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Okay, so as I said there are 2 different issues here. One I am being swamped by emails from people who have mistaken me for someone else. While it is a troubling problem that is disrupting both my career and my family life, I am assuming it is just a wave that'll blow over and once folks realize they've made a mistake, the problem will simply go away on its own.
The other issue is the content of some of these emails, the ones which were NOT sent to me by mistake. Emails which are in fact correctly addressed to me and are point blank telling me that out there somewhere is an author who is plagiarizing my Twighlight Manor Series.
Well, that's a very serious accusation, and well, it's a very serious accusation.
So the question you want answered is: Do I believe that the author of Twilight copies or plagerized my Twighlight Manor Series?
Well, no, actually, I don't. Now, granted, I've never read her books and what I know about them is based entirely off what I'm being told in these emails, but really, you folks are not actually showing me as much evidence as you think you are.
Perhaps it would be best if we take each piece of evidence you folks have given me and look at them individually.
Let's look at what you people have told me:
My Etiole is silver; her Edward is gold.
75 of my characters have the last name Swanzen; 1 of her's is Swan.
The Swanzens are real. They live done the street from me hear in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. They own The Peir and the Grand Victorian, one of them went to prison for murder. I changed their first names, but not the last.
The title of mine is Twighlight Manor; the title of hers is Twilight.
Mine are aliens/Faeries mistaken for vampires; hers are actual vampires.
My Bela is a talking black cat - Bela is short for Bela Lugosi; her Bella is a Human
My Bela is a real cat. She is a Black Bombay. I've had her for 16 years.
My "Native Americans" are shapeshifting Phookas and they are Faeries not Native Americans; hers are shapeshifting werewolves.
Crazy vampire falls in love with non-vampire girl (mine mermaid; hers human) and is outted by his people because of it; girl dies giving birth to baby.
My aliens live in a mansion in a remote forest in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, while others hide out in a cave in Oregon; her characters live in a remote town in Washington.
I'll start with this one first as it seems to be the one most of these emails is really focusing on.
Yeah, so they are both glitter skinned characters. And your point is?
You do know that glitter skinned characters have been in sci-fi since, I don't know, the 1920s. Ever see the Abbot and Costelo movie where they meet the silver skinned space babes from Venus? What about Gene Autry's Phantom Empire? Ever read Keith Laumer's Retief series? Oh, I know - try going back a few thousand years and reading the ancient Sumerian holy texts. Or how about the Bible - anyone remember how angels are described in the Bible? Yeah. My point is, characters with sparkling, shimmering, glittering skin and not new.
Okay, so she's got glittering vampires? Okay, well, that's just weird. My first response is: why the hell do her vampires glitter? Vampires don't glitter. I don't see why vampires would glitter. Makes no sense to me, but to each his own. Vampires are monsters. They are dark and evil and they eat people. Common urban myth, states that vampires drink blood...that is a Hollywood invention, inspired by Dracula. In actual folklore, vampires drink blood as a way to weaken the will of their victims. They use the weaken person to carry out ill deeds and when they are done with them, they eat them. That is the traditional classic pre-Hollywood vampire. It is also the way I write my characters.
But than again, any TRUE vampire fan, knows that the first sparkling vampire was not Edward of Twilight or my Etiole from Twighlight Manor, but rather, Star of The Lost Boys. You remember The Lost Boys don't you? biggest vampire cult classic movie of the 80s? Don't remember a pink sparkling vampire in it? Well, Honey, than it's been a while since you've seen it. Better go watch it again. I just put it on and watched it tonight to be sure I was right. Yep. There she is. Sparkling vampire. Clear as day. Pay special attention to Star and how she uses her pink sparkles to attract men. The Lost Boys came out in 1987, 2 years before I created Etiole in 1989. But hey, it was the 80s, all us girls plastered glitter paint over every inch of our bodies back than - just like Jem and The Holograms. You remember them don't you?
But hey, why stop there, let's go all the way back to 1974 and the movie called: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. STILL want to call her the creator of sparkling gold vampires? Honey, she wasn't even born yet in 1974. Gold vampires were around a lot longer than freaking Twilight! For crying out loud, I thought you people were supposed to be big vampire fans! What? Have you never watched a vampire movie? I mean a REAL vampire movie. A classic. I just maned two pretty big classics with sparkling vampires in them, one of them made nigh on 50 years ago and staring Peter Cushing for crying out loud!
but than again, keep in mind, Etiole is a Flamite, not a vampire. The Flamites drink blood as a forerunner to beheading and eating their victims. And they don't glitter or sparkle or anything.
