Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe - free classic horror story


The Cask of Amontiallado by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the great short stories of all time. It is a tale of revenge taken in the most horrible of manners. In contemplating the dramatic nature of the revenge the readerr should not overlook the finer points of Poe's masterpiece.

http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BzZFYqsJhXG0M2Y4ZWNiY2YtZWY3MC00YzdmLWIwMTYtOGY4MGNkNzY2Nzcx&hl=en

Unholy Embrace a vampire novel by Neil Benson - in the eyes of a vampire


A mortal, Frank, enters a wannabe vampire bar in Manhattan and finds himself scrutinized by a beautiful real vampire.

“You're not an overgrown boy or a self-styled stud eager to add me to his sexual trophy case.”

“You can tell that just by looking at me?”

“That and much more.” “Okay, tell me what you know.” Her gaze caught mine as I issued the challenge.

“You're an architect in his mid-thirties who would rather be a painter,” she said without hesitation. She leaned back in her chair, steepling her fingers, her bright green eyes studying my every move.

“How do you know that?” Was she a mind reader or something?“There are traces of light green ocher paint under the nails of your index and middle fingers on your right hand.” I couldn't see anything, even when I held my nails under a light.

“I have excellent vision, especially at night.”

“There's nothing there to see,” I said.

“You failed to wash off all the ocher and pale yellow egg tempera paint you used.” She licked her lips.

Nessa had just described the colors I had been working with earlier in the evening. “I don't know how you guessed what I was using, but there's no way anyone could see the paint in this dim light.”

“A vampire could.” She leaned forward, opening her mouth, and showing the tips of sharp pointed fangs.

“Are those real?” I asked in a voice barely a croak. My heart beat faster and the hairs on the nape of my neck stood up.

http://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Embrace-Neil-Benson/dp/0982679505/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274835629&sr=1-2

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Wolf by Guy De Maupassant - free werewolf short story



The Wolf by Guy De Maupassant is a story of a giant wolf and two brothers who set out to confront the creature. The tale turns out sadly for one brother, but the other triumphs over the monster.


http://www.scribd.com/full/16464089?access_key=key-1yuctvrmufr12qh7rs0u

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The vampire Nessa Harcanu sends greeting to all of her fans.


I am Nessa Harcanu, a four hundred year-old vampire. Men and women have been telling me that I am beautiful for more years than any of you have been alive. I was thrilled to have over 400 visitors at my open house two days ago. My biographer, Neil Benson, read chapters from my biography. The reception began at 9 PM, and lasted until sunrise.
 The first three chapters of my biography were given to everyone who attended my open house reception. This gave my visitors  a small taste about my fascinating existence. To learn the whole story, you must of course purchase the book. Fine wine and giant prawns were served for mortals and vintage blood was available for the undead.
If you weren't able to attend, you can read the first three chapters by following the link below.
I was quite annoyed when my biographer told me he would publish my biography as a novel. However, he convinced me that no one would believe some of the events that are contained in the book.
You can purchase a copy of my biography at the following establishments. My biographer, Neil Benson, reminded me to tell you that Amazon sells only one kind of digital version, while Smashwords offers the buyer different digital alternatives. My biographer wants to sell as many copies as possible. I am indifferent to how you buy the book. I am a millionaire many times over. To learn how I gained my riches you need to read my biography.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Phantom Paragrapher review of "An Unholy Embrace" by Neil Benson



Review of "An Unholy Embrace" by Paula Phillips

Are you loving the whole mortal/vampire love storyline ? Edward and Bella in Twilight , Elena and Stefan / Damon in Vampire Diaries , Dylan and Claire in The Gates (though Claire is now turned) , Alexander/ Jagger and Raven in Vampire Kisses and Dimitri and Rose in Vampire Academy or Hugo and Elizabeth in The Point and who can forget our Sookie Stackhouse and Eric/Bill.

With Vampire Novels now on the rise for the last two years , reading an article -the world of Vampires has hit the money-making world of $7 Billion Dollars in Books, Movies, TV and Merchandise.

Today's Review is that whole mortal/vampire love affair but in today's book it contains the twist of the female being the Vampire and the mortal being the male.

A popular storyline lately has been the tale of the mortal/vampire love story and the majority of them have ended up writing the male as a Vampire and the female as the lovestruck mortal. One thing that I really liked in Neil Benson's book is that he decided to use gender reversed roles and make the male the lovestruck mortal and the female the Vampire. Having it this way, was a nice change for once.

