October 26, 2015

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish: Goth Rom Com

by G.G. Andrew

Halloween is the scariest holiday of the year and the sexiest. Whether it’s meeting a mysterious masked stranger at a party, or clutching that hot guy while you’re watching a scary movie…Halloween offers us a chance to shiver, a chance to flip expectations playing naughty to our usual nice.Crazy Sexy Ghoulish Cover Publishing Version JPG

I’ve always loved tales of gothic romance like Jane Eyre and Rebecca dripping with dark, shadowy mystery. Women hold candles while they roam the halls at midnight wearing long white nightgowns. Handsome, brooding men lock away their secrets, like a mad wife hidden in the attic. New romance lines like Harlequin E Shivers keep with the tradition of dark, secretive heroes offering us sensible heroines “beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment.”

I wrote my novella Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish out of this love for all things mysterious, spooky, and romantic. The novella is set in a haunted house during Halloween week. It features dark hallways, monsters, and romantic intrigue. With this story I enjoyed playing with genre in two different ways.

Unlike the classic gothic romances, it’s a lighter story, with zombie jokes and plastic vampire teeth thrown in–what I like to call a “goth rom-com.”

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish also twists the usual gender roles. Instead of the hero being dark and mysterious, I made the heroine, Nora, the one who’s potentially mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Nora is a haunted house diva, acting out various creatures of the night to scare guests like the famous online horror geek Brendan. Yet Nora is hiding a secret of her own: she’s a monster.  Back in the day, she was one of those popular, mean girl who tormented Brendan all throughout middle school.  Nora only learned the error of her ways later on, after getting a nasty facial scar of her own.

Crimson Peak is the latest film to offer that gothic/romance/horror sensibility we crave.
Crimson Peak is the latest film to offer that gothic/romance/horror sensibility we crave.

On the flip side, Brendan is the innocent hero with a dry sense of humor and a pair of awesome shoulders. He’s drawn to Nora against his better judgment, while owning his special brand of horror-loving geek-ness.

It’s a play on the gothic thang, but subverted. Why should guys get to keep all the dark secrets?

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish is available on Amazon. Check it out HERE.

Also check back at Lady Smut on the first Friday of every month when I’ll be regularly posting about all things smexy as the new girl for Lady Smut’s ‘Friday Roulette’.  Til then, fang bangers.

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