A Top 10 List of Things That Have Bitten Me

  1. Rabbits
  2. Rats
  3. Non-venomous snakes
  4. Squirrels
  5. Horses
  6. Parrots
  7. Ducks
  8. Iguanas
  9. A Dalmatian named Tippy
  10. 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.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Taking place after Wicked as They Come, this original eBook features a mysterious lady and a reclusive mechanical genius who find love and danger in a traveling circus. 

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.

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Delilah is kindly giving away the following: UK/US – A signed copy of Wicked as they ComeUS 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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Gemma October 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I remember reading about Bludbunnies in Wicked As They cone and literally burat out laughing. The image was so comical! I have to admit, I get that Bunnies are number one after being bitten not by one, but two of the little blighters. True, they may have mistaken my finger for a carrot, but still it blooming hurt. Strangely enough, both bunnies went on extended holidays after that….


DelilahSDawson October 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I told you to stay away from bunnies, honey! Those teeth are huge!


Angie October 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

The weirdest to thing to have bitten me? Probably one my of turtles. I was feeding them, and he got too excited to grabbed my finger along with some lettuce.


DelilahSDawson October 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I’ve been bitten by turtles, too! So snappy. Never tortoises, though. :)

Thanks for having me, y’all! <3


sherry fundin October 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

A spider. I ended up in the emergency room. Guess it was a real bad boy. lol


kelly October 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I have been bitten by my brother’s rats while feeding them a chocolate treat


Stephanie October 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I was bitten by a gerbil when I was in my grade school classroom.


Irene Jackson October 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I was bitten by my friend’s pet ferret every time i went anywhere near it. the thing terrified me!


Elizabeth Longest October 3, 2012 at 12:40 am

The weirdest thing to ever bite me would be….a human! Luckily my skin wasn’t punctured..no zombie virus for me.


Victoria Zumbrum October 3, 2012 at 1:38 am

I was bitten by a guinea pig and hamster. The hamster drew blood.


Mel S October 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

I was biiten by a Potteroo in Australia – they look like a cross between a rabbit and a rat but more marsupial based. They are extremely rare and I was working in a a wildlife sanctuary at the time and we were tagging the population, but one seemed to think my fingers were grass-like (they were quite muddy at the time!). It didn’t manage to draw blood though…


DelilahSDawson October 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Um, I think you win this round. I want to be bitten by a potoroo!


Samina October 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

the weirdest thing that has bitten me has to be my sister.Vicious creture that she is. LOL. I do love her really.

Okay, the thing that frigtens me the most (you’re not allowed to laugh) has not been on TV as beeing frightening, is a frog. I hate those slimy amphibions with webbed feet. They croak at you as if to say ‘Wait I’m coming to get you’. Eeeks.


Barbara Elness October 4, 2012 at 12:44 am

The weirdest thing that has bitten me was my pet pond turtle, luckily he didn’t have teeth, just hard ridges, so it pinched but didn’t break the skin. I also got bit by my cat, who did draw blood. She could be so sweet and then just go vicious on me when she was in a bad mood.


Anne L October 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I think the weirdest thing that has bitten me is a rat – pet not wild I might add!


bn100 October 6, 2012 at 8:51 am

The weirdest thing that bit me was a hamster.


LisaC October 8, 2012 at 3:02 am

The weirdest thing that tried to bite me was a swan. It ended up doing ore of a jab that left my leg black and blue.


DelilahSDawson October 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I think you get cool points for swan bites. :)


donnas October 12, 2012 at 4:28 am

Wierdest thing to bite me was a spider. At least I hope it was a spider. I didnt actually see it, but The bit was big and puffy with 2 holes.


Jennifer @ The Book Nympho October 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Mmm…. I’ve not been bitten by anything weird. If I had to name something I would say my son when he was a baby and I was brushing his gums with one of those stupid rubber gun brushes that you wear over the tip of your finger. But does it count a “bite” since he didn’t have teeth? 😉

I’ve had Wicked as They Come on my wishlist for months. Fingers crossed.

Thanks for the great post and giveaway.


Lauren @ Northern Plunder October 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I’m not sure what it was because I wasn’t aware I’d been bitten until my Dad pointed it out to me but it basically looked like a vampire had had its fangs in my neck, creepy.


Denise Z October 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I think the weirdest thing that has bitten me is the book blog mania, that is it is weird to everyone who has not yet gotten the virus LOL I am totally addicted and cannot get enough of the fun. Thank you for sharing with us today and for this lovely giveaway opportunity.


Renee Richardson October 21, 2012 at 8:05 am

I was bitten by a chinchilla when I was 16 and working at a pet store. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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LadyVampire October 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

The most unusual thing thats ever bitten me was a lion cub. There was an exotic petting zoo event going on that let you take pictures with animals and my folks wanted a picture of me and my brother holding the lion cubs. The lion cub I got was very nervous and trying to get out of my arms. Then a girl I didnt see until too late decided to try and touch the cub’s tail but ended up pulling it accidentally. Well the lion cub let out a growl of displeasure and bit me in the arm. Thankfully it was a shallow bite and I had a bruise but wasn’t bleeding. As for an animal movie that gave me a new view on things.. well I would say that the movie is Cujo.


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