Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mortal Lovers af Vampires - Thaddeus Romans fictional vampire authority

“The male mortal lover of a female vampire undergoes a great deal of difficulty in accepting her true nature. This takes time for the mortal male, and patience by the female vampire."
                                                            In The Vampires among Us by Thaddeus Romans

When the mortal male wakes up in the skilled loving arms of a female vampire, he is frequently in the state of bliss that can last for weeks. The man looks at his female vampire lover and sees only the exterior, which is no different from mortals. Even if they play some "bite" gains in the bedroom, the mortal male continues to see what he wants to see. However, if the female is threatened, then a change takes place which is horrifying for most men to see. This is exactly what happened in the novel, Unholy Embrace, when the protagonist sees his beautiful lover turn into a deadly vampire.

First three chapters.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Meeting with a Vampire in Bucharest - a free vampire story

We were disappointed that we spent 10 days in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania without meeting a single vampire. Disappointment changed to joy when my host, Gustave, informed me that he had arranged for a meeting with a five hundred year-old vampire in Bucharest. Driving through the Transfagarasan Pass on our way to Budapest was an exciting moment, one that I will never forget.

We stayed at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, probably Budapest's finest hotel. After a delicious dinner of cooked cabbage rolls, a traditional Romanian meal, I slept for several hours before a midnight meeting with the vampire, who I will call Mr. Radescu. For obvious reasons, I cannot mention his name or given any information that would identify him.

We went to his luxury apartment in the downtown city center, near the financial district Mr. Radescu, a ruggedly handsome and urbane vampire, is about 5'10" tall and somewhat slender. He wore a fine English tailored suit and spoke without any trace of an accent. His apartment was furnished in the Art Deco style, which he said reminded him of a time when he enjoyed his existence very much. Mr. Radescu offered us some fine Romanian wine, but because of the lateness of the hour, I declined to accept any.

Gustave and I sat on a sofa opposite Mr. Radescu who seemed comfortable on an odd-looking chair. He was charming, as well as gracious, and answered almost all the questions we asked. He told us how a vampire attacked him over five hundred years ago and of the years that followed. He was quite apologetic for the injuries and deaths he caused since that time, and told us that he stopped taking blood from humans early in the 18th century. He spent the next 200 years taking blood from farm animals, which did not provide all the required blood contents and left him perpetually weak. Mr. Radescu was delighted when whole blood became available. He was able to regain his strength and had not had any human blood up until fifteen years ago.

He chuckled when he told us about the impact of Ann Rice's novels throughout Europe and the flourishing of the vampire subculture among the youth of Romania. One night he ventured into one of the underground nightclubs, and was suprised when a young woman approached him and offered him some of her blood. When he declined, she was offended and walked away. By the end of the evening he had learned more about the culture, and when another young lady offered him some of her blood, they went back to his apartment where he took a modest amount of blood from her wrist.

Since then, he has been able to sustain most of his need for blood by going to clubs where young men and women offer him as much as he wants. Mr. Radescu was quite amused by the sudden romanticization of the vampire and had seen most of the recent movies. His thoughts and observations about the current times were quite illuminating. All in all, it was a wonderful chance to meet an extraordinarily interesting vampire. Before we left, he made it clear that Vlad Tepes was not a vampire despite all the books that had been written. Tepes had committed horrible atrocities, and he defended Romania from infidels seeking to conquer it. Mr. Radescu invited us to drop by again if we were ever in Bucharest. It was the highlight of my trip, and one of the great experiences of my life.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Beast of Averoigne by Clarke Ashton Smith -- Free Horror Story

The Beast of Averoigne by Clarke Ashton Smith is a story about a horrible creature that should have come from hell, but instead came from another planet. The question was how to get rid of it.

Unholy Embrace a vampire novel by Neil Benson - meeting a vampire in Central Park

Frank meets the nasty English vampire in a lonely place.

When I turned around, Viscount D'Alessio stood ten feet in front of me. The hairs on the back of my neck rose. My body froze and my heart beat against my chest.

“Fancy meeting you here,” he said with a malicious smile.

“What do you want?” My voice cracked. Perspiration formed on my forehead.

“An opportunity to chat with you, become better acquainted.” His smile widened, making his teeth more obvious, as he stepped toward me. I looked around and saw no one. I turned and ran, but I hadn't gone ten strides when I found him in front of me.

“Running won't save you, and your precious little tart isn't here to rescue you.” He grabbed my throat before I could take a step, holding me off the ground. “It's time to have the dinner I promised myself the last time we met.”

He pulled me into the bushes when I heard a voice shout, “Stop. Police. Neither of you move.” A large man walked towards us. In his left hand he held his police shield. With his right he pointed a large revolver at us.

“What a bother.” The Viscount tossed me into the bushes. “I'll take care of you next. Make a move and your death will be slow and excruciating.” He raised his hands as he walked towards the officer.
First three chapters.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Are Vampires Necessarily Evil? - Neil Benson

Let's assume that vampires, the undead kind, are real. When I first started writing Unholy Embrace, I was told by my editor vampires are by definition "evil." My response was to posit a question. If a sixteen-year-old who had never committed a mortal sin, and very few venal ones, was turned by a vampire, why would this person become evil? The response I received stated that if a vampire took the life, or the blood, from another person that made the vampire evil.

However, in recent years, we have seen movies such as Underworld, where the vampires ostensibly did not consume human blood. The vampires in the movie Underworld were a pretty rotten bunch and it would be hard to make a case they weren't evil. For some time, vampires have been able to obtain human blood from blood banks. Ergo, no need bite someone in the neck, lethal or otherwise.

So, if a young woman or man, living a virtually "pure" life, was turned into a vampire at the present time, there would be no need for this person to take blood from a mortal. Clearly, if a vampire kills, then the vampire is evil. However, this would be true of a mortal who commit murders. Without committing any acts that harm a mortal person, it seems to me that the vampire cannot necessarily be considered evil by solely by being one of the undead.

I'm sure that many people would tell me that I have oversimplified the issue or question. If I have, then I would like to hear the "complete" explanation of why a vampire would necessarily be considered evil.

The Black Reaper by Bernard Capes- free horror short story

The Black Reaper by Bernard Capes is a gruesome tale about the appearance of a shadowy man wielding a scythe. When men begin to die panic ensues. If you have the stomach for it, read the entire story.