My girl Brooklyn Ann is here to tell you guys about a nifty slice of horror history addressed in her latest historical paranormal romance, ONE BITE PER NIGHT. I had the pleasure of reading an early copy and can tell you it was a fun, sexy read that mixes the best of paranormal and historical romance.
PHANTASMAGORIA: The Prequel to Modern Horror Movies
by: Brooklyn Ann
Since Jess and I originally became friends due to our mutual love of horror films, I figured I’ll tell you all about the precursor to modern day horror films: The Phantasmagoria.
Phantasmagorias came about the late eighteenth century and remained popular throughout the nineteenth century. They originated from an invention called a “Magic Lantern,” a device in which one could place painted slides, kind of like slide-show film. The slides could be projected onto a screen and switched quickly while a narrator told a tale to accompany the images. The lantern also had various levers and slides to make the images appear to move and change size.
People used the magic lantern to put on a macabre show of ghosts, ghouls, and demons to terrify their captivated audiences. In their early days, a few unscrupulous “magicians” used them to “summon” ghosts and scare the hell out of people. One guy’s show was halted by the French Police because people believed he had the power to bring Louis XVI back from the dead.
Here’s a video of one being used!
I knew that the heroine from BITE ME, YOUR GRACE would LOVE these things, since she’s a gothic authoress. In ONE BITE PER NIGHT, the vampire duchess of Burnrath sponsors American painter, Lydia Price, for her debut in society. When Angelica shows Lydia the phantasmagoria, Lydia’s imagination is captured and they decide to create a most unique one.
I can’t say any more about that without giving the story away, but ONE BITE PER NIGHT releases August 5th and is available for pre-order here:
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One Bite Per Night
He wanted her off his hands… Now he’ll do anything to hold on to her …Forever.
Vincent Tremayne, the reclusive “Devil Earl,” has been manipulated into taking rambunctious Lydia Price as his ward. As Lord Vampire of Cornwall, Vincent has better things to do than bring out an unruly debutante.
American-born Lydia Price doesn’t care for the stuffy strictures of the ton, and is unimpressed with her foppish suitors. She dreams of studying with the talented but scandalous British portrait painter, Sir Thomas Lawrence. But just when it seems her dreams will come true, Lydia is plunged into Vincent’s dark world and finds herself caught between the life she’s known and a future she never could have imagined.
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Thanks again for stopping by, Brooklyn Ann!