Today author Lucienne Diver is letting the main character from her Latter-Day Olympians, Tori Karacis, take the floor and share her top ten costumes for Halloween! The fifth book in the Latter-Day Olympians series, Blood Hunt, hits shelves and e-readers tomorrow! We hope you enjoy and pick up your copy of Blood Hunt today!
If you’ve read the Latter-Day Olympians series, you may expect that my suggestions will be mythologically based. If you haven’t read the series yet, what’s stopping you? Myth, mayhem, a touch of murder. Gorgeous gods, crazy cases…and bonus: you can get in on the action without having to ice up afterward. You can start with Trickster Blood, the free prequel story, or the first novel in the series, Bad Blood, which is only $0.99 through October 31st. Or…well, you can see the rest of the series below.
For now, here are my Top Ten Costume Picks for Halloween:
Go Gorgon – Medusa is the most famous of course. With her striking serpentine locks, you’re sure to be the life…or death…of any party. Be sure to use real snakes for best effect.
Xena, Warrior Princess – She’s a warrior and a princess. ‘Nuff said.
Greek God/dess – Personally, I’d choose Athena, who’s the goddess of strategy and battle…or her Egyptian counterpart Neith, who you get to meet in my new book Blood Hunt. She’s absolutely kick-ass and, to be frank, she reminds me of me. Or I remind me of her, since I suppose she came first. Or there’s Aphrodite, Persephone, Demeter or any number of good choices on the female side. Apollo, Hermes, Dionysus, Eros and others on the male side. (In fact, you can check out my Yiayia’s Goddities gossip mag for great ideas.) Costuming tip: if a Scotsman wouldn’t wear it under his kilt, a Greek god wouldn’t wear it under his chiton. I’m just saying!
Okay, other pantheons are good too – Kali, Ganesha, Vishnu, Shango, Isis, Osiris, Ishtar, Odin, Loki…oh, Sleipnir, the multi-legged horse! Now that one I want to see!
Go Go Gargoyle – It might just be my batwings speaking (oh, you didn’t know about those? I guess you’ll have to get caught up!) but going as one of the protectors of humanity sounds like a pretty good gig.
But the Darkside has cookies – Gotta tell you, the darkside lies about the cookies. Hades does have pomegranate seeds, which will ensure your permanent stay in the underworld, but they’re not nearly as tasty. Anyway, beyond the underworld divinities, you’ve also got hellhounds, Cerberus, Charon the ferryman, demons, lamia, basilisks and all kinds of crazy critters. What do they say – go big or go home? Ooh, how about a nice hydra for your office party? One head can nod agreeably at your boss while another scarfs appetizers from the buffet.
Vamp out! – The Bram Stoker version had been done and done*, but how about the deadly baobhan sidhe? Lovely ladies with flowing locks and emerald gowns who ensnare travelers with their music and dance and then drain their blood through elongated, sticklike nails? Or the Penanggal with detachable heads that flythrough the air, dangling their entrails behind them. It might be a little tricky to pull off, but you’d certainly be the talk of the party! (*If you are looking for bitey bros and babes, you might want to check out the Vamped series, also by Lucienne Diver.)
Save room for shifters – Shifters have existed since time out of mind, whether it was the gods trying to get jiggy with some mortal (any mortal looking on their true forms would be unable to bear the glory) or Zeus turning King Lycaon into a wolf for his truly atrocious acts. There’s Scylla, who was turned into a horrible sea monster, and Daphne who became a laurel tree, or Arachne who was turned into a spider…
Totally Titans – I’m not talking about the Teen Titans, though they’re good too. (I’m partial to Raven.) But the early Greek divinities, the ones who were displaced by the Olympians. You can go anywhere your imagination can take you, from the more human-appearing Chronos and Rhea to Argos (of the hundred eyes) or Typhoeus (of nearly that many heads and limbs).
Everybody loves Oracles – the most famous Oracles were those at Delphi, dedicated to Apollo, but there were others, like Cassandra, the prophetess of Troy, cursed to see the future but be unable to prevent it. Many with the Sight were driven a mad by their power. But what’s a little madness among friends?
Me? What am I going as? I’m Tori Karacis, P.I. to the Pantheon… I barely tolerate getting dressed up for a case. I’m thinking I may spend the evening in with some full-sized Snickers and a smokin’ hot sun god to help me work them off.
The Latter-Day Olympians series:
Trickster Blood (prequel story)
Bad Blood (Book #1)
Crazy in the Blood (Book #2)
The Parlor (story in the KICKING IT anthology)
Rise of the Blood (Book #3)
Battle for the Blood (Book #4)
Blood Hunt (Book #5)
Lucienne Diver is the author of the popular Vamped series of young adult novels (think Clueless meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer). School Library Journal calls the first book, “a lighthearted, action-packed, vampire romance story.”
Her short stories have been included in the Strip-Mauled and Fangs for the Mammaries anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books), and her essay on abuse is included in the upcoming anthology Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperTeen). 2011 saw the launch of Bad Blood, the first novel in her Latter-Day Olympians series of contemporary fantasy, set in LA and featuring a heroine who can, quite literally, stop men in their tracks. Long and Short Reviews gave it her favorite pull-quote of all times, “Bad Blood is a delightful urban fantasy, a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan, and a true Lucienne Diver original.” She can now die happy, though maybe not just yet. Find her at her Website, on Twitter, on her Blog, on Facebook, or over on Goddities!