Pretty When She Dies by Rhiannon Frater
Amaliya wakes under the forest floor, disoriented, famished and confused. She digs out of the shallow grave and realizes she is hungry in a new, horrific, unimaginable way. Sating her great hunger, she discovers that she is now a vampire, the bloodthirsty creature of legend. She has no choice but to flee from her old life and travels across Texas hoping to escape her creator.
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On Demon Wings by Karina Halle
But what happens when you no longer feel like yourself anymore? When fires spontaneously start-up around you, when you hear growling coming from underneath your bed, and you no longer recognize your face in the mirror. What happens then?
Ghost-hunter Perry Palomino doesn’t have much time to find out. Now, the evil she used to hunt is a lot closer to home. It’s inside of her, taking over her life bit-by-terrifying bit, and there’s only one person who can help her.
If part of her doesn’t kill him first
On Demon Wings is the 5th book in the Experiment in Terror Series.
Sudden Death Overtime by Steve Vernon
Meet Sprague Deacon – one of the toughest old-time hockey players who ever skated upon a rink of hand-poured ice. Sprague was born and raised and he expects to die here on the Northern Labrador coast. What he did not expect was a tour bus full of vampires – none of whom glitter in the least bit – to pull into his town and begin lowering the population level – one corpse at a time. Sprague and his three best friends – an over-the-hill never-say quit bush league hockey team from Northern Labrador go toe-to-tooth with a tour bus full of vampires in an immortal-stakes showdown of street hockey? For the answer – throw Paul Newman’s Slapshot into a blender with Steven Niles 30 Days of Night and hit frappe!’
Best of all – you don’t even need to be much of a hockey fan to enjoy this yarn.
Vampires from a Guy’s Point of View
Vampires abound in fiction. The success of the “Twilight” series indicates that there is a large market for depicting vampires as strong love-interests with something of a dark shadow on their souls. In essence, vampire chic lit. As a guy, I don’t find such vampires very interesting. As a guy, I’m usually looking for a subtext of violent conflict in my vampire stories, and with few exceptions (one being the Underworld movie series), I’m not much interested in romantic stories involving vampires.
Though there was some romance hinted at in the original “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, that was typically “proper” Victorian human-human romance. Dracula was not seen as a love interest in any way. There may have been some repressed sexual overtones—I’ve seen references that claim the book was about homosexuality, and others saying it was about rape (I think the latter is somewhat more plausible)—but I see the book as primarily a work of horror. Count Dracula was a monster; he had no redeeming features. He did not sparkle, like Edward Cullen, he did not ruminate like Anne Rice’s Lestat. He simply fed, killed and damned.
It’s been several years since I’ve read Dracula, but I seem to recall the action was kind of tame by modern standards. Still, this is the character that I, as a male reader, want to see in a vampire. Anne Rice’s Louis and Lestat held some interest for a brief period of time. Conceiving of a vampire as a reflective killer torn apart by angst was an original twist when it first came out. But nowadays that has become almost cliché, and in ways, it was the first step to humanizing the vampire which eventually gave us “Twilight.”
No, as a guy, when I read about vampires I want to see evil explored. The vampire as the prototypical villain with a host of supernatural powers to aid his fell designs. When one humanizes the vampire, as much vampire chic lit does, one has a tendency to lose many of the supernatural traits that mark them and make them interesting. At the very least, the powers in question become reduced in significance. The fact that a vampire can be incinerated by sunlight makes it a potentially beatable foe. How does that compute with sparkling? All the original powers (and weaknesses) of the vampire gave it a unique and compelling flavor that is slowly being whittled away by the process of humanizing them.
I, for one, prefer the vampire as a monster. It’s my “inner dragonslayer” perhaps. The beast that can control the weather, transform into a wolf, and escape as mist presents the hero’s challenge. It is a foe whose diabolical nature reverberates through the ages. It is a foe that leaves destruction in his wake. It is a foe that must be defeated or else all is lost.
About the Author
Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. He has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He also has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He believes he saw the legendary Lake Champlain Monster (a.k.a Champy) once and he has a cat named Confucius.
Earlier this month Angelic Knight Press featured yours truly in an article: REBEKA HARRINGTON – WOMAN IN HORROR (Many thanks AKP) As an indie author I’m always very happy, if not flattered, when someone out there in cyberspace spares me a mention. But until I saw this article I hadn’t even stopped to think I may be considered a ‘horror’ writer.
Sure I write about vampires, and they can be pretty be horrible, but me…. a horor writer?
My first book, Vampires Revealed, was more like an autobiographical mocumentary than any other tag you care to throw about. Bektamun, narrator and star of the tale, relives some of the ‘horrible’ things she has done; but only when forced to protect those she loves.