But what about Etiole you ask? Well, what about him? his mother was a mermaid. Mermaid are fish people, with fish scales, fish scales shimmer. Have you ever owned a pet fish? Etiole's skin is described as the color of a Tetra with the fins of a Veil-Tail Ranchu. I used to raise both Tetras and Ranchu. I was fascinated by their shimmering scales and fins and I wrote a character who being half fish, had fish scales covering his body and fish fins on his arms and legs.
How did she come up with that name? I don't know. here's how I came up with mine:
I live in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Drop by sometime, grab a phone book, flip to the "S" section, take a look at "Sw"...note the long list of "Swensen" and "Sewnson". Note the addresses. The Old Orchard Beach Pier. The Grand Victorian Hotel, a 500 room mansion, shaped like a giant horseshoe covering several acres of land, overlooking the ocean...(there are many pictures of it on their website. It burned down in 1961, but they rebuilt it.)
One member of their family went to prison for multiple murders (the news reports are easy to Google).
In the 1960s and 1970s, my dad, an auto mechanic by day, fireman by night, worked with the families, many fancy, expensive cars - limos, Rolls, Cadilacs, a purple Lincoln named "The Dazzling Razzberry"... I used to sit next to the cars and write stories about them.
Need I say more?
HUGE Bela Lugosi fan. Massive Bela Lugosi fan. Insanely in love with Bela Lugosi. I own a great big 13 year old 25lb black Bombay named Bela who is the exact same cat which gets featured in the stories.
Are there talking cats in her Twilight? I've never heard anyone mention talking cats. I don't think she has any talking cats. You do realize that cats are, on, like, every single page of The Twighlight Manor series, right? Talking cats. Cats with butterfly wings. Cats that can walk through walls or turn invisible, or float their head around the room while their body stays curled up by the fireplace. Cats that pilot space vessels. Cats that travel from planet to planet in search of rare eels.
Now if she were talking cats from outer space who obsessed over their giant eel tanks, then I might think, yeah, she copied me, I mean, what's the odds of two books named Twilight about talking cats from outer space?
And for the record Bela (1 "L") is a boy's name pronounced bay-la, it means "white"; while Bella (2 "L"s) is a girl's name pronounced bell-a, and means "beauty"
Let's back up a sec...
My Native Americans are...
What Native Americans?
I don't see any Native Americans.
Where exactly did you say my Native Americans were supposed to be now?
Scratches head. Looks around. Searches under pillow. Nope. No Native Americans under there.
I don't think I heard you right...so you are telling me that I wrote about Native Americans in my books and I just called them Phookas?
Do you have any idea how incredibly racists that is? I mean, really stop and think about what you are saying here.
I have a race of dark skinned, black eyed, black haired, man-eating, savage beasts who turn into giant black eagles when they get angry, and you are telling me that your assessment of them are they MUST be Native Americans?!?
Are you seriously telling me that every savage, dark skinned character in every book ever written, is automatically a Native American?
You are aware that I'm a Native American myself, right?
I'm a Kickappo AND I'm offended.
Have you ever read Welsh mythology? Phookas are Welsh demons. They are also known as Boggles, Bogies, Boogiemen, Pucs, Pookas, Kelpies, etc. Phookas are a primary deity of Faerie Faith. I happen to be a Scottish Gypsy, the clan Holy Woman of the Faerie Faith religion. That's why you see Phookas in my books. It's Welsh and Scottish religion and has nothing to do with Native Americans at all. How are you translating a Phooka into being a Native American? I don't get it. Do you really know nothing about Gypsy culture at all?
J.K.Rowlings used them in Harry Potter. You know, the creature in the box, that jumped out and ALWAYS looked as your worst fear, thus Ron saw a giant tap dancing spider and Harry saw a dementor? No one knows what a Phooka looks like because everyone sees something different every time they look at it. If you see a Phooka and it looks like a Native American, all that means is that you are scared shitless of Native Americans.
Honey, have you even read my stories about BlackBird or FireHawk or Aardsvorcus or Harrier or Dr. Triton or Gwallmaic or Unicorn or The Elf Eater of Pepper Valley? It is laughable that you'd even think they were Native American, especially when it's stated many times that they have no knowledge of their origins, and most of them live in Asia (Mongolia, China, etc), not America and some, like Unicorn, are described as having "black skin".
I think you are just grasping at straws on this one. You assumed that because her book, her shapeshifting werewolves were also Native Americans, therefore, my shapeshifting Phookas MUST be Native Americans as well?
