Saturday, August 22, 2015

The mother of all lesbian vampire movies

Have you heard of Carmilla? In its first life it was a vampire novel that predated Bram Stoker's Dracula by 26 years, but even in that incarnation, Carmilla was quite clearly a lesbian. It's almost comical how the heroine, Laura, fails to notice what her strange new friend is up to. Carmilla is constantly stroking Laura and declaring her quite literally undying love for the girl. She even says she wants Laura to die and be resurrected so they can be together forever. But as smart as Laura is - and she is very smart - she's lived such a sheltered life that she thinks Carmilla is just a little flaky. It's funny and scary all at once, since Laura has no clue that her "friend" is a supernatural stalker who's killing her a sip at a time.

In 1970 Hammer Films turned Carmilla into a movie called The Vampire Lovers, and they actually made the lesbianism of the story even more explicit. Then they cast two incredibly hot leads (the dewy innocent Pippa Steel as Laura and the irresistibly sultry Ingrid Pitt as Carmilla) and gave them a love scene that, even though it's softcore, must have shocked the hell out of 1970 audiences who thought they were in for a mere horror movie. But I can't imagine they were unhappy for very long. The sight of Pippa's perfect breasts would cure any ailment. Let me share that love scene with you - and then the seduction/betrayal scene that comes right afterwards.

Carmilla works her mind control on Laura first, with nothing more than a kiss, and before long Laura is naked and rolling wide, glazed eyes as the vampire teases her nipples and then bites her just above the areola. No necks for this lesbian vamp! She's after sweeter prizes. And yes, the breast bite is in the original story too. Read it, if you're interested. You can find it free here.

Then in comes the governess, who until now has been a kindly, protective figure; but before long she's fallen even deeper than Laura under Carmilla's control. Watch her face as she slides from groggy compliance to surprised arousal and finally outright lust when Carmilla lures her into another room and undresses. You won't have any doubts about what happens next, even though it's not shown. You just see the governess looking very satisfied the next morning, and after that she's become a perfect Renfield.

Unfortunately, there's no way to embed a video on Blogger in such a way that it starts at the point you want, so I'll have to give you the whole movie here and tell you to skip forward to 44:58. That's where the Laura/Carmilla scene starts, and the governess scene comes just afterward. Oh, and here's a tip to help you enjoy the scenes even more: pay close attention to the details of Laura's dream. It's chock full of lesbian innuendo.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Colonized is now available for your reading pleasure

And, as usual, I'm giving my blog readers a discount for your continued support. I've gone back to publishing my ebooks dually on Amazon and Smashwords, so this coupon code is for Smashwords: YZ46W. Note: The coupon expires after one week, so if you're planning on using it, get on over to Smashwords now. Here's the link.

The book is also available on Amazon here.

I'll put the story synopsis at the bottom of this post, but before I do, here's a tragic little tale for anyone wondering why I started using Smashwords again.  Kindle Unlimited was a goldmine for a little while because its illogical borrowing policy meant writers got paid more for a $.99 ebook someone borrowed than for a $.99 ebook someone bought. We all loved the system while it lasted, but we knew it couldn't last, and it didn't. Kindle revised its policy in June, and now we get almost nothing from borrows unless they're for novel-length books. That being the case, I've pulled almost all my stuff out of KU and am now selling it in two places at once again. The only exceptions are my novel-length Sleepwalkers, What Do You Give the Alien Who Has Everything? and Dark Spaces. Those will stay in Kindle Unlimited because they're long enough to make the exclusivity worth it.

Speaking of which, I'd encourage any of you enrolled in Kindle Prime to borrow those three books and just flip through them, even if you don't read them. It's an easy way to help me out, and you don't have to spend a cent to do it. ;-)

Now here's the synopsis for Colonized:

After a raid destroys their colony, a small ship of humans flees into space, desperately searching for a new world to replace their stolen one. Just as their supplies are running out, they find what seems like paradise: a lush green planet with a breathable atmosphere and no natural predators. Well, there is one predator, but the humans don't notice Her because She's as large as the planet itself.

The Queen is over two million years old, and after such a long and varied existence, She's too refined to eat Her prey. That would be a waste of entertainment. She'd rather play with them; and in the end they're happy to be played with. In fact, they want nothing more.

