Juli D. Revezzo writes paranormal and urban fantasy stories. Her work appeared in DARK THINGS II: CAT CRIMES: TALES OF FELINE MAYHEM AND MURDER, which is a charity anthology of over twenty “cat-themed stories of dark mischief.” All proceeds go to The Cat House on the Kings, California’s largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. She’s here to talk about her latest release, THE ARTIST’S INHERITANCE. Welcome, Juli!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the last decade, you know that paranormal romance and urban fantasy is hotter than hot. Oh, the industry might be yawning over these tales of otherkin interacting with humans, but it seems every article and blog one can read on the subject, at least those written by the fans, proves otherwise. Vast majorities of these fantasies star vampires and werewolves.
But there are other creatures in the worlds of mythology to pick from. The most enduring critters, if we step back and look at the whole history of paranormal fiction, is ghosts. Right off the top of my head I can name a few popular ghosts stories from the beginning of popular fiction to today:
- The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Turn of the Screw by Henry James
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
- The Time of their Lives (yes, the Abbott and Costello movie)
- The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
So why is it this creature, who veritably defines the field of paranormal research, is so neglected in modern fiction? When we can populate our tales with heroes of the otherkin, vampire, and even those of the angel and demon persuasion, (and even zombies, for God sake) why not ghosts? Why are such stories relegated to some catch-all horror shelf? Just because they float rather than walk, and might be a little on the transparent side? Why can’t they fit into the tried and true happy ending requirement? Yet I’ve actually seen editors wrinkle their noses at the idea of a ghost hero, but why?
Stepping back and throwing out the requirement of an HEA, can’t it be done?
For the most part, that’s what I asked when the ghosts in my debut novel, The Artist’s Inheritance (and its subsequent burgeoning series Antique Magic) began taking serious shape. Who better defines ever after than those in the ever after? Those who wait for their beloveds on the other side, or those stuck here, pining for their loved ones?
When I did, my character made contact with an ancestral ghost, who lends a helping hand to save his descendents from a curse he couldn’t stop when he was alive. What’s more romantic—or heroic, for that matter?
I hope you will take a look at my novel, The Artist’s Inheritance and see if you agree!
So, what do you think? Have you ever tried to write a ghostly hero? How’d it work out for you? Would you try it again?
More about The Artist’s Inheritance
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.
When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
More about Juli
Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly and Crossed Genres‘ “Posted stories for Haiti relief” project, while her non-fiction has been included in The Scarlet Letter. She has also, on occasion, edited the popular e-zine Nolan’s Pop Culture Review… But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Tampa Area Romance Authors, and the special interest RWA chapter Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal.
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Writers, have you ever written about a ghostly hero? If so, we want to hear about it! (Don’t forget, I’m also over at Happy Tails and Tales today talking about the demons from Dark Light of Day and giving everyone a sneak peek at the scene where Noon meets a palm-sized demon for the first time).