Please welcome Scott M. Baker today. His current release is THE VAMPIRE HUNTERS: VAMPYRNOMICON, which is the 2nd in The Vampire Hunters trilogy, who, despite the seemingly gentle image his author photo presents (a bunny!) reminds us that not all vampires are brooding and sexy.
Why Evil Vampires?
One of the questions I always get from people who find out that I’m an author of vampire stories is why my vampires are evil when the trend in the market today is toward sexy, romantic, or kitschy vampires.
The answer is simple. I find vampires scary because they are us.
Ever since Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, which contained strong undertones against the repressed sexual urges of the Victorian era, dark vampires have struck a chord with audiences. Their popularity dates back to the early 1930s when Universal Studios, and later Britain’s Hammer Studios, immortalized vampires on film. Even today, rarely does a year go by without witnessing scores of books and movies about the undead. Vampires are still the most sought after trend within the genre because they tap into our inner psychological fear that there but for the grace of our souls goes us. Unlike zombies, which are humans stripped of every aspect of their humanity, vampires present the far worse prospect that they are humans merely stripped of their inhibitions. When shorn of our religious faith, our kindness, our familial bonds, and our conscience, what is left but basest of human instincts such as unbridled lust, greed, and avarice? One of the scariest scene’s in vampire literature is Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot when Ralphie Glick, having been turned into a vampire, comes back to feed off his brother Danny.
Some of the most modern vampire incarnations are the most terrifying of the lot. The feral bloodsuckers of 30 Days of Night that torment and hunt the citizens of Barrow for sport and food. The cold and calculating Deacon Frost from Blade, and the heartless entrepreneur Charles Bromley from Daybreakers, both of whom create financial empires to economically dominate humans or turn them into blood cattle. We relate with the plight of Eben and Stella, and Audrey and Edward, and can empathize with their struggle. But at the same time, we are enticed by the dark nature of these vampires because deep down we know we are not that far removed from them. We see the worst of ourselves in the undead.
And that is what scares us.
Blurb for The Vampire Hunters: Vampyrnomicon:
Within the vaults of the Smithsonian Institute lies the key to finding The Vampyrnomicon, the Book of the Undead that contains the history and secrets of the vampires. According to legend, whoever possesses the book can establish a vampire nation on earth - or destroy the undead once and for all. With an opportunity to end the war against the undead so close, Drake Matthews is determined to find the book.
But the vampires also want The Vampyrnomicon. When Master Chiang Shih and her coven of the most powerful and dangerous vampires arrive in Washington to claim the book as their own, the hunters find themselves facing their most deadly enemy yet. With the stakes so high, so is the ferocity of the struggle.
Read an excerpt from THE VAMPYRNOMICON.
Visit Scott at his website: www.scott-m-baker.com
His blog: http://scottmbakerauthor.blogspot.com/
Now, tell us which fictional/movie vampire you find the most horrific or scary?