Last month I read this book, Demonic Dora (The Demon Diaries). I couldn’t quit laughing. The irony, the humor, all of it. I fell in love with Dora and her creator, Claire Chilton. I contacted Claire, and she was nice enough to give us a guest post about some of the creatures in her series, The Demon Diaries, and where she got the ideas for them.
She is one of those authors that is just crazy fun to get to know, and I really look forward to working with her again when the next in her series comes out. You really should check out her work, it will keep you entertained until the end!
Demonic Creature Feature
by Claire Chilton
The Demon Diaries series includes a lot of hellish creatures, so when the opportunity to do a creature feature came about, I jumped at the chance.
In Demonic Dora (The Demon Diaries), the first book in The Demon Diaries, Dora Carridine meets some pretty strange creatures on her journey through Hell, including a bipolar sorceress-in-law, BDSM grannies and baby books puking all over the place. But that’s not all. You can find out more about some of the other creatures from the first book listed here:
This depressed, little brown demon has epic ninja skills and a mouth like a sewer. Pooey’s a very old demon, and his origins are yet to be explored fully in the series. Making an appearance halfway through the first book, he quickly made himself into a main character by wooing us all with his ‘why bother? I’m doomed anyway’ attitude and will be getting his own story later in the series. Origins: He was formed by a combination of the ninja skills of my kitten, my own reaction to disappointment *face-ice cream* and the words that spill from my boyfriend’s mouth sometimes (don’t tell him I said that). Pooey is a unique creature with the ability break into anywhere and pout his way out of most situations.
These majestic creatures reside in Hell as dinosaurs turned demon, but dragons in Hell are not all that they seem. If a dragon kills you, your soul vanishes. Origins: For once I used logic (twisted though it may be) to find a reason for the species. A dragon = a dinosaur with some demon in it. Well, it makes sense to me. :p
In the form of tiny little people with wings and a wand, these demonic creatures are patrons of the arts. Often found performing gruesome artistic shows in Hell, they have also been known to babysit hell-spawn. With powers of illusion, they can cause even the nicest demon a headache if they get paid enough to do it. They can be spotted by the trails of fairy dust they leave behind or if they are shouting loudly. Origins: I imagined what Tinkerbell in biker boots would be like, and Spazmerelda magically appeared.
Deceased Dora Creatures
The creature feature continues in the second book, Deceased Dora, which will be coming out later in 2013. Here’s a quick rundown of just some of the freaky creatures you can look forward to (or laugh at) in the second book in the series:
When you’re a Victorian vampire with a penchant for flowery prose and a bit of an emo, nothing says it like trying to kill yourself over a failed wooing. Of course, you’re screwed if you’re un-dead because you’ll just keep coming back. Meet Terrance: Current suicide rate 254 times and counting. Origins: Terrance was just waiting to be written about, and he’s a polite sort of chap, so he didn’t mind waiting a few hundred years, but he probably killed himself ten times because of the delay.
In times of war between werewolves and vampires, your ass is really on the line when a full moon is the source of your power, and you have to flash your backside at your enemies to defeat them. Ever wonder why crazy people often drop their pants under a full moon and werewolves are often found naked in the woods? The power of a full moon is legendary, even un-dead creatures like the immortal vampire will hiss and cringe away from a shiny naked butt in their face. Origins: Comedy horror and the words ‘full moon’. I couldn’t help myself.
They’re cute and cuddly as they scamper across the grass, but are you sure they’re studying that acorn and not you? Why are there so many of them around you anyway? Weren’t there only two or three a minute ago? Wait a minute, are they following you? When you stare down into the innocent eyes of a cute little squirrel, you don’t expect it to smile evilly at you and launch at your face. Be wary of the cute and fluffy things. Sometimes, the cuteness can kill you! Origins: I was once stalked by a large group of squirrels in a park in Wales. They acted all innocent, but I knew they were following me for some nefarious reason, frisky little fur-balls of terror that they are.
When Dora meets her first unicorn, she doesn’t expect it to be covered in mould, rot and to smell like ass, but this one has been in storage for a long time and can only fly if someone shakes a fairy over its back. Meet Skanky, the old factory unicorn with an aroma that taints the air you breathe. Origins: Nothing is totally pure, even unicorns have got to have a bad hair day, right?
I hope you enjoyed this. I love all the little monsters in my world, even the squirrels. 🙂
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Not only can you get both Demonic Dora (The Demon Diaries)
and the prequel, A Hint of Magic (The Demon Diaries 1) right here,
but you can also check out Claire’s Dark Fantasy series,
Whatever Became of the Squishies?
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All About Claire
Claire Chilton is a geek-girl, high-school drop-out, who somehow managed to get an English degree in spite of never taking a single GCSE, although she once taught them! She’s done every job on the planet at least once – except astronaut, and won an award for being ‘most likely to trip over the red carpet and flash her arse at the cameras’.
She currently runs her own business online. And she is a writer of young adult fiction, which she affectionately calls her ‘editing nightmares’.
She gets distracted easily by shiny things and is currently investigating the washing machine mystery of ‘what happened to the other sock’.
A Hint of Hell (The Demon Diaries#1.5) and Deceased Dora (The Demon Diaries#2)
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