Minion Juli: What are you doing?
*Night Mistress draws sigil on door* Letting our next guest in. He has a long journey to join us.
Juli: Yes I realize that, but… You don’t have to be opening gateways. (In fact, I’d much rather she didn’t!)
Night Mistress: No, not him. *Mistress shakes head* His friend. Do you really think you can just say hello to raise the dead?
Juli shrugs. I think I’m regretting ever raising you.
*Mistress glares* Do the words “tasty dinner” mean anything to you? *Mistress raises arms* Okay, ready now? I think this should work.
*Juli ducks Light flashes* Did it work? *Peeks through fingers. Sees two gentlemen by the door*
Night Mistress: See now, I told you it would work. *Mistress holds out hand* Welcome, my dear. Thank you for coming,
Juli: Geoff! Thank god. Thanks for coming. *Whispers* I hope you brought help. She’s being really weird this year.
Night Mistress: Don’t you just love this time of year all the handsome monsters hanging about? Who is your friend?
*Juli clears throat* Come to think of it, that’s the topic of your discussion today, isn’t it?
Falling for a Monster
Halloween is the perfect time for some spooky shenanigans and a little bit of a scare fest. We all love some horror in our lives – well at least, I do – and I don’t tend to stick to October 31st. I like my scares around the year. We all know that famed horror creatures; zombies, vampires, ghosts, ghouls and demons. And we love them for what they are. But what happens if you fall in love with one of these monsters.
Despite menacing creatures of the dark traditionally being those who just tear humans apart and bring nothing but death,
Night Mistress: Ah, for the good ole days!
*Juli frowns* My lady, stop interrupting the guests. Geoff was brave—er, kind enough to accept your invitation, kindly let him speak. I’m sorry, Geoff, you were telling us about the difference between new and older paranormal stories?
*Geoff clears throat*. Yes, well. As I was saying, more recent literary works have seen these ghouls find a way into our hearts. Charlaine Harris had Sookie falling in love with vampire Bill, Isaac Marion’s Warm Bodies see ‘R’ develop an emotional connection with Julie, which subsequently helps him find humanity. Even shows like Supernatural have found the means to bring Sam and Dean closer to the demons they hunt. Sometimes, despite their very nature, the brothers even end up empathising for those they seek to destroy.
This is something that I wanted to explore myself, and it gave birth to Pacifier 6, The Shadows Within. Here, the zombie apocalypse is mostly over, with those who’ve survived fleeing to safe zones as a few rogue monsters still lurk. But some, such as Carl and his mother, have decided to stay in their London suburb and try to rebuild their community. Zombies have been pacified with a new drug, making them manual labourers, and it’s commonplace to have zombie slaves building, gardening and even cooking. However, seeing these monsters in close quarters, Carl realises there’s something more and begins a strange attraction to the new male pastry chef slave his mother’s allocated. He knows it’s wrong, but the emotional tie is there regardless of what society thinks.
Falling for a monster is now a common storyline in fiction. Done well, it allows a strange mix of repulsion and compassion to occur. I suppose it’s the next step on from loving the bad boy – I mean, that’s taking rebelling against your parents to a whole new layer. The tattooed, smoking punks of the past are pussycats when compared to the new boyfriends that’ll sink their teeth into you at any disagreement.
*Mistress chuckles* Ain’t that the truth!
Geoff: And whether you like it or not, I think these inter-creature love affairs are here to stay.
Mistress claps* Well said! I do hope your prediction comes to pass, Geoff my dear friend. It’s a about time we monsters receive the respect we deserve, don’t you think?
*Juli grumbles* *Mistress clenches fist* What do you mean, no?
*Geoff raises cup and takes a small sip*
“Ahem, Night Mistress. I do hope you haven’t slipped love potion into this.”
*Night Mistress places hand on heart* Me??? Now why would I do that?
*Juli nudged Geoff* Thanks for the diversion. I’m sorry for the way she’s acting. I don’t know what’s gotten into my Lady recently but I wouldn’t believe a word she says, Geoff. She’s been threatening to add to the staff lately. I think I’d put that tea down and head on home sooner rather than later, if I were you.
Night Mistress: Why do you keep speaking when you’re not spoken to, minion! Do you want me to think you’re plotting against me?
Juli: Nope. Not I. Just thanking Geoff for stopping by on this fine Halloween eve. If you’d like to check out Geoff’s new novella Pacifier 6, here’s the synopsis:
But what happens when you realise that familiar faces still have feelings?
Carl’s pulling himself back together, attempting to cope with the losses that life has dealt him. Amidst the horror of the past few months, he begins to realise that death isn’t necessarily the end; it can be the start of something new, something that has never been seen before. With everyone around him battling to keep society intact, Carl manages to see beyond the ravaged faces of those he once knew. There’s a new creature in the darkness, a consciousness that most have overlooked, and it’s waiting to reveal itself.
This is the first book in the Pacifier 6 series, and is about 30,000 words in length.
Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00B8SJM2U/
Amazon.co.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00B8SJM2U/
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/280851
Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/Books/pacifier-6-the-shadows-within
author Geoff Wakeling
Geoff Wakeling lives in London and escapes the smog of the city through his writing. The Inside Evil, even though being dark and mysterious, was a way to escape the drudgery of every day life and indulge in something a little more fantastical.
With a degree in Zoology, Wakeling is animal mad and has a dog (Beetle), three cats, fish and five chickens in his London home. He is a keen gardener and conservationist. He is also still awaiting the arrival of his Hogwart’s Owl!
Learn more about Geoff and his works at his fine website: http://geoffreywakeling.com/