As a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, I have fond memories of the Halloween episode in the second season. The storyline revolves around a plot to cause chaos via a spell that turns people into their costumes for real. Dressed as demon? Surprise, now those horns are real! It’s a fun episode, with some through-lines that last for the rest of the show (like Army Xander).
But one of my favorite parts is a small exchange between Buffy and BFF Willow while they’re shopping. In an attempt to convince her shy friend to take a chance on a more risque costume, Buffy tells Willow she’s missing the whole point of Halloween. (Hint: it’s not free candy.)
“It’s come as you aren’t night,” she says.
I love that line, because it resonates with me. Halloween is the night it’s acceptable for anyone and everyone to try on a different skin. (Though not literally.) One night a year, we pretend to be someone, or something, we’re not.
As an author, one of the hardest and yet most rewarding parts of writing is inhabiting different and varied characters, getting into their heads and looking out through their eyes (or whatever sensory organs they possess). It gives us the chance to explore what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, to find the places where we are different, and those where we are the same.
In my story ‘The Endless Knot” in the new paranormal erotica anthology Myths, Moons, and Mayhem, I got to be a reserved vampire politician, the gruff werewolf who loved and lost him, and the passionate human who brings them back together. Three very different men who find they fit together perfectly. Like the choice of costume says a little bit about the wearer, so too do characters express something about their author—if only who they are when they’re not entirely themselves.
About Myths Moons and Mayhem
Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.
Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.
A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.
Editor Dale Cameron Lowry brings you tales by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre. The paranormal lust and polymythic beings of Myths, Moons & Mayhem will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.
- Universal ebook Link: https://books2read.com/mythsmoons
- Amazon universal link (paperback): http://getBook.at/mmm
- Goodreads: goodreads.com/book/show/36368999-myths-moons-and-mayhem
- More information: https://dalecameronlowry.com/books/myths-moons-mayhem/
To celebrate the release of the paranormal gay ménage anthology Myths, Moons & Mayhem, editor Dale Cameron Lowry is giving away a bunch of paranormal and ménage ebooks for your reading pleasure.
About Morgan Elektra
Morgan Elektra (bymorganelektra.wordpress.com) is author of A Single Heartbeat, A Kiss in Brimstone, and Big Teeth. She discovered her passion for writing at a young age, penning stories of witches, vampires, and monsters at the dining room table. After years working day jobs and moonlighting as a reviewer for popular horror website Dread Central, Morgan left the comfort of an office to follow her dreams of writing fiction. You can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter
About Dale Cameron Lowry
Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies. Find out more at dalecameronlowry.com. You can also find Dale on Facebook and Twitter.