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Vampires, Classically Captivating

February 6, 2012

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: vampires are not dead.

What’s dead is badly written, poorly conceived vampires who do nothing but moon over some vapid-minded main character. Give a vampire a new twist and there will be interest. Vampires, like shifters, are an enduring archetype that readers and writers will never stick into a trunk and forget under the bed. Even if nothing new is added to the mythos, writing a complex, deeply rich vampiric character can be enough to earn praise and sales.

Originality is needed. Depth is needed. What I’m tired of reading are same old romantic trope vampires. I wrote that trope when K. Piet and I did Rachmaninoff, and while I’m not sorry we did it, it’s a ho-hum novel. It’s not great, and maybe if we hadn’t set out to tell the traditional vampire love story, it would have had a better shot at success with readers. But we didn’t. We did what we knew, what we loved to read sometimes, just to see if we could. Since Rachmaninoff, though, I’ve not had a desire to revisit such classic tropes.

Let me introduce you to my vampires, both past, present, and upcoming! (Because I’ll never give up my vampires, not ever.)

Nikola is from Rachmaninoff, and he is as classic a vampire as you can get. I love his stuffy, formal attitude, and he was a good foil for Aric’s younger, rasher, more modern sensibilities.

Bastian, from Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley, is more of a college kid who happens to be a vampire. His vampirism is seen more as a disease, something that impedes his life a little, but it’s secondary to school and romance.

Judas is my most non-traditional vampire, and there are no other creatures like him. He’s from The Keeper (and, eventually, the sequel, The Keeper’s Heart).

Havva, a vampire from the Other Side of Night series, she’s ruthless, decadent, and cold, reveling in what she is and what she can do.

London, from my short The Vampire’s Boy (and who will eventually be given his own novel with Jasper), is a powerful vampire who’s been around for a while. He’s sadistic, commanding, and deadly, and he doesn’t do anything by halves.

Jasper, also from my short The Vampire’s Boy, is a half-breed. He’s a vampire whose turning wasn’t finished, and so he’s half-vampire, half-human, but not in a good way. He’s more like a human stuck with immortality and a pesky need for blood.

Orion, from my short Orion, is a vicious vampire who looks like a thirteen year old boy. He has no care for anyone or anything other than the kill and his creator, Alaric. However, it’s Orion who is the master in their relationship, something he never lets Alaric forget.

Alaric, also from my short Orion, is old, tired, and had thought he’d seen and done it all until he met Orion, fell in love, and created his master when he turned the young man.

Seth, from my short Unwilling Compromise, is a relatively young vampire who is smack dab in the middle of a turf war between vampires and werewolves. He winds up the pet of the Alpha wolf who takes control of Cleveland, and he’s practical enough not to turn away a chance to live.

Gideon, currently only found in my short Temptation Calls, is a vampire too old, too scarred, to care about social graces. He’s clawing his way to the top, intent on never being so weak as to be someone else’s toy ever again.

Morgan, found in a couple of my shorts, is a vampire who is at the very bottom of the food chain who falls in love with a powerful woman who isn’t from his own world or plane of existence. He’s from the same world as Gideon, and both of them will eventually have their own books, plus appear in each other’s (and other satellite books in the series).

Samuel, from All Grown Up, and is probably one of the only vampires from the Advent: Collected Shorts book that won’t get his own novella or novel. He’s a classic sort of vampire in a clockworkpunk sort of world. I may or may not revisit him, but for now, he’s very quiet and pleased in my head.

Meh’al, from the World of Egaea books, is not a vampire… really. He sort of is. He’s genetically a creature that feeds on some vegetables and meat, but his race’s (the Varan) primary source of nutrition is blood. They have sharp teeth, red eyes, pale skin and hair, and live in a frigid landscape.

Ky’ahn, also from the World of Egaea books, is a Varan, but female. She’s also mid-level in the social hierarchy, and so when an Elf pays attention to her, it throws the whole social structure into chaos.

Kyran, also from the World of Egaea books, he is a created creature. He began his life as a Maith, but through the meddling and cruelty of a Shadow Elf, he is twisted into the perfect predator that never sleeps, never eats, is strong, fast, and needs blood to survive.

That’s it… so far. XD I want to play with psychic vampires at some point, and I love incubi (which, to me, is just a lust vampire). It’s fun to play with creatures that hunt and feed off other, use them, love them, and I won’t ever give them up. You can tell me vampires are done to death, dead horse that needs no more beating, but I say, no, vampires still thrive, still captivate, and always will.

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