Monday, April 09, 2012

The Appeal of Dark Fiction Guest Blog by J.D. Brown

I think Dark Fiction is more than just a genre. For some, it’s a fashion trend. For others, it’s a way of life, a way of thinking. It can’t be helped. Fans of dark fiction often gravitate to other things that are “dark”. They hold a very dear spot in their heart for things that are little dangerous, a little misunderstood, a little different, a little bold, a little edgy, a little rough, a little outspoken, a little cracked, a little damaged, a little scary, a little foreign, even a little illegal, and usually a little lonely.

Who hasn’t ever been drawn to or felt one of the elements I just listed?

Now put them all together in a book and the appeal to dark fiction becomes obvious. It’s the darker emotions and actions everyone is dyeing to talk about, but they keep hidden, keep secret under lock and key, until suddenly they’re ripped open and put on display for everyone to see and discuss behind the safety of fictional characters.

For me personally, and I think for many others like me, there is certain level of romance found in all things “dark” that is unmatched by any other level of emotion. Dark fiction is extreme. Romances are tragic, loyalty cuts to the bone, betrayal means certain death, and vendettas plague the heart for eternity.

It’s that unmatched level of passion, forbidden romance, and burden of immortality that really draws me in.

But not everything is dark in dark fiction. Often the best part of all things “dark” is really the light hidden underneath; the possibility of hope. And I sincerely hope that my novel Dark Heirloom will surpass everyone’s expectations. ;-)

Dark Heirloom

J.D. Brown

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Book Blurb:

“You’re a vampire” is so not what Ema Marx wants to hear when she wakes from a two-day coma in a cryptic yet exquisite castle in northern Finland. Unfortunately, it explains a lot. Like why she’s able to see in the dark and walk through solid objects. What she doesn’t understand is why the other vampires expect her to have all the answers. It’s their fault she turned into one of them…right?

Jalmari’s hatred for his old-man intensifies when he’s ordered to bring that troublesome girl to their castle. He has a clan to run; there’s no time for babysitting newborn vampires no matter how they were converted to their culture. But when a two-thousand-year-old premonition threatens to take the crown and his life, Jalmari sees no other choice than to take out the catalyst, Ema Marx. Fortunately for Ema, she could also be the clan’s only savior.

The race to figure out her vampiric origins is on. And maybe she’ll get the hang of the blood-drinking gig along the way…

About the Author:

J.D. Brown graduated from the International Academy of Design and Technology with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her two Pomeranians. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, her writing is influenced by the multicultural urban society of her youth which she continues to visit each summer. J.D. loves paranormal characters; from vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, to witches and ghosts. Her writings are often a combination of suspense and romance. J.D. enjoys helping and promoting her fellow writers and leads an active life on the web. She also writes erotic romance for the MuseItHOT division under the pen name Danielle Ravencraft.







J. D. Brown said...

Thanks for having me, Roxanne. Your blog is lovely.

To the readers, how did I do with this subject? Have anything to add? What do you think is appealing about Dark Fiction?