In a seedy Goth club, a beautiful woman dances, waiting to be set free. Along an unlit street, another woman stumbles, fleeing her pursuer. In a darkened room, a man speaks to demons. Lust, obsession, terror and humiliation storm into the lives of Star and Satori, proving the age-old maxim – be careful what you wish for. Starblood, the debut novel by Carmilla Voiez, is a tale of magic and horror. Blinded by love, Satori, a young magician, attempts a spell that goes horribly wrong, resulting in the demon Lilith returning to Earth. Satori knows he must send Lilith back. The dark goddess brimming with power makes it her mission to wreak havoc on Satori's life by ensnaring Star, the woman he loves, and her friends in a web of chaos and deceit. ‘Carmilla Voiez makes Clive Barker look like Stephanie Meyer.’ Jef Withonef, Houston Press.
Satori is caught between two worlds. There is something he needs in one, but the other keeps drawing him back. However, he is in love and he isn’t going to let a little thing like death get in his way. To reach his goal, he must face unimaginable horrors, not least of which is his true self. Star’s tortured and broken body awaits Satori, but does she really need him to save her? His rival, a rage-filled young woman, grows more powerful and becomes as twisted as the ribbons in her hair while the demon, Lilith, draws each of them inexorably towards her. Who will survive the coming battle? Full of sex and magic, “Psychonaut” is an exploration into the human psyche and the second book in Voiez’s “Starblood” trilogy. "Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life." Graham Masterton “Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of...a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.
An F/F erotic holiday tale by Carmilla Voiez. When a woman visits Santa and his elves, she gets more than she bargained for when one of Santa's helpers requests a special kind of holiday cheer.
Starblood, Psychonaut (both full length novels) and A Christmas Carole (short story)
Tell me about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?
My days are juggling acts. I spend at least four hours each day writing and at least one hour each day promoting my work. On top of that I have two daughters, three cats and a husband who each like to grab a few moments of my time. In the evening I snuggle up with a book or catch up on my favourite TV shows, like Walking Dead or Being Human.
When you were a child, what was your dream occupation?
I had a number of ideas. As an avid reader it was always part of the background music of my life to be a writer one day. Other than that I wanted to be a foreign correspondent or an astronaut. I liked the idea of travelling.
Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.
There are too many painful ones. I’m trying hard to think of a positive one to share. I guess sitting with my father watching Hammer Horror on out tiny TV set was pretty formative.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Barker, Graham Masterton, Sarah Waters, Zadie Smith, Storm Constantine and Tolstoy.
What are you passionate about?
Gothic music, gothic fashion and writing horror. I’m also deeply passionate about my friends and sexual politics.
What would I find in your couch cushions?
In my couch cushions? Crumbs probably.
What’s your biggest fear?
I’m terrified of fire. When I was young my uncle set fire to himself lighting a BBQ. I have never forgotten the mess he was in afterwards. He survived, but it was touch and go. I claimed by fear was due to a past life as a witch, but in truth I suspect the fear is less romantic and more practical in origin.
It’s 10:00 on a Friday night. Where are you?
It depends which Friday night. I try to spend a weekend a month with friends in the city, so I might be at a party, a club or the cinema. The other three weeks out of four I’ll be snuggling with my beautiful other half on our sofa reading until we’re satisfied the kids are asleep and it’s safe to seduce each other.
What sets you apart from other writers?
I don’t pull any punches. My work is violent and sexual and very graphic.
We’re in a bar and I’m buying you a drink. What’ll it be?
Tequila please, or if I’m taking it slow, a pint of real ale.
What are you currently reading?
Catcher in the Rye.
How do you deal with rejection?
Where did the idea for your novel come from?
Starblood started life as a very, very nasty short story. I developed the idea from there and added characters and plot.
Do you have advice for aspiring writers?
What is the toughest criticism you’ve received as an author?
Probably that my work has no market. I disagree though. Not everyone wants flowers and romance.
What does your main character think about you? Would he or she want to hang around you as their author?
My main character is me, lol. We have the mutual satisfaction of understanding and loathing each other.
Who would play the starring role(s) if your book became a movie?
A young Winona Ryder, perhaps.
If you had to choose one…which song would sum up your story?
Cranes ~ Starblood.
If you’d like, provide an excerpt and/or back cover blurb:
At first she doesn’t register the heavy footsteps keeping time with her own. She is lost in dreams of adventure and freedom. Then, as she turns a corner she sees a dark shape dart into shadow. Listening now, she hears the slap of leather on tarmac as the stranger speeds up. She varies speed but her pursuer keeps pace. She turns again and heads along a narrow alleyway. Her shoes crush glass as they fall. The stranger is closer now. She can smell him. His odour of fresh and stale sweat mixes with the scent of his sex. He is excited. The closeness of him fills her head. Her pulse quickens, and her saliva tastes metallic. It is hard to formulate a plan while picking her way between broken concrete blocks and steel girders. Her heels slip over the uneven ground. The pain of her ankle twisting makes her swear. She looks behind, into the darkness.
The footsteps have stopped trying to keep pace with her and are beginning to gain ground. Then he is so close she can feel his breath in her hair.
He whispers insults as though they are terms of endearment. ‘You’re so beautiful, bitch. Fucking whore, worthless slut, we’re gonna have some fun.’
Her legs and arms feel heavy, as though they belong to someone else. She pushes forward in spite of her aching limb.
His menace taints the air. ‘I know you want me. I can smell your filthy cunt from here, my love. I’ll make you scream for more. Then I’ll gut you like a fish.’
Would you like to say anything to your readers / fans?
Thank you for believing in me and enjoying my work. You make everything worth while.
Where link-wise can your readers / fans stalk you?
As a writer, it can be difficult to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Would you like to share your favorite ‘quick and easy’ recipe?
Be a slob. Turn your garden into a protected nature reserve and your kitchen into a science lab.
A Christmas Carole:
Carmilla Voiez is a British horror writer who resides in Scotland. She is currently writing the final book in the Starblood Trilogy from her family home in Banff, where she lives with her husband, daughters and numerous cats, Carmilla sold her Gothic Clothing business last year and has been writing and releasing top selling books and short stories since then.
A Goth for over 20 years, her books are inspired by the Gothic subculture, magic and dark desires, exploring sexual obsession and violence in often hard-hitting ways.
The first book, Starblood, which has been nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize, is set partly in the beautiful Cairngorm mountains and partly in the city where she grew up, in South West England, she finds inspiration in local beauty, stately homes, the Moray Firth and woodlands around the Scottish town where she has lived the past 10 years.
Carmilla Voiez has been nominated for Horror Author of the Year. Her literary interest also extends to the Aberdeen Write Club she co-founded in 2011 a forum where local writers gather to discuss ideas and writing techniques.
"Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life." Graham Masterton.
“Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of...a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.
Vamptasy publishing have published two of Carmilla’s novels “Starblood” and “Psychonaut” and one of her erotic short stories has been published by Hot Ink. This year she is editing a horror anthology, releasing an online horror magazine and another of her erotic short stories is set to be published in an anthology.