing up and scaring each other. I think the house is more decorated than it is at Christmas. We have ghosts, witches, bats, zombies, spiders, pumpkins, vampires (of course)…all over the house!

This photoshoot was a lot of fun – taking my son’s plastic werewolf toy out into the garden in the dark, lying down in the mud, trying to hold a torch with one hand and my camera in the other. If any neighbours looked out of their window it would have been quite a scene. The most fun came in Photoshop though, editing and messing around with the picture until it resembled something more realistic than a piece of plastic in the mud.

I think I’ll get back out in the dark again soon and try some more.

Thanks for sharing!

November is the month for…

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Writing, writing, writing!!

You may have seen the word NaNoWriMo being bounced around social media recently. That’s because November is National Novel Writing Month, the time of year when many people within the writing community go crazy. They assign themselves with the insane challenge of getting 50,000 words of a first draft novel written between 1st – 30th November.

I toyed with the idea of whether to take part. I really don’t have the time. November is a busy month already for me with family birthdays, wedding anniversary and of course Christmas shopping! However, this could be the perfect push to get me writing my next book.

Taste the Dark is coming soon, in the New Year, and will be the first book in a series. However, I also want to write a spin-off novella, that can be given away to readers of Taste the Dark, if they sign up to my mailing list.

So I’m going to give it my best shot to write as much as I can over the next month. All I have at the moment is a bunch of notes and the bones of a plot, so even if I don’t hit 50k, whatever I achieve will be a bonus.

Wish me luck!!

When vampires weren’t sexy…

Once upon a time people believed that the dead could rise up and harm the living. This wasn’t fiction, a scary notion to entertain ourselves with, it was genuine belief. As internal organs of the dead begin to break down, a dark fluid can leak from the nose and mouth. This was assumed to be blood that the dead person had fed on from beyond the grave. Vampires were also blamed for the spread of disease.

Various tactics were employed to try and prevent these evil beings from causing more harm, including burying the body with a brick, soil or coin in their mouth. Some anti vampire rituals were still being practiced relatively recently. In Bulgaria it was believed that the body should be stabbed through the heart with an iron or wooden stake in order to pin them to their grave and prevent them from leaving. As recently as only thirty years ago there were people who’s job it was to stab the dead in this manner. Many vampire graves have been found throughout Europe.

As our knowledge of medical science increased and people were less afraid of the unknown, more certain of how everything around us works, somewhere along that line we decided to shun the idea of vampires as disgusting creatures and turn them into something beautiful.

It began with The Vampyre (John William Polidori) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, paving the way for vampires in modern fiction. We gradually sexed them up more and more, until eventually – yes, they sparkled.

I wonder what the people of the 1800s would make of this? If they were told that one day we would be so taken by vampires that men and women around the world would lust after them. Their perfect skin, taught muscles, smoldering eyes.

Forget stuffing a brick into the mouths of our undead, we would give them silk-lined coffins, to have them at our sides, in our bedrooms!

They suck blood and kill people? Meh – we can get past that because they’re hot as hell.

 

More on the origins of vampires, before they were sex on legs, can be found at the links below!

National Geographic – The bloody truth about vampires

Ancient Origins – Anti-Vampire Rituals

Look out for my next article about the modern-day vampires, those living amongst us who believe they are indeed Vampire.

Thanks for sharing!

When you’d rather stare into the eyes of a Yurei than the blank page awaiting words…

Did you know I’m also a photographer? It’s a big passion for me, so I’ll be sharing some of my photography on this blog, amongst the writing. With Halloween approaching and the Nanowrimo prep procrastination in full force, I decided to dig out some old photos from a horror shoot that I did some years ago.

I was inspired to create images of a Yurei, a type of Japanese ghost, made famous in films such as The Grudge and The Ring. She typically wears white, has long black hair, and is creepy as hell!! (Seriously, I can no longer watch horror films like that. Something changed in me after having kids and I can’t do it! I even freaked myself out just editing these pictures, and I took them!!! I don’t like to look at them too long!)

What do you think? Do they creep you out?

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Thank you for sharing!