Monday, April 19, 2010

Guest: Nancy Kilpatrick

Please welcome an amazing, multi-genre author today, Nancy Kilpatrick.  She's written vampires, erotic horror, stories in the White Wolf universe, edited numerous anthologies, Vamperotica comics, and also writes under the pen name Amarantha Knight.  Whew!  One busy chick.  Her next project is the EVOLVE anthology VampChix featured with a review and giveaway a few weeks ago.  Here's more from Nancy:

Vampires have fascinated me since childhood.  I fell in love with the undead and have stayed in love.  I have to admit that of the 2,000 vampire books I own, I haven’t swooned over them all.  Most vampire fiction is readable.  About 10% of it is utter trash as in the kind where the author can’t put a sentence together.  Another 10% is pure genius.  But like most of life, there’s a lot in the middle.

I’ve written plenty of vampire short stories and quite a few vampire novels, for example, the four Power of the Blood books.  You can check out my novels at:

Some of my recent vampire stories appear here:
“The Vechi Barbat” in By Blood We Live
“Traditions in Future Perfect” in The Bitten Word
“Vampire Anonymous” in Vampires: Dracula and the Undead Legions
“Bitches of the Night” in Blood Lite

I’ve also edited 10 books and the latest one is EVOLVE, which you might have heard about.  EVOLVE is an anthology of 23 vampire stories and 1 poem.  There are writers you probably have read, like Kelley Armstrong and Tanya Huff in this book.  And some you might not have read but will probably be pretty happy to discover.

Because I know so much of the vampire’s history in fiction and mythology and, like everybody else on the planet, am aware of what’s happening with the vampire today, I got curious.  I wondered how the vampire might be different in the future.  That’s the challenge I set for the writers in EVOLVE.  I gave them a brief history of the vampire  and asked them to check out the current incarnations, like True Blood and the books from which that TV series is derived, ditto The Vampire Diaries, and of course Twilight.  Where could the vampire possibly go from here?

You will, I think, be amazed by EVOLVE.  The writers more than met my challenge.  They managed to take the vampire into the future and that was no easy task.  Check out:

I’ve always seen the vampire as an archetypal energy.  After all, this supernatural being has appeared in almost every culture in myths and legends, and is even mentioned (as the Death Bringer) in The Epic of Gilgamesh, written 4,500 years ago.  Dracula, like the Bible, has never been out of print.  Vampires are imbedded in the human psyche, it seems, and they alter and shape themselves to the society and the time-frame in which they appear.  They can steal our blood or our souls--I even wrote of one that steals our dreams.  They are the ultimate predator and they prey upon us, no matter how charming and urbane, and whether or not they are nice, kind and giving.  They can always destroy us so we are the ones who must in one sense bow to their superiority.  They can be sexy or cruel, somber or silly, indestructible or vulnerable to a lot of things that can kill them.  They are the perfect villain and the perfect hero.  And don’t we find them utterly fascinating?

Visit Nancy at these places:

VampChix has a copy of THE GOTH BIBLE, another of Nancy's works, to give away to one lucky commenter!  [Winner will be announced Wednesday.]


buddyt said...

You have piqued my interest !

It sounds like a fascinating read to see what the authors have done with future vampires.

If the giveaway is open worldwide, then please enter me.


Carol T

buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Lorelei said...

Like Ms. Kilpatrick, I too have been fascinated with vampires, way before it was "cool".

Vampires in the future? They will have ultra-modern strong-hold hotels for their kind and have donors who come to them on a nightly bases, rotated weekly.

That's what I've done with mine, anyway.

Sure. Always interested in anything written about vampires.

Lorelei (over at Lorelei's Muse)

Nancy Kilpatrick said...

Hi buddyt - Check it out, whether or not you win. Evolve is definitely worth a read for true vampire fans.

And Lorelei, that hotel thingy is a way cool idea. Glad you're running with it. We need more innovative vampires.

Nancy K.

SandyG265 said...

I think it'd be interesting to see what different authors come up with for vampires in the future. Even the vampire stories written back in the 70's are very different than the stories being written now.

sgiden AT verizon DOT net

Nancy Kilpatrick said...


That's so true. It's really interesting to read vampire stories from different decades. Especially when you read back, before your own decade, and see how differently the undead were treated. They really do reflect the time in which they appear and I can't wait to see what will happen in 10 years, say, and how we'll view 2010.


Shauna Kemp said...

I love your open, all encompassing take on vampires! I got my copy of EVOLVE when I first heard about it (I think it was here at VampChix!), because it sounded so great with you and so many other great authors. I am interested in your work and I am especially intrigued by The Goth Bible. I asked for it once a short while back at Barnes and Noble, but it must have been already purchased... I'll have to order it online if I'm not a lucky winner. =] It is so great to see you here at VampChix! Take care. ~Shauna

Nancy Kilpatrick said...

Thanks, Shauna. It's nice to be here.


Nancy Kilpatrick said...

Thanks everyone, for stopping by with a comment or question. Please do check out EVOLVE. I think you'll enjoy it. It is a labor of love, for vampire fans just like you.

Nancy K.

Giada M said...

I already ordered Evolve and I can't wait to read it! It sounds simply amazing! Thank you for the interesting post! I LOVE your books! If it is international, I would like to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you!

Giada M.

fabgiada @

Shauna Kemp said...

Thanks, Nancy! I'm very excited to read my copy of EVOLVE. I actually can't believe I haven't read it yet! I must do something about that, soon. :) I even treated myself to the signed (paperback was all I could do, but I was still very excited) version for my birthday!

Take care,