A Queer Monster Hunting Paranormal Romance
Who is Dorian Villeneuve?
Dorian Villeneuve is a 26-year-old vampire prone to bad ideas and even worse luck. He comes from the rough streets of Devil's Row, the vampire ghetto in Devereux City. A monster by nature, Dorian is a goth but for the grace of God. As a former bar-tender and semi-professional sugarbaby, Dorian hasn't paid for a drink in his life, and isn't about to start now. He also has an emotional support chihuahua named Dominique to cope with his lifelong anxiety.
Dorian met Cash during a vampire bar-fight, when the hunter took on a vampire twice his size -- and lost. Saving Cash's life (and losing his job at the bar in the process), the two became fast friends, and Dorian left Devil's Row to help Cash hunt monsters.
Dorian is also in love with Cash, which makes things a little...complicated.
Who Is Cash Leroy?
Cassius "Cash" Leroy is a 27-year-old monster hunter prone to danger and broken bones. He hails from a small East Texas town, the son of a Mexican-American vampire hunter and a Cajun Baptist preacher. Despite his good ol' southern boy exterior, Cash is a gentle soul. He is a devoted Stevie Nicks fan and karaoke enthusiast, performing her songs (and only her songs) as a hobby. Cash should have been a singer but killing pays the bills.
Meeting Dorian at a vampire bar-tight, Cash befriended the nervous bar-tender who saved his life. Cash also got Dorian fired in the process, and so the hunter took Dorian under his wing and taught him to hunt monsters.
Then Cash found himself falling in love with Dorian -- which definitely wasn't part of the plan.
What is Southern Gothic?
Southern Gothic is an ongoing queer paranormal romance novel series by author Magen Cubed. Dorian Villeneueve is an unlucky vampire from the wrong part of town. Cash Leroy is a human who hunts monsters for a living. They shouldn't have fallen in love, but they did. Now this supernatural odd couple have to make it work in a world full of werewolves, demons, vampire crime, mermaids, and unhappy human in-laws.
The series began in February 2018, with the publication of her short story Leather and Lace in the Twisted Romance comics anthology from Image Comics. ComicBooked.com called Leather and Lace "a sexy twist to urban fantasy." Pomegranate Magazine applauded it as "a delightful queer romp that clearly took pleasure in playing with the tropes of the ever-popular supernatural romance."
Since then, Cubed has expanded her world of monster hunters and hijinks, completing one novel (of a planned six) and a total of 20 short stories following Dorian and Cash's relationship. One part paranormal romance, one part sexy romp, one part quirky romcom, Southern Gothic is all heart.
Southern Gothic Stories
The books are coming! One novel is complete and two more are currently in the works. But until then, you can read about the world of Southern Gothic in the three short stories currently available.
The story of how an unlucky vampire from Devil's Row hit rock bottom and met the man of his dreams along the way, who just happens to be a monster hunter. (It's complicated.)
This prequel to Leather and Lace follows Dorian's misadventures before he finds himself in stumbling into the world of monster hunting. A little bit of romance, a little bit of danger, and a whole lot of bad luck.
Caught Up On You
Following Love Bites, Dorian ends up on the run from the vampire mob, while trying to navigate his new friendship with Cash. Is it too good to be true? (With Dorian's luck, probably.)
The story of how Dorian joins the human world, with all of the danger that brings him, and ends up in an unlikely friendship with the monster hunter Cash. Could there be more to this than just sexual attraction? Is it worth the risk?
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Leather and Lace follows Dorian and Cash as a routine monster hunt takes a weird turn. Can they stay friends, or is this their last hunt? A story of romance, wendigos, karaoke, and kissing in the woods.
As first seen in Twisted Romance, this is the short story that started the world of Southern Gothic.It is currently being adapted into a full-length novel of the same title. Two sequels, Born Under a Bad Sign and Bad Company, are currently underway.
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