And you are aware that I wrote the book on Phookas right? I'm considered the world's top authority on Phookas and everything you could ever want to know about them. Let's take a look at an excerpt from that book, shall we...
A Phooka is a very dangerous and often violent shapeshifting trickster from Celtic myth, known for their ability to change into great fearsome black animals so that they can scare humans.
Some Phookas take a liking to humans and just play harmless pranks (like Harvey the rabbit of Jimmy Stewart movie fame) other Phookas are blood-thirsty vampire-like creatures which lure humans to their doom.
Normally harmless and peaceful, these violent tempered creatures are highly vengeful and greatly feared by the other races of Faerie and great care is taken, by other Faeries, to avoid getting a Phooka angry.
They refer to themselves Phookas or Pookas. Humans, however, have a great many different names for the Phookas depending upon the region in which they live. Phookas can be found in most countries of the world and are also known as:
Black Dog, Black Shuck, Bogart, Bogeyman, Boggard, Boggart, Boggle, Boggle Boo, Bogie, Bogle, Boo, Bogyman, Bucca, Bucca Dhu, Bucca-Boo, Buckie, Bug-a-Boo, Bugabo, BugBear, Demon, Kelpie, Kelpy, Loki, Nursery Bogie, Pooka, Puc, Puck, Puk, Puka, Pukis, Pukje, Puuk, Pwck, Raven, Shuck, Thunderbird
The most common characteristics of a Phooka include:
In human form they have black shaggy hair and wild black or yellow eyes.
Often they manifest themselves are a shaggy black horse or pony and willingly let humans ride them only to dump them into a river or swamp.
As tricksters, they delight in playing pranks and practical jokes. Their jokes can range from mildly annoying to down right deadly.
In their natural state they are humanoid, however, these shapeshifters rarely show humans their true form. Common forms they take include: horses, ponies, eagles, vultures, rocs, rooks, wolves, panthers, jaguars, goats, bulls, and most any black bird or animal.
Beware of black animals that appear unusually wild-looking, shaggy, are not native to the area, or are abnormally larger than they should be. Chances are they are really a Phooka in disguise.
Due to their shapeshifting ability that can change their coloring to blend in with their surroundings, thus seeming to render themselves invisible.
Animals and birds tend to be extremely frightened of Phookas. When hens stop laying eggs and cows stop giving milk it is usually due to a Phooka having entered the barn and frightened them.
Some Phookas, though not all, are able to breath fire or set fire to things at will. Any animals that suddenly breaths fire, is likely to be a Phooka in disguise.
If your town suffers from a series of unexplained fires, it is likely that a Phooka is living in your town and was offended by the people living in the houses which burned.
A Phooka can take the form of any living creature, including humans. If your best friend suddenly begins acting very strangely, it may actually be a Phooka posing as your friend. Phookas often take on a human form when angered by that particular human. While in a human form, they often do things in an attempt to ruin that human's reputation. This can vary from simple joke playing to actual crimes such as robbery and murder.
Phookas are very vengeful creatures. Though often harmless when left alone, they can become extremely dangerous when offended, hurt, or angered. It is best to never get a Phooka mad at you as they can physically turn them into your worst nightmare then take up residence under our bed or in your closet and torment you each night.
Phookas should never be allowed to taste flesh or blood. Once they have, they can become deadly, hunting down, killing, and eating their victims. Some Phookas may hunt down humans in a very vampire-like manner.
Like most races from the Realm of Fae, Phookas do not express human emotions. They may cry at weddings and laugh at funerals. Their words may be hurtful, but they do not realize this. Often what they find to be funny, humans find to be apauling or horrific. Rarely do they form emotional attachments.
One meaning of the word Phooka is: imaginary or invisible friend. This being due to the fact that it is not uncommon for them to develop a strange loyalty to a single human being, becoming that human's friend and guardian, but only revealing themselves to that one human and remain "invisible" to all other humans. They often live in an object owned by said being, such as a trunk or under the bed.
You may find them living in odd places, such as in hollow trees or closets or under beds or in old trucks in the attic. They tend to dislike sleeping on a bed and will often sleep on the floor beneath the bed instead.
~Phookas by Wendy C Allen, 2006
Okay, there you go, Phookas in a nutshell.
Now, you were saying, something about my Phookas, being comparable to Native Americans who double as werewolves? Really? I don't think so.
Yeah, so the title is SIMILAR, but not the same.
And you do realize that there are hundreds, if not thousands of books out there with the word "twilight" in the title, right? I mean, you did think of that before emailing me right?
