VampChix is pleased to welcome O.M Grey today. We reviewed her latest, THE ZOMBIES OF MESMER a few weeks ago. She's got copies of Avalon Revisited (definitely an adult-only novel) and The Zombies of Mesmer, even an eBook of her short story/poetry/article chapbook Caught in the Cogs. One winner will be drawn for each book, so show her some love in the comments!
As an Amazon bestselling author of the Gothic Romance Avalon Revisited, it won't come as a complete shock that I love Gothic Romance, especially with vampires. I'm not sure when my love of vampires started, likely with the silly "Love at First Bite" film in the 80's. Since then, I was hooked. Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles only served to deepen my infatuation with the sexy undead which led to countless books, television shows, and movies, and ultimately, influencing my own fiction.
There is something very taboo and sexy about vampires. About blood, especially when mixed with love. Perhaps it is that blood represents life and love, the reason for living. My three favorite Gothic Romance scenes all involve deep love and deeper pain.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, S1 "Angel"
For those readers who haven't yet experienced the treasure that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, remedy that. Soon. In this particular episode, Buffy and the broody vampire Angel realize the love they share can never really be (although they do keep trying afterward), and they share a final kiss goodbye. When they part, the camera reveals that during their embrace her metal cross burned its shape into Angel's chest. Perfect. Gothic. Moment.
Sweeney Todd, Tim Burton's film version
This doesn't have to do with vampires, but the image at the end is so very intense and tragically Gothic, it must be mentioned. Burton, of course, is a master of the dark, and he does not disappoint with his version of the musical Sweeney Todd. Basic plot line: Barber gets sent away because a powerful politician wants his wife. 20 years later, he returns for revenge, believing his wife is dead. He starts on a killing spree, and in a rushed moment, doesn't realize that the homeless woman is his long lost wife. The very last scene, he's holding his dead wife's body, lamenting his actions when the young boy, knowing he's guilty of all those murders, comes up behind Sweeney Todd with a straight razor. Sweeney lifts up his head, ready for his torment to end. After the boy slits his throat, Sweeney's head lolls forward and his blood rains down on his dead wife's face. Perfect. Gothic. Moment.
Bram Stoker's Dracula, Coppola's film version
And my number one favorite moment of Gothic Romance definitely goes to Bram Stoker's Dracula. Mina realizes who her dark prince really is, but she is already too in love with him. He comes to her at night and begins to seduce her, kissing her and loving her. In their sensual embrace, he bites her then opens his chest for her to drink from him, completing the ritual for change. But before she can drink much, he pulls her away and says, "No. I love you too much." Mina looks up at her beloved (and YUM! Gary Oldman!) with his blood covering her mouth and chin, and replies, "Take me away from all of this death."
So, yes. Rather dark and demented, but then--Hey! I'm a paranormal romance author. It's what I do.
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What is your favorite Gothic Romance moment in a book, TV show, or film?
O. M. Grey dreams of the dark streets of London and the decadent deeds that occur after sunset. She dons a tight corset, a fluffy bustle, and a teeny-tiny top hat for fantasy conventions where she enjoys meeting fans and participating on panels. Olivia prefers to live in the cobwebbed corners of her dark mind writing paranormal romance with a Steampunk twist.
Her premiere Steampunk Paranormal Romance novel, Avalon Revisited , is an Amazon.com Gothic Romance bestseller. She also podcasts and writes short stories, relationship articles, and angsty poetry.
About AVALON REVISITED~
Arthur Tudor has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur’s shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance.