Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NANCY KILPATRICK - WOMAN IN HORROR!





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Nancy Kilpatrick is my Woman In Horror today! Her dark fantasy blends in with mystery and erotic horror. Her nom de plumes are Amarantha Knight and Desiree Knight, however, there is plenty to be read under her own name. Nancy has been a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award three times now and a finalist for the Aurora Award five times. She has also won the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery. Quite a list of accomplishments!


Nancy Kilpatrick is called "Canada's Queen of the Undead". She is now considered the best fantasy writer in Canada and her world-wide reputation has grown enormously. Her books have now been published in 6 languages. The Vampire Stories of Nancy Kilpatrick reflect the dark side of humanity, including our desires for passion, longevity, power, creativity and control. Her Vampire tales encompass:

  • Theatrical Vampires
  • Erotic Bloodsuckers
  • Mythological & Historical Revenants
  • Bats with Bite
  • The Unquiet Undead


In Nancy's words when she talks about writing horror:

"This is THE most important genre because it’s the only one that looks at the dark side of life by confrontation: “We humans don’t know everything.”  It’s rife with undercurrents  and always controversial.  The network of people who read and write in this realm are, like me, interested in the dark side, and that always flies in the face of the mainstream’s preference for happiness, as if happiness is a goal, rather than an occasional state of being.  Reality is more than the sun.  The moon is equally important and some of us prefer it.
Everything and everyone inspires me."

On Women's acceptance in horror:

"Women in this realm are both underrepresented and undervalued.  I guess you could say that about a lot of areas.  Women still have a difficult time getting into major anthologies and magazines in this field–check most of these types of publications in this genre and you’ll see few contributors are women.  If a woman writes what’s deemed “women’s horror,” which is generally paranormal, supernatural and/or gothic romance, and/or YA, it’s much easier to get published.
Most horror was, in the past, written by men, and that’s still the case today. Many women write with a unique voice; female concerns naturally filter into our work.  We face more real-life horror–if we didn’t there wouldn’t be so many women’s shelters, or high statistics of rape and murder of women.
Horror is a difficult genre for women to move forward in (unlike, say, the mystery or romance genres, both of which feature large numbers of A-list women writers).  In horror literature, women are not taken seriously because some of what we face is not faced by men, who do not menstruate, give birth, or go through menopause.  Women have enough testosterone floating through their systems that it seems we can relate more to male situations than men can relate to female situations.  I’d like to see that aspect of publishing change, but that involves readers changing and maybe society changing.  In my years in this business, there have been several attempts at broadening the base of best-selling women writers in this genre and with each attempt women lurch forward a notch (mostly in paranormal and YA), but there’s still a very long way to go."

What critics have said about Nancy Kilpatrick: "It's a kind of perverse love story and inevitably Nancy Kilpatrick's going to be compared with Anne Rice..." "Vampire fans a little tired of Anne Rice might want to try Nancy Kilpatrick..." "Anybody who has read the works of Nancy Kilpatrick can't deny that this woman knows her vampires." "If you like bloody horror and hair-raising, Nancy is definitely for you."

Amazon bio:

Hi there! I'm Nancy Kilpatrick and I write and edit, mainly in the dark fantasy and horror fields, but I've also written fantasy, mystery stories, erotica, and one science fiction story! I've published 18 novels, about 200 short stories, 5 collections of stories, a few issues of a comic book series, 1 non-fiction book and many non-fiction articles articles, and I've also edited 13 anthologies. I write under my own name, Nancy Kilpatrick, and also two pen names, Amarantha Knight and Desiree Knight.
Two recent titles are:
VAMPYRIC VARIATIONS, a collection of 7 vampire stories and 3 novellas, with an introduction by the wonderful writer Tanith Lee. ***WINNER OF THE SILVER FOREWORD REVIEWS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD (horror catagory)***
DANSE MACABRE: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE REAPER, an anthology I edited with stories by Brian Lumley, Tanith Lee, Tom Piccirilli, Nancy Holder, Brian Hodge, Lisa Morton, Lucy Taylor and many others. The subject matter of these fascinating stories is based on Medieval artwork that interests me. I wanted to see if visual art could be turned into literature, and it can be! You can visit the dansemacabreanthology dot com page to see the contributors and read reviews and interviews. ***WINNER OF THE PARIS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD FOR BEST ANTHOLOGY***
If you would like more information, you can check out my website: nancykilpatrick dot com. You can also join me on Facebook--please do!

Check out Nancy's website   http://www.sff.net/people/nancyk/ 

to stay up to date with all her great books in her and her pseudonym's names. Another interesting fact is that Nancy has a Wikipedia page. You know an author has arrived when that happens.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Kilpatrick


 It is difficult to pick out a favorite book of Nancy's. Her Vampire books are the best known, but I believe the book description for Danse Macabre: Close Encounters With the Reaper sets us up for the introduction of the book by Nancy, which further enlightens the reader as to what lies within the heart and soul that is Nancy Kilpatrick. 

Book Description

November 30, 2013
Danse Macabre: Close Encounters with the Reaper

"People die from old age, illness, accident, violence, despair. They can die before they are born. The happy and the sad, the sane and insane, the rich and the poor, the law abiding and the criminal, the genius and the fool, the saint and the sinner. Some face death consciously, others die in their sleep. But we all die and Danse Macabre is a kind of universal melting pot for death. My goal is to create an anthology that is a literary version of the Danse Macabre artwork, showing the same range of humanity in a variety of situations and encounters with death." -- Nancy Kilpatrick

This anthology is the most unusual and original collection of stories you’ll ever read! It is a literary version of Danse Macabre "Plague art". Twenty-six literary reflections that embody those themed, classical artworks devoted to the spectrum of humanity’s intriguing interactions with the Angel of Death.

Danse Macabre includes works by:

Gabriel Boutros, Brad Carson, Suzanne Church, Dan Devine, Lorne Dixon, Tom Dullemond, Opal Edgar, Ian M. Emberson, Edward M. Erdelac, Sabrina Furminger, Stanley S. Hampton, Sr., Brian Hodge, Nancy Holder & Erin Underwood, J. Y. T. Kennedy, Nancy Kilpatrick, Tanith Lee, Brian Lumley, William Meikle, Lisa Morton, Tom Piccirilli, Morgan Dempsey, Timothy Reynolds, Angela Roberts, Lawrence Salani, Lucy Taylor, Bev Vincent, Bill Zaget.

About the Editor:

Award-winning author Nancy Kilpatrick has published eighteen novels, over one hundred and ninety short stories, five collections of stories, and has edited nine other anthologies. Much of her body of work involves vampires. Nancy writes dark fantasy, horror, mysteries and erotic horror, under her own name, her nom de plume Amarantha Knight, and her newest pen name Desirée Knight (Amarantha’s younger sister!) Besides writing novels and short stories, and editing anthologies, she has scripted four issues of VampErotic comics. As well, she’s penned radio scripts, a stage-play, and the non-fiction book The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined (St. Martin’s Press — October 2004).

Nancy won the Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery story, is a three times Bram Stoker finalist and a five times finalist for the Aurora Award.

Praise:

“Kilpatrick is a romantic in the best sense. She believes in the darkest of ­beauties and seeks them out relentlessly. Kilpatrick has assembled a welcome repast for readers seeking sanguine fiction that is not content, for the most part, to rely on familiar tropes or modern genre trends.” — Innsmouth Free Press

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Introduction by Nancy Kilpatrick

We, the living, have always exhibited a fascination with Death. We can't help ourselves. Death is, after all, one of our two most personal experiences, the other being Birth.

Back in the 14th century, when the world was in the grip of the Black Death, people were immersed in demise. From then until the 19th century, the plague was an onagain, off-again reality that, when most virulent, effected communities on a daily basis. The Black Plague decimated the population of Europe by approximately fifty per cent.

Whenever catastrophe strikes humanity, the arts always prove themselves invaluable. Through the metaphor of art, people come to terms with the inconceivable. Events that traumatize us individually and/or collectively evoke a need to make sense of what happened and the arts allow deeper connections to be made, aiding our ability to cope.

The Dance of Death (English); Danse Macabre (French); Totentanz (German); Danza Macabra (Italian); La Danza de la Muerte (Spanish); Dansa de la Mort (Catalan); Dans Macabru (Romanian); Dodendans (Dutch); Dança da Morta (Portuguese), these are but some of the names for what has been called 'plague art', visual artwork, sometimes accompanied by text, that grew out of the Medieval collective experience. Most commonly known as Danse Macabre, the visual aspect of this art depicts one or more skeletons — the formerly living — leading the dying from this earthly plane to another realm. These skeletons achieve this by inviting people to dance their way to the end of life, a rather charming approach to a date with mortality, if you think about it.

The initial Danse Macabre paintings appeared on the interior walls of the Le Cimetière des Innocents in Paris in 1424 (artist unknown), accompanied by poetry. This was not a cemetery as we know them today but a fenced-in bone yard, where remains were tossed onto an ever-expanding pile. During the Black Plague, so many succumbed — the cause of the plague unknown at that time — that everyone knew someone who had capitulated to this disease: family, friends and neighbors, bakers, priests, Queens.

Danse Macabre took hold of the collective consciousness because in the midst of all this expiration, one truism emerged: Death comes to us all. No one is spared, from the beggar to the King, the merchant to the Pope. Death is the one great equalizer. And the bereaved can find some solace in that fact.

Early Danse Macabre art showed mostly males leaving this mortal coil, but soon artists were pencilling females into tableaux, for instance, milk maids, nuns, prostitutes, dowagers, mothers and their daughters. A wide spectrum of mortals were caught in a personal interaction with the Angel of Death, who was encouraging them to 'dance'. Meanwhile, the mortal was: stalling for time; attempting a bribe; pleading their case; hoping to trick the reaper grim, etc. And despite Welsh poet Dylan Thomas' warning: "Do not go gently into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.", the occasional person was shown dancing willingly.

Mortals in Danse Macabre artwork are, naturally, portrayed with emotion. Death, on the other hand, is usually seen as an impersonal skeleton, merely doing a job, neither just nor unjust. This artwork was taken as a memento mori, "Remember, you will die". The motif is a reminder that by being aware that Death waits in the wings until the music starts, Life should be viewed as precious, experienced vividly; each moment counts.

Knowledge of human anatomy was sketchy but became more sophisticated over the centuries. Earlier skeletons are barely recognizable as such. They appeared as hairy, fleshy, wrongly shaped, with crucial parts missing, and creatures that live in the earth added to their bones as special effects — it's a wonder some could stand, let alone play an instrument, which they sometimes did as accompaniment to the dance they were trying to entice mortals to! Many looked more like the skeletons of monkeys, rather than humans. But despite the primitive quality of the earliest artwork, it's surprising how often their bony skulls managed to hint at cuteness or cunning, cruelty or caginess, cynicism or chivalry. They could be laughing at us or weeping for us but the underlying sense is that Death has seen it all before, and will again.

The first Danse Macabre artwork from the 14th century did not survive when the Parisian cemetery was demolished (once science discovered germs and realized the dead should be burned or buried and not left out in the open). Those images were, though, reproduced in a book, woodcuts designed by Hans Holbein the Younger.
 
 
 Can there be any doubt about the majesty that is Nancy Kilpatrick? 

Nancy Kilpatrick is a Woman In Horror!


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The goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined by Nancy Kilpatrick (Oct 4, 2004)

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Jason X #3: Planet of The Beast by Nancy Kilpatrick (Jun 7, 2005)

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*OP As One Dead (Vampire - the Masquerade) by Nancy Kilpatrick and Don Bassingthwaite (Dec 1, 1995)

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Outsiders: 22 All-New Stories From the Edge by Nancy Holder and Nancy Kilpatrick (Oct 4, 2005)

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Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales from the Great White North by Nancy Kilpatrick and David Morrell (Jul 30, 2009)

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The Darker Passions: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Nancy Kilpatrick (Apr 10, 2013)

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DRACUL - An Eternal Love Story by Nancy Kilpatrick and Thomas G Muehlbauer (Oct 31, 1998)

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To The Third Power (Jason X) by Nancy Kilpatrick (Apr 25, 2006)

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Vampyric Variations by Nancy Kilpatrick (Nov 29, 2013)

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Child of the Night: 1 (Power of the blood world) by Nancy Kilpatrick (Jan 10, 2014)

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The Darker Passions: Dracula by Nancy Kilpatrick and Alexandra Baldwin (Dec 28, 2012)Unabridged

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Near Death : Book II in the Power of the Blood World by Nancy Kilpatrick (Jul 10, 2011)

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Reborn (Power of the blood world) by Nancy Kilpatrick (Jan 1, 1994)

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Reborn: Power of the Blood by Nancy Kilpatrick (Oct 1998)

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Cold Comfort by Paula Guran and Nancy Kilpatrick (May 2001)

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Eternal City by Nancy Kilpatrick and Michael Kilpatrick (Mar 25, 2011)

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La Bible gothique (French Edition) by Nancy Kilpatrick

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Le pouvoir du sang 2 la mort tout pres by Kilpatrick Nancy (Nov 9, 2001)

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Le pouvoir du sang t1 l'enfant de la nuit (French Edition) by Nancy Kilpatrick (Sep 6, 2001)

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Le pouvoir du sang Tome 3 (French Edition) by Nancy Kilpatrick (Apr 18, 2002)

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Le Pouvoir du sang, Tome 4 (French Edition) by Nancy Kilpatrick (Oct 9, 2002)

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Tesseracts Thirteen: Chilling Tales From the Great White North by David Morrell and Nancy Kilpatrick (Feb 2, 2012)

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Child of the Night - Book I in the Power of the Blood World by Nancy Kilpatrick (Jun 17, 2011)

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