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: www.nancykilpatrick.com
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: www.vampires-evolve.com
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?
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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.]