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Creators of Darkness

Us writers crave something darker, more sinister than we could ever lay yearning eyes upon. For this group, we will explore the darkness in each of us. Whether it be gruesome horror or dark, lusty romance. Will you join me?

Members: 31
Latest Activity: Sep 26, 2014

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The Difference Between Dark Fantasy and Horror?

Started by Angie_Fayre. Last reply by Jim Knowes Sep 23, 2014. 4 Replies

Not sure if someone talked about this already, but a few days ago I'd come across a book specifically labeled "Dark Fantasy" and it got me to thinking about Dark Fantasy and Horror as genres;…Continue

Tags: difference, horror, fantasy, dark

What Does This Picture Portray to You

Started by Monica M Brinkman. Last reply by C.C. Rocker Apr 29, 2014. 7 Replies

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Mixing Genres

Started by Angie_Fayre Feb 24, 2014. 0 Replies

Hello again! Just curious everyone, but when or if you ever decide to purposefully mix your horror genre stories into other genres, what genre brew do you usually delve into?  Supernatural romances?…Continue

Darkness

Started by Jamie Simon. Last reply by Stephanie Jan 8, 2014. 8 Replies

Give your description of darkness in 99 words or less. A personal description, the view from a characters point of view, etc. Make me FEEL it.

Tags: description, short, darkness

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Comment by Jamie Simon on August 9, 2013 at 4:39pm
What is your favorite depiction of vampires? Which do you believe is most realistic?

I enjoy Anne Rice.
Comment by Ann K. Boyer on August 9, 2013 at 5:22pm
I have a real appreciation for Ann Rice's vampires, but my heart belongs to Bram Stoker, especially Gary Oldman's beautiful portrayal of the Dark Prince. But I'd have to say little Abby of Let Me In was the most fierce. I hate it when a vampire is tripped of its true terrifying qualities. It's like stripping a wolf down to a poodle, removing the alluring wild. But then on the flip side, subtracting all human emotion and compassion makes it too alien for me, too unbelievable...like with the vampires of 30 Days of Night.
Comment by Daniel Hale on August 9, 2013 at 5:50pm

Hmm, difficult. But if I had to choose it would be the Blindsight version of vampires: human relatives long gone extinct, brought back to life with the miracle of genetics, every bit as frightening as they should be but with scientific explanations for their capabilities. The explanation for their weakness to crosses is particularly fascinating. 

Comment by Jamie Simon on August 9, 2013 at 6:11pm
Have you ever thought about creating your own vampiric story with your own intriguing explanations?
Comment by Daniel Hale on August 9, 2013 at 6:14pm

Hm. At this point I dunno if I could do justice to an original concept. Vampires have been rehashed so many times I just dunno where I could take them that hasn't been done in one way or another already. 

Comment by Ann K. Boyer on August 9, 2013 at 6:37pm

I agree with Daniel. Vampires have been reinvented in so many ways from single, horn-toothed Night Flyers to growing thumbnail vixens, from fierce creatures of beauty to twinkling fairies, and just about everything in between. I'd rather spend more time tapping into the not-so-known or misunderstood darklings. I'm actually working on a book, my first novel, that focuses on Angels and their different orders. My heroine is an Angel of Death, one of several within the Death Choir. :)  I'm also really into obscure folklore and unusual psychopaths. 

Comment by Jamie Simon on August 9, 2013 at 6:44pm
I also do not want to create a story as mentioned for fear of ruining the real mystery and nature of such an abstract creature. And to Ann, I have great interest in Angels and Demons. I'm interested in keeping up with your progress. :) I am also into psychopaths.
Comment by Shakes on August 10, 2013 at 11:14am

In terms of screen depictions of vampires I do have a soft spot for 'Near Dark' and also agree that Oldman's Dracula is a performance that's memorable.

The earliest vampires were pretty feral creatures, filthly with the dirt of their own graves and creatures of instict and disease rather than beautiful and misunderstood teenagers who sparkle in the sunlight!

 

Comment by Shakes on August 10, 2013 at 11:15am

As a lifelong 'constant reader' of Stephen king I've also got to nod to the vampires in Salem's Lot and The Dark Tower books.

 

Comment by Monica M Brinkman on August 11, 2013 at 11:21pm

I tend to agree. Anne Rice is my favorite. I ponder what the great Poe would have written on this topic.

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Discussion Forum

The Difference Between Dark Fantasy and Horror?

Started by Angie_Fayre. Last reply by Jim Knowes Sep 23, 2014. 4 Replies

Not sure if someone talked about this already, but a few days ago I'd come across a book specifically labeled "Dark Fantasy" and it got me to thinking about Dark Fantasy and Horror as genres;…Continue

Tags: difference, horror, fantasy, dark

What Does This Picture Portray to You

Started by Monica M Brinkman. Last reply by C.C. Rocker Apr 29, 2014. 7 Replies

Continue

Mixing Genres

Started by Angie_Fayre Feb 24, 2014. 0 Replies

Hello again! Just curious everyone, but when or if you ever decide to purposefully mix your horror genre stories into other genres, what genre brew do you usually delve into?  Supernatural romances?…Continue

Darkness

Started by Jamie Simon. Last reply by Stephanie Jan 8, 2014. 8 Replies

Give your description of darkness in 99 words or less. A personal description, the view from a characters point of view, etc. Make me FEEL it.

Tags: description, short, darkness

Blog Posts

Title Advice?

Posted by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 0 Comments

I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.

The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…

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A Memory Resides In Soho

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 0 Comments

A Memory Resides In Soho

On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara.  Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…

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Final Stretch for my First Project

Posted by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 0 Comments

So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do. 

Premonition

Posted by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 0 Comments

Premonition

Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…

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