S.C. Parris

S.C. Parris

Dark Fantasy Author

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Welcome to my Blog! Here you’ll find posts about my life, inspiration I find on the way, and of course, writing updates, excerpts, and cover reveals! I’ll even be reviewing books I read (if you’re here for movies I’m into, check Monster thoughts). Grab your tea (or coffee) and stay awhile!

DRACULA is (finally) out in E-Book Format!

If you haven’t opened your email by now (and why aren’t you subscribed to the newsletter, yet?) then you don’t know that DRACULA: Book 6, the final book in The Dark World series has been released!

Yes, it’s all finally out! Albeit on fewer retailer websites than the other books.

But it’s out!

You can find all links to the E-Book versions wherever books are sold, or, you know, alternatively, right here:

Do enjoy!

In other news:

If you’ve been following my ramblings on Twitter, I’ve spoken at length about how I’m having the time of my life writing The Tales of Sinner Sharpe.

It’s shaping up to be much darker than I expected (which I love), and sharing a bit about writing in general with a literary agent on Twitter has only reinforced, contrary to what agents were telling me when I first shopped around The Dark World back in 2014, that there is a market for vampire/vampire lovers/the dark/the gothic. Which I knew, instinctively back then because, hell, I loved vampires. I knew others did too.

And my small circle of talented writers who also write about vampires only reinforces that with every post they share or I share about our work.

Now I’m off to write more of my swashbuckling (in a rather bad state at the moment) Black man.

I wish I could share more about the story without spoiling any of it, but alas, I guess I’ve learned it’s better to read everything fresh the first time and let the story take you where it must…when it’s finally out.

Also, I do intend to shop this one to agents and I do intend to work on my writing more consistently and more seriously. It should have never taken me about fourteen years or so to write a six-book series. And a six-book series should have never been my first foray into publishing. It was too much for a new author.

Ah well, you live and you learn.

Take care of yourselves!

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What I'm Working On Next:

The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Title: Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters

Genre: Dark Epic Fantasy

Wordcount: 90k

Planned Deadline: February 2023

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The New Year & A New Focus On My Vampires
I'm choosing, with this round of storytelling, to dive into 'harder topics,' and things I want to write about. I want to give my worlds more nuance, my characters more stakes, and hopefully more heart. I write for everyone but I cannot deny my experiences--Black experiences--are what have shaped me and should shape my writing. I'm adamant about this because of the erasure of my Black characters in THE DARK WORLD series by white readers.
The Tales of Sinner Sharpe: Dark Waters
This helped shape the nature of the story: Sinner is an outcast from this island. He has no magical ability, same as all from Othril, and when on the mainland, this lack of magical ability is apparent—he is ostracized not only because of his physical dark features, but his inability.
Gothic Horror And Inspiration
It was always my intention as of late, with Sinner Sharpe to delve into the horror he's facing--not physical horror--at least not yet, but the mental horror. He's seeing horrific visions, he's losing large gaps of time, he's being attacked on his ship (an already enclosed space) for weeks.
DRACULA is (finally) out in E-Book Format!
If you haven't opened your email by now (and why aren't you subscribed to the newsletter, yet?) then you don't know that DRACULA: Book 6, the final book in The Dark World series has been released!