Friday, May 2, 2014

The Midnight Spell Tour & Guest Post!

The Midnight Spell
by Kody Boye and Rhiannon Frater
Published by: Permuted Press
Publication date: February 28th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts aflutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.



Our Favorite Supernatural Beings


Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye

Rhiannon’s Perspective
When Kody Boye and I decided to write The Midnight Spell, we bounced a lot of ideas around about what type of supernatural beings we’d have in the book. We knew we didn’t want to travel down the same road as everyone else and wanted to have a unique spin on any paranormal creatures appearing in the book. We both definitely had our favorite monsters and a few made it into The Midnight Spell. I won’t divulge which ones made the cut, but here are a few we considered:

Magical Witches – Kody and I both adore magical witches. Old fairytales and legends are full of tales about witches, both good and bad. Shows like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Charmed, Secret Circle and American Horror Story: Coven are fun (and sometimes scary) because they highlighted young witches coming into their powers. I wanted to do something similar with Christy. She’s fifteen (almost sixteen) and about to hit her witch puberty. Though her parents are powerful, her magic has no sparks (literally!) and she feels a bit disconnected from her heritage. The fact that Christy and her family are real witches is hidden from the world around them, so this also added a bit of tension to her development.

(Note: We did not give our witches any religious affiliation. They’re not Wiccans.)

Vampires – I love vampires, but I like them scary. In fact, vampires were the boogeymen of my childhood. Gruesome, terrifying vampires like the ones in 30 Days of Night or Nosferatu definitely send chills down my spine, but I’m especially terrified of the beautiful, seductive vampire. The vampires who use their powers of seduction to ensnare their victims only to drain them dry. They scare me the most. I suppose because I wonder if I could resist them even in the face of death.

Zombies – Yes, this is an easy answer considering I’ve written the As The World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege), The Living Dead Boy and The Last Bastion of the Living. It’s the relentless mindlessness of the zombie that truly sends chills down my spine. I love a well-done zombie film because nothing quite matches the scare factor of running from hordes of the dead.

Kody’s Perspective

I love pretty much every kind of monster you can imagine. Zombies, werewolves, vampires—I even have a cruel and gruesome fascination with slasher and serial killer films, regardless of the fact that they are very human (and very much real.) Rhiannon and I’s discussions for The Midnight Spell didn’t outline entries for all the spooks of the night (which is understandable,) so I can’t say a lot of my favorites got in, but here’s a few that give me the willies:

Ghosts – I’ve had a disturbing fascination with the things we sometimes cannot see since I watched Pet Cemetery 2 as a child (that white dog gave me nightmares for months.) From vengeful spirits born of hate and rage, haunted houses and burial grounds disturbed to lift the dead from within it, there is no shortage of spectral entity to love. While I do love the benevolent kind, the monstrous figures from films like MAMA and THE GRUDGE make for particularly terrifying tales.

Parasites – This can run the gambit of the earthly and unearthly, but either way, they’re no less terrifying. I blame it on the documentary I watched as a child about the various kinds of animals, insects and bacteria that can take host within your body. Recently, a film called CONTRACTED solidified this fear, but movies such as THE BODY SNATCHERS and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS easily take dominating spots within the genre.

Pumpkinhead – This is the only named monster on the list. Helming the series that bears the same name, Pumpkinhead is a creature of vengeance who can be called by a blood bond to enact whatever punishment the summoner feels right. Though I feel only the first two films are spectacular, the mythology surrounding the creature—a demon of hate, a spirit of vengeance, a guardian of revenge and, ultimately, a reaper of the misguided—is so disturbing you can’t help but love it.



Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including the As the World Dies zombie trilogy (Tor), as well as independent works such as The Last Bastion of the Living (declared the #1 Zombie Release of 2012 by Explorations Fantasy Blog and the #1 Zombie Novel of the Decade by B&N Book Blog), and other horror novels. In 2014, her newest horror novel, The Mesmerized, will be released by Permuted Press. Dead Spots will be published in 2015 by Tor. She was born and raised a Texan and presently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and furry children (a.k.a pets). She loves scary movies, sci-fi and horror shows, playing video games, cooking, dyeing her hair weird colors, and shopping for Betsey Johnson purses and shoes.

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Born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye began his writing career with the publication of his story [A] Prom Queen’s Revenge at the age of fourteen. Published nearly three-dozen times before going independent at eighteen, Boye has authored numerous works—including the short story collection Amorous Things, the novella The Diary of Dakota Hammell, the zombie novel Sunrise and the epic fantasy series The Brotherhood Saga. He is represented by Hannah Brown Gordon of the Foundry Literary + Media Agency.

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1 comment:

  1. Zombies and ghosts (the scary kinds not the romanticized ones O_O ) are def my favorites! I also enjoy a good scary vampire story - again, the scary ones who eat you baha.