“Vital VOICE” Scribe Pens Book, “Midnight Whispers”
By vital – Posted on October 28th, 2010
BY: COLIN MURPHY – SENIOR WRITER
Just in time for the highest of gay holy days, “Midnight Whispers: The Blake Danzig Chronicles” hit bookstore shelves on Oct. 18 for its timely Halloween launch. The novel is published by Bold Strokes Books and penned by Vital VOICE columnist, Curtis Christopher Comer, who just finished a successful book reading at Left Bank Books, Oct. 26.
Comer has been entertaining and enlightening Vital VOICE readers with his online column “(Not Quite) Out to Pasture” since May 2009. With crisp and compelling prose, the St. Louis-based writer has shared stories ranging from living in San Francisco to life with Tim, his partner of 17-years.
“I wrote this shortly after losing my job in January 2009,” explained Comer. “And since nothing else was getting picked up by publishers, I was like why don’t I write something fun for a change.”
“Midnight Whispers” follows paranormal investigator Blake Danzig, star of the syndicated show “Haunted California” and owner of Danzig Paranormal Investigations, who has been able to see and talk to the dead since he was a small boy. Born into a circus family, Blake eventually made his way to San Francisco where he wrote his first book and opened his paranormal investigation office. Assisted by his best friend and self-proclaimed witch, Melody Adams, Blake helps his ex-lover and San Francisco Police Detective, Brian Cox, solve cold case murders by contacting the spirits of the victims. But, when he gets too close to a psychotic spirit, all hell breaks loose and Blake ends up risking losing not only his boyfriend, Joe, but his very soul.
“When Tim and I lived in San Francisco we lived in an apartment that was very haunted,” admitted Comer. “We had a very haunted apartment: chairs moved, lights turned on and off, there were shadowy figures—stuff like that. I can’t explain it, but I do believe in it. And because of my belief in ghosts, I watch those stupid ghost hunting shows. So I thought why not combine the two and the end result was a gay ghost hunter.”
“Midnight Whispers” is a fun and entertaining read. The characters are bold, colorful and easy to know. Through Blake Danzig we are introduced to a host of other-worldly encounters as he tries to delicately balance his supernatural gift and his love life. Filled with sexually charged passages, Comer’s Danzig is dark and handsome and while he longs for true love, rarely passes the opportunity to hook up.
But if Blake is the hero of “Midnight Whispers,” then the heroine is most definitely San Francisco. Through Danzig we tour the gay mecca and its history from the seedy gay bar to investigating atop fog capped Nob Hill.
“I did move out there when I was 21 and I lived there for 15-years,” said Comer. “So I guess it’s pretty obvious that I love the city a lot. It’s a great city.”
When reading “Midnight Whispers,” one can’t help but visualize the movie on channels like Logo and Here! TV and admittedly, the idea hasn’t been lost on the author. Comer has already started to work on the next installment of The Blake Danzig Chronicles and hints that the protagonist will travel a great deal and St. Louis is a likely destination.
“Midnight Whispers” is available locally at Left Bank Books and other retailers or online at http://www.boldstrokesbooks.com.
Average: 5 (11 votes)
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This review is from: Midnight Whispers: The Blake Danzig Chronicles (Paperback)
Comer, Christopher Curtis. “Midnight Whispers: The Blake Danzig Chronicles”, Bold Strokes, 2010.
Communicating with the Dead
Blake Alexander is a paranormal investigator and he has his own television show, “Haunted California”. Blake can communicate with the dead and has been able to do so since he was a small child. He comes from a circus family but he managed to get to San Francisco and open an office for paranormal investigations and he also wrote his first book. His helper, Melody Adams, is his best friend and a witch (so she says). Blake had been romantically involved with a police detective, Brian Cox and Blake helps him solve cases using his paranormal powers to contact the spirits of victims. However, he once became to close with one spirit and everything went awry. This causes a great deal of grief and perhaps the loss of his new lover, Joe and himself.
The paranormal theme has become quite popular in gay fiction and I have had a hard time getting into it but……not with this book. I think that is because Comer set up his plot so well and his characters are totally believable. This is his debut novel and he should be very proud of it. Let’s see if he can follow it up.