Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest: Lindsay J. Pryor

VampChix is happy to introduce Lindsay J. Pryor to you today!  Lindsay's first book, BLOOD SHADOWS, an exciting urban fantasy/vampire romance just debuted yesterday.  I got a chance to read an advance copy and let me just say the chemistry between the two main characters sizzzzzzzles.  If you love vamp romances, you'll want to read this one.  And if you're more the urban fantasy type, this story will satisfy that itch, as well (with some super spicy love scenes thrown in to boot).  So please welcome Lindsay to the blog!

Vampire Evolution 
I’ve been scribbling about vampires for over twenty years. Ever since developing a fascination with them after watching The Little Vampire on TV as a child and then The Lost Boys in my late teens, I’ve been intrigued by the prospect of this alternative world living alongside our own.

The best thing about writing paranormal is that you can create your own worlds, your own rules and your own possibilities. And there’s no better known or more popular myth than that of the vampire. When it comes to the voracious blood feeders, the myth has never stopped evolving. The only core truth is that vampires are a species who feed on blood – the rest can be manipulated. And manipulated it has been. Changes in beliefs, in superstitions, understanding of physics and even Christianity have all had massive roles to play in our understanding of vampires and how to combat them.

All of us vampire fans would have heard about a vampire’s allergy to silver, to sunlight, how their image can’t be reflected in a mirror, that they can’t cross threshold uninvited, how once sired a vampire is bound forever. The list keeps going. And I love digging out the inspiration behind the claims. I’ve picked up lots along the way.

I found out that ancient superstitions are responsible for the belief that a vampire cannot be seen in a mirror – that because mirrors were believed to capture a person’s soul (hence blankets put over mirrors in homes of the deceased), a soulless vampire can’t cast a reflection. I discovered that silver is said to have carried magical properties ever since Judas betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of it. Claims that garlic can be used as a deterrent against vampires could stem back to the use of its pungent smell to ward off the plague, thus theories emerging that it can repel anything bad, evil or dangerous. I’ve learned how Bram Stoker was the first to assign hypnotic powers to the sexualised vampire, incorporating it as a powerful tool of seduction to avoid its reserved Victorian England victims feeling any guilt. That it was the introduction of Christianity that initiated the use of holy water and crucifixes to battle the undead…

The truths and theories just keep evolving. How else could the immortal transform from the repugnant red-eyed, sharp-toothed, predatory monster of the original middle –eastern legends to sparkly teenage heartthrobs with astounding self control? In essence, it’s because the myth of the vampire is ours to manipulate. That is why I think the vampire has remained such a popular archetype. Yes, the very nature of the vampire and all its connotations are embedded in our psyche, but from that point, there’s no right and wrong – just imagination. And that’s why I love the freedom of writing in the genre that I do.

Do you know the origins of any of vampire-related myths? If so, please share!  

Lindsay J. Pryor is a British paranormal romance author who writes dark, intense, multi-layered stories set in the dystopian world of Blackthorn. Her first three books in the series have been signed by Bookouture  – with Blood Shadows launched yesterday.

In an imaginary future, the world is controlled by humans who rule over vampires with an iron fist. Society is divided and ‘third species’ are both feared and discriminated against. Additional seeds of unrest are sown by whispers of a vampire prophecy foretelling the overthrow of the human regime.
Blackthorn itself is the most impoverished of several administrative districts - a real melting pot for vampires, lycans and humans - and a subsequent hive of social unrest.
This dark and dystopian backdrop is the perfect setting for intense forbidden romances - romances that will not only impact on the fate of humankind, but also on the fate of the 'third species' who have spent far too long waiting for their time...

BLOOD SHADOWS – Book 1 in the Blackthorn series
Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of 'third species' beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit's most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy - a master vampire - comes with a death wish. Many have tried but few have survived.
For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed seven years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane's help she is next.
She has four days to make a deal with the wicked, the irresistible, the treacherous Kane Malloy.
The vampire who despises everything she stands for.
Or die.

Advice: These books are suitable only for readers aged 18 or over.

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1 comment:

SandyG265 said...

I've always wondered if a Jewish vampire would be repeled by a cross