To say that this was a departure from the story I wrote last year - a G rated My Name is Earl piece - would be an understatement of gigantic proportions. But that's the joy of yuletide!
As for it being a departure from my usual style, though? I don't think so. It seems like a typical Loz piece, really. Smash-cutting from scene to scene, utilising sentence fragments, using the patterns within language to unsettle, suggesting and alluding rather than showing, and drawing parallels between the characters. Is the title - Erotophonophilia (Lust Murder: a sexual thrill derived from the act) - about the killers, or is it in some way a reflection of Carol and Tony?
It's not a conventional narrative; it switches from Tony's psyche, to short scenes from both Carol's and Tony's points of view, telling the case and showing their relationship. And it's not depicting a conventional life, or a conventional relationship, so I think it fits. But, importantly, it isn't an easy piece to read. I think I fail fandom sometimes in my insistence of occasionally writing things that you have to take your time with. Then again, Wire in the Blood isn't an easy show to watch. The very first episode is beyond gruesome and really quite terrifying, and I wanted to capture a little bit of that gruesomeness, because, to me, nothing says 'Merry Christmas' than murder with a side-order of power dynamics.
I saw the story recced, which made me do a geeky little dance. And a few people commented and said it was dark and disturbing. A few others (sometimes overlapping) said that it was hot. I feel like I succeeded in conveying what I wanted to convey.
I'm already looking forward to yuletide next year.