About the all-black paintings in Hemovore
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Second Edition

A bit of trivia: one of my title ideas for Hemovore was Shades of Black. After it was published as Hemovore, 50 Shades of Gray came out. I am SO relieved I didn't go with that title. Though I still think it's pretty.

Hemovore is the story of an artist's personal assistant. And that artist happens to be a vampire, and a recluse, and a total mystery. His aide can't help but be mesmerized by him as he skulks through the studio, lavishing attention on giant, all-black canvases. 

I asked Facebook friends who've read the original edition what they'd like to hear more about, and several wondered about the paintings.

From Jack Reyes: "The idea of the black canvases blew my mind, i would like to know how did you think of that part of the V-virus side effects. In my personal view it was pretty clever."

And from Krondr Jokull: "I'm also curious about the black paintings! Have you seen something like that which inspired Jonathan's art?"

The vampires in Hemovore suffer from a vampirism that's physical, viral, not arcane. Their senses are painfully heightened, and for the most part, it's a handicap. It means they can no longer enjoy things like sunlight and chocolate and beer.

But it didn't seem fair to have the condition be a total liability. Vampires can see things, subtle things, that the uninfected can't. So the Hemovore paintings may look like big color field works to the uninfected, but the imagery is visible to those infected with the Human Hemovore Virus.
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I snapped this detail of Jules Olitski's color field painting Second Tremor in the Milwaukee Art Museum. I think the little hint of the frame at the bottom gives it some context.

This was the painting I kept coming back to after I circled the exhibit a few times. When I stood right up to it, I felt like it surrounded me. The fact that it was so monochrome and quiet made all the little textures and details feel more important.

It had presence. That's the best way I can describe it.
In the TV series Daredevil, the antagonist Kingpin is humanized by his connection to this all-white color field painting. At first it seems like he's just trying to show off his bankroll by purchasing an outrageously priced painting of, basically, nothing.

But then a reveal of the real reason he connects with this image, in a childhood flashback, humanizes him and gives him an incredible amount of depth.

I highly recommend checking out the show. It's a Netflix original. 

This and that. It’s what we call his work. He used to call the canvases the cobalt one, or the amber one, but eventually I came out and told him that I thought they all looked like plain old black to me. So now, they’re this and that.

“It is new,” he said. I suspected he was talking about the smallish square. “More personal. Do you think?”

“I suppose.”

“Maybe I shouldn’t show it yet,” he suggested. As if I’d suddenly develop an opinion about his paintings despite the fact that they didn’t look like anything but identical black rectangles and squares to me.

“If that’s what you think.”

Jonathan nodded gravely at the canvas, and then glanced over his shoulder. “But this one….” He extended a hand to me as if he’d take me by the arm. His hand stopped well above my sleeve, hovering there like he was a faith healer trying to balance my energies. “I think it is ready.”


Hemovore Second Edition releases January 31
Stay tuned for the new cover reveal!
And if you're a fan of vampires, check out this complimentary flash fic from my Channeling Morpheus series. It's small, but it packs a punch. And it does stand alone.

Leave the moonlit castles and windswept moors for Count Dracula. These bad boys haunt all-night diners and cheap motels, cut-rate department stores and long, lonely stretches of the Interstate. The twists and turns of Channeling Morpheus unfold in America's Heartland.

Heaven Sent: Peeling wallpaper, sagging floors, flaking plaster and a twin sized bed. What more could Michael and Wild Bill want in a love nest?

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