The story starts when Frank and Nessa are out on a date and are attacked by Werewolves, the attack causes Nessa to extract her fangs and go all- vampirey , something that Frank hasn't really experienced before. From then on , we are transported back to the beginning -where they first met and how their relationship started and of course how they reached the point in the story.

What follows is Nessa explaining and opening her 400yr old heart to Frank and telling her story on how she became a Vampire starting in Hungary all the way to her travels via Vienna and Paris to the Present time in New York.

We read as the Werewolves attacks are just the beginning as Nessa has been on the run nearly 400 years and has been tracked by Narice - the vampire lover of the Vampire who turned Nessa and in return Nessa Killed out of vengeance.

When Frank realises the consequences and danger of being with Nessa , can he stand strong and embrace the unholiness of being with a Vampire or will he take the white feather coward option out and leave Nessa to follow a path of a normal life ?

An excellent story that shows readers in a paranormal and supernatural way that no matter what happens and how terrifying obstacles can be - love between not only mortals but mortals and supernaturals can stick tog


http://amazon.com/Unholy-Embrace-Neil-Benson/dp/0982679505/r
 

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe - Free Horror Story Poem


The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is not just a great poem, it is one of the great pieces of American literature. Poe's dark genius echoed a darkness in his life.  I Poe were alive bow, I wonder what his writings might be.


http://www.scribd.com/full/16205063?access_key=key-f6mjs5i4nl8w7eauyr7


The vampiress Nessa Harcanu invites you to her open house.



I am Nessa Harcanu, a four hundred year-old vampire. Men and women have been telling me that I am beautiful for more years than any of you have been alive. I invite you to visit me at my home, where my biographer, Neil Benson, will read some chapters from my biography. The reception begins at 9 PM, after the sun sets. If you need to arrive early, my mortal lover Frank will attend to your needs.
The first three chapters of my biography will be given to everyone attends my open house reception. This will give you a small taste about my fascinating existence. To learn the whole story, you must of course purchase the book. Fine wine and giant prawns will be served for mortals and vintage blood will be available the undead.
If you aren't able to attend, you can read the first three chapters by following the link below.
I was quite annoyed when my biographer told me he would publish my biography as a novel. However, he convinced me that no one would believe some of the events that are contained in the book.
You can purchase a copy of my biography at the following establishments. My biographer, Neil Benson, reminded me to tell you that Amazon sells only one kind of digital version, while Smashwords offers the buyer different digital alternatives. My biographer wants to sell as many copies as possible. I am indifferent to how you buy the book. I am a millionaire many times over. To learn how I gained my riches you will need to read my biography.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/56944

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Were-wolf by Clemence Housman - free werewolf horror story




The Were-Wolf by Clemence Housman involves a mysterious, fearless woman, wolves that prowl in the night, and other mysteries. It can be a dangerous world out there and being prepared does not necessarily mean you will survive. It is a longer tale, but well worth reading.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Unholy Embrace - Mortal Man Loving a Female Vampire


Frank, a mortal,  thinks heavily on an emotional commitment to his girlfriend Nessa, a vampire.

"After leaving her apartment, I was outside walking toward Central Park within five minutes. If I took too long to decide, our relationship would end. Nessa had been lonely for over four hundred years. She made a choice about me, perhaps impulsively, but now I knew how much I meant to her. She would be devastated if I rejected her, and I had no wish to be the cause of such pain. But I also needed to consider the risks involved.

I walked along the outside of the park until I found myself in front of the Museum of Natural History. For all the information it contained, it didn't have displays about creatures the visitors were better off not knowing. Nessa, werewolves, and demons didn't exist in any of the museum's catalogs. However, she was also a woman, one that aroused the strongest feelings I had ever experienced. Should I make a commitment based mostly on feelings? I was always so rational. To go with her was to step into the unknown and far beyond my comfort zone.

When I looked at my watch, I saw five hours remained until dawn. For once in my life I decided to go where my heart led. I walked south until I hailed a cab, and in a few minutes I was back at her apartment. The strong need I felt to be with her contrasted with how I felt two hours ago. Time is not measured in minutes or hours but by the manner in which we experience our lives. When I stood in front of her door, I knew my decision."

http://www.amazon.com/Unholy-Embrace-Neil-Benson/dp/0982679505/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1274835629&sr=1-2

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vampires, Vampires, and more Vampires.


