Monday, September 27, 2010

Guest: Kristin Stefanos

Please welcome Kristin Stefanos, author of Lost Devil's Throne, to VampChix today!  Do you preferred your vampires evil or perhaps eligible for redemption?  Let us know in the comments, and be entered to win a copy of Kristin's LOST DEVIL'S THRONE! [winner announced on Wednesday]

There is no denying the allure of the vampire mythos: enigmatic, seductive, lethal. No matter how you like your vampires from attractive and pacifist to violent and grotesque, they all share a similar draw; ensnaring those around them, taking what they want without remorse. When I first brainstormed Lost Devil’s Throne and the books to follow in the series, I knew immediately which supernatural creature would have the starring role. An avid reader of mythology, it was the original vampire legends spanning time and culture which captivated me. They are a far cry from today’s familiar polished, gothic-chic characters. The vampire has always been the quintessential loner. A societal outcast: feared, hated, hunted. Cursed to wander the world long after death. A plague, a parasite, destroying those they loved in life.

What turns an average human being into the perfect sociopath, doomed to hunt the living, surviving only by murdering others? It’s interesting we’ve endowed the vampire with a moral ambiguity which most other monsters are never allowed. There’s a general consensus any creature to hunt humans from werewolf to demon must be destroyed for the good of all (although if they promise to behave, hunt only animals, and are particularly good looking, we do cut them some slack from time to time). The vampire seems to be the exception to this rule. We overlook their parasitic behavior and downright murderous tendencies. Is it because unlike most supernatural creatures, they usually retain the most outwardly human characteristics? Are they easier to identify and sympathize with? Are we hoping they will one day find redemption?

As we approach October and my favorite holiday of the year, I’d like to suggest an alternative to the clichéd vampire we all know and love. Embrace the monster and don’t be fooled by the pretty veneer. Underneath lurks an assassin who, in their quest to live forever, will take what they need to achieve that goal by whatever means necessary. Wandering through the world a silent witness, watching the endless eons roll by like waves on the shore. They are blessed and cursed by time as immortality brings perfect, bitter solitude. Try to save them if you must, but it will be in vain. They are Nosferatu, the undead, the vampire, and they neither need nor want redemption. 

The vampires in Lost Devil’s Throne are not nice. Sure, there’s the courtly one from Haiti and the gracious businesswoman who heads the Chicago coven, but still – underneath the surface (and not too far beneath) lurks a monster. Follow Alexandra Drakis, a sanguinem vitae, a human who can quickly regenerate blood, into the treacherous, seductive world of the undead where the line between good and evil is tenuous at best. What you don’t know can come back to bite you…

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RAVEN69 said...

I prefer my vampires both ways, depending upon what mood I'm in. Sometimes it's nice to have them eligible for redemption. However, other times I prefer them straight up evil!

Mustang Heritage said...

it all depends on the character.
i am 50/50, so deserve to be redeemed and others should not.

Vickie said...

I like my vamps dark, not shiny. Easy on the eyes is good since they lure their victim and that's a nice way to lure, eye candy.

I'm not sure if redemption is necessary.

tetewa said...

I can go either way as long as the story keeps me intrigued!

Jackie Uhrmacher said...

You bring up an excellent point - vampires not wanting nor needing redemption. I'm guilty of this as well, but it seems like anymore, if you read about a dastardly villain who happens to be a vampire, you expect him to be redeemed at some point, whether he wants to be or not. Even in Robin McKinley's Sunshine, a novel in which the vamps are DEFINITELY not sexy and misunderstood, one the vampires receives redemption at the end. I think it says a lot about us, psychologically, that we crave that redemption to deeply.

Andrea I said...

I like my vamps both ways. I read lots of genres. It actually would depend on the story. It should be what fits it. I don't like sparkly vampires.