As always, the game begins when the Queen chooses an Avatar, a victim through whom She can play the game up close. But making Her newest proxy leads to an unexpected complication. Another human, one slated to serve as a pawn, proves worthy of a greater role. Now the Queen must make a second choice: stick to Her original plan or change the rules of the game.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Cover reveal

"Colonized" is coming very soon, possibly as early as Monday night. In the meantime, I've finished the cover and am sharing it now for your viewing pleasure. If you're interested, here's the image I started with. I touched up the woman and then dropped her into a background by a different artist, and I'm ridiculously pleased with the color combination. I had no idea it would work so well.

Anyway, I'm using Smashwords again and will give you a coupon code that's good for just one week, so watch this space and don't miss your chance to get 25% off.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Part 2 of my interview with Callidus

And here it is, folks: the conclusion to my epic live interview with Callidus.

We start out talking about MC (and the surprising lack thereof) in the various Marvel franchises. This section includes an impromptu visualization of a scene I'd like to have seen played out on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Listening to the audio again, I realize I actually left Callidus speechless for a couple of seconds. I'm proud of that. ;-) From there we move on to a debate about how to fit MC into the Matrix storyverse, we reminisce about the better plot for Alien 3 that we came up with together, and we gradually veer off into hilarious full-on geekery. I think you'll enjoy it all.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

a perfect trance

In case you've been living under a rock and hadn't noticed, YouTube is stuffed with snippets from TV shows and movies of people getting MC'ed. I have no idea who most of the posters are, although I have a hunch many of them are the same person. You don't come up with a nickname like "jbvljkvwlfh" unless you're tapping random keys on your keyboard to create one of many disposable accounts. The snippets themselves have random titles too, things like "Mind Control 37" or an all-caps abbreviation of a TV show/movie title, anything to throw production studios off the scent. Well, hell, I don't mind!

Unfortunately, most of these videos don't do anything for me. I don't like bimbofication, I don't think possession counts as mind control, and I don't like it when I can't can't tell the character is being controlled (i.e., when a good character I'm not familiar with suddenly turns evil. How am I supposed to know they're not always evil?).

On the other side of the coin there are excellent MC videos like the one I'm linking to below. It's not embeddable, but I promise you it's worth clicking. This clip hits almost all my fetish buttons: total destruction of personality and will; a slow, dazed walk with the woman's hands flat at her sides; deep trance in public with no one noticing or helping her; robotic responses in public with people still not noticing or helping her; and as the coup de grace, betrayal of the heroes to their enemies.

It doesn't get much better than this.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Best brainwashing helmet ever

I fell down a rabbit hole on YouTube last night, rummaging through clips of characters on TV shows and in movies being brainwashed. Most of it didn't satisfy my picky tastes, but the one I'm sharing here rocked my socks off.

The first link at the bottom of this post goes to a HD video of the whole movie. This video was only recently uploaded, and I don't expect it to stay put long; so if you like what you see, you'd better download it as quickly as you can. But just in case the full movie disappears, I'll give you a second link to a low-quality clip of the brainwashing scene by itself.

Here's the setup. The main character here is a corporate spy who goes to conventions and secretly records presentations. But during this particular presentation, he realizes the people around him are falling into trance. He's wide awake, but he has to pretend that he's hypnotized too in order to avoid detection. The problem is that once the bad guys activate the helmet, it might not matter that he was awake. That thing is a really powerful, scary brainwashing device.

I deliberately chose a screen grab that doesn't show the whole device in action, or the whole room of zombified convention-goers. To see that, you'll have to follow one of the links below. Trust me, it's worth it:

Link to the whole movie in HD, beginning at the start of the brainwashing scene

Link to the brainwashing scene by itself, in low quality

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In the pipeline

Just a short one today since I know a lot of my readers are vacationing this weekend. I'm currently working on my next ebook, which will be a rewrite of "Avatar" - a name I can no longer use, for obvious reasons. It will now be called "Colonized," and the whole second half will be brand spanking new. I was never happy with the old ending, and now I have a chance to change it.

At left is the comp version of the image I'll be using to make my cover. Tell me what you think of it.