The Dark Side by Maxine Marsh
I have always been drawn to the darker side of fiction. I prefer the less sparkly, more sinister re-imaginings of fairy tales, or the ones that started ‘It was a dark and stormy night,’ or the purely horrific tales by the classics such as H.P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen. Such was the spirit I wrote Drawn to Darkness in, hoping to capture the essence of my current favorite genre: erotic horror.
What is erotic horror, or dark erotica, anyways?
It’s the stuff of fairy tales and scary stories alike. A restless, needy princess, a rain-drenched traveler seeking shelter, a naïve, orphaned young woman looking for employment—one way or another they’ve found their way to the dark manor, the beguiling mansion, the looming castle with gargoyle-façade in the middle of the rolling, uninhabited countryside. The ‘haunted house’ can take a variety of forms: a lakeside cabin, a creepy museum, a chilly train car, but the ominous manor house is my personal favorite. But wait—something’s not quite right. It’s never in sight, it always lurks just around the corner, just over her shoulder, but she can feel it just the same. It prowls in the eyes of her master, her employer, her captor, a man with an aspect as dark as the setting itself. Who is he, and why does he so carefully keep his distance, all the while looking at her with such hunger?
When I set out to write a piece paying homage to my favorite genre, I knew it had to have all the right ingredients: an eerie setting, a hot and dark lead male on the brink of insanity, and a sassy but naive female character to unlock the action. I ended up with Drawn to Darkness, a hot erotic horror short with some tasty corporal punishment thrown in for good measure. The story is set in a foreboding English manor, where the young and prideful Margaret has come to work. The days and nights are lonely, and she finds herself continually distracted by dark and indecent thoughts, especially after discovering her employer’s library of deviant and ancient texts.
I love erotica and I love romance, but I have a huge place in my heart for horror, too. So if you are in the mood for something a little different, Drawn to Darkness is a truly naughty read!
Blurb: Margaret, a servant in a sinister manor in the English countryside, suspects there is more to her employer than meets the eye. Haunted by the mysterious legacy of the Delaronde family and their cursed estate, Margaret finds herself increasingly drawn to the diabolical and enticing menace that seems always lurking just out of sight. What are the secrets that Mr. Delaronde keeps, and why does the ancient history of his heritage seem to ignite her darkest desires?
Find out more about Maxine at her website: www.maxinemarsh.net