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May 02, 2007

Out damned T-dot


Horror as a genre only finds success - one might say only finds itself - in combination with other genres. Horror and science fiction, say, in the case of Ridley Scott's Alien, horror and comedy in the original Joss Whedon Buffy film and, of course, horror and romance in Anne Rice' Interview with the Vampire. Or romance again in Blood Ties by Tanya Huff whose protagonist must "walk a line between the supernatural and earthly worlds, torn between the men on either side."

After being asked to unravel a bizarre murder case, private investigator Vicki Nelson realizes that uncovering who — or what — the killer is may be a lot harder than for her typical case. During a stakeout the ex-cop meets Henry Fitzroy, who looks to be an irresistible twentysomething playboy but claims he's actually a 450-year-old vampire!

This is the show I have been waiting for. Not only does Blood Ties provide me with the elixir of life that is precious human vitae Vitamin Cheese missing since Hex but has set the stage for my own regothification project.* Ponderous and indigestible Can Lit may get passed of as Southern Ontario Gothic but to my mind Huff is the only living writer who has explored what Gwendolyn MacEwen called the Toronto inside Toronto. It is frankly wonderful to see her stories come to (un)life.

* In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out Tanya is a friend of the Flea.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 2, 2007 07:27 AM


That's not at all how I pictured Henry.

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 2, 2007 09:13 AM

Really? I had in mind an Armand-type guy and he fits the bill. I think he also has this Malachi from Hex vibe which suits the genre. Were you thinking more man-of-action looking?

On a related note is The Tudors which I think airs on Showtime for a version of the young Henry VIII.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 2, 2007 09:35 AM

I was thinking less pretty boy and more suave mid-40s. Liam Cunningham as James Bond but with a bit more heft. I can't remember, was he 20-something in the books?

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 2, 2007 07:38 PM

It;s a decent show, they stand up well to the books. But it is such a shame that they film a show set in Toronto in VANCOUVER!

i dunno why they are waiting so long to show them in Canada either... sigh...

Posted by: Anrky [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 3, 2007 02:27 AM