Carmilla Voiez


I find myself in a darkened club.  Somewhere beyond the smoke machine generated air, there is music playing.  I cannot make out the faces of the other people in here.  It is like they don’t quite inhabit the same space as I am.  Folded through space/time, I stop apologising for bumping into them after the third person.
A beautiful Goth lady beckons me over.  I can see her perfectly, bathed in a soft, warm light from above.  Goth girls have always fascinated me and for that I blame exposure to Strawberry Switchblade at a very young impressionable age. Taking a seat beside her I listen as, in a voice as soft as black velvet, she states that she has stories to tell.  Oh what stories they are…..

I first met Carmilla at Hexmas in the Tunnels in Aberdeen.  We had communicated via the internet before this due to us both taking part in the Nanowrimo event that year.  She had asked me why I had described myself as “Goth-Lite”.  Basically I love the Goth subculture and identify with large parts of it; however I could not honestly call myself a Goth.  As time has passed, I realise just how Goth I am, Lite or not.

I digress….

This was the first time I had met her in the flesh.  It is always a delight to meet someone you liked online and find out that they are just as lovely in real life.
Our conversation was all too brief but the joy of the internet allowed us to keep in touch.

When I heard that her first book Starblood was being published, I could not have been happier.  Here was some one I knew, doing something she loved.  I bought the book on kindle and read it eagerly.  It was full of magic, sex and horror.  Carmella’s words conjured up a world so real, that I was hooked.

When her second book Psychonaut was being published, I was lucky enough to be able to attend the book launch.  Here Carmilla gave a reading from both books and to hear the words spoken by the author, granted them a kind of power I had not noticed before.  They became even more alive.  I started reading Psychonaut and it was like slipping back into a warm reality.  I was reminded very quickly just how attached I had become to the characters.  Far more attached than I had realised.  Carmilla wove her tale wonderfully and I found myself lost in her dark world again.  

I liked it there.

Back in the club, Carmilla has finished her tales.  I am in her spell and my creative mind is firing on all cylinders.  Good stories will do that. Somewhere beyond the smoke, the DJ has changed the beat  Bowing, I thank her and take my leave.  

Those of you who know me in real life, will know that I do not give praise like this “because it’s nice” or “because I know her”.  I can genuinely recommend both books and urge you to check them out because they are well written and … well…really good.

So if you ever find yourself in that club, go and listen to her.  You won’t regret it.

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Carmilla Voiez is a British horror writer who resides in Scotland. She is currently writing the final book in the Starblood Trilogy from her family home in Banff, where she lives with her husband, daughters and numerous cats, Carmilla sold her Gothic Clothing business last year and has been writing and releasing top selling books and short stories since then.
A Goth for over 20 years, her books are inspired by the Gothic subculture, magic and dark desires, exploring sexual obsession and violence in often hard-hitting ways.
The first book, Starblood, which has been nominated for the Commonwealth Book Prize, is set partly in the beautiful Cairngorm mountains and partly in the city where she grew up, in South West England, she finds inspiration in local beauty, stately homes, the Moray Firth and woodlands around the Scottish town where she has lived the past 10 years.
Carmilla Voiez has been nominated for Horror Author of the Year. Her literary interest also extends to the Aberdeen Write Club she co-founded in 2011 a forum where local writers gather to discuss ideas and writing techniques.
“Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life.” Graham Masterton.
“Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of…a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.
Vamptasy publishing have published two of Carmilla’s novels “Starblood” and “Psychonaut” and one of her erotic short stories has been published by Hot Ink. This year she is editing a horror anthology, releasing an online horror magazine and another of her erotic short stories is set to be published in an anthology.

Starblood –
In a seedy Goth club, a beautiful woman dances, waiting to be set free. Along an unlit street, another woman stumbles, fleeing her pursuer. In a darkened room, a man speaks to demons. Lust, obsession, terror and humiliation storm into the lives of Star and Satori, proving the age-old maxim – be careful what you wish for. Starblood, the debut novel by Carmilla Voiez, is a tale of magic and horror. Blinded by love, Satori, a young magician, attempts a spell that goes horribly wrong, resulting in the demon Lilith returning to Earth. Satori knows he must send Lilith back. The dark goddess brimming with power makes it her mission to wreak havoc on Satori’s life by ensnaring Star, the woman he loves, and her friends in a web of chaos and deceit.‘Carmilla Voiez makes Clive Barker look like Stephanie Meyer.’ Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

Psychonaut –
Satori is caught between two worlds. There is something he needs in one, but the other keeps drawing him back. However, he is in love and he isn’t going to let a little thing like death get in his way. To reach his goal, he must face unimaginable horrors, not least of which is his true self. Star’s tortured and broken body awaits Satori, but does she really need him to save her? His rival, a rage-filled young woman, grows more powerful and becomes as twisted as the ribbons in her hair while the demon, Lilith, draws each of them inexorably towards her. Who will survive the coming battle? Full of sex and magic, “Psychonaut” is an exploration into the human psyche and the second book in Voiez’s “Starblood” trilogy.
“Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life.” Graham Masterton
“Psychonaut is a book of mad impulses, inner vision, sadism, escape and belief. You feel uncomfortable reading it, like Alex strapped to the chair in Clockwork Orange being taught to feel sick at atrocity. Rather than leave us crippled by response, though, Psychonaut bears you through the hurt towards the only paradise we can be assured of…a love past fault.” Jef Withonef, Houston Press.

A Christmas Carole –
An F/F erotic holiday tale by Carmilla Voiez. When a woman visits Santa and his elves, she gets more than she bargained for when one of Santa’s helpers requests a special kind of holiday cheer.

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Starblood – UK Kindle StoreUS Kindle Store   
Psychonaut – UK Kindle StoreUS Kindle Store
A Christmas Carole – UK Kindle StoreUS Kindle Store
Carmilla Voiez Amazon Author page – UK –  US

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