Coffin Hop | Something walks in the dead of night…


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Here are the gory details for the Coffin Hop!

1) HAVE A SPOOKY FUN TIME!

2) INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND SPREAD THE WORD!

3) THIS TOUR STARTS: Monday, October 24, 2011 at Midnight (PST)

THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 31, 2011 at Midnight (PST)

Winners will be drawn and posted November 1, 2011

4) MEET AND MINGLE WITH THE AUTHORS! EXPERIENCE A NEW DESTINATION AT EVERY STOP! PARTICIPATE IN EVERY SITE’S CONTEST AND BE ENTERED FOR CHANCES TO WIN MULTIPLE PRIZES! EVERY BLOG VISITED IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WIN!

5) PARTICIPATION AT ALL SITES IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. THE MORE SITES YOU HOP, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES.

6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE A SPOOKY FUN TIME?

***Authors have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this tour is subject to these rules***    

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Monday = Murderers

Life is precious and fragile. We are all part of the animal kingdom and supposedly we are the most intelligent species. I am not so sure about that. But I do know that we are the cruelest species. Death is a natural part of the circle of life as are predators and prey. But though animals hunt for food and sometimes kill for dominance, animals do not murder.

Murder is something that is the reserve of humanity. A murder was the first crime in the world when one brother murdered another out of jealousy and envy and then covered it up. So Murder is truly as old as humanity itself. 

Some psychologists believe that everyone is capable of murder but that some are not capable of controlling this black streak. But some murders don’t fall into the murder category, they fall into manslaughter or self-defense. When you hear those terms, you can understand the theory that anyone of us is capable of taking a life especially if it is to save another person’s life or to save your own life. Does this make us more human or less human? No matter how murder is justified, killing is killing. A life ends at another’s hands.

Murder does lend itself to the world of cinema and fiction. There is nothing as riveting as a good old-fashioned murder mystery. There is nothing as thrilling and spine-chilling as a psychological thriller. There is no antagonist/villain as frightening and horrific as a psychopathic, cold-blooded serial killer.

I write dark paranormal fiction and in my stories there is always a lurking ghost, a psychological twist or a cold-blooded killer. Many people ask me why I write about the stories that I do. Am I that fascinated with ghosts and murder? Yes I am. I am fascinated and horrified by ghosts, spirits and killers because like it or not they are there. That scares me. To conquer your fear you have to face it. So I face it by writing about it. Often this means I do not sleep at night and this is caused by a combination of my imagination and my insomnia.

My next WIP is a psychological thriller and it involves psychological twists and a cold-blooded killer. This killer curdles my blood. Already the killer haunts my dreams. But the worst thing about this character is that I am struggling to name him. He does have a moniker that he will be known by in the story but he does need a name.

Let me tell you a little bit about him. He is a psychopath. He is exceptionally cruel and sadistic. He is also a perfectionist who never leaves any trace of himself at the crime scene. He is fastidiously clean, almost surgically I would say. He preys on people that he feels are “fallen”. He is incredibly alluring and seductive. He is hard to say “no” to. By the time his victims realise he is the final person they will see, it is too late and they are taken by surprise. This man could be anyone. He might be your friend, your brother, your father, your lover, your husband or your colleague. He stalks you like a silent lioness. Do you know his name?

Prize Time

 

So…this is where you blog-hoppers come in. I need you to put your creative hats on and spin me a first name and surname for my sadistic killer.

The best name will win three ebooks by three phenomenal authors. (I will be announcing the names of the authors and their books closer to Halloween but believe me you will want these ebooks.) 

The best name will also become the name of my sadistic killer.

You need to be subscribed to this blog to enter (so join up if you are not already) as well as leave your best answer (along with your email address for winner notification) in the comments on any of this week’s posts on this blog. You also need to have visited and commented on at least 5 of the CoffinHop bloggers.

The winner will be announced on this blog on 5th November. 

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24 Comments

    • Now that is an interesting concept: using names of known serial killers into anagram…great suggestion.

      Good thing I am getting help on choosing the winner from my writing partner…there are just too many great suggestions already.

      Nice to meet you on the Coffin Hop.

  1. Hmmm, how about Ranson Black?

    Or if you want to get crazy, just go with one name (ala Kramer from Seinfeld), in which case I suggest Livy.

    • Hi James
      I like both suggestions. This winning decision is going to be a difficult one. So many incredible names here.
      Luckily my writing partner is helping me pick the winner.
      Frightfully good to meet another blogging writer on the Coffin Hop.

    • Hi Sharon
      Great suggestion.
      Thankfully for me my writing partner is going to be giving me a helping hand in picking the winner.
      Frightfully nice meeting another blogging writer on the Coffin Hop.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hi Johanna
      A wolf – the ultimate serial killer in the wild… Clever suggestion.
      It’s going to be very difficult to pick a winning name. So many excellent suggestions. Lucky for me that my writing partner is going to help me choose the winner.
      Frightfully good of you to stop by on this Coffin Hop.

  2. Aldean ‘Dean’ Stephens.

    Wow, I actually thought about that. All my characters just sort of name themselves when they hit the page. Patti was right – it’s harder to try to think for someone else!

    • Hi Rob
      I know what you mean. Usually characters are named before they hit my page but I am so deep in character in my protag that the killer is eluding me. I have a call name for him – something significant to both him and his victims – but I could not give that away and bias the suggestions.
      Thanks for putting in some thought. Great suggestion.
      Frightfully good to meet another blogging writer on the Coffin Hop.

    • Now that is a Schmexy name! Fantastic suggestion.
      Gosh: thank goodness my writing partner is going to help me choose a winner. Every entry so far would be a worthy moniker for my killer.
      Frightfully good of you to stop by on the Coffin Hop.

    • Hi Carole
      Very debonair suggestion! Fantastic! Boy, it is going to be ridiculously hard to nail this down to one choice. Good thing my writing partner is going to give me a hand in choosing.
      Thanks for stopping by. It has been frightfully good to meet so many fantastic writers on the Coffin Hop.

  3. Hmmm… I find it so easy to name my own characters but harder to get inside the mind of someone elses… still, I’ll give it a go!

    Joshua Wells–I love the name Joshua for an evil guy–especially if he is sweet faced 😉 And Wells is a creepy name–makes me think of dark holes full of water.

    • Hi P 🙂 great to see you throwing a name into the contest…
      Yes usually the names are there for me immediately but since I am so deep in character in the protag the killer is evading me other than giving me his “calling card”…
      Good thing I am not choosing the winner by myself. So many brilliant and dark suggestions.

    • I like the name: hard and charming.
      Great suggestion. Well done on being the first entry in the contest.
      Good thing my writing partner is helping me choose.
      Frightfully good to meet you on the Coffin Hop.

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