So I guess my question to you is, did you send this email out to EVERYBODY who ever wrote a story with the word "twilight" in its name, or did you just send it to me, because as you pointed out, we are both Mormons, she and I?
I mean, come on, really?
Titles are not copyrightable. Anybody can use any title they want, as long as it's not a company trademarked name (which Twighlight Manor, is btw.)
This one really gets me. I could see if my series was called The Twilight Series, or if she called her series The Twighlight Manor Series, but come one people...it's not even the same word! But you see, that's the thing of it, isn't it. Her title is a single word and it's not even the same word, it's only a similar word. She's using the American spelling "twilight" and I'm using the Welsh spelling "twighlight" and, I don't know what she's referencing too with the title, so I have no clue her intention when coming up with the title, but I can tell you how I came up with my title.
Once upon a time there was a TV series, you may have heard of it, it was called The Twilight Zone. In it was an episode called "To Serve Man". It's about aliens coming to Earth in peace and turning Earth into a paradise free of war and disease. They tote with them a book called "To Serve Man", which, the Humans believe means the aliens live to be the servants of the Humans. In exchange for turning Earth into a paradise, all the aliens ask is that the Humans send folks back to the aliens' home planet that they may help the aliens survive. The episode ends when one man takes it upon himself to translate the book and discovers to his horror that it is a cookbook and Humans are being sent to the aliens as a food supply.
Yeah, you read what I said The Twighlight Manor Series was about right? Well, now you know where both the idea and the title came from. Missed what I said before? No worries, I'll tell you again and answer this one at the same time:
Or, actually, I don't know if hers are vampires or not, near as I can tell, they don't drink blood, they are cute and cuddly, hot and sexy, they glitter, they sparkle, they roam around in broad daylight... yeah, they do seem to sound a lot like my aliens, who are NOT true vampires, thus why they don't have true vampire traits.
Vampires, true vampires, are shapeshifters who take the form of wolves, dogs, bats, mist, fog, your next door neighbor, or anything else. Because they are spirit beings, they cast no reflection so the only way to be certain your mom is not really Dracula in disguise is to get her in front of a mirror.
Vampires age in reverse, starting very old and growing younger with each Human they consume.
Vampires are shapeshifters, thus they APPEAR cute, cuddly, hot, and sexy when you first meet them, but they revert to their true form upon feasting on you - their true form being a twisted bat-like humanoid with wings similar to a gargole.
Vampires are a type of demon, they are created, NOT by being bitten, but by committing sin and not repeating before death. It is an urban myth that a vampire bite causes vampirism. This myth is caused by the fact that vampires are attracted to lost souls and evil wills and are more likely to bite a sinner than a saint, because the sinner is weak.
Vampires were a creation of Medieval Catholic priests, based off creatures mentioned in the Apochrapha. In Medieval times it was believed that your soul (the thing which makes you good or evil) existed in your blood. Shedding blood was seen as evil (and is why women were said to be inherently evil, because they had no control over their monthly cycles of blood). Priests told people vampires would drink their blood (translation: eat their soul) if they committed sin. The more blood you lost, the more evil you became and the harder it would be to repent later on. Vampires were religious scare tactics used to keep members obedient.
Dracula (movie, not book) was the first vampire to have fangs...previous vampires had sucker-like tongues that drilled a hole in you and sucked the blood out like a straw.
Someone familar with Medieval vampire mythology would know these things.
Very few so-called vampires of today's TV, movies, and books are actually vampires. I don't know what they are, but they aren't vampires.
Can I remind you what The Twighlight Manor Series is ABOUT?
IT IS NOT ABOUT VAMPIRES!!!!
here it is AGAIN...in case you missed it the first time:
An intergalactic ship crashed landed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, the survivors built a vast forest-like mansion in the Ross Forest off Portland Ave. The small four foot tall grayish-white skinned aliens with large black rims around their eyes, were not accustomed to Planet earth. It's sun burned their white skin and blinded their pink/blue eyes, forcing them to come out only at night. Unable to adapt to eating the plant and animal life of the planet they took to eating the Humans instead. The Humans called the aliens "Vampires", however, the cats knew better. Humans are stupid after all and cannot survive without the guidance of the cats (who are a much superior race, that originated from another galaxy and were not originally from Earth.)
The cats, who can talk, and had no fear of being eaten by the aliens, went to the mansion to interview the alien creatures. They discover the Swanzen family, lead by an ancient alien called Roderic Swanzen. Roderic after centuries of surviving on Human brains, it's absolutely insane, but the cats, unfamilar with the habits of the aliens asume Roderic to be "normal" for his race.
