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Tainted gets a Golden Blush!

Literary Nymphs gave Channeling Morpheus: Tainted a five-star Golden Blush! They said: "I loved watching Wild Bill interact with humans, especially in the opening when they're in a store. And the scene in the dressing room? Dear God."


And now, confession time. Tainted isn't my favorite story so far of the four in the Morpheus series. The other stories really got to zero in on one scene and explore every possible nuance of it. Tainted had information to impart and future conflicts to set up, so Tainted had to move around a lot more.

But it does begin with shopping, and I always love it when the horror genre explores shopping/consumerism, ala Day of the Dead and Paranoia 1.0.* I like all the elements, in fact. But I guess I'm just most partial to story 1, Payback.

So far everyone prefers Wild Bill's narration than Michael's, which really puzzles me. Something Ann Somerville said in her recent review made me see why. "I thought Bill would be the character I’d find it hardest to relate to, but it becomes clear by the second story that the real enigma is Michael - the supposed human with steel-cold nerves and a willingness to kill which turns Bill’s stomach."

Maybe Michael's the creepy one. And if so, that's probably what I like about him. It's not so common to get insights into your own writing from reading reviews, so this really is special. As a lot of my author friends know, I'm struggling with whether or not I should read my own reviews, since a snarky review is a sure way to tank my writing for a day or more. I'm glad I caved in and read these.

* I'd love to set an end-of-the-world horror story in a grocery store someday. I'm sure it's been done. I'd just like to vicariously plunder all those shelves through my characters.


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Nov. 3rd, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
I've liked everything I've ever read of yours, and I just wanted to let you know that. I haven't read everything yet, but just finished all four PsyCop novels, some freebies, and the first of the Wild Bill stories, and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. Thanks for a great read... or rather several of them.

Edited at 2008-11-03 04:28 am (UTC)
Nov. 3rd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
I definitely think Michael is the creepy one, and I love it (he's just a wee bit Dexter-esque). He's such an intriguing character- so innocent in some ways (well, at least in the first book!), and yet so... sociopathic, I guess. And we really don't know that much about him- why isn't he speaking to his family, for example? Why has he decided that he needs to be the one to take out the bad vampires?

*is eagerly awaiting next book and Camp Hell*
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
Michael..Innocent AND Creepy....
I agree. I actually love this about Michael. I love that he has enough "nerves of steel" to cut off a vamp's head...and then worry about whether he'll get caught having sex in a dressing room.

I love that Wild Bill is a little freaked out by him..but sitll can't get enough of his 'homicidal honey.' It gives both characters the kind of depth that keeps me wanting more!

GREAT reviews for GREAT works! I'm waiting patiently for Camp Hell and the next Channeling edition.
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Re: Michael..Innocent AND Creepy....
Thanks so much for the kind words! Sometime after I wrote Payback, I journaled about where Michael was coming from and where Wild Bill was coming from so that their characters felt consistent, even if they contained some dichotomies. I distilled each of them down to one major characteristic.

I won't say what each one is until the story's done. I want everyone to think they're totally nuanced when in fact it all boils down to one thing I keep in mind for each guy.

Looks like Camp Hell will be out first, I think, then Morpheus 5 closer to Christmas, assuming I get it finished on time and the production schedule doesn't change.

Nov. 4th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Dexter-esque! Eee, that's such an amazing compliment! I haven't made up my mind whether Michael's a sociopath or not. Vampires were undoubtedly a lot easier to kill before he fraternized with them. I think maybe Michael just rationalizes really, really well.

Thanks for putting in some kind words for Michael. I got worried that he wasn't flashy enough to shine next Wild Bill.
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
next TO Wild Bill. (Very tired here)
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