 The film industry first made a vampire movie in 1922. In Nosferatu, the vampire was the hideous looking creature on the left. Was this creature a human being at one time? Possibly, but he's not one of us anymore. He is a Vampire, and the "V" does not stand for victory. At least, not for us.










The gentleman on the right is Bella Lugosi who played Dracula in the 1932. This Dracula wasn't a hideous looking monster. Rather, Dracula is sly, insidious, and terrifying only when he needs to be. This is a vampire that is evil. The movie reeked with blatant overtones of sexuality even though everyone kept all their clothes on. It was all done in high camp.
               





There is no doubt that the creature on the left is a Vampire. Christopher Lee may have looked structurally human, but the eyes and fangs tell us that you didn't want to be in this creature's house after dark. I wouldn't want to be in this vampire's house during the day.




 A new genre of vampires arose with Anne Rice's novel, Interview with the Vampire In 1976.   Tom Cruise as Lestat is an urbane and sophisticated vampire. But beneath the surface lies a narcissistic and evil creature people came to know and love.He fears ennui more than as much as he fears the end of his existence.




             
In twilight, Anne Meyers presents a new vampire. Edward puts on sunglasses in the middle of the day and lives in a community in which cloudy days are the norm. Edward:Cullen says he is a vampire, and demonstrates superhuman powers, but so does Clark Kent. When I was doing the research for this post, I tried, but could not find, a single picture of Robert Pattinson with his fangs exposed in a movie sequence. More than a few people criticize the Twilight series many criticize as "humanizing" the vampire a bit too far.But, these novels were never written for adults, even though millions of adults read them.Twilight was named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2005. Yes, one of the best children's books.  I hope that the next vampire that dominates the big screen is in a movie made for adults.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft

The Nameless City by H. P. Lovecraft is a horror story about a man who ventures into an old and abandoned city once populated by a race of beings totally unlike humans. There he faces forces beyond his comprehension.







Friday, December 2, 2011

Italian 'vampire' discovered in Venice



Researchers in Italy believe that they have found a female 'vampire' buried with a brick between her jaws to stop her feeding on the victims of a plague which hit Venice in the 16th century.


University of Florence anthropologist Matteo Borrini said the discovery demonstrated the medieval belief that the creatures were behind the spread of mass pestilence. "This is the first time that archaeology has succeeded in reconstructing the ritual of exorcism of a vampire. This helps...authenticate how the myth of vampires was born."


According to The Daily Telegraph, the skeleton was found in a mass grave from the plague of 1576. A belief in vampires began because the decomposition of corpses was not fully understood, Borrini said. Gravdiggers reopening mass graves would come across bloated corpses with blood seeping from their mouths and believe them to still be alive, thinking that their decayed shrouds had actually been eaten.


"To kill the vampire you had to remove the shroud from its mouth, which was its food like the milk of a child, and put something uneatable in there. It's possible that other corpses have been found with bricks in their mouths, but this is the first time the ritual has been recognised," Borrini said.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Vampire's Aura a dark poem by Neil Benson



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My Vampire's Aura

My free will is gone;
your aura commands me.
You draw me each night,
to ecstasy and pain.

You show me your beauty,
but I know it's not real.
Your beautiful face
masks a soul so dark.

After the pleasure,
you draw my life's blood.
You keep me alive
til' you need me no more.

The weaker I become,
                                                         the greater your pleasure.
                                                        My time is not long,
                                                       lest you make me undead.

                                                          Your promises are hollow;
                                                            I am one of many.
                                                          Bodies strewn through time,
                                                        discarded like waste.

                                                           Tonight will be special.
                                                            I have a treat for you.
                                                           The bright, silver dagger,
                                                            I found in your dresser.

