Mychael Black is a wonderful M/M author who has written, with Shayne Carmichael, such books as And The Two Shall Become One and Dark Needs, two of my favourite vampire series and other books such as Realms of Fantasy, The Prince’s Angel to name just a few. His latest book Blood Curse is available from Changeling Press.
Myc is talking about the lure of the Anti Hero today and here’s his post –
What is it about the antihero that readers love so much? Is it his take-no-prisoners attitude? His disregard for society’s usual mores? His sometimes self-serving way of going about life?
Or is it the promise of danger that makes him so utterly irresistible?
For me, as a reader and writer, it’s all of these things… and more.
I love writing antiheroes–those men who seem callous and evil, yet manage to find love in some form or another. My best-known antihero (to date, anyway) is Triarius, creator of the Inferi Brotherhood and lover to Lance Shaw and Apollonius. When I first wrote him, I knew Triarius was an antihero. I couldn’t see the entire scope of his background, but what I did see was enough to cement his status as a man capable of love and evil in a single breath. He’s not perfect–far from it. He’s horribly scarred, inside and out, and has a temper to rival any redheaded Southerner, but what he lacks in social graces and civility, he makes up for in his love for his partners, the general Apollonius and former reporter Lance Shaw.
Now I have another antihero brewing, one who surprised me a great deal. When I wrote Gabriel Walsh for Blood Curse (Blood & Fire 2), I fully expected him to be a typical vampire who happened to be a witch. Wow, was I wrong!
He’s managed to flip everything in that fictional world on its head. Now he’s shaping up to be Triarius’ rival for antiheroism. Different worlds, yes; but they’re both vampires. However… Gabriel is more–MUCH more. In fact… he was never human to begin with, and he led me on a long, at times arduous, search for his history and the lineage that began with Adam and Eve.
On the outside, and to those he cares about, Gabriel is a nice guy. He helps when needed, loves fiercely, and lusts after Firestarter’s drummer, Jesse Eldridge. Beneath the surface, though, lies a darkness even I didn’t see coming until Gabriel hit me with it out of nowhere. Now I have to find a way to reconcile two very different faces of one man in a way that endears him to readers while remaining true to his personality.
Is it easy? Not by a long shot. But it’s fun. And that, my friends, is why I love to write.