Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween! Kelli's Favorite Horror Movies

Hi everyone!

Happy Halloween! In honor of the holiday (it's my personal favorite and yes, those are my decorations above), I’m sharing a bit about my favorite horror movies. Although this is off my usual topic of writing, writing and movies are connected - after all, every movie begins with a story idea! (And don't forget, I write horror fiction - check out my short stories on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com.)

I recently watched a show on AMC where Stephen King shared his views and ideas about various genres of horror movies. He talked about the classics and went into his favorites by subject. So I figured, why not do the same?

Horror movies (like ice cream) come in a variety of flavors, and horror movie fans/buffs have their personal likes and dislikes. Some people are devoted to the classic 1930 and 1940 Universal Studios films starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Others enjoy the British Hammer films of the 1960s. Other types of fans are attracted to a specific genre (torture porn, mutant families, clowns) or a monster (vampires, werewolves, and zombies). Still other folks are loyal to a specific character (Jason Voorhees) or franchise (Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm St.)

So what are my favorites among these categories? I have my list of “classics” but I have a special fondness for 1970s horror films. Some are considered classic or revolutionary and others are just plain bad. (The “so bad they’re good” kind.)

I could go on and on (really!) but here’s a short list of my favorites in alphabetical order by genre. They’re not all necessarily gory or scary, but they have a good story, tense camera work, or are just plain cool.

Creepy Children:

The Bad Seed (1956) – An 8 year-old sociopath fools everyone (almost!)

The Other (1972) – Often overlooked story about creepy twins – need I say more?

Haunted Places:

The Shining (1980) – Red-rum! Would you stay at the Overlook?

The Amityville Horror (1975) – Some houses are cheap for a reason!

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (1973) – When someone tells you not to open something, don’t! And the 2011 “remake” was pretty good too!

Werewolves & Other Monsters

Dog Soldiers (2002) – Best werewolf movie ever.

The Mummy (1932) – Don’t mess around in tombs

King Kong (1933) – A classic for its time, and the island part is the best!

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) – Spooky TV movie that still creeps people out.

Frogs (1972) – One of my favorites – original poster had a hand hanging out of the frog’s mouth. (Not scary, but worth watching! Killer frogs?)

Murder & Mayhem

Halloween (1978) – An instant classic - Watch this, then check out Rob Zombie's version.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Paranoia and persecution = Polanski

Twisted Brain (1974) – Horror in high school (makes a great double feature with Bad Ronald!)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – The horror classic about a dysfunctional family – and there’s no blood – really!

Black Christmas (1974) – The first really creepy Christmas movie – still holds up after all these years

The Hills Have Eyes (1977) – A family goes out into the desert and meets another, stranger, family

Race with the Devil (1975) – Again, while trying to go camping, a group meets up with trouble (anti-camping movies are their own genre!)

Enjoy them – at your own risk!

And don't forget, if you like paranormal romances, check out these titles:
Beauty & the Bigfoot
Confessions of a Vampire's Lover
Killer in Wolf's Clothing
The Viking's Witch

Excerpts & reviews are on my site: www.KelliWilkins.com

I love hearing from readers, so drop me a line (or comment) here and let me know your favorite fright films!
Happy Haunting!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Killer in Wolf's Clothing - A hot look at the werewolf legend!

Happy October Everyone!
All this month I’m taking readers inside my paranormal romances. Today, I’m sharing two hot excerpts, reviews, and a bit about how Killer in Wolf’s Clothing came about.

Although I write horror and romance, I’m a traditionalist when it comes to “monsters” and I didn’t think I would (or could) write a ‘werewolf in love’ story. In my book, werewolves are ferocious, snarling animals who closely resemble the creatures from the movie Dog Soldiers

In some werewolf lore, the cursed human doesn’t physically grow a tail and pointed ears, but rather takes on wolf-like characteristics and becomes more aggressive and violent. I decided to use this as the basis for my ‘werewolf’ and instead of having Deke turn into an actual wolf, he becomes an Alpha male. As I say in the book, “It’s more Incredible Hulk than American Werewolf in London.”