                                                          When you take me in your arms,
                                                         I will end your undead being.
                                                     My life is spent,
                                                        but others will be spared

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling



The Mark of the Beast by Rudyard Kipling is a story about what happens in a time and place East of Suez where the veneer of civilization wears very thin. Strange religious ceremonies are held that turn a man into a beast much like a werewolf. A leper proves to be a formidable opponent. Can the narrator help his friend? Find out.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant - free vampire horror story




The Horla by Guy de Maupassant is a story about what happens when an evil creature enters a man's life and the devastation it causes. Some have called it a vampire story. You be the judge. The author's nuance's are classic.


http://www.scribd.com/full/14046506?access_key=key-ygumxjkg1bvll72yk9i

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Bad Year for Cinderella

If Cinderella was going to the ball, it's not any ball I want to go to. She looks like something Sam and Dean would be hunting.   with all the paranormal shows on television, things are getting darker and darker. Except for Twilight, I might add. Are the vampires still running around in daylight wearing sunglasses? Nothing more horrifying than the sight of a family of vampires sitting around drinking tofu blood.

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe - free classic horror story

The Cask of Amontiallado by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the great short stories of all time. It is a tale of revenge taken in the most horrible of manners. In contemplating the dramatic nature of the revenge the readerr should not overlook the finer points of Poe's masterpiece.

http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BzZFYqsJhXG0M2Y4ZWNiY2YtZWY3MC00YzdmLWIwMTYtOGY4MGNkNzY2Nzcx&hl=en

Friday, November 18, 2011

An Authenticated Vampire Story by Franz Hartman - free vampire horror story

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Changeling - Poem about a werewolf submitting to the Alpha male by Neil Benson

The Changeling

The full moon rises.
I hear your call.
The change begins.
My hair stand up,
and my breath quickens.

Tendons stretch,
and muscles grow.
Bones expand,
and fleshy yields.

My jaw protrudes,
and fangs appear.
great claws form,
and grip the ground.

A tall, horrid creature arises,
and greets the night with a howl.
Finally, I am whole.
To you I run, swift and sure.

Through grassy fields,
into a dark forest,
up a great mountain,
ever higher I go.

Past the tree line,
and into thin air.
Faster and faster,
my legs carry me forth.

Until you stand above me,
mighty and supreme.
I bare my throat,
and submit to your will.

You sniff my body,
and my passion burns.
Our bodies join and I am complete.



In Dark Journeys, short stories and dark poems describe perilous paths taken by mortals, vampires, and other creatures of the night. One story is about the surprise that awaits a mortal man when he has a picnic with the Queen of the forest. In A Problem with Werewolves a mortal male and his beautiful female vampire lover battle a pack of werewolves and a hideous demon. Dark poems tell of the painful and sometimes fatal relationships between mortals and vampires.If this sounds interesting, and I hope it does, please follow the link and buy the anthology for only $.99.  
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AERRMIM
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Esther Sanz video of her at work on YouTube - some monsters beware

I have embedded a video of the artwork of Esther Sanz a very talented Spanish artist who did the cover for my vampire novel. Her wonderful pictures are accompanied by lovely music. there are lovely women, monsters, and some lovely women that are monsters. I would recommend this for persons age 18 or older.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stephen King Aided by Merrimack doctor's research

Merrimack doctor aids horror author's research

By JAKE BERRY -Staff Writer Nashua Telegraph 
 
"MERRIMACK - For years, fright master Stephen King has kept Russell Dorr up at night. But it's not the panic in the author's books that keeps Dorr from sleeping. It's the details.
Since the early 1970s, Dorr, now a physician assistant at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Merrimack clinic, has moonlighted as a research assistant to King and his books. He has provided medical research for many King classics, like "The Stand," "Misery, "The Shining" and "Pet Sematary," among others. And, more recently, he led the research efforts for King's latest book, "11/22/63," due out next month."
 For More, Follow Link.

The purpose of this post is to remind readers that significant research is often involved in the writing of a novel. If you're a successful novelist, you can pay someone else to do some, or all, of the research. For the rest of us, it's part of the job of writing. The Internet has made doing research much easier. When I was writing my vampire novel, Unholy Embrace, I used the Internet to provide me information about 18th-century Vienna or 19th century Paris to fill in the details of the 400 year life of my vampire Nessa.If I wanted to know when donating blood first became possible all I had to do was type in the correct words and Google search did the rest.I was even able learn about the type of dresses worn by women in Vienna in the middle of the 18th-century. Now that the novel is published, I'm not sure what I would do with that information. I don't think it would prove useful even on trivia night at my local bar.

