kelley armstrong

November 30, 2010

Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway: Mini-Me Picks

Today is my Mini-Me’s tenth birthday. Ten years. So hard to believe.  Her birthday is, of course, one of our favorite parts of the holiday season.  So in honor of her birthday, today’s Daily Dose Holiday Giveaway is two very special books that mark the beginning of two of her favorite series. The Summoning The Summoning (The Darkest Powers, Book 1 by Kelley Armstrong) Mini me loves it. The Summoning is about a girl named Chloe Saunders who was going to acting school, but as it turns out she is a necromancer who can see the dead, contact the dead […]
August 13, 2009

Modern Zombie Rampage

I have never been a fan of the modern zombie rampage or even the neo-goth zombie fetish of the 60s, 70s and 80s. It seems, however, like their upper-crust undead cousins the Vampires, that zombies are also here to stay. In an article I read on zombies and vampires in pop culture by John Timpane for The Philadelphia Inquirer, I was amazed by just how prevalent zombies are in our pop culture. Fallout of the Modern Zombie Rampage Most of the projects mentioned by Timpane are not ones I’m familiar with. I do know that as a necromancer, Anita Blake […]
August 10, 2009

Shapeshifters, Werewolves and Animal Legends

Werewolf stories are popular in literature both medieval and modern. Was the tale of Little Red Riding Hood an early version of the werewolf idea? Did the wolf eat grandma or did grandma become a wolf? Did you know that Alexandre Dumas (Three Musketeers and the Man in the Iron Mask) wrote a werewolf novel as well? The Wolf Leader Written in 1857, The Wolf Leader is set in the French town of Villers-Cotterets. Thibault, the shoe-maker, is beaten by the Lord of Vez’s games keeper because he interrupted the Lord’s hunting. Beaten, bloodied and hurt, Thibault encounters a large […]
August 5, 2009

Paranormal Romance versus Urban Fantasy

It’s a wonderful thing to run around all day and come home to a friendly discussion about paranormal romance versus urban fantasy. Essentially, the core of the debate is what separates the two genres? What makes a story paranormal romance and not urban fantasy? Or the reverse? I discussed my definition of urban fantasy in mid-July. Paranormal Romance versus Urban Fantasy Yesterday, however, I logged onto Twitter (You can find me on twitter at @HVLong, by the way) to see a question from my fellow writer and very good friend Shirin Dubbin (you may remember me applauding her book the […]
July 14, 2009

Defining Urban Fantasy

So I in the process of introducing myself to someone the other day, they asked me what I wrote and I said “Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.” They cocked their head to one side, as if to clarify their image of me and responded with “What is urban fantasy, exactly?” Not too long ago, I signed up for a social networking site that another writer invited me too and the first comment posted to my page was “How do I define urban fantasy?” Everyone, it seems, defines urban fantasy differently. That’s okay, I have my definition and you probably have […]