|I do love a good, wicked story. Maybe that's why I write them. Fellow author Kezia Hill showed me a link to this website where you can type in an author's name and it 'maps' other authors you might enjoy. I typed in Tanith Lee, one of my favorite dark authors-she's been an enormous influence on my own writing. She writes erotica, horror and fantasy & sci-fi, but no matter the genre, the strength of her voice shines through. If you haven't read her, you absolutely must! Her use of language is so gorgeous, I can get lost in the way she puts words together, reading a passage over and over simply because it's so beautiful. Even if you don't normally read these genres, I'd highly recommend her, just for the experience. If you're a romance fan, start with her 'Silver Metal Lover', one of my favroite books ever.
Anyway, back to my point...I typed in Tanith Lee and came up with the name Jane Yolen, then went to look her up on Amazon, and she writes dark fairy tales, which I love. Tanith Lee has done quite a few, herself. My poor credit card! Jane Yolen, of course, led me to other authors. Now I must get Briar Rose by Jane Yolen, Fitcher's Brides by Gregory Frost and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. I'm trying to stop there, but the day is young!
Oh, BTW, here's the website for the Literature Map:http://www.literature-map.com/
Speaking of dark, delicious reads, my kinky friends should take a look at Miranda Heart's new tale of the Marquis de Sade:
Title: Something Unexpected
Author: Miranda HeartPublisher: Freya's Bower 2006
Release Date: January 16, 2006Blurb: Beatrice doesn't understand her new found feelings for pain and pleasure until she meets the Marquis de Sade. As hard as she tries to deny her feelings, the Marquis and what he can do to her continues to excite Beatrice. Finally, she devises a scheme to get him alone. By the end of the night, she's sated but disappointed that she can't share her new tastes with her betrothed and must keep it a secret. Having had a taste of what she really needs, how can she endure a long, boring marriage?
Happy writing-and reading!