Ohhhh, the dead – the undead – and the soon to be dead . . . sometimes it’s just so hard to tell the difference. After producing a television program on vampires, (THE VAMPIRE MYTH – Arts & Entertainment), I felt pretty well steeped in eastern European folklore and the lure of the highly sexualized invitation . . . but it wasn’t until reading Ken’s amazing journey into the meaning of lust (BLOODSTAINED LOVE) that I came to enjoy the metaphysical implications.
Natasha is the girl that girls want nothing to do with and the girl that men would die for – literally.
Ethan, the somewhat hapless, tragically hip, sarcastic, boy on the verge of extinction, is the perfect guide into the realm of uncontrollable and yet conflicting desires. When his choices – akin to Sophie’s (i.e. William Styron’s SOPHIE’S CHOICE) – and his options shrink to the space of choosing among evil, Natasha becomes a distant mirror for all questions of morality.
Natasha, like a Greek-myth demon child that morphed out of Ken’s head in her entirety, is an obsessive musing on the nature of desire and its ramifications. It is a book that reads like a movie.
Terry Spencer Hesser is a published novelist and biographer, produced playwright, award-winning screenwriter, and a multiple-Emmy award-winning scriptwriter.
Her screenplay “Smooch” premiered on February 5, 2011 on The Hallmark Channel; it is a new telling of the Frog Prince story and stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) and Kelli Martin.
Her screenplay “Till Death Do Us Part” won first place in the Christopher Columbus writing competition and was developed by New Line Cinema. Her first novel, “Kissing Doorknobs,” was an American Library Association top ten pick and has been translated into four languages.
She is currently producing a series for PBS on “Islands Without Cars,” which features places out of time and portals into the past.
Samples of her work can be found at terryspencerhesser.org.