Through Roderic, the cats learn that the aliens call themselves Ecrodons and that a comet crashed into their planet, causing it to change orbit around the star/sun of their solar system. Plant and animal life, died, the water evaporated, mountains melted, and nearly every person on the planet burned to death along with everything on the surface of their planet.
Only 3 tribes/clans survived the event: The Red TrialKites, The Black Parytheans, and the White Ecrodons. They survived by tunnelling deep underground, living like moles, eating whatever and whoever they could find. After centuries of cannibalism, a ship from yet another galaxy landed on their planet, a team of scientists, who regrettably due to miscalculations of time, arrived centuries too late to evacuate the planet... or so they at first assumed. The scientists were attacked and eaten by the Ecrodones who took the ship and having no idea how to fly it, escaped the planet and wandered the universe aimlessly until it crashed here on Earth. The cats unpon hearing this story, dubbed the aliens "The Flamites" or "The People of the Flaming Planet".
Those are the Flamites and that is the basic underlying story of the entire series - it is the story of the Swanzen familiy's struggle to survive, on their dying planet, in space, on a strange ship, and finally on Earth, where they thrived by becoming the worst nightmare Humans could have imagined, eventually overtaking the planet.
This particular version of the Earth, is based on Welsh and Scottish Folklore, thus Phookas, FarDarrigs, leprechauns, Merfolk, and all the other races of the Little People, exist alongside the Humans. While the Flamites find Humans tasty, the Fae creatures, not so much. The Fae Creatures are pissed at the Humans for destroying nature and are overjoyed to see the Flamites, drastically reducing Human numbers, and so the Phookas and the Eel Sirens join forces with the Ecrodons against the Humans.
Meanwhile, back on the burning Planet of Flame, the Trialkites and Parytheans are at war with the owners of stolen ship: The Chrystonites, a fierce race of elf-like warriors with blue skin and the ability to turn anything they touch into crystal. The war eventually ends up on Earth.
Back on Planet Earth a serial killer is kidnapping, raping, torturing, and murdering teenaged girls. Inspired by Roderic's Twighlight Manor, the killer builds it's a rival / sister mansion: White Rock. The only real clue any body has is that the killer is a Gorgon and when finished with his victims turns them into white stone statues. White Rock gets its name, because it is built entirely out of the white stone remains of more than 15,000 teenaged girls.
While all of this is going on Roderic marries a MerMaid, who is murdered while she is pregnant with their 4th son. He hires (or rather takes hostage and imprisons in the Twighlight Manor) an Alchemist to resurrect her, which fails. In later stories Roderic and the Alchemist become lovers.
Elsewhere the serial killer disappears, the Phookas take control of his house (White Rock Mansion) and convert it into an insane asylum where they begin rounding up the Humans and slaughtering them.
Roderic's sons escape their father and his insane blood thirsty house: The oldest son becomes a gun-running, drug dealing ganster with a flying Junk-rigged Chinese pirate ship named The Blue Monkey. The second son, ends up in Germany, where he joins forces with Hitler (many readers complained about this set of very pro-Nazi stories, told from the point of view of Nazi soldiers.) The third son, unable to cope with the trauma of his childhood (having been one of the serial killer's few surviving victims, sexually abused, and tortured, he's unable to function in society and ends up a patient in White Rock Asylum. The youngest son became a silver skinned Drag Queen, a bi-sexual male prostitute, one of the few Flamites in the series who refuses to eat Humans, and is the primary main character throughout most of the series.
And there you have it - the ENTIRE Twighlight Manor Series, all 200 stories in the space of a single page.
Now, I've Googled Twilight, and near as I can tell, it's a children's/teens romance novel about a vampire who falls in love with a Human, and ends up in a lover's triangle with her and a werewolf. It that correct?
Like I said, other than the titles, the two series' are nothing alike. Granted, I have not read the Twilight series so I don't know what it is about more than from what I've heard people say about it. Based on what I hear people saying about it, it is nothing like mine.
For one thing, the Twilight series is said to be for young adults, right? Well, let's just say that most people have a hard time digesting the Twighlight Manor series. . . It's small run, small press for a reason: it's rated M, and it's rated M for a reason. The series is not for the faint of heart. It's not even for those who normally read gory horror, as it goes far beyond the norm.
You are looking at stories with entrails tossed left and right. It turns stomachs.
