by Madeline Iva
I’m just orgasmic when it comes to October. I wish it was three months long. Seriously. October is the perfect time to dive into a hot, paranormal romance or to enfold oneself in an elegant, gothic thrillfest. It’s the home of fantastical fantasies–whether they take place on other worlds or with paranormal sexy beasts.
The season delights my senses. Between leaves crunching, the low angle of afternoon sunlight or the smell of apple cider on the stove, one is in an orgy of sensual delights. Wool sweaters come out. Your thinking turns all crispy with the cold. But more importantly, this is the time that we touch fingers with the otherworld. This is the time to let sensual urges begin to bubble, toil, and cause you trouble. The time to let primal passions ripen. The time to welcome an unexpected knock on the door. No one knows what you do in the dark; in October darkness begins to engulf daylight. Witches, vampires, along with other things unseen and only grasped in the shadows tease and taunt you to come out and play. Aren’t you already shivering with delight?
My Halloween pleasures come in a variety pack:
Creepy, Kookie, Mysterious & Spooky:
Over on Facebook, I’m part of a new, fun Halloween Romance FB group. Yesterday we were talking about what kind of Halloween movies we adore: Beetlejuice, The Adams Family (I like the old TV shows best), and all that other cute fun Halloween-y stuff. It’s all about the embrace of ‘the other’ isn’t it?
I have a feeling as the days roll by we’ll be shuffling through the leaves and into hotter, more forbidden Halloween topics. ; > But for now, I love the innocent, goofy “if-you’re-weird-and-ya-know-it-clap-your-hands” kind of vibe as much as I love anything else about Halloween.
We’re having a THE CRAFT movie watching party on facebook Wednesday night, October 4th. Join us! It’s at 8:30pm CDT.
Fantastical & Romantic:
October is the perfect time of year for one’s over-the-top urges, whether it’s dressing up, or more fully exploring your pagan side. For me there are many movies & TV shows that are so flawed, and yet…they feature the kind of fantastical costuming & majestic vibe I lurv so hard. Here are a few:
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (directed by Francis Ford Coppola) — This movie is flawed, but this side story where poor Lucy is mesmerized, ravished, and then succumbs to Dracula–and how her relationship plays out with her bestie Mina–is to me the most evocative and best part of the movie.
Penny Dreadful — I’ll confess I couldn’t make it through this TV show. Slow pacing and just unorganized weirdness. But on the other hand, I slobberingly adore Eva Green–esp in her “we’re all doomed” kind of mind-set.
Crimson Peak — didn’t care for the bloody slithering spooky parts of this film that tried to add a dash of horror in what otherwise was a perfect gothic set piece. The costumes and the set were to die. I worship it in this Lady Smut blog post and again talking about women in Gothic romances & movies.
Sleepy Hollow — Just watched this the other night. There’s a complicated backstory that’s hard to follow–and we just don’t care. There’s a complicated mystery that Johnny Depp must piece together, but it’s hard to stay focussed with all the over-the-top mayhem and Christopher Walken magnificently chewing the scenery. The story just gets lost, people. BUT — Christina Ricci (though her role is dumb) is so angelic and yummy and delicate you just want to strangle her to death.
Underworld — the styling of the first movie is as good as any of the rest of it. The vamps are cool as f*ck. Just sayin’.
A Sense of Wit & Humor:
If Halloween were a hero, he’d be the one quietly laughing at himself. I love humor in all Halloween movies & TV shows. Have you seen all of these?
- Crazy Head (British, TV)
- Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
- iZombie (TV)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV)
- Warm Bodies (Movie, Romance)
- Shawn of the Dead (Movie, Zombies, Satire)
- Scream (Horror Movie)
- Ghostbusters (Movie, Humor)
- An American Werewolf in London (Old 80’s Horror Movie)
Gothic, Perverse, & Grotesque:
Something about fall gives me an almost manic sense of possibility. A go-to-hell attitude that spurs my imagination, allowing me to uphold my true love for all things a wee bit twisted. In fact, my Pinterest board Halloween Smexy is a document of my favorite Halloween cultural delights.
Today I’m fixated (again) on AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. There’s such a dark-girl-power theme, I can’t f***ing get enough. Shivers.
Speaking of dark-girl-power! I’m going to be at this Barnes & Nobel event in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday October 28th, from 12 to 3pm. (singing) It’s gonna be freaking awesome…We’re talking about the world of genre fic — specifically the world of SFF–and ‘what it feels like for a girl‘ in this genre, whether we’re attending cons or being someone with a vagina amongst all the writer-men.
In summation, because of the ebullient change of seasons, the dark embrace of Halloween, and all it’s fantastical, twisted, grotesque excellence–I vote October sexiest month of the year.
But Wait! There’s More!!!!
Here are two other events I’ll be attending this season:
This Sunday, Oct 8th, 2017, I’ll be at the HEARTS TO YOU, WRW Luncheon for bloggers and readers. You want to sign up? It’s not too late. Click the link for the registration form.
The other event on Nov 4th is at the LOUDEN COUNTY Library. I’ll be talking plot and how character is king! Click on the link:
Witchy kisses & hugs to you! XOXO, Mads