Saturday, October 4, 2008
Vampires and werewolves and fae, oh my!
It used to be that during the month of October I would be hit with a sudden desire for paranormal romance. This was the time of year that publishers would release a sudden tsunami of books featuring vampires, werewolves, and other creatures that go bump in the night. While their selection in May might be sparse, October was the time to indulge your inner Gothic side. This year, and even last year, I have noticed a change. I have not been stocking up on tales of vamp lovin'. I was perplexed at first. Why would this be? It is almost a tradition for me. October = paranormal plot line. Then it hit me. There was not a noticeable increase in PR offerings prior to Halloween. Not that publishers had decided to stop releasing these titles. Quite the contrary. The February or May drought of werewolf or vamp tales was no more. Paranormal romances have become such the rage in the industry that there now seems to be new releases every week. Demand for these stories has gone through the roof. Publishing companies no longer feel the need to hold their release dates until Halloween approaches. Readers are looking for that vampiric thrill year round. I admit, I am one of these readers.