I'm on a dragon kick again. And nope, it has absolutely nothing do do with Smaug and a certain Mr Cumberbatch... Nope, nothing at all *whistles*
There's a theory that our fear and awe for dragons comes from far back in our mammalian past. Carl Sagan proposed that it was encoded into those first mammals' DNA at the time of the dinosaurs. That the inherent fear sewn into their genes of a fast beating fear of large reptiles with razored teeth and the promise of death was an evolutionary advantage.
But...we're no longer as scared of dragons as say, snakes or crocodiles. Or even dinosaurs. As I was writing this I wondered if the velociraptor in the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park would work as well with a dragon. And I couldn't believe in the sense of fear, of tension I remember from the film.
Dragons have had something of their fearsome reputation stripped away from them. They're no longer something we fear as unlike giant snakes or crocodiles they don't exist in nature. Making them a monster in fiction is harder because of that.
Instead we desire them. We dream of being partnered with them--sometimes in every sense *grin*--wrapping ourselves up in their power and beauty, because--hands up--who doesn't love a dragon shifter?
So come December, I'm sure Smaug will play a little on the fear and a lot on our desires for a dragon. I can't wait!
---------------------Kim Knox brews sex, magic, darkness and technology in a little corner of North West England. She writes erotic science fiction and fantasy romance for Carina Press, Entangled Publishing, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Cleis Press and others.
Book two in the Demonic Liaisons series.
Fadeyka Bryce is on the run. She uncovered a dark family secret and now there’s a price on her head. Her best plan is to hide out in the last place they would ever look for her—a pleasure planet—until she can buy herself a new name and a new face.
However, the Athanasios—a race of pure energy—have plans for Fade. They’ve been waiting for her, for her unique flesh, and they ache to experience pleasure. They can become as many lovers as Fade could ever dream…except for one man. Taras Foster.
But then, the Athanasios want him too.