Even though Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is a gay paranormal romance involving a serial killer, I decided to have a little fun with the story and characters. (I did the same with my other paranormal, Beauty & the Bigfoot. Yes, it’s a bigfoot romance – and a comedy.) 

What would be your first reaction if someone you loved told you they changed into a werewolf? Disbelief? Shock? Send that person to the psych ward?  It’s a little hard to take such things seriously, so I gave Larry a smart-ass sense of humor when it came to dealing with Greg’s affliction. The jokes and his sarcastic wit added a comedic element and eased the tension when things got very…hairy. (Sorry!)

Reviewers loved the book and I had a lot of fun writing it. 

Here's the book summary & two teasers. You can read another sizzling excerpt on the book's page at: http://amberquill.com/AmberAllure/KillerWolfsClothing.html

A super aggressive Alpha male, a serial killer, and a visit to a kinky sex club…What has Larry gotten himself into?

When Larry learns that his boyfriend Greg changes into another man during the full moon, he has a hard time accepting it—until he meets Deke, Greg’s alternate Alpha personality.

Deke doesn’t play nice and has no time for games. He only wants two things—to get laid and to get revenge against the arsonist who murdered his friends. Finally free from Greg’s restraints, Deke is ready for action, and Larry is more than willing to submit to Deke’s needs.

Together, Larry and Deke set out to find the killer. Their hunt takes them to an all-night Alpha sex club where things heat up for the two of them. But when Larry unwittingly falls into the clutches of the murderer, it’s up to Deke—and Greg—to save him before it’s too late.

Two Teasers From Killer in Wolf’s Clothing

“I don’t know how it happens, but during the phase of the full moon there’s a physical transformation. I get aggressive and bigger—”

“Bigger how exactly?” Larry teased.

He smiled. “Get your mind out of the gutter. I change, physically change.”

“Into what? A wolf with a tail and pointy ears?”

“No, it’s not like in the movies. I don’t turn into a monster. I become someone else.”

Larry dismissed him with a wave of his hand. “That’s impossible. Maybe you have an undiagnosed personality disorder. Have you seen a psychiatrist?”

“Three of them. They all told me I suffered from delusions.” Greg drank down more of his beer. “One woman said my Alpha persona was a manifestation of my true male sexuality fighting against the gay side of me.” He laughed. “I didn’t tell her that my Alpha self is gay, too.”

Larry sat up. “He is?”

“Oh yeah, definitely.”

“Wow, that’s good. I mean… Wait...you’re acting way too serious about this.”

“I am?” He arched an eyebrow and stared into Larry’s blue eyes. “Would you like to see the video?”


Larry lay down on his side, facing Deke. Up close, the musky, manly scent was stronger, and his heart beat faster. What did Deke have in mind? “Now what?”

“This.” Deke leaned forward and kissed him hard on the mouth. Deke’s rough, stubbled chin grazed his cheek, and he tensed for a second. Deke kissed him again, hot, needy and insistent. Larry felt himself giving in. He wanted this; he wanted Deke to take charge. He smelled so good he’d let Deke do whatever he wanted.

Deke’s tongue plunged into his mouth and Larry kissed him back, desperately craving more. They kissed for a few minutes, teasing each other with their tongues. Just when things were heating up, Deke pulled away.

“I knew you’d like it. You act like you don’t want to be my love slave, but you do, I can tell.”

Larry pursed his lips. How did Deke know? When he and Greg played their games, he wanted Greg to take charge, but he never did. Deke wouldn’t hesitate about taking over—and he was more than willing to let him.

