The Problem with Vampires

I should preface this by saying that it's my problem with vampires. The vampire narrative is well-known to most of Western society. An evil vampire, born of (narrative of choice), goes around killing or turning other men into vampires. These other vampires must kill other people in order to survive themselves. They burn in the … Continue reading The Problem with Vampires

Five stars out of the gate

Woot!Woot! I received my first review on Order of the Blood! And yes, it was five stars. The reviewer's first remark to me, in a personal message, included, 'Please tell me there is a sequel.' Could there be sweeter words to a writer's ear, er, sight? Granted, maybe she's just a really nice person, but I'm thinking, … Continue reading Five stars out of the gate

The origins of Van Helsing, Vampire Hunter

Abraham Van Helsing, the infamous vampire hunter of Dracula fame, has confused historians by his apparent German accent and Dutch origins. We read that he was a Dutch Catholic  possessed of reddish hair and blue eyes, with an insane wife and a son who died. In The Unofficial Chronicles, which deals with Abraham's fictional grandfather, Gerhardt, I've taken … Continue reading The origins of Van Helsing, Vampire Hunter