"Clearly a talented new writer with a solid grip on the romance of blood and doomed love." Locus Magazine.
There's a dark, yet seductive place somewhere between the lovelorn romance of YA vampire romance series and the oozing viscera of the zombie gore-fests. It's a nightmarish place that's often unabashedly supernatural, but sometimes teeming with the danger and deadly allure of the darkly real 'everyday'. This is where horrible impulses lead to unforgiveable sins, and unrestrained desires unleash breathtaking eroticism. Is it hell, or is it really some dark corner of our own imagination...or perhaps, our most secret fantasies?
Whatever it is...wherever it is, this is precisely where writer Kyle Marfin resides.
Consider the new, 2012 revised and re-edited Kindle or print versions of GOTHIQUE - A Vampire Novel. "This book will ensure Kyle Marffin's place as an author of true horror," wrote Paul Wargelin in FeaoMante's Horror Page. Chicago anxiously awaits the gala grand opening of Gothique, 'Nightclub Extraordinaire', unaware that a dark and deadly secret lurks behind the Goth mecca's doors. It's a big and sprawling book with a cast of memorable characters whose poignant tales unfold as they're swept up in Gothique's web of terror. Cathy Krusberg wrote in 'The Vampyre's Crypt', "Gothique is a beautifully formulaic horror novel. I mean that as a compliment...Gothique is a bang-up execution. We know the formula so well that we play our part and surf the suspense that comes from doing it right and relish all the pieces falling into their prepared places at just the right time. Gothique. It's just yummy."
Mystery Scene Magazine said the following about WAITING FOR THE 400 - A NORTHWOODS NOIR: "This one's a real page-turner, a tale as creamy smooth as the silk stockings on violet-eyed Nina, and as near to perfect as crime writing can get." Madam Murder Review explained, "Kyle Marffin has written an unabashed homage to the pulp novels of the 1950's and written it so naturally it reads like the genuine article, something the drugstore on Main Street would have kept out of sight behind the counter. And he's done something else with it: like the best of classic pulp noir, he's written mid-century America in the moment we moved off the railroad tracks together and onto the highway alone. We are, all of us, waiting for the 400. Buy WAITING FOR THE 400 - A NORTHWOODS NOIR, buy it today." Inspired by classic noir films like the Cornell Wilde-Ida Lupino-Richard Widmark classic "Roadhouse", but enlivened with a sizzling modern bite, Kyle Marffin welcomes you to a small Midwestern town where the idyllic countryside hides unimaginable criminal evil along with the most dangerous dames you're likely to ever meet. Mystery, violence and unstoppable desire all erupt and then spiral towards a stunning conclusion that, once it has unfolded, seems unavoidable for each of the doomed characters. WAITING FOR THE 400 - A NORTHWOODS NOIR has now released in November 2012 at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions.
"No one was more surprised or more pleased than me," is all author Kyle Marffin said after CARMILLA: THE RETURN was nominated for 'Best First Novel' by the International Horror Guild. Gothic literature's preeminent female vampire, Joseph Sheridan LeFanu's infamous Carmilla Karnstein, is reimagined in a rich and sumptuous novel that probes what may have happened after LeFanu's 1872 novella ended, and then brings this immortal character into modern times. As the novel's events unfold, they eerily echo themes from LeFanu's nineteenth century classic novella. A 'romance'? Yes, perhaps. But the very darkest of romances, to be sure, brimming with brooding gothic atmosphere and sudden, unexpected bursts of violent horror, while lushly enriching the subtly sensual tone of LeFanu's gothic with a contemporary, frank and, in many ways, frightening eroticism. "What writer can resist a chance to revisit a first novel? The digital world makes it possible. Any work can benefit from another thorough line-edit, of course," Kyle Marffin explains. "But there were themes in CARMILLA: THE RETURN that deserved deeper exploration, and this 're-boot' of my first novel will finally do them justice." Watch for the forthcoming Kindle and paperback editions of CARMILLA: THE RETURN - the all new, revised and updated 're-boot' of the original award nominated novel - in early 2013.
Kyle Marffin goes on to explain more about his work: "The sweeping revolutions in the publishing and bookselling marketplaces almost seemed like enough to scare this one writer away from further work, as they perhaps did with many others. Favorite neighborhood independent booksellers closed their doors at alarming rates, and even reliable big-business book superstores and chains have gone bankrupt. Meanwhile, my favorite horror sub-genre (vampires) appeared to be completely overtaken by young-adult vampire series, movie and television tie-in material, or light-hearted 'chick-lit' novels. Horror itself seemed awash in literary classic zombie adaptations. And what is a confirmed fan of the noir and pulp niches of the crime and mystery genre (the darker and 'naughtier', the better) to do when novelty themed cozy series are what seem to be in vogue?" So much of it is truly wonderful material, no doubt, just not to Kyle Marffin's taste. What to buy and read, much less, what to write? And will there be any viable market for it anyway? "Once some writer friends explained what they were up to...first, reworking or re-launching previously published material and then, all-new material in the digital world for e-books and print-on-demand books, I got the 'fire' again. It's not about any delusions of moving giant numbers of books just because of the incredible reach of the internet. No, it's just knowing that fellow genre fans will share your ideas and creations. Frankly, it was a lot of fun to re-visit GOTHIQUE to give it another good line-edit, purge a few anachronisms, and reacquaint myself with those characters and plot threads. And it was great to go back to the northwoods in 1955 and spend time with the character sin WAITING FOR THE 400. Now, it's downright thrilling to be hard at work on all-new material now. There are just so many deliciously dark and naughty tales to tell!"
More is coming from Kyle Marffin. Short fiction and novellas that have appeared in magazines and anthologies from Stygian Articles to to Exotic Gothic will be collected for release in late 2012 or early 2013 in Kindle and print versions at Amazon. And, "Yes, there are all-new novels underway, the first to be released in 2013. Vampire horror and sinister noir crime fiction." So, come back and stay up to date on new releases from Kyle Marffin. Or follow Kyle Marffin at kylemarffin.com, kylemarffin.tumblr.com, facebook.com/kyle.marffin, and on Pinterest.