Reviewers Love Killer in Wolf’s Clothing
 “4 Stars! Killer in Wolf's Clothing offers a different and very creative take on werewolves. I loved the whole concept. Two very different people sharing a body that changes too. Hot, sexy and a little kinky, this one tells a very engaging story. Larry and Greg are great as a couple but Larry and Deke really smolder. The transformation of Greg into Deke is detailed and the whole idea just pulls you in. Add a crazy serial killer and a werewolf sex club to the mix and you a wild ride. Great fun!”  - Emma, Night Owl Reviews

“4 Stars! Killer in Wolf's Clothing is a quick fun read that will hook you from the beginning. A bit different than I'm used to regarding werewolves, but I totally enjoyed the book. Recommended for all who like the horror genre with a twist of fun.” Susan, Sweet-n-Sassi.blogspot 

“3 Stars! Killer in Wolf’s Clothing isn’t going to convert me to m/m romance – although to be fair, I’m not sure any book would be able to do so. But the book entertains; it made me laugh at times, made me raise by eyebrows several times, and made me snort out loud more than once. I can’t ask for more than that from a story.” Jennifer, Romance Novel News

“I liked it and it was definitely fun to read. Your reception to this story will depend on how seriously you take it. It is written with a bit of a laugh at itself. I could see that from the start, which is why I ultimately liked the story and was able to get into it right away. Larry is a bit of a slut, but that’s okay and all in keeping with the tone of the story. He’s simply begging for it, and also won’t be turned away from following Deke on his mission. [Killer in Wolf’s Clothing] is funny and sexy and playful. I liked it and it was definitely fun to read.” The Armchair Reader

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I hope you enjoyed this inside look at Killer in Wolf’s Clothing! I’ll be back next week with a look at my vampire romance, Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

When Love Meets Monsters - Paranormal Romance!

Hi Everyone,

To celebrate the start of my favorite month, I’m writing about what happens when horror meets romance - paranormal romance!

Although I create hot and spicy romances for AQP, I actually started out writing horror stories. For some, that might seem like an odd combination, but it works for me. One half of my brain writes the horror, and the other half writes the romance.

Since I grew up reading horror fiction and watching horror movies, it only seemed natural. (After all, Halloween is my favorite holiday!) I like writing horror fiction because I get to explore different settings, plots, and characters that I couldn’t develop in romance. Sometimes after working on several romances, I’ll switch moods and write a horror story to give my brain and writing muscles a change of pace.

My horror short stories are more psychological/spooky/creepy than gory, and it’s fun to add something scary (or strange!) into a romance. Sometimes it’s hard to keep a paranormal romance within bounds – to blend just enough horror elements into the love story without grossing out the heroine/hero…. 

Other times the challenge is creating a believable plot or finding a way to make a “monster” attractive/romantic/sexy. In some cases, the only way to get around the wacky idea of someone being in love with a “monster” is to use humor. Beauty & the Bigfoot is a perfect example of that! 

Beauty & the Bigfoot sprung from a “what if” idea. What if a girl fell in love with a Sasquatch? And, what if her father was the town crackpot Bigfoot hunter? I wrote the story as a contemporary comedy (how could it not be?) and had great fun creating the oddball characters and their crazy situations. And yes, there’s plenty of romance between Tara and her sexy Sasquatch. Writing the love scenes was challenging – I had to keep things interesting, yet write them in a way that was believable to the readers and characters. (It must have worked because the book got several great reviews and readers love the chemistry between the two lovebirds!)

Confessions of a Vampire’s Lover started out with the premise – “What if a vampire went to the beach and fell in love with a surfer?”  The book is extra “unique” in that it’s told in first person from the male character’s point of view. I made Cassie (the vampire) sympathetic and sexy, and not overtly terrifying – yet she still flexed her vampire muscles when she wanted to.  

Killer in Wolf’s Clothing (released last July) is my most recent paranormal and it’s also my second gay romance. But it’s not your usual werewolf love story - readers should know that Deke, the werewolf character, doesn’t actually turn into a “wolfman” – he becomes an aggressive Alpha male. As I say in the book, “It’s more 'Incredible Hulk' than American Werewolf in London.

