Shivers and Sighs Week: Interview: Nina Bangs


Nina Bangs is the paranormal romance author of the Gods of the Night series and the The Castle of Dark Dreams Series. She joins us today to talk paranormal romance. And remember, we are having a giveaway for some signed books, courtesy of Nina!

IFP: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

NB: I’d love to say I was born with a pen clutched in my fist and that my first words were “character development”, but …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: American Gothic

By J. Keith Haney

Bloch, Robert. American Gothic. Fawcett Crest (March 1975); Tor Books, First Thus edition, 1987. 224 pp. USD $11.84. ISBN-13: 978-0812515725.

In 1960, Robert Bloch’s fame as a writer was immortalized by Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of his novel, Psycho. But the recognition came with a price. Much as Robert E. Howard is forever associated with nothing but Conan, Bloch became synonymous with his creation, Norman Bates, to the point of obscuring his other great credits. …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: The Countess (2009)


By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Countess (2009). Director: Julie Delpy Cast: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl.

Erzsébet (or Elizabeth to English-speakers) Báthory is a character whose life has been coloured more by fiction and speculation than fact. I once read a book which said she’d been bitten by a vampire and took this concept quite seriously. The book was not intended as fiction. It has been hard, thus, for an accurate picture of Elizabeth to pierce the veil of time and few …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: Rigor Amortis

By Harry Markov

Gates, Jaym and Holt, Erika, eds. Rigor Amortis. Absolute XPress (September 10, 2010). 134 pp. USD $14.95. ISBN-10: 1894817834.

Love is eternal. Love gives life a meaning so profound. Love conquers all, including death. The lovechild of editors Jaym Gates and Erika Holt, Rigor Amortis takes that last bit a notch further and explores what follows when love does conquer death, claws its way back from the grave and shambles back into being. Marketed as a …

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Shivers and Sighs: Column: Slicing Score: Psycho (1960)

By Maria Mitchell

Psycho (1960). Composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann.

Conflicts between familial love and romantic love are familiar for many characters in cinema. No matter what type of love is being expressed, all love has a common denominator: devotion. For Norman Bates, the conflict was which did he harbor a greater devotion to: his mother or a woman he physically desired? The gravity and severity of devotion can twist a person’s mind into hideous convolutions. It is the …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: Bloody Valentine

Review By J. Keith Haney

De La Cruz, Melissa. Bloody Valentine. Hyperion Book CH (December 28, 2010). 160pp. Hardcover, USD $14.99; Kindle, USD $8.54. ISBN-10: 1423134494; ISBN-13: 978-1423134497.

In Stephen King’s classic horror overview, Danse Macabre, King cited Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a perfect example of Rule #13 in Wilfred Strunk and E.B. White’s Elements of Style. The rule, as I’ve said in a previous review, is: “Omit …

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Shivers and Sighs Weeks: Interview: Alyx Shaw

Alyx Shaw is a Canadian writer who has published a series of novels about John Arrowsmith, a biker who finds himself transported into another, fantastic world. Romance, adventure and dragons ensue. Her novel The Shroud Eaters will be out this summer.

IFP: When did you begin writing speculative romantic fiction and how did you come to write gay fiction, in particular?

I can honestly say I wrote my first speculative fiction story when I was about five. It was very …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: Things We Are Not

By Paula R. Stiles

Fletcher, Christopher, ed. Things We Are Not: M-Brane SF Presents New Tales of the Queer. M-Brane SF, 2009. 343pp. Paperback, USD $12.95; Ebook, USD $7.99. ISBN-10: 1449522963; ISBN-13: 978-1449522964.

First, I have a confession to make – I promised Chris a while back that I’d review this. I was curious about the subject matter and he needed reviews. Unfortunately, at the time, I was thinking ebook review copies would be an awesome way to get …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Interview: Carrie Cuinn


Carrie Cuinn is the owner of small indie press Dagan Books. Cthulhurotica, an anthology of erotic horror inspired by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft, is their first title. It contains fiction and articles by Cody Goodfellow, Kenneth Hite, Jennifer Brozek, and many others. It seemed appropriate to discuss this anthology, in light of its subject matter.

IFP: In your introduction to this book, you say, “Readers expecting a collection of monster sex stories might, after all, be …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Review: A Hundred Words for Hate

By Paula R. Stiles

Sniegoski, Thomas E. A Hundred Words for Hate: A Remy Chandler Novel. New York: Roc Books (March 1, 2011). 306pp. USD $14.00; CDN $17.50; Kindle: $9.99.

The caretaker of the Garden of Eden is dying, and something evil festers and grows beneath her fertile soil (Yes, her, the Garden is sentient). Meanwhile, Bostonian PI Remy Chandler’s latest case involves an elderly African-American woman suffering from Alzheimer’s (and an even older angel, Malachi). Fernita can’t …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Paranormal Romance Cover Art

By Dawné Dominique

An evolution of paranormal romance covers: Dark Shadows tie-in books (left) were precusors to modern paranormal romances. The sub-genre blossomed in the 90s (centre) and has continued strong into the 21st century (right).

If you’re a reader of paranormal romance, then you’ve seen some impressive cover art of late. It’s not all about bodice-ripper covers or a smudgy outline of a wolf howling at the moon, anymore. The artwork is intricately detailed, sensually stunning, intriguing, and downright …

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Shivers and Sighs Week: Interview: Seressia Glass

Today, we sit down with African-American paranormal romance author Seressia Glass. We reviewed the first novel in her Shadowchasers series, Shadow Blade, last year. Its sequel, Shadow Chase, came out in the summer and the third book, Shadow Fall, is due out this July from Simon&Schuster.

IFP: How did you get started as a writer? Why paranormal romance?

SG: I’ve been writing since I was a child – a bit of Dick and Jane fan fiction, …

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