Our Hot Blood guests are a little different from the author interviews we do on random Mondays. Hot Blood will showcase a recent vampire release and the author. Today's Hot Blood features Tracey O'Hara. Night's Cold Kiss is her debut release which hit bookstores at the end of August. It is Urban Fantasy, the first in the Dark Brethren series, and the vampires are the villains in this story. [Michele's note: I've just started the book and it is VERY good. Lots of action! And great worldbuilding.]
So please welcome Tracey with her guest post today!
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT VAMPIRES
Since I’m here at the VampChix I thought I would write about vampires. We all love our vampires. I guess the first vampire I really came across in literature and movies was Dracula. I guess my most vivid image of Dracula though was the movie starring Gary Oldman as the famous vampire. Now others in the cast were not so stellar. I mean Keanu Reeves, as much as I love him in other things, was terrible as Jonathan Harker. But Oldman captured the mesmerising quality I’d imagined a vampire, especially the vampire, would need to seduce his prey into submitting so completely.
Over the years vampires have changed. There are purists who say that is wrong, but I like the difference. Take, for example, Joss Whedon’s vampires of Buffy and Angel. They were demons replacing the soul of a human with a demon. They didn’t have a beating heart, they didn’t breath and they couldn’t go out in sunlight, they had funny faces when they got their fangs. But they were a little bit different and I liked it.
One of the best TV series I saw was a short-lived British show called Ultraviolet. I’m not even sure these vampires were even dead. They couldn’t go out in sunlight, they drank blood, though I never saw any fangs, and they seemed to be humans infected with a virus. They were called leaches, infected with code V, the Roman numeral for five and weren’t ever referred to as vampires, the word was never used. But those of us watching it knew what they were. I guess anything goes as long as the writer is consistent with the rules they set up.
So when I decided to write a paranormal story and started to explore “my world”, I was going to make my vampires different. My vampires, ones I could create with what I wanted and what made sense to me. You see, I am a logical person, as my day job as an analyst programmer will attest. So things have to make sense. I could never understand why a vampire could never see themselves in a mirror. So mine can. And I didn’t really want to call them vampires, in fact my Aeternus find the term quite derogatory.
Another thing that didn’t make sense to me was why go to all the trouble of seducing a food source if they were just going to die; especially if the hunter has the speed and strength to overtake their prey with ease. Wouldn’t it be better if to developed a symbiotic relationship and keep the food source alive?
That said, I still love the adrenalin thrill of the vicious killing machine, one that hunts and kills for fun as much as to survive. So my death-high addicted Necrodreniacs were born. And with the potential for sexy heroes and heroines to turn into these killers adds a bit of spice to the story.
So that’s my take on vampires. What do you love or hate about vampires you’ve read about or watched in a movie? And what would you change if you could?
Watch the Night's Cold Kiss trailer...
Visit Tracey's website: traceyohara.com
Her Blog: traceyo.livejournal.com