And then there is: incest, necrophilia, Nazis, racism, white supremisism, torture, rape... It's dark, very, very, very dark. More than 100 volumes can't be re-released because no publisher will touch them and Lulu and Amazon/Kindle/CreateSpace won't allow the content on their site. Too violent.
You want more detail on that?
The white man's world is not ready for a drag queen as a main character. And even if he wasn't a drag queen, no publisher will touch a book where the hero is also the owner of a whore house where the girls are all under 18. This guy is a *vampire* who feeds off the life energy of young girls. This is a guy you don't get mad, because he can suck all the electricity on the planet and then throw it back at you, setting you, your house, or even your entire town on fire... Dead in the blink of an eye. He is the main character throughout most of the series. Keeping in mind here that this guy is the hero of the series, should tell you how much worse the villains are.
Again, this Gypsy mythology. He is a FarDarrig. A type of Faerie.
In Gypsy culture, children reach adulthood at age 12. At 12 they marry, get jobs, move out on their own and start families. No man in his right mind would want to marry an 18 year old "old maid", like wise no man in his right mind will marry a trashy slut non-virgin. Gypsy mythology is full of terror tales told by grandparents to little girls, to scare them into staying virgins. Nothing terrorizes a young Gypsy girl more then being captured by Faeries or being captured by white men and sold as sex slaves. Gypsy folklore is full of these, and that's why you see stuff like that in the series. Do keep in mind I'm not white, my clansmen were kept as slaves by you evil white men, your people murdered hundreds of thousands of my people in WWII, and for thousands of years white men have kidnapped our girls and sold then into forced prostitution. The Twighlight Manor series is nothing but a blatant protest against the way white men treat our women. And it shows EXACTLY how white men treat our women. Only sick perverted white men, could look at the Twighlight Manor series and see it as being Erotica instead of Horror, and that just proves my point: that white men are sick in the head and make everything be about sex. If you think anything about the white children rapists in the Twighlight Manor series is anything close to being Erotic, then you are a sick perverted bastard who ought to be shot in the head.
Then there's the alternate main character, father of the first one, as well as the schizophrenic owner of The Twighlight Manor. This man has schizophrenia, a mental disorder that is frighteningly nothing like the way it is portrayed in the movies and a shear hellish nightmare to live with. Many of the stories in the series are written through his eyes. Very few people are able to cope with a person who suffers from schizophrenia, even fewer people know what clinical schizophrenia even is. No one wants to know the truth of this frightening disorder, they would much rather read about the Hollywood-ized version of it, as it is much more sugar coated. I don't believe in sugar coating things. People usually have a hard time reading very far into one of my stories about Roderic and his *haunted* house. Note here, that The Twighlight Manor is not in fact haunted. This is one of Roderic's delusions that went extreme and scared half the humans into thinking the place was haunted.
Plus incest and child sex slaves are a common theme and while the sex scenes run rampant on the pages there isn't a single female character in the series over 14, nor a male character under the age of 70 and most of them are religious leaders of some sort. Keep in mind here I am a Mormon, I started writing this story as a preteen, and I write what I know. Okay? O.K. Moving on. . . Even if I deleted mention of the girls ages there is still the political incorrectness to deal with.
Did I mention the Flamites are white skinned, not peach like "white" humans, but stark white like a polar bear and they really, really, really hate all non-whites, and that the "servants" of the Manor are all Chinese and African and are just glorified slaves? Did I also mention my family has a history with Nazi's, I grew up in the heart of the America's largest K.K.K. territory and one of my hobbies is studying human "experiments" (lamps, book covers, shrunken heads, etc) of The Holocaust? The series literally screams of white supremacist support. Did I mention all the lamp shades and book covers in the Manor are made of human skin, as are all the leather chairs, and that two of the rooms in the Manor are titled "The Head Room" and "The Wax Museum". One room has hundreds of human heads on display, the other stuffed humans posed in glass cases. Oh, and did I mention Roderic's second son Kramer, the one who lived in Germany during the War and wasn't very nice? Seriously, have you ever tried to publish a book that has a Nazi main character and pro-Nazi themes? Really, try it, see what kind of reactions you get from editors. No publisher will touch something like that. EVER.
In the Twighlight Manor series the earth has been invaded by not only the family trapped on earth, but also by a second race: a race of talking animals that came to earth seeking friendship and were quickly swept away by scientists at a test lab where the animals were tortured to death. This race of talking animals retaliated by sending back their leader a bobcat known as The EelKat, who authorized the capture and torture of humans using the very same science labs formally used to torture animals.
