Essay on “Prince Lestat” [CONTAINS SPOILERS!]

A little girl protected and raised under the watchful eyes of Lestat and Louis finally has the chance to grow up.
Portrait of Claudia drawn by Ashley Marie Witter, artist of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia's Story (image created for use by Mary Borsellino as a tattoo design)
Portrait of Claudia drawn by Ashley Marie Witter, artist of Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story (image created for use by Mary Borsellino as a tattoo design)

Prince Lestat is, aptly for a book with the title of a royal heir in its name, a book about lineages. Of genetics, cultures, histories, wealth, secrets, knowledge. Parents and children, for better or for worse.  Over and over, Prince Lestat is a book about parents and children, and how children are heirs to the world their parents provide them.

 In Eric Diaz’s review of the book he notes that among all the reunions, resurrections, and second chances in the story, Claudia remains absent: “Some deaths, it seems, are sacred.” This is a particularly noteworthy observation for those who’ve read the interim Chronicles, where Claudia’s spectre has been conjured up in various roles by the narrative, a spirit that seems unable to stay quiet for very long over the series.

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Erotica collection

The Tastes of Dreams: Nine stories of imagination and desire
The Tastes of Dreams: Nine stories of imagination and desire

I’ve always used my real name for all of my writing in the past, and never felt the need for any kind of pseudonym. When you use your real name for your work, however, it can be difficult to separate your own self-worth from any negative comments thrown in your work’s direction, especially if your self-worth is on shaky ground to start with.

So over the past few months, as an experiment, I’ve been writing erotica under the name Isobel Dorian and publishing it to Amazon. It has been a fascinating experience with a very sharp learning curve.

Now, because of a bit of ill health, I have to take a break from the project for a little while, so I thought that meant it was as good a time as any to collect the first round of stories at put them up as a single book. Enjoy!

Buy The Tastes of Dreams: Nine stories of imagination and desire for $2.99

New game: Psychopomp High

Psychopomp High
Psychopomp High

 

Psychopomp High: A free visual novel / dating sim about friendship, love, and grim reaping

What would you do if you woke up one day, couldn’t remember who you were, and had a whole new role in the universe? Oh, also you’re now attending a high school for grim reapers, and you’ve just made your first two friends.

With two love interests, four endings, and a soundtrack entirely comprised of Nine Inch Nails tracks, Psychopomp High is a cute, sincere addition to its genres, with a jagged little edge all its own.

Download link, content warnings, and further information: http://www.psychopomphigh.com/

Zines on Kindle

I finally joined this decade, four years in, and made my two long-form zines available for Kindle. The formatting’s possibly a little weird, but let’s just say that adds to their zinely charm. Plus they’re $2.99 each so it’s not like you’re shelling out a fortune for ‘em. Click on the images to go through to their respective pages

I also did up a formatting job of the 1902 stage version of A Little Princess, because it’s close to impossible to find and one of the three versions available of my favourite story. The other two versions are included as appendices as well. You can click through on the image and pay .99 for a Kindle version, or there’s a slightly different pdf version available on my tumblr, here, for free, since it’s a public domain work and I’d feel skeevy otherwise.

Followers of my tumblr may also know that I’ve been publishing some erotica for Kindle under a pseudonym. I may wind up linking to it from this site in the future, but if you’re desperate to know in the meantime just drop me an email.