Zine review, 'Galactic Regency Vampire Pirates'
Monday September 19, 2011·
According to master storyteller Kurt Vonnegut, there are essentially three basic plotlines that unite all popular literature. According to highly prolific romance novelist Leopoldina van Wowser-Ainwright, though, there’s really only one worth bothering with, and it’s the one she outlined in her handy guide How To Write a Mills and Boon-esque Bodice Ripper Novel.
Despite that manual having given away all of her trade secrets, van Wowser-Ainwright still knocks out a perfumed paperback like no other, and her new novella Galactic Regency Vampire Pirates proves it completely. Although you suspect it was dictated to a world-weary butler from a gaudy chaise longue – the descriptions of ravishment being blurted out between mouthfuls of petit four – the tale still twists in ways you would not expect from this most predictable of literary genres. I’ve not heard of a pulp romance yarn where the hero is attacked by zombie possums from outer space, for instance, or where the heroine becomes pregnant with a mutant.
And, if that’s sounds like too much intergalactic swashbuckling adventure for your liking, there are also exclusive extracts from Van Wowser-Ainwright’s forthcoming sagas To Wed Her and Bed Her, Brains and Back Strain, and the inter-species marine biology romance Love By Any Other Nom.