When Bludbunnies Attack
The day Wicked as They Come launched, I found two adorable rabbits on my front porch. And they both had blood all over their mouths. I just smiled and invited them inside.
It’s kind of funny how vampire rabbits can take over your life. I always thought Criminy Stain would be the heartbreaker in the Blud series, and yet the bludbunnies keep stealing the show. But it starts to make sense, when you think about why we love reading about vampires.
Let’s face it—death is ugly. There’s nothing sexy about the ways most of us will die. But vampires give us an out. You get romance, attractiveness, predatory confidence, and approachable darkness, all wrapped up with the promise of immortality. So not only does the heroine get a hot guy, but she also gets to live forever. It’s a pretty sweet deal.
But bunnies, of course, aren’t sexy. And bludbunnies can’t make a girl immortal. Neither can bludmares, bludhogs, or bludbadgers. What they can do is offer the prospect of death in an adorable package, and that’s something people can relate to. In our world, most animals look like what they are. Sharks and wolverines and vipers look like killing machines, while bunnies and kittens and wrinkly little pug puppies look like snuggle machines. Reverse that trope, and all bets are off. You can’t trust your instincts anymore. You’ve got a vicious killer that makes your brain and heart say, Awwwww, right before your jugular is ripped open. As a reader, it’s like being goosed by your own assumptions.
I have since received six bludbunnies, one of which was hand-crocheted and finished with red eyes and blood-slathered fangs. I keep them on my bookshelf beside the Sookie Stackhouse books, the Twilight books, and the Anne Rice books—and Bunnicula. Creating the perfect romance is tricky, because each of us looks for different ideal qualities in a male lead. Some of the reviews for Wicked as They Come were written by readers who love Criminy Stain and want to have a million of his half-blud babies. Others, which I probably shouldn’t read, consider him too insane, or not insane enough, or not alpha male enough, or too romantic, or possibly too fond of pet names. And my hope, of course, is that readers who didn’t connect with Criminy will find something to love in Casper’s particular brand of reckless genius and debauched gentleman in Wicked as She Wants next spring.
But one thing I’m pretty sure of: everybody’s going to love the cyborg bear cubs.
So here’s my question. Which blud animal would you most like to see rampaging adorably in a future Blud book?
Delilah S. Dawson is the author of Wicked as They Come, a steampunk paranormal romance out now with Pocket and the first in a series. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and at her blog. Her e-novella The Mysterious Madam Morpho will be out this October with Pocket Star with a new romance set in Criminy’s Clockwork Caravan.