 

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Haunted House by Edith Nesbitt - Free Ghost Horror Short Story


The Haunted House by Edith Nesbitt is about strange events that are taking place at the Omehurst Rectory in Kent. People are taking ill and do not recover. Desmond, a visitor soon finds himself in the same situation. His host leads Desmond downstairs so that he can but what does he have in store for his guest?


http://www.scribd.com/full/16464123?access_key=key-1kp21jfbkahczclzq9qu

The Vampire Maid by Hume Nesbit - free vampire short story


The Vampire Maid by Hume Nesbitt is about an Englishman that visits a cottage on the moors. He has dreams about the maid and her full red lips. But are those just dreams or might leave visitations from a deadly creature? Read more and find out. This is the complete story.


http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BzZFYqsJhXG0MzU3NWIxYWMtZmQzMC00OTU4LWJiYzctNzM3Y2Y4ZmY5NzEy&hl=en

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Were-wolf by Clemence Housman - free werewolf horror story


The Were-Wolf by Clemence Housman involves a mysterious, fearless woman, wolves that prowl in the night, and other mysteries. It can be a dangerous world out there and being prepared does not necessarily mean you will survive. It is a longer tale, but well worth reading.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Aylemer Vance and the Vampire- By Alice and Claude Askew - free vampire short story



Aylmer Vance and the Vampire by Alice and Claude Askew is a tale about a once healthy men who has become pale and sickly. His relationship with the family of ancient lineage has led him into a dangerous place. Perhaps he should've been more concerned with family curses than family trees.


http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0BzZFYqsJhXG0OGIyYmIyZjEtM2U4ZS00ZGU1LWJhNmEtYTBlYTAzNWFhZGY5&hl=en

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Devils Spectacles by Wilkie Collins - free horror short story



The Devils Spectacles is not really a full-blown horror story but rather a cautionary tale about what happens when you deal with the devil. There are things we are not meant to see. A good read.


http://www.scribd.com/doc/13289840/the-devils-spectacles-by-wilkie-collins

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce - free horror story




The damn thing by Ambrose Bierce is a story about what horrors can lurk in
the forest. We should remember that nothing is innocent as it looks.
Then again, what looks innocent?


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Vampire of Coglin Range by Augustus Hare - free vampire short story


The Vampire of Coglin Range by Augustus Hare is

a tale about strange and terrible things that happen

in the night, and even stranger things that people

find in cemeteries .



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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Clint Eastwood's Last Ride: Hang High 2 - a horror story

(originally posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - but in the news and our lives every day)

Imagine that Clint Eastwood is saddling
up for the last time and that he has warrants for every crook, slime ball and miscreant on Wall Street and throughout the nation who contributed to the
current financial disaster.
He is also under instructions to bring back the worst offenders dead
or alive. Along with him are Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, and Samuel Jackson. None of them have shaved recently, and they look like they have ridden from Silver City Nevada without a bath. They are the modern day four Horsemen of the apocalypse for financial felons. Don't be afraid, be very afraid.



They ride across the Brooklyn Bridge, through lower Manhattan to the Goldman Sachs Building. Clint, Morgan, and Samuel dismount while Gene proceeds up Broadway with a mule following behind him. Clint reaches into a leather pouch and pulls out a large handful of warrants. He distributes them to Morgan and Samuel, and the three of them walk up to the front door. They are immediately confronted by security guards, but when Clint squints at them the guards all melt away. The three men draw their weapons, enter the building, and then ride up the elevator. A half an hour later, 50 men are marched out of the building onto a waiting bus. This is no ordinary bus, it's a black bus with the words "Bound for Hell" written on the side of it.


After leaving the Goldman Sachs Building, the four horsemen proceed to Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and on to Citigroup. By the time they are finished at Citigroup six busloads of prisoners have been collected. While Clint, Morgan and Samuel have been rounding up their felons, Gene Hackman rode to Bernie Madoff's apartment. Gene rides up the elevator and knocks on Bernie's apartment door. When Bernie opens the door Gene sticks the warrant in front of his face and grabs him by the collar. Gene drags Bernie down every step and out the front door. He puts Bernie on the mule facing backwards, ties his feet together, and his hands behind him to the pommel.


Clint is chewing on a cigar when Gene rides up towing Bernie behind him. The four men ride to the Holland Tunnel; the six buses following them. A half hour later, the four horsemen emerge towing Bernie behind them. But the buses are nowhere to be seen. Screams are heard from within the tunnel, but when police are sent in to investigate they can't find the source of the screams. Neither can scientific investigators find any sign of the buses.


