A Top 10 List of Things That Have Bitten Me
- Non-venomous snakes
- A Dalmatian named Tippy
- The writing bug
All of the above have drawn blood except for number 10. If you don’t believe iguanas and ducks can hunger for your flesh, then I suggest you have not made them angry enough.
The point is, most of the animals that have left me with scars are not traditionally threatening creatures. No bears or alligators or even scary dogs—because I’m pretty sure Tippy just wanted his tennis ball back. And the snake was my own red-tail boa, Gomez, who was so frightened by a screaming woman that he fell off my head in shock—and tried to catch himself on my earlobe. I could have won the Guinness World Record for World’s Biggest Earring, if they’d had camera phones in 1999.
Maybe that’s why one of my favorite horror tropes is seemingly innocent creatures gone bad. Gage in Pet Sematary. The rabbits in Night of the Lepus. The babies in Ghoulies. The Gremlins in Gremlins. And don’t even get me started on that puppet in Poltergeist. I mean, a guy in a mask with a chainsaw is obviously scary, but when a fluffy bunny attacks, you know all bets are off.
Hence bludbunnies, like the first one that shows up in WICKED AS THEY COME. That little fuzzball is the true evidence that Tish isn’t actually dreaming. After all, you don’t get puncture wounds from nightmares.
In the world where my Blud books are set, almost all of the prey animals have turned predator. Bunnies have fangs, rats are large and deadly and burgundy-furred, and even horses have to wear metal muzzles to make sure their riders keep their feet. I like the ongoing, looming threat of an environment where humans aren’t the apex species. And yes, the Bludmen are predators, too, but they’re at least civilized. It’s the rats you have to watch out for, not sexy guys like Criminy Stain waiting in the shadows. In Sang, the strongest man in the world could be stripped to the bones in minutes by a family of chipmunks if he didn’t pay attention. It keeps things lively—and it keeps my characters from getting too comfortable.
Each Blud book or novella includes an attack by blud animals of some sort—and I even draw bludbunnies on the title page when I sign books. The murderous beast in THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO, my 34k e-novella out October 2 with Pocket Star, is… kind of hilarious. And that’s what makes it so terrifying to me. In fact, you can expect all the animal attacks in my Blud books to be a little silly, at least on the outside. But there are enough carcasses in Sang to prove that the most ridiculous-looking animals can have very real fangs. If I told you the two creatures working in cahoots to try and kill Casper in book 2, WICKED AS SHE WANTS, you would question my sanity.
Since each of my novels and e-novellas follows a different romance, I don’t get to have that long, slow-burn, bad-boy hero. I don’t get a Jericho Barrons or a Spike. But the blud animals will always be there, sweet and fuzzy and vicious, waiting to give you the last snuggles you’ll ever know, right when you least expect it.
So I’m curious. What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever bitten you? Or, if you’re more cautious with your fingers, which book or movie scene involving an adorable creature gone vicious scarred you for life?
(Winner’s signed book will include drawings of several cavorting blud creatures. J)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Delilah S. Dawson is the author of the Blud series for Pocket, including WICKED AS THEY COME and the new e-novella, THE MYSTERIOUS MADAM MORPHO. Her second book, WICKED AS SHE WANTS, will be out next April, and she also has a creepy YA due from Simon Pulse in 2014. She is an Associate Editor at www.CoolMomPicks.com and a member of the Romance Writers Association and the Georgia Romance Writers. She lives with her family in Atlanta.
An elusive woman arrives at Criminy’s doorstep with a steamer trunk, begging for a position in the caravan to perform her unique new act. She opens her trunk to reveal a menagerie of brilliantly colored butterflies. The woman, who calls herself Madam Morpho, is on the run from a dark past in London, where she was forced to leave her equipment behind and abscond with only her tiny performers. Playing a hunch, Criminy hires Madam Morpho on the spot. Taking her down to meet Mr. Murdoch, the reclusive talented engineer who keeps the carnival’s clockworks running, Criminy instructs them to work together to design and build a groundbreaking new circus for the butterflies. Amid the magical ambiance of the circus and the hint of danger from Madam Morpho’s pursuers, she and Mr. Murdoch soon find that their scientific collaboration has produced chemistry of a more romantic kind.
Delilah is kindly giving away the following: UK/US – A signed copy of Wicked as they Come / US only – An e-copy of The Mysterious Madam Morpho
For entry into the giveaway please answer the following question then fill out the form below: What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever bitten you? Or, if you’re more cautious with your fingers, which book or movie scene involving an adorable creature gone vicious scarred you for life?
This giveaway ends 31st October 2012
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