Vampires as Victorian Creatures
J. A. London is the mother-son writing team of Lorraine Heath and her son Alex. DARKNESS BEFORE DAWN is the first book in a trilogy revolving around a dystopian world in which vampires rule and humans are corralled in 20 cities.
I had never really given much thought to writing about vampires until my son Alex created a world that, while modern, brought in elements of the Victorian era, which I write as a historical author.
As Alex says, “We felt vampires had gotten a little off track as of late and we wanted to return them to their rightful place as Victorian creatures: Polite, courteous, and obsessed with etiquette. Combining these ‘proper’ characteristics with their oppressive bloodlust creates a very frightening monster, especially when they want to cling onto the past so badly.”
This was one of the aspects of the series that really appealed to us. We have a modern world, although devastated by war, ruled by creatures who abhor technology and are struggling to return to the height of their golden era—the Victorian era. Within the vampire world, we also have younger vampires who are rebelling against the old ways much as their human counterparts are.
Not only do our vampires experience bloodlust—and only human blood will do—but they lack the ability to imagine. It’s one of the things they resent about humans. Humans invent everything. Humans write all the books. Humans paint, sculpt, build. Vampires can only appreciate human endeavors. And in many cases they don’t appreciate it.
We really tried to give readers a different type of vampire but one that was grounded in the original literary vampires.
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