5 Reasons Why TVD Fans Will Love Black Bird of the Gallows
The following is a guest post by author Meg Kassel.
When most writers sit down to write a novel, they are creating a story that they themselves would love
to read. It may be a character that rattles around in the writer’s head and just won’t go away. It may be
a spark of an idea that mushrooms into a fresh and interesting concept. Either way, it really helps if the
writer is excited about what she’s writing, and often what is exciting reflects what the writer is already
interested in. As a fan of vampire stories, many elements of the dark paranormal world and forbidden
romance made its way into my debut novel. Here are five reasons why fans of The Vampire Diaries will
love Black Bird of the Gallows and its forthcoming companion, Keeper of the Bees.
1. Darkly Cursed Villain
So, I already mentioned that I fell for my villain in Black Bird of the Gallows, but what I didn’t mention is that Rafette is a type of creature called a “Beekeeper” which means his curse is particularly awful. He consumes the energy of fear, rather than energy of the dying (like the harbingers of death). He also creates fear by releasing the bees whose sting causes a violent psychosis. Rafette wants only to be rid of his horrible curse, but the only clue he has means damning a harbinger of death to a fate worse than death.
2. Modern Gothic
Black Bird of the Gallows takes place in present day, like The Vampire Diaries, and also features characters who have survived over centuries and whose struggles persist to this day. The main character, a human girl named Angie, becomes involved with a harbinger of death and thus, entangled in a powerful, supernatural dynamic that has ruled both harbingers and Beekeepers since a time when magic still existed.
The Vampire Diaries had a complex, deeply woven mythology which was revealed a little at a time in the books and the TV series. Creating a unique mythology was one of the most rewarding parts of writing Black Bird of the Gallows—departing from what you think you know about a genre and making something new for readers to sink their teeth into!
4. Forbidden Romance
This is one of my favorite things to read and write about! Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale and vampire stories are a variation on that theme. In Black Bird of the Gallows, Angie and Reece embark on a romance that both believe cannot last. Reece, a harbinger of death, isn’t human, and his curse forces him and his “family” into a nomadic existence. Just because Reece and Angie can’t see a happy ending for themselves, doesn’t mean they can ignore the powerful attraction binding them together.
5. Supernatural World
The instant harbingers of death and Beekeepers turn up in the town of Cadence, things start to change. Rafette, the Beekeeper, begins releasing his bees on residents, causing them to commit terrible acts, and crows begin to follow Angie everywhere she goes. As the story deepens, pushing the town toward an impending chaos, no one remains untouched by the dark magic seeping through the bones of the town.
Black Bird of the Gallows Official Description:
A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.
Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who
has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will
devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown
into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is
Reece—and he’s not human.
What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them
all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.
About Meg Kassel:
Meg Kassel is an author of paranormal and speculative books for young adults. A New Jersey native, Meg graduated from Parson’s School of Design and worked as a graphic designer before becoming a writer. She now lives in Maine with her husband and daughter and is busy at work on her next novel. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart© winner in YA.