On top of that, throughout each volume in the series you will find graphic violence, extreme gore, and bloody details.
Secondly, while people refer to my Twighlight Manor series as a vampire series, actually a closer examination of the stories will reveal that there is not one single vampire in it. Not one. Ever. At all. Anywhere!
Thirdly, the Twighlight Manor series is listed as science fiction not horror or romance. Yes, it has horrific and romantic elements in it, but it's space fantasy beginning to end. My characters are aliens. Their ship crashed here by accident. They are trapped here on earth. They took up residence in a huge mansion, and keep to themselves. They eat meat. Humans are meat. They harvest humans as their food supply. They think of humans the same way humans think of cattle. Humans look at a cow and see hamburgers. My characters look at humans and see steak.
Fourthly, I doubt if the main characters of the Twilight series are anything like my main characters: a drag queen, a talking bobcat, a schizophrenic lord with a haunted mansion, a blood thirsty phooka, a power crazed sorcerer, and a house that eats people. Everybody has sex with everybody else.
Why do I write all male characters as evil? Why are all my victims young girls? Why do animals rise up and practice Draize Eye tests on humans? Why do I get inside the heads of mental health patients and write the world of pain and confusion they see? Why are the gory detail so very accurate? Why do I never write a happy ending?
I guess I'm weird, but I have never written anything for anybody other than myself. I know every one says write what your readers want to read, but you know what? I don't care what other people want to read. If I have something to get off my chest I write it down, without giving my readers a second thought. Strange? Yes, but than again, I've not lived what most people would call a normal life either. I write what is inside me.
There is a simple and easy answer to all of this: I write what I know.
What do I know? I know that real life is hell. I've lived through hell. I have lived through things that the average person would never think about let alone have to live through. Life is hell, there are no happy endings. There are no happy endings in the real world. I write what I know. I cannot write a happy ending because I have never seen one.
I can write graphic details of what someone looks like dissected, cut up, and body parts strewn all over the place, because when I was 14 years old my best friend was murdered, dissected, and pieces thrown all over the yard. I was the one who found him, and in spite of what had been done to him, he was still alive and did not die until nearly 48 hours later. I never left his side, even though his side was no longer there and his heart was beating on the outside of his chest. I can write details about such violent murders and the horrid deaths that follow, because I have seen it first hand. I write what I know: I know the horrors of violent murder and disturbing death.
People with mental health issues need understanding not sugar coated pills and push into the closest. I have Autism so didn't my grandmothe. My grandfather was delusional (thought he was a prophet of god), schizophrenic and bi-polar. I have seen first hand what people with mental health issues have to go through just to survive. I know what I have to live with and how hard it is to live with the human race when the human race would rather medicate you than be your friend. I write about mental health issues and through the eyes of these people, because it is what I know and I write what I know.
Men are not kind. Men go after young girls. I know, once upon a time there was a 12 year old girl who was the obsession of a 37 year old priest. You can turn a blind eye to the truth of it all you want, but the fact remains, men are predators and young girls are always on their minds. I write what I know, and this is something I know to be true. I've lived this nightmare, I can't gt it out of my head, writing it down over and over and over again happening to other girls who are not me, so that I don't feel so alone, is the only way I stay sane most days.
I love animals. When no human would be my friend, animals were always there for me. I was very young when one of my uncles lost his two dogs and it was later found out that those two dogs, my friends, had gone to a pound which later sold them to Proctor and Gamble. Those dogs died at the hands of scientists and the Draize Eye test. I have hated Proctor and Gamble ever since, protested, and boycott them, and became the most outspoken local resident for animal rights. I write what I know and my animal rights, protesting of Proctor and Gamble quickly became part of the Twighlight Manor series.
My best friend was murdered (hacked up in pieces all over the yard) when I was 14 years old. I was the one who found him. It had a really bad effect on me and sort of put me in a state of shock for several months. That was when I stopped talking (I've spoken only a few words in the 20 years since). It was during the next 4 or 5 years that I wrote my most bloody and violent volumes of The Twighlight Manor series. That was when you saw the switch from the space opera sci-fi stories in the dark horror stories. My villains became darker, meaner, crueler. Serial killers took over as my prime villains instead of alien war lords. These dark, bloody, slasher stories quickly became my trademark, and yet so few of my readers are even aware that the reason I can write such graphic details about a violent bloody murder, is because I am simply writing what I saw. I was in effect, retelling my friend's murder, over and over again through my books.
