by Madeline Iva Last weekend was #Love Fest at Virginia Festival of the Book. All the panels were well attended, but the biggest event of the weekend was showing LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS–the latest documentary all about the romance world–followed by a discussion with Maya Rodale and Eloisa James and a book signing. I experienced rapture from meeting […]
by Madeline Iva Is this the ad controversy that launched a thousand rants? Lane Bryant had an ad pulled from a television network and the reasons were mysterious but finally, people pointed to the plus-size models and said they were the reason the ad was pulled. In an attempt to respond to this sinister attack and rally […]
by Madeline Iva What is Kindle Worlds? It’s a fan fic site – and we all know what fan fic is, right? Fan fic sites are usually amateur, and also gay (unless you’re on Wattpad) and also sorta illicit. However, as fan fiction has grown in power, prestige, and sheer audience numbers over the last decade, it’s […]
by Madeline Iva You went to Vegas and got married while you were there! ???? your friends say. Here are the five top reasons people actually get married in Vegas: 1)We’re drunk! ‘Nuff said. 2) One person REALLY wants to get married and the other just doesn’t see that person as someone they want to commit […]
by Madeline Iva Well chickens, while everyone is off at Romantic Times Convention, 2016 in Las Vegas this week, I’m sitting home, twiddling my thumbs and editing my latest book… I’m not upset that I’m not at RT. No, not at all. Today I realized that while every other dame who writes romance out there is leaving […]
By Madeline Iva This is my first report on our Lady Smut Read Hotter Challenge (2016) I read three Charlotte Stein ménage stories that I haven’t read before: Make Me, Power Play, and All Other Things. Let’s compare and contrast, shall we? So far I’ve loved reading Stein’s books where the hero is based on Armie Hammer. The fun […]
Got a sinister hero? Then you’ve got my interest.
by Madeline Iva
I was attracted to the preview for Crimson Peak, and even more attracted to Tom Hiddleston, who stars in it. Yet I couldn’t tell from the preview if the movie was a horror film or romantic suspense. Not loving horror films, I waited to watch it on video where I could fast forward through the scream-y parts if need be.
I shouldn’t have worried. Crimson Peak is a Gothic Romantic Suspense movie—capital G, emphasis on the ick.
Gothic? Horror? Gothic-horror? What’s the difference, you’re wondering. Some say it’s not horror if there’s no blood splatter on the wall. Oh, Crimson Peak has blood splatter a-plenty. Not just on the walls, but also the carpet, the snow, the clothes, the skin. Never since Carrie has a movie audience been so drenched in red dyed corn-syrup.
But a Gothic sensibility is…
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