Author: Ellie Douglas

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-10: 1540313956; ISBN-13: 978-1540313959

Both book cover designer and author, Kiwi-born and bred Ellie Douglas loves nothing better than to horrify and appall her audience, because, as she notes, “I give what I want to read to others, so now they can enjoy a true horror story.” Raised under the incautious companionship of an older brother, who inflicted such horror movies as Nightmare on Elm Street on her from an early age, she grew up in an environment where horror was regarded as FUN. Small wonder that she has so come to revel in it.

In her erotic psychological thriller, Toxic Desire, Douglas blends reveling in the horrifying details of the vengeful nature of her lead protagonist, Annabelle Worthington, together with a keen interest in exploiting the sexuality of the intimate scenes that she portrays. Her juicy recounting of numerous sex scenes in lurid thrust-by-thrust detail is enough to make even a hardened bon viveur blush. But, as she herself says, “I’m not all about just being graphic, I also build characters that the readers will love and or hate, so they can feel pulled right inside of the story that they are reading.” Indeed, her characterization is both riveting and repellent, while her narrative line is straightforward and fast-paced, so much so that if you prove to be one of the admirers of her writing, you’ll probably want to read through the entire work in a single sitting. In fact, Toxic Desire would make for an ideal commute read, and reminds one of the days in which one could pick up a cheap, but thrilling, read from many a news agent on station platforms around the world.

Despite the transient nature of her subject matter, Douglas takes her research for her books very seriously indeed. Relying heavily on her Google searches, she also conducts informal interviews with those whom she considers to have similar characteristics to her own protagonists. Devoting much time to perusing books on issues relating to the central themes of her work, she is also a keen viewer of documentaries fringing on the selfsame area of interest. Even going as far as visiting hospitals to get the details of her stories right, Douglas attests to the amount of time going into her research. Her other novels so far, consisting of Fear Inducer, Hounded and Hounded 2, focus much more on horror than they do on the numerous sexual encounters of their various protagonists.