When I was 17, my grandmother died with cancer. My Twighlight Manor series saw a drastic change of events the following year as the main character and owner of the Manor, my beloved Sir Roderic, fell victim to cancer as well, and would never again be used as the main character in the series, instead being replaced by his son.
When I got a new kitten, a new character with the same name, debuted in my next story. When my 7 month old kitten died in 2006 due to the pet food recall, the next story saw the character carrying his name die in the same horrible death by poison, that my kitten had died.
Grief, death, and pain is what spurs me to write what has since become my most memorable and passionate stories ever. They allowed me to deal with the deaths in a way that allowed me to vent my frustration and anger. When you read my Twighlight Manor stories you are reading much more than just stories, you are reading into my very heart and soul and reliving my very real memories of actual events in my life.
People always ask me why my stories never have a happy ending, but the fact is, the stories were based on real events that ended badly and I was unable to rewrite it in a happy manner because I was not happy when I wrote it.
In short, I write what I know, and what you read in the Twighlight Manor stories is largely based on actual events from my own life retold through the eyes of some very old vampire-like alien characters.
People don't like what I write, because it is not pretty and it forces them to see the dark side of the world we live in. People want rainbows and sugar sprinkles, but all I give them are dead roses and blood.
I do not write happy endings. I kill off main characters, and my villains always get away with their crimes because that's just the way life is like it or not.
I don't think about if my story is something people WANT to read or not. Frankly, I don't care if it gets read or not. I write them for me and me alone. If my readers like them: great! If my readers hate them: who cares? I wrote volume one of the Twighlight Manor series in 1978 and I wrote it for myself not for them. In the 30 years since I've written hundreds more stories for the series, each coinciding with actual events in my own life. The series was written 100% for me, myself, and I, not my readers.
Okay, Honey, can you see NOW why I laugh when you send me these emails saying "She stole your story, blah, blah, blah...she stole your characters, blah, blah, blah...sue the bitch....blah, blah, blah..."
I mean, yeah, I can see your point, I can see what you are saying to me, but Honey, at best all she did was write fan-fiction, based loosely, and I do mean very, very loosely off my series.
Now here's the thing... at best, it's the equivalent of taking Alice out of Wonderland and tossing her into Robin Hood, then sticking that in an 80s romance novel. I mean, the connections are so loose that there are not even enough dots to connect into a whole.
How did the confusion get started? Why are people mixing these two stories up? Why are people emailing me? I have no idea. Of course I haven't read Twilight so I'm not really sure what it is. I only have your emails to go on here. It could be more like Twighlight Manor than I think it is, but I doubt it.
But to confuse a set of books with another set of books based of the title or the names of a couple of the characters, just confused me. I mean you have two books out there with the title "Phantom of the Opera"; one is a Gothic Romance written in the 1800's while the other is a detective story written in the 1980's. The only thing they have in common is the title. This is not unusual.
A lot of books have the same title as other books, but you don't see them getting mixed up with each other do you? Or do you? I don't know, maybe it's the fact that I live in a room filled wall to wall and floor to ceiling with 12,000 books, that I never confuse one book with another.
The thing that is puzzling me is how can Twilight be confused with Twighlight Manor by the title? For one thing, the words are spelt differently, and for a second thing one has a one word title while the other has a two word title.
I remain confused and I wish white folks would get their act together and stop being so stupid that they can't tell the difference between my Twighlight Manor series from the 1970s and some other Mormon's Twilight series from a couple of years ago. They are not the same things, people. Get your heads out of your asses long enough to see that and stop emailing me about something I had nothing to do with!
Below are scan of the book plate illustrations which appeared in various editions of Friends Are Forever.
Young Roderic Swanzen
as he looked in the 1600s in Friends Are Forever
The most famous illustration of my beloved Roderic Swanzen, madman, lunatic, cannibal, alien vampire, eater of humans, collector of heads, owner of The Twighlight Manor. This is 1980s Roderic as he looked in "The Wild Years"
Etiole as Captain Goldeneagle. cir. 1975
This is the image that has been seen on MUFON and several UFO/Alien Abduction sites, due to the fact that Etiole was based off a very real alien encounter. This is one of the oldest pictures ever made of Etiole dating back to the 1970s at the time of the original sighting.
Followers of MUFON, Bud Hopkins, and the like, refer to this picture as "The Amphibious Alien". Etiole, the real Etiole, not the one in the series, is believed to be either a GRAY or a Pleasian depending on which alien adbuction researcher you ask. Followers of the Amphibious Alien belief consider him to be Reptilian.
(This is a scan of the actual art, which sadly was damaged in Hurricane Katrina)
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