What is Hunger Pangs?
In a world of dwindling hope, love has never mattered more...
Do you ever start something as a joke and lose complete control over your life?Â
Hunger Pangs,Â affectionately referred to as âPhangsâ by the self-proclaimed phangdom, is my debut novel published in Nov 2020.
Like most things on my blog, the original concept began as a joke. My friend and enabler, @jeneelestrange, and I were talking about our least favorite tropes in romance/erotica, including but not limited to toxic âalphaâ masculinity, boring, broody stalker vampire boyfriends, and the absoluteÂ profoundÂ bullshit that is the Conflicted Love Triangle and Bury Your Gays.
Eventually, it culminated in this post:
It was meant to be a joke. I really cannot emphasize this enough. It was meant to be a shitpost.
A throwaway ADHD impulse.
Certainly not something I was supposed to turn into a book, let alone an international bestseller with enough material to turn it into a five-part series.
But Tumblr somehow managed to trick me into becoming a professional author, and well, here we are...
I also started writing the series while dying, which I highly do not recommend as a functional creative process. Absolutely do not start a 500k five-part novel series about love and hope while dying from an undiagnosed genetic disorder. Or if you do, make sure you actually die so you don't have to edit the damn thing. (I am mostly kidding.)
There are two editions of the novel. The Flirting with Fangs edition depicts on-page sexual acts and the Fluff and Fangs edition which uses alternative scenes/fade-to-black scenes for those who prefer not to read about sex. You can read more about why I decided to do this here.
So what is Phangs about?
In the simplest of terms, Phangs is a queer-polyamorous-paranormal-satirical-romance series featuring vampires, werewolves, and all other manner of creatures that go bump in the night. Itâs been described by some readers as the queer, goth love child of Terry Pratchett meets Jane Austen, and frankly, no amount of promo I could ever do will top that.
If Game of Thrones ascribes to the idea that the night is dark and full of terrors, Phangs is the monster-fucker politely sidling up to them at the bar and asking if they can buy them a drink.
The narrative follows the antics of three main characters, a disabled, hard-of-hearing werewolf named Nathan, a 400-year-old neurodivergent-coded mad scientist dandy vampire named Vlad, and the mysterious Lady Ursula, who drops into their world like a magical atom bomb.
Itâs set in a pseudo-regency-steampunk-ish-gaslamp fantasy universe that, if you squint, looks much like our own, excepting, of course, the existence of vampires, werewolves, and government bodies being held accountable for their actions.
Style-wise, it is basically a love letter to fandom, which has led some people to believe itâs fanfiction with the serial labels filed off. But as the person who spent five years agonizing over the world-building, I can assure you this is all very much the product of my weird little ADHD brain picking up tropes, shaking them upside down, and running off with whatever interesting things shake loose.
Thematically, the series touches on many things, but the bookâs overriding theme is love. Romantically, of course, and love between families, both found or otherwise. But also love as an act of courage. As a choice. An act of defiance in dark and troubling times, and what it means to be loved and belong even though youâre different.
Especially when youâre different.
Both of you...
And I really fucking hope you enjoy it.
To read the full synopsis and check out the heat ratings, buy links and content tags, go to www.joydemorra.com