Desires Revealed, my upcoming release, is a love story first and foremost. And of course there is ample vampire shenanigans thrown in. (Got to feed the bloodlust)
Does writing about vampires automatically mark you as a ‘horror writer’? When I think of horror fiction the first name that springs to mind is Stephen King, which I’m sure is the same for a lot of people. Mr King has dabbled with vampires (very successfully too, I might add), but his most famous and popular works are far removed from the world of vampires.
Also worth considering is whether or not, despite the vampire ‘revolution’, the general expectation is for vampires to appear in the horror genre. Maybe I’m just weird, because I really don’t think of vampires as characters of horror; well at least not so much anymore.
Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula was pretty terrifying for the time it was written. Fast forward to The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice; doubt I would’ve bought and read the books if I’d thought I was buying horror. For me, books in The Vampire Chronicles, were about Lestat’s inability to understand humanity; not that he was a blood-sucking monster. Like I said, maybe I’m weird. No doubt my opinion of vampires as characters of horror would change instanteously should I ever meet a Dracula, Lestat or Eric (Southern Vampires, Charlaine Harris).
When I think about horror, and the things that scare me, I only have to look at history to have shivers run down my spine.
Part of ‘my’ vampire mythology is a group of extemist vampires known as the Eleiveb. While searching for inspiration as to what kind of things they may subject their human victims, I simply did a search for ‘torture’. One of the most interesting/horrifying sites I came across was Medieval Torture. The site features a myriad of tools and equipment which sole purpose was to inflict pain and torture on human victims.
While I may be uneasy being assigned as a horror writer, and steadfastly believe mankind is far more horrible to each other than legend or mythical creature we can imagine, the fact remains I will continue to write about vampires; and they will inevitably do horrible things.
The Daily Death by Thomas Scopel
Dennis glanced at his watch again and pushed the future T-bone steak filled slab into the saw blade and quickly felt his lack of concentration mistake as the blurring saw sliced fast and deep halfway through his wrist.
Numbness developed in his fingertips and his forearm muscles flexed. He immediately and instinctively pulled his hand back, but with his wrist cut so deep, control was lost and the pulling motion caused an opposite effect, widening the gash and turning his now nearly severed hand back into the non-stopping blade. The saw took full advantage and finish slicing through the remaining wrist bones and Dennis’s hand removed completely from his arm.
He stumbled backwards. The saw blades red teeth reverberated against bone for a few seconds, caught hold of loose flesh and yanked the appendage up, gruesomely wedging it in place. The blade continued chattering through the fleshy portion of the palm, metallically giggling and grinding against bone.
With blood spurting a considerable distance from the end forearm, shock filled Dennis and he began to feel weak and dropped to his knees.
Dennis lie there, unable to move and hoping desperately that a customer would ring the assistance doorbell, glance in though the swinging doors small scratched window, take notice of his plight and quickly fetch help. But, they didn’t.
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Devil Bat Diary by Peter H Brothers
Inspired by the famous 1940 Bela Lugosi film, “Devil Bat Diary” tells the “true” story of what “really happened” to the unhappy citizens of Heathville, Illinois, during that terrible prewar summer as recorded in the long-suppressed journals of Chicago City Register’s principal newspaper correspondent, “Johnny” Layton.The Devil Bats were furiously furry fiends created by a scientific genius who believes himself wrongfully relegated to concocting perfumes and colognes which he despises for wages not worth mentioning here. So, as a means to an embittered end, he manufactures an evil ointment with a scent that so infuriates his giant bats to such an extent they feel compelled to tear the throats out of their unsuspecting victims.“Devil Bat Diary” is a an embellishment of the characters, plot and storyline taken from the public domain film that tells the full inside story of what took place in ways not possible to show to Production Code audiences back then.
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Night’s Knights by Emerian Rich
Markham is a simple Irish immigrant striving for the American dream in 1860 when coach robbers cause his untimely death.
Severina is an exotic beauty from the jungles of Brazil whose family is brutally murdered by the same man she later calls lover.
Julien is a knight who serves as guardian angel to his family but has no clue about his predestined fate.
Will a powerful mortal named Jespa be the one to save them all?
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Morningstar by Jonathon Standfield
After researching the house, they discover that the great grandfather was a pederast and murderer who comitted all of his acts in the basement of the house.
Soon. The wife starts seeing and hearing things that not only make her believe that the house is haunted, but drive her quite mad.
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Fall Leaves & The Black Dragon by Erik Gustafson
Liam’s formative years were far from normal. When he was six, there was a huge fire that involved his childhood friend, piles of dry leaves and a box of wooden matches. This horrific past won’t leave him alone. Literally.
Secrets that should have burned away long ago have haunted him for years and ruined his childhood.
Demons want him dead.
Voices beckon to him in the night.
At the brink of insanity, Liam heads back to confront the ghosts of his past and gain control of his life.
Every step of the way something evil is trying to stop him.
This dark coming of age journey reveals a truth more horrifying than the huge fire he lived through as a child.
A truth that threatens many lives.