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“The villains were always ugly in books and movies. Necessarily so, it seemed. Because if they were attractive—if their looks matched their charm and their cunning—they wouldn't only be dangerous.

They would be irresistible.”
Nenia Campbell, Horrorscape
“Happiness is such a fragile thing, isn't it? So easily burst, like a bubble blown by a child, and always on the verge of being carried away.”
Nenia Campbell, Endgame
I know what it is to want something that could destroy you.
Nenia Campbell, Endgame
“Once upon a time, there was a naïve and innocent girl who thought she could tame the beast and live happily ever after. But the beast did not want to be tamed, for he was a beast and beasts care not for such things, and the girl died along with her dreams.

From childhood's grave sprang a young woman, jaded before her years, who knew that beasts could wear the skins of men, and that evil could exist in sunlight, as well as darkness.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape
“It takes many sheep to satisfy one wolf.”
Nenia Campbell, Horrorscape
“We feel most alive when we are closest to death.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape
“It wasn't that she was sad—sadness had very little to do with it, really, considering that most of the time, she felt close to nothing at all. Feeling required nerves, connections, sensory input. The only thing she felt was numb. And tired. Yes, she very frequently felt tired.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape
“People only picked the pretty, sweet-smelling flowers. The ones with thorns were left alone.”
Nenia Campbell, Fearscape
“Everyone needs to escape sometimes, and retreating into somebody else's fantasy isn't nearly as satisfying as slipping into your own.”
Nenia Campbell, Endgame
“Not all poison was bitter. Some of the deadliest poisons in the world tasted sweet; they were that much more dangerous because of it.”
Nenia Campbell, Fearscape
“He was everything your mother warned you about when she told you not to walk alone in the dark.”
Nenia Campbell, Armed and Dangerous
“What do you want to do with your life, then?” is often the question I'm asked.

To be honest, I don't know. I really don't.

Mainly because I don't see myself living long enough for that to make much of a difference.”
Nenia Campbell, Tantalized
“We always vilify what we don't understand.”
Nenia Campbell, Horrorscape
“Fuck your manners."

"You don't have to settle for just my manners.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape
“We hunger in earnest for that which we cannot consume.”
Nenia Campbell, Black Beast
“Just remember,” he told her. “If you run from me, I will pursue.”
Nenia Campbell, Fearscape
“Too bad. Game over. Insert new fucking quarter.”
Nenia Campbell, Cloak and Dagger
“You want to be free. You also want to be mine. You can't be both.”
Nenia Campbell, Crowned by Fire
“I had a fucking standing ovation going on in my goddamn pants, and it was demanding an encore.”
Nenia Campbell, Armed and Dangerous
“We're so concerned with the idea of what we ought to be that we fail to take into account the things that make us who we really are.”
Nenia Campbell, Locked and Loaded
“What is your collective GPA for this year?”

“Not as high as I'd like it to be.”

Freud steepled his fingers in front of his mouth. “What about your parents?”

“I don't know. They haven't been in school for a while.”
Nenia Campbell, Cloak and Dagger
“I'm pretty sure those're my balls you've found,” I said to the man searching my pants. “You gonna count 'em out now? Because I'll save you the trouble. There's two.”
Nenia Campbell, Armed and Dangerous
“Once a flower is picked it immediately begins to die.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape
“Being a victim is supposed to set you free; it acquits you of any agency, any sense of responsibility to the person who did you harm. It's not your fault, they say. Leave him, they say. Nobody ever tells you what to do if leaving isn't an option.

They just call you stupid. A dumb bitch.

Sympathy is only meted out if you follow all of
society's rules for how a victim is supposed to behave.”
Nenia Campbell, Cease and Desist
“At first you might wonder what you did to deserve such treatment. Nothing, probably, so that doesn't matter. What matters is that, eventually, the abuse becomes the status quo. It's no longer about the whats and whys (“what did I do?” “why are they doing this?”) but the whens and hows (“when are they going to do it?” “how are they going to get me?”). Persecution becomes inevitable, inescapable. And once you get into the victim mindset, you're fucked. The bullies don't even need to hurt you now; your poor, warped, pathetic brain is doing half the work for them.”
Nenia Campbell, Freaky Freshman: A Memoir of Bullying and Social Anxiety
“I'm not going to force you into anything you don't want. But I'm also not going to take a vow of chastity and pine away for you, or whatever the hell it is that men do in romance novels these days. I have needs. I'd rather satisfy them with you, but if you don't want me I suppose I'll just have to find someone else. Might take me a while, but I'll make do. I always have before.”
Nenia Campbell, Armed and Dangerous
“Nobody should have to choose between a cold heart and a dead heart.”
Nenia Campbell, Crowned by Fire
“All right,” she said a little sarcastically. “I was going to assume you liked eating babies and sacrificing virgins, but I might as well ask, what do you do for fun?”

“I languish in sin,” I replied in the same tone. “I take my babies rare, and my virgins over easy.”
Nenia Campbell, Armed and Dangerous
“Her world fragmented into dozens of sharp, cutting shards, shedding the salty blood and saltier tears that ringed the bitter cocktail of her despair. She was caterpillar and butterfly, both, caught in a cocoon of raw nerves and open sores; she was insanity, wrapped up in the thin, transient wrappings of a temporary lucidity; and she was afraid, because an innate desire lay in the bottom reaches of her psyche for the very poison that was killing her.”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape
“Did you think I'd only want you once? Oh, my, you are more naïve than I thought. Why would I go through so much trouble for a mere tryst? Does a man ride a stallion but one time before condemning it to the abattoir?”
Nenia Campbell, Terrorscape

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