Even as Clint, Morgan, Samuel, and Gene ride south towards Washington, and eventually Charlotte, with an even larger bundle of warrants, the buses still don't emerge from the tunnel. In fact, the buses are never seen again. Perhaps the "Bound for Hell" on the side of the buses wasn't a metaphor. On to Washington. The buses filled with prisoners from the Senate, the House of Representatives, lobbyists, and other miscreants, also disappear never to be found again.


The screams continue for weeks and months. Ordinary drivers wearing earplugs are able to drive through the tunnel. However, anyone working in the financial industry is driven insane as soon as they enter the tunnel.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Unholy Embrace vampire novel - attacked by a white werewolf

Nessa is attacked by a white werewolf

When I turned around, a tall, muscular, blond haired, young woman stood between me and the door. Her large hands held a six-foot long round metal pipe with both ends capped by pieces of steel sharpened to fine points. Silver coated the last few inches on the tips. She had a feral look on her fine featured face. The way she held the pipe, and balanced on the balls of her feet, indicated her training as a martial artist.
Nohuman, however skilled in the martial arts, could hope to take on a vampire, even when armed with a lethal weapon. When I examined her more closely, I saw the heavy covering of fine blonde hairs on her arms. She was a werewolf, requiring me to be more careful in fighting her.
When I took a step forward, she jabbed at me with the pipe, but not with the intent of stabbing me, but rather to test my reaction. I took another step, which gave her a chance to pierce my heart with the point of the pole. She jabbed at me, but before it reached my body, I grabbed it with both hands and snapped it towards the ceiling. She responded by snapping downwards on the pipe, breaking it in half. This caught me by surprise. The force of my own momentum carried my half of the pipe into the ceiling, almost jarring it from my hands leaving me defenseless for a moment...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Count Magnus by M.R. James - free vampire horror story



Count Magnus by M.R. James concerns the investigations into the activities of
a Count who was deceased 300 years ago. A little digging turns up more
than was expected. In fact, a number of people encounter that count,
much to their dismay, and eventual ill health.




http://www.scribd.com/full/15538193?access_key=key-1lixenoc3w47cbnbj8g8


Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Vampire Maid by Hume Nisbet - free vampire short story


Friday, September 16, 2011

Real Vampires: The need for bad science.


Undead Vampires, ranging from Dracula, created by Bram Stoker, to the more urbane Lestat, created by Anne Rice, all share two basic characteristics. They are dead, and they need to ingest blood from mortals to continue to exist. They also share common traits with mortals.  They stand, talk, move, run, and carry out all sorts of physical activities.

How do vampires carry out their active physical existences? Humans, mortals, have complex biological systems that provide energy to the muscles, tendons, bones, etc. that enable us to carry out activities. Vampires are dead: their hearts don't beat; their lungs don't breathe; and their former biological energy producing systems are no longer functioning. Where do their muscles get energy? Dr. Katherine Ramsland wrote an entire book, The Science of Vampires, speculating about how vampires function and think. Dr. Ramsland could only speculate, because neither she nor anyone else has examined a "real undead vampire."

In the movies and in novels, vampires share blood with humans to turn them into vampires. How is this possible? Without hearts that beat, what keeps vampire blood flowing? Vampires are always depicted as being cold to the touch, quite logical since they are dead. Vampires are also depicted as being impervious to the cold. However, if they are cold-blooded creatures, and they are outside, or even inside, in freezing temperatures their blood would thicken. That issue has never been addressed to the best of my knowledge. It's not a matter of unanswerable questions as much as it is a illogical possibilities.

We've also seen, or read about, vampires turning into some kind of dust or smoke. The transformation of matter from one form, a solid, into another form, gaseous, requires heat or some kind of chemical process. Modern science has no means by which it can almost instantaneously turn a solid object into a gaseous one with the exception of a nuclear explosion. There's a lot of bad science going on when it comes to the undead vampire. The stories of these creatures arise from folklore and are given life not by some magical process, but by the creative imagination of writers. The reader also has to participate, because more than a little suspension of disbelief is required to go along with the idea. However, judging by the current popularity of vampire books, movies, and now television shows, science and logic of the furthest things from the minds of readers and viewers.