Although Killer in Wolf’s Clothing is my third paranormal romance, I almost had a problem writing the story because I’m “old-school” when it comes to creatures of the night and I expect my werewolves to be violent and vicious (like my vampires) not cuddly. In my opinion, if a person is going to turn into a werewolf/wolf-man, he should look like the werewolves in the movie Dog Soldiers. (A horror movie I highly recommend!)

But Deke is a badass and the antagonist, Blayne, is just about as violent and vicious as you can get (without fangs and claws). I hope readers enjoy the story and the characters. This book was a lot of fun to write and although it’s dark in places, Larry lightens the mood with his offbeat sense of humor.

Here are quick excerpts from the books. (All 3 are also available at B&N and Amazon.)

As soon as we got to my place, Cassie had me close all the blinds and run a hot shower. She stripped in the middle of the living room and casually tossed her clothes on the couch.

I stood gaping at her like I’d never seen a naked woman before. “You’re beautiful,” I whispered. And I meant it. Her pale skin was flawless, and the sight of her perky breasts made my mouth water.

Cassie stepped in front of me and ran her fingertips down my bare chest. Her touch sent a shiver through me, but for some reason, it aroused me.

I moaned and closed my eyes. Cassie slid her cold hand lower, past my ribs, down to the waistband of my bathing suit—then stopped and pulled away. I opened my eyes and caught a glimpse of her as she headed into the steamy bathroom. For a second, it looked like she was vanishing into vapor. I shook my head to clear it, then followed her in…

Excerpt from Beauty & the Bigfoot:

Her father left her there, cradled in Bigfoot’s—Joe’s—arms.

“So, what do you like to do for fun? I figure you’re an outdoorsy kinda of guy, huh?”

Joe blinked at her a few times, and she smiled. “You know, Joe, if you weren’t so hairy, you’d be cute. Some women like the hairy caveman-type of guy. Me, not so much. But you sure are strong and muscular.”

“Cheep, cheep, cheep.” Joe’s top lip peeled back into something that looked like a sneer.

“Did you say something? Oh wow! That’s rich! Wait till my father hears this. You say your first words and he misses them! I’ve heard the screeching vocalizations you guys make before, but never—”

Joe pressed her face against his chest, muffling her words. The chains rattled as he smoothed her loose hair with his left hand. She closed her eyes and inhaled Joe’s musky, yet sweet, scent. A moment later, the shed felt like it was spinning and fading. Her breathing slowed, and her nipples hardened under her T-shirt. A warm tingle spread through her, then she went limp in Joe’s arms.

He’s turning me on. What the hell is happening here?

Larry stared at the carpet while Deke talked to Lobo and Lono. Except for the fact that one had honey-blond hair, he couldn’t tell the twins apart. They were built like professional wrestlers and stood well over six and a half feet tall. They each had brown eyes and wore sleeveless black spandex T-shirts. Their biceps were bigger than his thighs.

Lono kept eyeing him up, and it made him nervous. He hoped his price of admission wasn’t bending over for them. If they were as well hung and as horny as Deke, it would be like getting balled by an elephant.

“He sent you? I always liked Slave Steve,” Lobo said as he tucked Daisy’s note into his pants.

“He yours?” Lono asked Deke.

Deke nodded. “He gives good head.”

“Prove it,” Lono said, folding his arms across his chest.

Deke turned to him. “On your knees.”

Larry looked from Deke to Lono and back to Deke. Who was he supposed to blow? All of them? Lono or Lobo? Or Deke?

“Your master gave you an order,” Lobo said.

Deke unfastened his jeans and pulled them past his hips. He didn’t bother with underwear. “Here you go. Start sucking, slave.”

Next week, I’ll be back with an inside look at Killer inWolf’s Clothing!

Happy Haunting!