Saturday, August 13, 2011

Guest Post

The Ultimate Fang Gang

Thinking of just five all-time favourite vampires is actually harder than it sounds. I haven't stuck to strictly literary vampires either, because some of the most original and intriguing immortals have been confined to the screen. This then, is my ultimate list of the undead; vampires who have thrilled and fascinated me but most importantly have inspired me to create my own monsters.

5. John - The Hunger (1983)

The opening scene, heavy with the mournful sound of classic goth song Bela Lugosi's Dead, is enough to let you know this movie will be as dark as it is lush. David Bowie plays John, bringing the same ethereality and intensity to the role that he would later utilise in 1986's Labyrinth. John is the lover of an ancient vampire called Miriam. After decades spent partying and eating the club goers, he suddenly finds himself doomed to waste away unless premature aging expert Dr. Sarah Roberts (played by an incredibly young Susan Sarandon) can help him.

4. Christian and Nothing - Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite

If there are 'good guys' in Lost Souls, Christian and Nothing would be considered as such. Christian whiles away his afterlife in his bar in New Orleans, lonely for his own kind. When the vampires Zillah, Molochai and Twig drop in one night during Mardi Gras and avail themselves of one of the regulars, events are set in motion that will change all their lives forever. Nothing is born nine months later, working a shred of pink flesh between his tiny baby gums, and Christian decides to leave him on a doorstep in suburbia, hoping he'll have a normal upbringing but little knowing he has condemned Nothing to a life as lonely as his own. For me this novel is all about the vampire as outsider and the lengths we'll go to in order to make a connection with those we consider our own kind.

3. Lestat de Lioncourt - The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

Famously played by a blonde-haired Tom Cruise in the movie version of Interview with the Vampire, Lestat is a complicated character, by turns entirely charming and brutally sadistic. It's his charm that won me over though; that and his open defiance in the face of society and his vampire contemporaries. Even though immortals had kept their identities a secret since the beginning of time, Lestat decided to form a rock band in order to tell the world what he was and even paid credit to his enormous ego by calling it The Vampire Lestat. Anti-heroes don't come much larger.

2. Spike - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003)

He may have acted like a tough, chain smoking rock band reject, but on the inside Spike was a hopeless romantic. He blasted into town with long-term love Drusilla, determined to kill himself a slayer but ending up falling in love with her too. It was tragic really, but I loved every minute. Spike became even more interesting when he literally sold his soul in order to be with Buffy, eventually becoming a self-sacrificing saviour. And yes, I could have chosen Angel, but he wears too much of that nancy-boy hair-gel.

1. Count Dracula - Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Count had to be number one because without him, there would be no vampires as we know them today. Bram Stoker based his most famous creation on historical misfit, Vlad the Impaler and European folklore, but he popularised much of the mythology such as sleeping in coffins and the vampire's ability to hypnotise victims. Quite what Dracula would make of his shiny ancestor, Edward Cullen, I couldn't possibly say.

About the Author

Caroline Barnard-Smith has been writing stories since she was five years old. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a bachelor's degree in English Literature, she now lives in Devon, England with her husband and baby daughter where she writes about ruthless vampires, lovelorn zombies and heinous blood cults.

Her short stories have been published in numerous small press magazines, including Ballista, Hungur and Night to Dawn, and on the web at Dark Fire Fiction.

Caroline's debut dark fantasy novel, Dunraven Road, was published by Immanion Press in June 2009. For various exciting reasons she's since turned her hand to indie publishing. Jinn Nation is her first full-length independently published novel.

When she's not writing, Caroline is busy running her handmade craft business, CazzCraft, selling both online and at craft fairs.

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About Jinn Nation

Once, the vampire Dylan had feared nothing and no one. He'd rampaged throughout the world on a seemingly never ending quest to fill his eternal years with the finest, most outrageous extravagances; with exquisite, soft-limbed young women and copious amounts of rich, vibrating blood. But life, however full of joy, inevitably changes.

Finding himself alone for the first time in his long unlife, Dylan turns to the preternatural race of savage creatures called the jinn - a path that inevitably leads him to Christa, a strangely childlike woman with the power to control minds and read thoughts. Mutually intrigued by each other, they set out on a blood-soaked road trip that crosses the United States and the Atlantic Ocean, finally leading them beyond the world itself to the mysterious fae kingdoms of the Inbetween.

You can currently buy Jinn Nation for your Kindle or other e-reader for the very special price of $0.99 / £0.95!

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